The Dapto Agricultural & Horticultural (A&H) Society was established in 1857, and the first Agricultural Show was held on 4th February 1857.


In the late 1800’s the Society was gifted a parcel of land located on the main street of Dapto providing a permanent home for the Society. In the preceding years, additional land was acquired by the Society to form the current footprint of approximately 22 acres.


The showgrounds site has provided a valuable community asset in the heart of Dapto for over a century. It is home to the Annual Dapto Country Show, Dapto Rugby League Football Club, Dapto Markets, Illawarra Cancer Carers, Pigeon Club, Poultry Club, Aussie Night Markets, Greyhound Racing etc., and also provides a venue for various sporting and entertainment events and private functions. Dapto Dogs is an iconic brand that is recognised both nationally and internationally.


To enrich our community


To provide a dynamic community space which facilitates social belonging & engagement


The Groundz will include several zones/ precincts to create a family friendly civic that is designed to be enjoyed by the young and old, through the inclusion of an upgraded multi-purpose sports field, indoor and outdoor recreational facilities, hospitality precinct, large outdoor children’s playground and surrounding greenspace / parklands.


The vision for the showgrounds site has been largely inspired by other landmark projects such as The Grounds of Alexandra, The Marsden Brewhouse and the Paddock to Plate concept that directly ties into the rich agricultural heritage of the site and local area. A shipping container precinct with elements displayed by the Christchurch container retail mall will create a unique and dynamic zone.


The Dapto Country Show is an important part of the Society’s history and will continue to be held annually to exhibit and showcase local talent. Current tenants, stakeholders and clubs will form part of the revamped showgrounds site.


Old buildings will be retained to ensure a fitting mix of old and new to retain traditional elements.


Design elements & influences.

Think:  Old style country feels with a modern twist.

Vintage / classic styling providing a sense of nostalgia, timelessness and adventure


Greenery, Connectivity, Authentic, Playful and Fresh.


  • Landscaped space to unwind, and leafy gardens

  • Outdoor seating and shade options

  • Linked with signs, shady pathways and soft lighting

  • Family friendly, safe and secure

  • Parking, drop off zones and onsite transport i.e. golf carts


Take a look at The Groundz document.