Calabash Bay Lodge is a boutique luxury retreat for the discerning traveller in a unique and exemplary water access only location on the Hawkesbury River. Unlike other destinations further afield, we offer a unique experience of the Australian wilderness and absolute waterfront way of life only a heartbeat away from the bustling national metropolis of Sydney only 1 hour to the south.
Calabash Bay Lodge is surrounded by 360 degrees of riverfront national park. The pristine eucalypt bush and 200 million year old Hawkesbury sandstone cliffs that ring Calabash Bay Lodge offer an unparalleled nature based luxury escape.
Calabash Bay Lodge is a non-smoking property.
With easy access to the M2 and F3, this hotel is only minutes from Hornsby shopping centre, beautiful National Parks, the Hawkesbury River and Berowra Waters. The hotel is 25 minutes from the city centre and 15 minutes from Parramatta. The thriving business districts of Pennant Hills and Castle Hill conveniently surround the hotel.
Perched on the shoreline of the sparkling waters of Berowra Creek with spectacular views across the river, and nestled in a picturesque setting surrounded by rambling cliffs and tranquil bushland, Amaroo Lodge is set in a truly romantic and wonderful location.
Awaken to the sounds of native bushland and feast on the glorious view from your sun-kissed private terrace which looks out over your small private beach caressed by gentle waves. Out on the open water boats gracefully bob upon the shimmering turquoise water. Perfumed by the rich smell of eucalypts and the faint salty breeze of the Hawkesbury, Amaroo Lodge is a delighting experience for all the senses.
Accessible only by boat, Amaroo Lodge is located in a secluded corner of Berowra Creek. Enjoy the steps down to your small private sandy beach....
Lisgar Gardens covers an area of 2.4 hectares (six acres).
The site was originally purchased in 1917 by Max Cotton (1887 to 1967) from his brother Leo, specifically for the purpose of creating the gardens. In 1967, Hornsby Shire Council purchased the property, naming it Lisgar Gardens.
Built on a steep hillside, the gardens' different levels were created by the construction of sandstone block walls. By 1950, the gardens were planted with rhododendrons, azaleas, gardenias and other exotics in harmony with native trees and ferns, highlighting the seventy two varieties of camellias.
Some of the original camellias still exist in the gardens today and are now over fifty years old. The gardens now boast over ninety varieties of camellias, a covered pavilion for weddings and other celebrations, a shade house containing the fish ponds, a gazebo, three waterfalls, informal lawn areas, picnic tables, and a rainforest walk....
The Ascot Motor Inn provides a modern, comfortable standard of accommodation at an affordable price. A Wahroonga landmark, conveniently located at Pearce's Corner at the end of F3 freeway.
The Ascot Motor Inn provides a selection of rooms including double, deluxe, twin, and family rooms. All rooms have en suite bathrooms and Foxtel television channels....
A little bit of country in amongst the hustle and bustle of the city with comfortable and relaxed accommodation.
Active Holidays Sydney Hills is a surprisingly quiet and relaxed place to stay when you visit this amazing city of Sydney. They offer fully self-contained cabins and units, caravan, motor home and camping sites.
Located in the centre of the Sydney basin you will be only a day trip away from the city attractions, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury Valley, Central Coast and South Coast. The city is easily accessible via a direct bus from the gate. Their aim is to provide a clean and tidy park along with friendly and caring service....
Bring the children to the Golden Ridge Animal Farm for hands on farm fun.
Hold baby chicks, ducklings and rabbits, milk the cow and bottle feed baby lambs and kids. Go for a farm walk to feed the sheep and goats with bread and see all the other farm animals. Ride a pony or donkey.
Located in the Hills district at Dural only 35 minutes from the city. Buy your lunch at the coffee kiosk (weekends and school holidays) and stay for a picnic.
A great place to have a birthday party. Mobile farms also available to travel to you for your event or party.
Our “Art Trail” takes you through Dural, Galston, Arcadia, Fiddletown and Berrilee and has enticed the people of Sydney, Blue Mountains, the south and north coast of New South Wales and beyond to experience the special talent exhibited by our Australian artists. All work is handmade by our exhibitors.
This year we are excited to be including two new private Studios along our “Trail”. Both these Venues are in the Galston area.
On the weekend of November 12th and 13th, bring along family and friends. Drive through the beautiful semi-rural area of Sydney’s Hornsby and the Hills Shire’s. You will be captivated by the work presented along the trail visiting eight (8) private studios opening for the weekend. There will be over 50 artists exhibiting, many of whom will be demonstrating their skills.
Entry is free. Visitors are given the exclusive opportunity to view and purchase unique artworks from their creators. The works available include such items as Paintings, Printmaking, Sculpture, Glass, Mosaics, Ceramics, Textiles, Felt work, Jewellery, Leather, Timber work, Book making and handmade Shoes....
