As one of the earliest European settlements, Picton was “discovered” when a number of cattle went missing in the early days of the colony and were found in 1795 by a convict near the Nepean River. The area became known as Cowpastures and then Stonequarry until 1841 where the name Picton was established. Picton is believed to have been chosen to honour a soldier, Sir Thomas Picton.
The best way to discover Picton, enjoy the fresh country air and learn about the local heritage is on foot. The free self-guided Picton Walking Tour is great for the whole family and takes visitors through the town to gorgeous heritage buildings and stops of interest or significance. The vibrant Argyle street boasts a charming outdoor shopping centre with a number of local and artisan businesses including gift shops, cafés, restaurants and grocers.
The Botanic Gardens are only a short 10 minute stroll from main hub of Argyle Street and a great locations for a picnic and letting the kids play. Picton is also home to 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.
Visiting in May? The annual Illuminate festival lights up the town on the 3rd Saturday in May with stunning light installations, a lantern parade, live music, street stalls, kids rides and more.
RV Dump Points
Picton – Walton Lane, Picton
Population (as at Census 2018): 5,232