The Oaks

The area first came to the notice of Europeans in search of cattle which had escaped from the government herds at Parramatta. These cattle had “gone bush” and thrived in the rich pastures of this area. Visited by Governor Hunter in 1795 (from whom nearby Mt. Hunter gets its name) who appreciated the country as excellent for cultivation, it was however forbidden to European settlers by successive governors up to 1822.

The area became known as ‘Cowpastures’, which extended from Nepean River at Camden toBurragorang Valley and south to Bargo.

When a post office was opened in 1858 it was named The Oaks rather than Vanderville, and this name was to prevail. Lots were advertised for sale in Sydney and by 1860 there were some 8 houses, 2 blacksmith shops, a wine saloon, school and the hotel in the village.

People moved into the area to take up farming and pastoral leases, but the village itself grew slowly. The Oaks was the main village west of Camden, serving also travelers on the road to Burragorang Valley which was also being opened up for agriculture at the time.

A drive or walk around the town will reveal a number of interesting buildings from the mid to late 19th century including some late colonial cottages – now derelict, but ripe for restoration.

In 1930, at the onset of the Great Depression, the coalfields of the Burragorang Valley were opened to large scale production. The collieries not only provided work for locals, but led to an influx of miners who contributed to its growth. The millions of tons extracted did not unfortunately attract the railway which might have contributed to greater development of the area, and the fortunes of The Oaks were largely dependant on those of the mines over the next 60 years. (The last, Oakdale Colliery, closed in the 1990’s).

Today The Oaks is largely an outer Sydney residential area surrounded by peaceful farms and countryside, now only an hour’s distance from the city by new freeways. A drive through the countryside to discover the heritage of The Oaks and ‘Cowpastures’ is a pleasant way to spend a day.
  • Suburb:The Oaks

The Oaks

Lot 1, 190 Big Hill Road

$636,000

  • 3.5
  • 1
  • 4

The Oaks

Lot 2/190 Big Hill Road

$1,250,000

The Oaks

17 John Street

$440,000

  • 3
  • 1
  • 3

The Oaks

105 Waterfall Creek Road

$885,000

  • 5
  • 2
  • 2

The Oaks

105 Waterfall Creek Road

$885,000

  • 5
  • 2
  • 2

The Oaks

11 Cedar Place

$444,000

  • 4
  • 2
  • 4

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47A Burragorang Road

$405,000

  • 4
  • 2
  • 2

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11 Marsh Place

$445,000

  • 4
  • 2
  • 1

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48 Merlin Street

Undisclosed

  • 4
  • 2
  • 4

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29 Mary Street

Undisclosed

  • 3
  • 1
  • 2

The Oaks

19B Edward Street

$349,000

  • 3
  • 1
  • 2

The Oaks

19B Edward Street

$475 pw

  • 3
  • 1
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