Now, I'm not saying that you should head out to Campbelltown merely to see this park, but if you are in the area, definitely pop in for a visit.10 minutes walk from the Campbelltown Railway station, Mawson Park appears at first glance to be merely a small park along the main street. However, there is far more to this park that is revealed upon closer inspection.
Elizabeth Macquarie, second wife of former Governor of New South Wales. Image Credit: Ggreybeard via Wikimedia Commons
Mawson Park was named after Dr William Mawson, brother of Sir Douglas Mawson. Sir Douglas Mawson was best known for his contribution to polar exploration, and for having his face on the old Australian $100 note for more than a decade.
Home to an informative plaque and a statue of Govenor Macquarie's wife Elizabeth Campbell Macquarie, it reveals more about her nurturing character and how she expressed that with gifts of iris corms to the settlers of the area.
Mawson Park is also the annual location for the Campbelltown RSL ANZAC day dawn services and the park also has a number of memorials - an aircraft propellor, a artillery gun and an anchor. Unfortunately, after repeated issues a fence has been erected to prevent vandalism to the memorials.
Dumaresq Street Cinema 2 - 4 Dumaresq St, Campbelltown
Perhaps the cheapest cinema in Sydney, Dumaresq Street Cinema charges a fraction of the price that other movie theatres charge. And what's better is that this applies to all movies, everyday. They show the latest films and not just artsy films as you might expect. It's almost worth heading out to Campbelltown just to attend a screening here, and make a day of it.
The Australian Botanic Garden Narellan Road, Mount Annan
This is a lesser-known botanic garden in Sydney, but covers a whopping 400 hectares. It's a really varied spot with lots of differently themed gardens, and plenty of wide open spaces. This is perhaps the best botanic garden in the Sydney area for cyclists, due to the size of the garden as a whole. There is also the designated Mountain Bike Trail, which goes for 10 km.
Wide shared paths and lots of different things to see
The Australian Botanic Garden is ideal for casual picnics, with barbecue facilities provided in some areas of the garden and lots of picnic tables. There is also a restaurant and cafe that is pretty popular, and serves decent food, coffee and even liquor.
Walk, eat or just relax at the Australian Botanic Gardens
The Grand Bazaar 1895 Camden Valley Way, Horningsea Park
Head over to Horningsea Park for Trash and Treasure's Grand Bazaar. Not only does the place contain a myriad of items, but it's architecture matches it's name with minaret-like features and a bazaar theme.
A little more bazaar-like than your average market
The prices of pot plants in particular, are some of the most competitive I have seen. Then again even if you don't spend a dime, it's worth visiting and having a browse, just to get an idea of the unique pieces you can find there each week.