Welcome to the Hawkesbury Valley a rural community just 45 minutes northwest of Sydney with a population of 65,000. The twin towns of Windsor founded in 1788 situated at the base of the Blue Mountains and Wollemi Park Reserve on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, and Richmond only 6 minutes away founded in 1795, are the commercial centres of the valley. The diversity of the area with its extensive range of historic, agricultural, art, sports grounds and military attractions makes the valley an interesting place to visit suiting people from all walks of life with varied interests.
The Sebel Resort & Spa Hawkesbury Valley is the only 4.5 star hotel located in the Hawkesbury and Nepean regions. With 105 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, it is the ideal choice for conferences, weddings, weekends. Our accommodation near Sydney is perfect for a family weekend, holiday or just to get away from the busy city. The hotel is set within 8 hectares of manicured, landscaped gardens, and includes an indoor heated pool, 2 floodlit tennis courts, an on-site 9-hole golf course and adjacent 18-hole championship course, fully equipped gym plus the only Villa Thalgo Day Spa in Australia.
Located in a bush setting with views overlooking the Hawkesbury River, Hawkesbury Heights YHA is a perfect place to stay and explore the beauty of the mountains.
This hostel is like staying in a large home - all rooms are twin share, there is a well equipped kitchen and lounge. There is a big outdoor area with barbecue, garden furniture and great views.
This YHA has been built as an eco friendly hostel with solar electricity and hot water, an open fire and an eco friendly toilet. Visitors are encouraged to carry out practices which do not harm the immediate environment.
This hostel can be booked exclusively under YHA's Rent a YHA scheme.
Purpose-built YHA hostel accommodation with great city skyline views in a bush setting. Eco-friendly, with solar electricity. Gas BBQ and outdoor seating area and wood fire inside for cosy evenings. Explore the national park with terrific walking and biking nearby, or just relax and unwind; book out the hostel exclusively (under Rent a YHA scheme).
The weekly Richmond Good Food Market is a family business that was developed to help get great produce to great people. The market is held at Richmond Park on Saturdays from 8am to 1pm. It allows locals, tourists, farmers and producers to come together and celebrate the beautiful produce and strong history of the Hawkesbury....
The heritage charm of Windsor can be fully explored on the heritage walk of the town. Windsor emerged along the banks of the Hawkesbury River and became the third settlement of the Colony in 1794. Originally called Green Hills, Windsor was officially named in 1810 by Governor Macquarie after the town in England. The five Macquarie Towns are Windsor, Richmond, Willberforce, Pitt Town and Castlereagh.
Windsor is famous for its many heritage buildings with some being designed by the convict architect Sir Francis Greenway, for example St Matthews Anglican Church, and The Windsor Courthouse.
The walk highlights the picturesque colonial town and the State Heritage Registered buildings on North Street. Don't forget to pick up a map from the Visitor Information Centre so that you can take a stroll and step back in time....
Enniskillen Orchard is situated in the picturesque Grose Valley, just over an hour from the Sydney city centre and a simple ten minute deviation from Bells Line of Road. It offers visitors to the Hawkesbury District a unique and unforgettable rural experience.
As founding members of Hawkesbury Harvest, John and Trish Maguire are committed to retaining the rural business and way of life by encouraging visitors to take part in and savour Enniskillen Orchard’s offering.
A perfect destination for tour groups, a family day trip or to pop in for a cappuccino and your fruit and veggies, Enniskillen Orchard caters to all guests.
Bring a picnic and cook your own barbecue or purchase some light refreshments from the café. Alternatively, sample local fruits before you purchase, tour the herb garden or simply take in the view....
Western Sydney University Village, located on the University's Hawkesbury campus, offers year round short stay accommodation for tourists, groups and independent travellers. Located amongst 1,500 hectares of bushland, the Village is a peaceful getaway for those looking to get out of the Sydney city.
The campus offers a range of facilities that are accessible via security card. These facilities include a 10 metre swimming pool surrounded by sun lounges and a games room with table tennis and a billiards table. Self-service laundry facilities are also available.
Each villa features four single bedrooms, one bathroom, an open-plan kitchen and a combined living and dining area. You can book a whole four bedroom villa or one or more single rooms in a shared villa.
Travel in luxury while you discover the historic Hawkesbury with Hawkesbury Sightseeing Tours.
Visit places of Australian history in the Historic Hot Spots Tour. Do a Wine Tour and try Australian wine while visiting local Australian wineries. Visit world recognised Australian Artists and Gallery's. Visit the local growers, sample or pick local produce on a Farm Gate Tour. Do a lantern lit walk in the Windsor Ghost Tour.
