Campbelltown was founded in 1820 by Governor Lachlan Macquarie and named after his wife Elizabeth, whose maiden name was Campbell.
The city is located 53 kilometres south west of Sydney and covers an area of 312 square kilometres extending from Glenfield in the north, Menangle Park in the south, the Scenic Hills in the west and the Georges River in the east.
More than 160,000 people across 37 suburbs now call Campbelltown home.
Campbelltown’s population statistics show:
- 25% of residents are aged 0 to 17 years
- 35% are aged 25 to 49 years
- 7.2% are aged 70 or more (this figure will continue to increase as our community matures)
- more than 26% of the city’s population were born overseas
- 31% are overseas born and 30% speak a language other than English at home
- the most common languages spoken after English are Arabic, Bengali, Hindu and Filipino.
The original inhabitants of the land were the Dharawal Aboriginal people and today, Campbelltown still has one of the largest populations of people identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in NSW.
There is a wide range of cultural and educational facilities in Campbelltown, including the Campbelltown Arts Centre, the University of Western Sydney Campbelltown campus, two TAFE colleges and a wide variety of private and government schools.
Campbelltown is well known for its environmental assets like our rivers and bushland.
Learn more about the history of Campbelltown and its suburbs.