On the traditional land of the Daruk and Eora People, Campsie is home to over 26,000 residents with over 34% being of Chinese descent. A melting pot of culture, Campsie features some of Sydney’s best restaurants and flavours as well as many other surprises.
Bordered by the Cooks River in the North, Campsie Station is right in the heart of town, and a perfect place to begin your day. Heading right out of the station, walk down Anzac Mall which is a pedestrianised street right in the hustle and bustle of the town. The mall leads down to Anzac Park – a perfect spot to learn a little about the history of Campsie.
Be sure to continue past Anzac Park up Angelo Road towards Carrington Square. We found this park to have a quieter and more laid-back atmosphere, almost resembling a country house garden. You’ll notice the mid-Century architecture of the building, and the garden reflecting this same style – it’s an unexpected surprise in the heart of Campsie.
When you’re ready for a coffee, head over to Café Metrio on Evaline Street to get yourself a cup of Toby’s Estate. Or, if you’re ready for lunch, be sure to drop by Albee’s Kitchen on Beamish Street. It is a local institution and is often referred to as Sydney’s best Malaysian food. With an extensive menu ranging from Malaysian Staples, through to local delicacies you’ll need to order a variety of options for the full experience. When we visited, we tried the Ginger Duck, Rendang Beef with Rice, as well as the Satay Chicken.
Another option to try is Malaysian Hometown Hawker also on Beamish Street, which gets its name from the traditional Hawker Markets often found within Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore. Here you can choose from a wide selection of meat, seafood, vegetable, and rice dishes. Finish lunch off with traditional frozen dessert Ais Kacang.
If you’re still hungry and looking for something sweet, Campsie is lined with a whole range of bakeries supplying sweet treats and cakes. We chose Bakerie & Tea Atelier where we picked up an adorable Panda Bread Cake.
The track is the perfect place to take a lazy afternoon stroll in the sun. Keep your eyes peeled to spot some of the local fauna that calls the Cooks River home.