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With fine colonial buildings, Picton is a rural delight 90 minutes’ drive southwest of Sydney’s city centre and 45 minutes northwest of Wollongong. You’ll be charmed by the cafes, shops and markets in this beautiful historic town near World Heritage wilderness and other enchanting heritage towns.
You can pick up maps and friendly tips on all the marvellous things to do and see in and around Picton from the Wollondilly Visitor Information Centre. There are wonderful self-guided walking tours and notable heritage architecture, including beautifully restored colonial homesteads.
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Median house price: Houses in Picton have a median house price of $760,000. Units in Picton have a median price of $470,000.[Source: Property Value]
Demographics: Picton is an increasingly popular location for families. The median age of Picton residents is 37, with much of the population (65.4%) aged between 15 and 65. [Source: Property Data]
Lifestyle: Places to stay suit various budgets and include the colonial homestead Pepper Tree Ridge. You’ll find a colonial cottage and other options at Mowbray Park Farmstay, a working farm with plenty of fun activities such as horse riding and cycling. Kids will love the pony rides and feeding farm animals.
Enjoy country hospitality too at the Picton Hotel and the George IV Inn, which traces its history back to 1839. The heritage-listed Jarvisfield House, built in the 1860s by grazier John Macquarie Antill, is the clubhouse of the Antill Park Country Golf Club. After a round of golf, savour lunch in the bistro.
Schools, Universities and Vocational Education:
- Picton Public School
- Picton High School
- Thirlmere Public School
- Tahmoor Public School
- Cawdor Public School
Distance from Sydney: 1 hour 12 minutes (92.3 km) via Hume Motorway/M31 and M5 [Source: Google Maps]
Distance from Canberra: 2 hours 22 minutes (220 km) via Federal Hwy/M23 and M31 [Source: Google Maps]
Council: Wollondilly Shire Council
Helpful hints for new residents: Wollondilly Shire Council tips for new residents
Local Picton Attractions
The former Redbank Range Railway Tunnel is historically significant as the first railway tunnel used by the NSW Railways. It is also historically significant as one of the structures and works which provide evidence of the Great Southern Railway.
In addition, it has further associations with the history of WWII as one of a number of disused railway tunnels which were used for defence storage purposes and then subsequently given over to the peacetime use of commercial mushroom growing.
Push the pedal to the metal, full acceleration, green lights and you’re on your way to an extreme adrenaline rush on four wheels.
With different packages on offer and every lap timed, Picton Karting Track will test your ability.
Unleash the speed demon in you, challenge yourself, chase your friends or let your friends chase you.
See you trackside!
It is envisaged that the 32 Dingo residents at the Dingo Sanctuary will help contribute towards conservation of the Dingo. At the Dingo Sanctuary, set in magical, open woodland-style, Australian native plant gardens, visitors are accompanied around the facility for hands-on introduction to the Dingoes by knowledgeable volunteers.
The first thing which strikes many is the peace and calm. There are no jostling crowds.
Take a relaxing break in these picturesque surrounding with many walking tracks and cycling trails. The Park provides push button barbecues, wet weather/shade shelters for up to 50 people, clean bathrooms with disabled access and playground equipment for the kids.
At the northern boundary you will see a walking path through to the tennis courts and oval. Follow the path until you reach the beginning of the cycleway, a nine kilometre return walk or ride on a flat surface.
Viewed from the surrounding parkland, the Railway Viaduct over Stonequarry Creek is a picturesque site located at the end of Webster Street, Picton, which also has some historic old houses.
It was built of sandstone between 1863 and 1867 at a time when John Whitton was responsible for railway construction in New South Wales. This excellent example of railway viaduct design is 84 metres long and has five arches, the highest measuring 30 metres.
Picton Markets (formerly Creative Traders Markets) are held on the first Sunday of the month. They provide an opportunity to purchase local fresh produce direct from the farmer and locally produced handmade items.
Produce includes vegetables, honey, fruits, home made jams and chutneys, lavender, olive products, breads and more. Artworks on offer include jewellery, quilting, glass art, paintings, unique gifts and more. Entertainment and art space for sale of local artwork.
2016 Census Picton Stats
Average people per household: 2.9
Median monthly mortgage repayments: $2,167
Median weekly rent: $460
Picton – Households (Enumerated) 2016
- Fully owned 30.1% 30.1%
- Mortgage 47.8% 47.8%
- Renting 19.4% 19.4%
- Other tenure type 0.2% 0.2%
- Not stated 2.6% 2.6%