The Pink Cook is an exciting new place to build your confidence in the kitchen. Whether you are new to cooking or an experienced cook wanting to learn a new skill, The Pink Cook has something for everyone.
Classes are small to ensure everyone gets the most out of The Pink Cook experience.
Spend time cooking or on a food tour with The Pink Cook and learn the secrets to enjoying time in the kitchen....
Wine Country Tours will collect you from your Sydney accommodation, or from within the vineyards, in a comfortable air-conditioned mini coach.
On arrival into the Hunter Valley Wine Country, enjoy morning tea and coffee and light nibbles at a cafe in the vineyards.
Your host, Richard Everett, is the only Oenologist (winemaker) conducting wine tours in Australia and with more than 40 years experience in the wine trade then you get an insider's perspective into the Hunter Valley's unique wines.
Visit the Hunter's best cellars, where Richard will host you through comprehensive sit-down private tastings of their top wines, including some aged vintages not available to the public.
The itinerary for the day is flexible to account for your particular interests.
Lunch is at either the award-winning the Muse Kitchen at the Keith Tulloch winery, or at the Esca Restaurant at the Bimbadgen winery.
After lunch and further private wine tastings you will be returned to your accommodation.
You will learn a lot about fine Australian wines on the day from a real 'wine expert' in a very personal ambience....
The Retirement Expo has been setup for retirees who are considering making the move to a retirement village, or who are interested in gathering information about the many retirement villages, over 55s resorts and aged care facilities that are available.
Each expo provides an opportunity for people to meet with representatives from many different retirement villages and over 55s resorts, all offering different levels of care, all under the one roof, in a neutral environment and without obligation. These expos are totally dedicated to retirement villages, over 55s resorts and aged care.
For retirees, the decision to make the move from the family home to a retirement village or over 55s resort is one that many probably dread, and yet happily settled village residents frequently wonder why they have not made the move earlier....
The St Ives Precinct is one of Sydney's best kept secrets! Situated in St Ives, the 216 hectares of urban bushland is a great spot for bush walking, picnicking, sport, and special events.
Within the Wildflower Garden, visitors can choose from a range of public access walking tracks, including the accessible Senses Track or the more challenging Mueller Track. The garden features heath land, tall forest, sandstone outcrops, ponds, gullies and waterfalls. There are picnic areas with barbecues, some of which are available for hire. There is on site parking, toilet facilities, and a children's playground.
The St Ives Showground is a fantastic venue for major events and is home to Northside Riding Club and other busy community based organisations. The Showground is also the home of the very popular St Ives Medieval Faire presented this year on September 19 and 20. ...
Berowra Waters Studio, a recently refurbished self-contained accommodation is right on the river complete with huge deck and barbecue, perfect for al fresco dining with stunning river views.
Berowra Waters is most suitable for couples who are visiting the area, attending a wedding or dining at Berowra Waters Inn, Peat's Bite or Waterview Restaurant.
This property is water access only and the boat pick up and drop off is included in the price as well as items for a continental breakfast.
A tinny is available to explore the river which you do not need a boat license for. Kayaks and a stand up paddleboard are also included. Excellent swimming and fishing from the private pontoon at the front of the property....
Cumberland State Forest is a 40 hectare oasis of green in Sydney's north-western suburbs.
Enjoy a stroll on one of Cumberland's forest walks, meander through the tall eucalypt forest, explore moist rainforest on the Palm Gully Trail or touch, hear and smell your way along the stroller and wheelchair friendly Sensory Trail.
Cumberland offers four leafy picnic and barbecue areas, so you are sure to find the perfect place for a family get together or social gathering.
A cafe, native plant nursery and forest information are on-site.
A wide range of programmed weekend and school holiday activities will suit all ages and a variety of interests!
Indulge yourself, family and friends with one of Humming in a Hummer's unique Hummer Limo experiences.
They specialise in providing an unforgettable experience with their Sydney Hummer Tours, Hunter Valley and Blue Mountain Tours, Specialised Corporate transfers and events, birthday's, special occasions and much more!
Or just simply a Hummer transfer for a night out. Whatever the event the experience will be like no other.
Also included are complimentary refreshments and snacks during your ride.
Call now to book, or check the website for more details....
Celebrate with a cruise aboard the Macquarie Princess.
A cruise is an ideal way to celebrate with friends and family in a relaxed atmosphere. Exclusive hire of the vessel provides a secure venue for parties and events.
Cruise on one of the most scenic and beautiful waterways in the world - the Hawkesbury River - in the converted historic all weather vessel the 'MV Macquarie Princess'. Built in 1915 the 'MV Macquarie Princess' is the oldest working riverboat on the eastern seaboard.
Macquarie Princess Cruises offer fully catered two and a half hour and four hour cruises and can cater for birthdays, anniversaries, office parties, club days, scenic lunch and dinner cruises.
Bare boat hire, wedding and group transfers to exclusive restaurants available.
Let Macquarie Princess Cruises tailor a cruise to suit your needs....
