Hawkesbury

In the beautiful Hawkesbury explore historic towns, discover a World Heritage convict road, taste delicious fresh produce and cruise the splendid Hawkesbury River. Enjoy great outdoor adventures too, from bushwalking, horseriding and mountain biking to fishing, kayaking and waterskiing.

At the heart of the Hawkesbury is Windsor, a historic riverside town 50 minutes’ drive northwest of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and an hour by train from Central Station. Originally named Green Hills, Governor Lachlan Macquarie renamed the town in 1810 after riverside Windsor in England.

Friends relaxing with a drink at the Settlers Arms Inn, St Albans

Other historic towns are Kurrajong, Richmond, Pitt Town, Ebenezer, Wilberforce, Wisemans Ferry and St Albans. Australia’s oldest church is in Ebenezer. You’ll find sandstone pubs built in colonial times, and on scenic drives in the hinterland you can cross the meandering river on free car ferries.

National parks with UNESCO World Heritage status cradle the Hawkesbury. The Blue Mountains National Park to the west, Yengo and Dharug national parks to the north and Wollemi National Park to the northwest where the famous Wollemi pine – nicknamed the dinosaur tree – was discovered.

There are many opportunities for bushwalking, cycling and boating. Fishing is popular and with the river winding 120km from Yarramundi in the west to Broken Bay in the east, you can cast a line for freshwater and estuary species. In Yarramundi take the kids on a thrilling treetop adventure.

Wake Up With Adventure - Treetops

In the national parks is fascinating heritage. The parks protect Aboriginal cultural heritage, from ceremonial sites to rock art. The Old Great North Road convict trail is in Dharug, near Wisemans Ferry, and is part of the UNESCO Australian convict sites. About 720 convicts laboured on the road.

Since early colonial times the rich alluvial soil supported settler farmers. Today savour bountiful produce and go fruit picking on food and wine trails, such as the Harvest Farm Gate Trail. For that special occasion, you can fly in a Sydney Harbour seaplane to award-winning riverside restaurants.

Accommodation ranges from campgrounds and riverside tourist parks to heritage hotels, retreats, farm stays and the luxury Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley. You can even hire houseboats. When on your short break or sojourn, check out the wonderful Hawkesbury Regional Gallery’s art exhibitions.

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  1. Heritage Hotel Christmas Party

    Saturday 22 December 2018 , Hawkesbury

    Heritage Hotel Christmas Party featuring Barry Munro's Band Join them for an awesome evening of family fun. It is a great opportunity for you to let your hair down and enjoy the beginning of the holiday season. Make sure you wear your…

    22 Dec
  2. Collectors Plant Fair

    Event dates to be confirmed: April 2019 , Hawkesbury

    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…

  3. St Albans Folk Festival

    Thursday 25 April 2019 to Sunday 28 April 2019 , Hawkesbury

    It’s a great vibe, very well established and affordable fun festival. Come for the three days or just a day. Located near Wisemans Ferry, (just one or two hours from Sydney, The Central Coast or Newcastle). Four great performance venues…

    25 Apr - 28 Apr

The River's just the beginning in the Hawkesbury