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The Rydges Campbelltown's New Hotel

Aug 29, 2008
Campbelltown now has its own hotel, and a great one at that. Rydges Campbelltown opened in August 2007, and boasts many facilities that need to be seen, to be believed. From wedding packages to conference facilities and everything in between, if you are planning anything in Campbelltown speak to Rydges and they'll be sure to help.

From the Rydges you can book into Sydney's only self-contained sky diving centre, where you can parachute from a jet airplane and then come back to relax and get over your 14000 foot experience!

For something a little more cultural, why not call into the Campbelltown Arts Centre, right outside the Rydges hotel, and see if there is anything showing. Or, spend some time walking around the beautiful Japanese Gardens and Sculpture Gardens again, just next door. Presented to the people of Campbelltown in 1988, the gardens symbolise a special link between Campbelltown and its sister-city in Japan, Koshigaya. The teahouse is a design taken directly from the 1500s, and was built by Japanese craftsmen using traditional tools and methods. During your stay at Rydges Campbelltown you must stop in a have a look around.

If your tastes are a little more unusual, you can book a ghost tour of Campbelltown, one company leaves just outside Rydges Campbelltown from the historic Quondong Museum. The tour takes you to many old, haunted houses in Campbelltown, and if you're lucky you might actually see Miss Josie, the resident ghost at the museum. Other haunted houses include Emily Cottage, Blair Athol House and Eschol Park House, Plough Inn, and Saint Peters Church and graveyard. At least you won't have to walk too far in the dark back to your safe bed at Rydges Campbelltown.

Of course, Campbelltown has its own ghost, complete with a festival and parade held each year. A leisurely walk from Rydges Campbelltown, the parade meanders through the streets of Campbelltown, and celebrates the ghost of Fred Fisher, reported missing in 1826 and later seen to be pointing to the location of his body in a paddock. As you walk from the hotel, see if you can find the area where his body was located by Aboriginal tracker Namut, in the exact spot the eerie figure indicated. There are several tours available if you wish to see the spooky in and around Rydges Campbelltown.

If you're interested in the history without the mystery, then not far away are plenty of old houses and buildings that can be seen on your own. Although they may be haunted, of a daytime they seem less imposing, and give great examples of what life was like when Campbelltown was first settled. A short drive will put you in touch with old buildings such as Wivenhoe, Gledswood Homestead and Studley Park. While staying at Rydges Campbelltown make sure you don't miss out on these beautiful old places.
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