The administrative centre of the Wollondilly Shire, Picton is located only 90 minutes south of Sydney and 40 minutes west of Wollongong. The town was originally called Stonequarry but was later renamed after the British general, Sir Thomas Picton (1758-1815) in 1845. Whilst there are certainly a number of historic buildings, the town also boasts a modern shopping centre and vibrant collection of main businesses including a variety of gift shops, cafés, restaurants, and pubs.
The Botanical Gardens is a popular visitation point and the Historic Picton Walking Tour offers a chance to view a number of heritage buildings, bridges, and tunnels. There is also a significant rail heritage, with a unique railway viaduct still in use on the main southern line as well as the Redbank Range Tunnel, fondly known by locals as the Mushroom Tunnel.
Population (as at Census 2011): 4,595
Height above sea level: 200 metres