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.
Hawkesbury Race Club Motel is the Hawkesbury's best kept secret! Located in the park like grounds of the Hawkesbury Race Club - just minutes from historic townships of Richmond and Windsor - this motel offers affordable luxury for singles, couples and families.
Situated off the main road, Hawkesbury Race Club Motel offer the perfect, quiet place to relax and unwind. The East Wing offers expansive views of the racecourse and of the surrounding Blue Mountains. The West Wing offers view across the gardens and Miracle Lodge Racing Stables.
Hawkesbury Race Club Motel offers 30 luxuriously appointed rooms with a mix of king, queen and twin configurations. Deluxe Suites and Spa Suites are also available. Additional beds and cots are available on request.
They look forward to assisting you at Hawkesbury Race Club Motel - where your personal comfort and exceptional service are equally assured.
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.
Lutanda's Yarramundi Centre is located on the Nepean River in the picturesque Hawkesbury Valley. The site is perfect for large groups and outdoor events, and the cabins can host up to 120 guests. Hit the pool, learn to canoe, face "The Tower" or take up an Archery challenge. In this rural setting you can wake up to the sounds of the bell birds, and go to sleep under a blanket of stars.
Lutanda Yarramundi has an auditorium complete with PA and audio visual equipment and a games room.
Activities available at Lutanda Yarramundi - canoeing, flying fox, raft building, archery, crate stack, initiatives courses, low ropes, orienteering, bush walking, wilderness treks, abseiling, bush cooking, navigation and bush craft.
Excellent venue for school camps, church and youth camps, retreats and conferences, community and sporting camps, team building and leadership programs, corporate packages or day excursions....
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.
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....
Kurrajong Radio Museum takes visitors on a nostalgic trip through The Golden Years of Radio.
There are hundreds of radios on display covering the domestic, armed services, professional, commercial and hobby fields. There are interactive displays and demonstrations, along with their own radio station and broadcast studio. You can even have a go at sending a Morse Code message or check out the radio station control room.
Be prepared to be entertained!
The display is the fruits of many years of collecting, now fully organised and operating.
Ian willingly shares his knowledge in demonstrations and various anecdotes which add to the character of the visit.
Do you remember sitting on the floor in front of the radio listening to your favourite serials? Did the Radio Licence Inspector ever call? Maybe to you, radio means music. There is more about radio here than you could possibly imagine.
Cameras are most welcome!...
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....