Wollondilly Shire is located at the south-western fringe of the Sydney metropolitan area, about 75 kilometres from the Sydney CBD. The Shire encompasses a land area of nearly 2,600 square kilometres, of which about 90% is national park, bushland, water catchment or rural land, including gorges, ranges and plains. Wollondilly Shire is predominantly a national park and rural area, with urban areas in fifteen towns and villages. Two-thirds of the population live in the urban centres, and one-third in the rural areas. There are five large towns, the largest of which is Tahmoor. Picton is the administrative centre of the Shire. Most of the rural land is used for agricultural purposes, including market gardens, orchards, dairy farms, poultry farms and grazing. Coal mining is also a major industry.
The key employment sectors in Wollondilly Shire include mining, manufacturing and construction, and to a lesser extent, education, retail trade, health care and agriculture, forestry and fishing. The Shire is home to the Appin Mine, the Appin Colliery, the Tahmoor Colliery and the West Cliff Colliery. Wollondilly Shire features one tertiary institution: The University of Sydney (Camden Farms, May Farm and Mount Hunter Farm located at Brownlow Hill, and Westwood located at Theresa Park), along with Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute (located at Camden Park and Menangle) and numerous schools. The major retail centres in the Shire are the Picton CBD, Picton Mall Shopping Centre and Tahmoor Shopping Centre. The largest health facility in the Shire is Queen Victoria Gardens (aged care), located in the suburb of Thirlmere.
NOTE: The land use shown in the map is derived from ABS Mesh Block categories. Mesh Blocks broadly identify land use and are not designed to provide definitive land use. It is purely an indicator of the main planned land use for a Mesh Blocks. For more information please refer to ABS Mesh Block categories.
Major Industrial Precincts