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
  • Postcode:2570
Address Suburb Sold Date Bed Bath Car Sale Price
125 Montpelier Drive THE OAKS 17-12-2020 3 2 4 $3,150,000 View Property
Lot 1, 190 Big Hill Road THE OAKS 28-03-2015 3.5 1 4 $636,000 View Property
Lot 2/190 Big Hill Road THE OAKS 28-03-2015 0 $1,250,000 View Property
17 John Street THE OAKS 10-11-2014 3 1 3 $440,000 View Property
105 Waterfall Creek Road THE OAKS 19-07-2014 5 2 2 $885,000 View Property
105 Waterfall Creek Road THE OAKS 15-07-2014 5 2 2 $885,000 View Property
11 Cedar Place THE OAKS 25-07-2012 4 2 4 $444,000 View Property
47A Burragorang Road THE OAKS 18-05-2009 4 2 2 $405,000 View Property
11 Marsh Place THE OAKS 29-09-2008 4 2 1 $445,000 View Property
19B Edward Street THE OAKS 3 1 2 $349,000 View Property
29 Mary Street THE OAKS 3 1 2 Undisclosed View Property
48 Merlin Street THE OAKS 4 2 4 Undisclosed View Property
Address Suburb Leased Date Bed Bath Car Lease Price
19b Edwards Street THE OAKS 30-03-2020 3 1 2 $445 pw View Property
19B Edward Street THE OAKS 25-09-2015 3 1 2 $475 pw View Property