The Hawkesbury area was discovered in 1789 and settled from 1791 being the third area settled in Australia after Sydney and Parramatta. In 1810 Governor Lachlan Macquarie named the towns of Windsor, Richmond, Wilberforce, Pitt Town and Castlereagh. These towns are now known as The Five Macquarie Towns....
Escape to peaceful serenity. Hermitage Cottage is ideal for one or two couples, a private cottage at the end of a quiet country lane.
Located only one hour from Sydney, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Mountains close to Kurrajong Village. There is a large garden and 32 hectares of your own valley to explore.
Relax, unwind and enjoy the peace....
Richmond is sited at the beginning of the scenic Bells Line of Road, a popular tourist drive providing access to the Blue Mountains and Wollemi National Park.
Richmond's town centre hosts a magnificent park and many of its historic buildings are still in use today. It is also home to Western Sydney University, polo fields and eclectic shops. If you drive to the end of town and through an arbour of trees, Pughs Lagoon will be revealed; an idyllic spot for picnics, fishing and watching black swans and a wonderful array of bird life.
Experience fine food and wine at one of Richmond's excellent restaurants or cafes. While you are in the area come and see the Richmond Air Base from the Hawkesbury Visitor Information Centre and watch planes from the cafe while children are entertained in the playground. ...
The Trees Adventure Grose River Park is one of the ultimate Treetop experiences in New South Wales.
It features exciting and challenging courses that become increasingly difficult as you climb higher into the canopy, which means that you can find the right level to suit you between two metres to more than 20 metres for the thrill seekers. You will be swinging, leaping, climbing and flying through the forest, during two hours.
This will suit all the family from four year olds to 75 years and over, with 10 courses, 110 challenges and 19 flying foxes - the longest more than 100 metres.
Going from one tree to the next you will hear the sound of the Bell Birds, watch the Sea Eagle family soar overhead while the Kookaburras laugh whilst you have fun in the trees....
The Hawkesbury Paddlewheeler has been operating for many years from historic Windsor, which is located at the end of the Windsor Road on one of the oldest waterways in Australia, the Hawkesbury River. Your host Ian and his friendly crew will take you on an unforgettable journey recreating cruises back in the 1800s. While enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the Hawkesbury River you can indulge in a first class meal, always being freshly prepared on board.
The Paddlewheeler is the perfect venue for any occasion. Catering for weddings, dinner cruises, corporate functions, private functions, birthday parties, anniversaries, hen's nights, Christmas parties, engagements, yulefest, Christmas in July, seniors lunches and more....
Within Howe Park you'll find a two kilometre footpath meandering along The Terrace with the majestic Hawkesbury River on the other side.
This pathway offers an easy, levelled walk (with prams or wheelchairs) and gives you a lovely view of the river with plenty of lush green grass to picnic in, there's also benches along the way. You'll also catch views across the river of the sandy beach in Macquarie Park.
On the corner of Kable Street and The Terrace there is a parking lot where you can leave your car. There are public toilets there also. Walk across the road into Howe Park, and there you'll find the viewing platform and leafy shaded picnic tables and benches. A great spot to bring a picnic and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. ...
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The annual Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Race is one of the longest in the world from Dangar Island to Windsor - 112 kilometres along the length of the Hawkesbury River.
Competitors from around the world compete in this event. Saturday holds the qualifying for pole positions from Sackville to Windsor on the Hawkesbury and the main event is run on Sunday from Dangar Island to Windsor Marine Stadium in Governor Phillip Park.
Exhibits and attractions are throughout the park for family entertainment together with live music and presentation of trophies for the winning teams.
Hawkesbury Regional Gallery is located in a landmark building designed to reflect the heritage values of the surrounding district.
Landscaped grounds and The Evergreen Cafe provide a pleasant environment for the enjoyment of art and culture. Exhibitions offer a variety of media in visual art, craft, photography and design. A guiding principle of the exhibition program is to uphold the Hawkesbury's artistic and creative heritage while showcasing the new and original.
At least some exhibitions come through the extensive network of public art museums of which the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery are part. All exhibitions aim to be thought-provoking, challenging and educational in the broadest sense of the word.
Every exhibition features artist and curator talks, and there are usually workshops, film screenings and other public programs designed to make the most of your gallery experience....
At the Richmond Stamp, Coin and Collectables Fair there will be an interesting variety of philatelic and numismatic material available to purchase from Clubs and Dealers (from NSW and ACT). Sale tables will include Stamps and Covers, Australasia, Pacifics, World, Thematics, Cinderellas, accessories, and Club Circuit Books. Also a good range of ephemera and vintage tins.
