Camperdown was established as a residential and farming area in the early 19th century. It was named by William Bligh who received a grant of 240 acres (1km²) of land covering present-day Camperdown and part of Newtown. The name Camperdown is derived from the Battle of Camperduin, the Dutch battle of 1797 from which Bligh was lucky to escape alive.
In 1827, a racecourse was opened on land where the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital now stands. The University of Sydney was incorporated in 1850 and its first building was designed by Edmund Blacket (1817-1883).
These days Camperdown is a thriving inner city suburb with a host of light industry including RPA hospital, and a multitude of entertainment options.
Camperdown offers a blend of workers cottages, grand Victorian homes and designer apartments – including the award winning City Quarter development on the site of the former Camperdown Children’s Hospital. There is still much light industry in the area but this is fast giving way as commercial buildings are converted to accommodate the growing demand for inner city apartments.
It’s just a short walk up to King Street in Newtown where you can find a range of cheap eats and trendy cafés. It also easy to access the neighbouring cafe cultures of Glebe Point Road.
Camperdown Oval, located on Mallet Street, is a great place for a game of Frisbee, tennis or lawn bowls and there’s a dedicated ‘off-leash’ dog park in Camperdown Memorial Rest Park.
Schools & Education
Sydney University is right in the middle of Camperdown and plenty of public and private schools can be found in the area plus surrounding suburbs of Newtown and Glebe offer good educational facilities.
Camperdown is 5km south west of the CBD and is well served by buses, and by train from nearby Newtown.