Thornleigh Golf Centre has a two storey driving range with 50 bays, including 20 automated tees and a two 18-hole mini golf courses - Palms and Billabong. There is also a fully stocked pro shop and places to practise your putting and to have lessons. There are seven AAA rated professionals teaching there each day.
There are great facilities to host Birthday Parties, Corporate Golf Days or your next event. Contact them for more information....
Sydney Hills Visitor Interpretation Centre is located on the site of Roughley House and The Pines in Dural.
The visitor centre is managed by Hills, Hawkesbury and Riverlands Tourism Association and is staffed by passionate tourism volunteers. The centre is where you can access information on the history of the Great North Road and local history as well as maps, local accommodation, drives, tourist attractions, dining, events, free things, conference/wedding venues as well as shopping, pubs/clubs et cetera. The volunteers are happy to assist you any way they can so come on down and say hello!
Roughley House is a colonial heritage listed homestead that was established in 1856 and has been passed through generations of the Roughley family throughout the years, the property is now owned by Hills Shire Council. Group tours of Roughley House are available, contact the centre for times and bookings....
Sydney is blessed with an abundance of stunning waterways. Southern Cross Kayaking are keen to share them by offering professionally guided kayak tours in areas of natural beauty and historical significance. They have many tour locations in the Hawkesbury river region including Windsor, Cattai National Park and Berowra Waters.
You can also choose your own adventure if you don't see a tour that suits your needs. Gather a group of six to 12 friends, family, or colleagues and contact Southern Cross Kayaking to arrange a tour tailored to the needs of your group. Simply check out the web site or call Cindy or John for more locations.
Kayaking experiences makes great gifts. Gift vouchers available.
Australian Luxury Escapes has been providing unique touring options for discerning guests for over 26 years. They offer a customised approach to touring, with each of their knowledgeable guides tailoring guests experiences to their interests and needs.
All Australian Luxury Escapes tours operate on a private charter basis and are inclusive of a knowledgeable private guide, morning or afternoon tea, lunch including selected Australian wines, park entries and travel by luxury vehicle....
Kookaburra Retreat is a completely private self contained retreat which adjoins their house. You have your own private ‘West Wing’ with plenty of room. Kitchen, dining, lounge, toilet and veranda downstairs with direct access to the backyard and bush. Bedrooms, bathroom and veranda are upstairs. Sit back, relax and enjoy the bush and wildlife at your doorstep. Explore the many bushwalking tracks accessible from the backyard and within the area. Plenty to do/see or just enjoy the tranquillity....
Berowra Waters Retreat is a luxury three bedroom holiday house plus a garden suite to accommodate up to eight people. It is situated right on the river offering water views from every bedroom and balcony.
This is a water access only property with an undercover entertainment area offering stunning river views complete with crockery, cutlery, barbecue, fridge and microwave perfect for al fresco dining. There is a private spa, tinny, kayaks, stand up paddleboard and fishing rods available....
Less than an hour north of the Sydney central business district, the Berowra Waters Penthouse offers a stress free and indulgent escape in one of Sydney's most picturesque locations. With tranquil waterways and an abundance of native bushland, Berowra Waters is an area renowned for its natural beauty, add the pleasures of gourmet dining, boating, fishing and bushwalking at your doorstep and you have the perfect getaway.
The Berowra Waters Penthouse is a fully self-contained luxury apartment of generous proportions, accommodating up to ten guests. Featuring five beautifully appointed bedrooms, three bathrooms, an expansive lounge/entertaining area and commercial grade kitchen, you are ensured plenty of space for everyone to relax and enjoy the surrounds....
This lovely bed and breakfast is a family home converted to offer quality accommodation.
Beautifully decorated, Views at Kenthurst allows guests to feel right at home in an environment of comfort and contentment. The sense of wellbeing that exudes from the atmosphere is palpable.
Guests have full privacy and their own entrance to their suite. There is a large recreation room that is lovingly furnished with a comfortable leather lounge and solid teak furniture, very inviting and cosy. If you love reading, Views has an extensive library. There are more than a thousand books on just about every subject you can imagine . . . views on life, health, philosophy, gardening, cooking, history, culture and much more.
Views at Kenthurst was named not only because of its expansive view to the Blue Mountains but also because of the variety of the books available and the many "views" they contain....
Riverside Escape on Berowra Waters is deepwater fronted, self-contained accommodation only 50 minutes from Sydney City.
The property offers a well equipped self-contained apartment or three bedroom home for that weekend or mid week getaway. The property has the option of being a quiet romantic escape for two, or a get together location for family and friends. Facilities include your own boat to explore the river on or a double kayak for a more eco-friendly tour.
Surrounded by bush, water, native fauna and flora, you won't want to leave this slice of paradise. Guests can access wireless internet plus a media centre with over 300 DVDs and compact discs for your entertainment. Riverside Escape is water access only and has complete 180 degree uninterrupted water views....