Activities at the show will include Club Exhibit and raffle.
There will be a P Stamp Cover, Booklet and Overprinted Miniature Sheet as souvenirs.
There will be food and drinks available for refreshments.
Located 100 metres from East Richmond Train Station. Free off street parking is available.
The Fair is held twice per year. The April Fair will be at Richmond NSW, and the August Fair will see a change of venue to East Kurrajong School of Arts....
The Collectors' Plant Fair will be held at the historic Hawkesbury Race Club, Clarendon, NSW. Clarendon is between Richmond and Windsor.
The fair showcases 50 specialist nurseries selling distinctive and hard-to-come-by plants, books and garden accessories. There is also an inspiring speaker program.
Participating Nurseries and the Speaker Program will be announced on the web site....
The Hawkesbury Valley is one of the oldest Australian settlements and first explored by Governor Phillip in 1789. The Hawkesbury racing pioneers fashioned a race course from 200 acres of virgin bush land in 1865 which led to the first race meeting being conducted on the course in 1871. This racecourse has been in continuous use for over 135 years.
The beauty of the race track, set to the backdrop of the Blue Mountains and the grandstand showcasing the scenic panorama of the Grose Valley, is a true testament of foresight of the racing pioneers....
Sydney Trial Riding Centre is located just 40 minutes from Sydney's Central Business District, easily accessible from the M7 Motorway.
The magnificent 400 acre property on the grounds of the prestigious Sydney Polo Club, is the perfect horse riding destination for the whole family. They offer relaxed, supervised trail rides with qualified instructors who have years of professional experience. The horses are suitable for every rider, from the true beginner to the more advanced, competitive rider.
All guests will be given an introduction to go through the safety rules and most of all, get to know your horse.
Sydney Trail Riding Centre offers you a unique experience - you can come and meet horses from shows such as The Saddle Club, McLeods Daughters, A Place To Call Home, and movies such as The Great Gatsby, The Water Diviner, Pirates of the Caribbean, Thor and many more.
Where else can you ride 'The Horses of Showbiz'?
For more information please visit the web site, or find them on Facebook....
Hawkesbury Regional Museum in Windsor has a long history including a rich indigenous cultural heritage established by the Darug people, as well as a distinctive built environment dating back to the earliest days of the colony. The Museum conserves and interprets that heritage to residents and visitors, many of whom have family links to the area.
The visitor experience comprises a new, purpose-built museum, and the heritage building known as Howe House. Together they form a unique cultural facility located on one of the oldest land grants in Australia. As well as a permanent exhibition on the themes of the river, land and people, the museum offers a program of changing temporary exhibitions on a wide variety of subjects.
Heritage precinct walking tours are conducted by trained guides on a regular basis and the bookshop sells a large number of books on the history of the area....
Purple Noon Gallery is set in the Hawkesbury region at the foot of the blue mountains. The gallery opened in November 2006 and has steadily developed into one of the finest galleries in regional New South Wales and Western Sydney with regular exhibitions and a permanent collection of both local art and sculpture, with a strong focus on artwork from leading, emerging, and Indigenous artists from around Australia.
The building was purpose built and has a special ambience that is warm and inviting and perfect for displaying a wide collection of fine artwork. The sparrow-picked sandstone walls, old timbers, leadlight windows and corrugated iron compliment each other to create a building that is aesthetically pleasing and perfect for displaying beautiful artwork.
The gallery represents exciting new and established artists from the Hawkesbury region and around Australia. An extensive exhibition program is held each year featuring both solo and mixed shows....
St Matthew's Anglican Church has quite rightly been called one of the most beautiful buildings in Australia. Designed by Francis Greenway, under instruction from Govenor Macquarie, the building is a landmark. The grave yard also makes for facinating viewing, with graves of several people who came out with the First Fleet....
Drive the Hawkesbury Harvest Farm Gate Trail and discover Sydney's rural treasures! If you love country touring, sampling fresh, seasonal produce and discovering locally made arts and crafts, then the Trail is bound to please.
Whether for a day, a weekend or longer, visitors will enjoy this country experience on Sydney's doorstep. On the trail are growers, artists, crafts people, historical sites, wineries, restaurants and unique accommodation all committed to providing consumers with access to the best that Sydney can produce. Discover a gourmet goat cheese or Australian native foods. Taste local wines or just-picked oranges and apples, why not pick-your-own? The Farm Gate Trail offers you the chance to taste, buy and learn as you explore Sydney's rural heartlands.
To start planning your journey of discovery simply request a map via the website, or download one of your own - you can also find them in Visitor Centres....