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New Data Reveals an Influx of New Zealanders Moving to Camden

A recent survey has revealed that 41,000 Kiwis have left the country for a year or more. The figures come from Stats NZ and are based on population data. Of those leaving the country, over half cited higher salaries and a better quality of life as reasons. The other 34 percent cited work and based on data compiled from New Zealand moving companies, many kiwis are making the shift across the Tasman with more than 50 percent choosing to compare moving companies to destinations in Australia with Camden high on the list. So why are New Zealanders making the move now?

New Zealand’s median house price increases in 12 months

The REINZ House Price Index hit a new high in July, with each region exceeding its 12-month peak. This suggests that underlying values for properties remain strong. The Auckland median price hit a new high, with growth spanning six Auckland districts. Nonetheless, the growth rate has moderated slightly in recent months. If you are thinking of buying a property in New Zealand, it is reaching unaffordable levels and families are seeking to Australia for suitable alternatives.

Impact of Covid-19 pandemic on house prices

The COVID-19 pandemic made many New Zealanders more cautious when purchasing a property, especially in densely populated urban cities. In contrast, housing price increases in COVID-19 pandemic cities were most noticeable in smaller, cheaper suburban cities, located away from these high-density areas. This study may help understand the connection between the COVID-19 pandemic and housing prices, and how it affects human behavior.

The Covid-19 pandemic impacted many aspects of the housing market in Australia and New Zealand, including house prices in Camden. Among other things, the pandemic affected minority communities disproportionately, as they had higher rates of preexisting conditions, limited access to services, and other vulnerabilities. This economic slowdown will also increase unemployment rates and exacerbate the burden on low-income renter households. 

Change of lifestyle priorities 

The recent COVID-19 pandemic in New Zealand has been a case study for the generalizability of the country’s response. The country’s small population and civil political climate, coupled with its recent experience with pandemics, have allowed the country to respond to the virus with relative ease. The government responded to the outbreak quickly and effectively, establishing a national unity to fight the virus. However, pandemic has also left families across the Tasman disconnected for an extended period of time. Due to this, people are beginning to move closer to families and reconsider their priorities with careers and jobs becoming secondary to family life.

Familiarity in small towns 

There are many smaller country towns in Australia that resemble those in New Zealand and this is where kiwis can relate and appreciate the quaint suburbs. This familiarity is an attraction and is good for not only Camden but towns all across Australia.

Top 8 Must Do in Camden NSW

Camden in NSW is located on the Nepean section of the Hawkesbury River in the Macarther region of the Southern Highlands. It is 67km from Sydney via the Hume Highway and has a population of 78,218 as reported in the 2016 census. Camden is known for its beautiful parks and gardens, as well as its many historical buildings and sites. The charming country town holds historic importance with dairying reaching its prime in the districts economy, other industries include cultivation of fruit and vegetables, live stock raising and coal mining. Today, it is considered part of Greater Sydney with the surrounding grazing land developed into residential suburbs, however many of the towns historic buildings still remain on display to represent a town known for one of the earliest inland settlements in New South Wales.

There are many activities to explore in Camden and a wealth of history to learn about in the region. Here are the top 8 things to do when visiting Camden:

1. Visit the Camden Heritage Centre, located in the heart of the town and provides an insight into the districts history with exhibitions, displays and a research library. The centre also offers a range of tours which are guided by local volunteers who share their knowledge and passion for the area. Opening hours are 10am.

2. Visit the Camden Museum which is located on John Street, same as the library and fire station houses an extensive collection of items relating to the history of Camden represented in exhibits and displays of Aboriginal and 20th century material donated by the residents of the town. The Camden Museum is open Thursday to Sunday 11.00 am – 4.00 pm and has over 100 visitors per week.

3. Take a walk through Macarthur Park. The park is a beautiful spot for a picnic lunch or a game of cricket and is located on the banks of the Nepean River. The park also features a playground, an exercise circuit, BBQ facilities and a rotunda which was built in 1882 and is heritage listed.

4. Visit to Camden Park House is one of the most important in reference to the history of Australian agriculture where John Macarthur had the idea to breed merino sheep and started the Australian sheep industry. The mansion was built in 1835 palladium style two storey with sandstock brick and consists of a grand veranda. Inside you’ll be taken back in time with cedar floor to ceiling book shelves, immensely high ceilings, cedar wine cellar, abundance of Victorian furniture, portraits of the families members hung on the walls and many of histories antiques on display. It still remains a residence for the descendants of Macarthur and is only open for the public one weekend per year during September Camden Festival with proceeds raised put towards conservation of the property.

5. Take a stroll through the Camden markets which are open every Saturday from 8am-3pm and offer a range of fresh produce, flowers, plants, homewares, clothing, gourmet food and more. The markets are located on Argyle Street in the town centre.

6. Visit the Mount Annan Australian Botanical Gardens, the largest in the nation and home to more than 5,500 species of plants. The gardens are open every day from 8:30am-5pm and offer free guided tours, as well as a cafe and gift shop.

7. Visit the Camden Haven Inlet which is located just 10 minutes from the town centre and is perfect for swimming, fishing, surfing, kayaking, bushwalking and also hosts tours for whale watching and paragliding.

8. Walk through Camden’s charming town centre which features a mix of historic buildings and a range of unique shops, cafes and restaurants. Be sure to explore the local boutiques, art galleries and gift stores which will keep you intrigued all day long.

When visiting Camden you will be spoilt for choice with the wealth of activities on offer. The town is rich in history and there is something to suit everyone. Be sure to add these must visits to your list and explore how a wonderful town has shaped the New South Wale’s landscape into today.

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