- Lush river valley
- Famous for its architectural heritage
- One hour’s drive north-west of Sydney
Why go there
To the west of Sydney, the Hawkesbury River winds its way through the Hawkesbury Valley, where historic townships are surrounded by national parks. More than 15 percent of the State’s fruit and vegetables are grown in the valley, and roadside stalls, orchards and wineries abound.
There’s a fascinating mix of rustic farm life, great dining and accommodation options, natural attractions and, of course, the river itself. You can hire a cruiser or houseboat and explore the Hawkesbury and its tributaries under your own steam.
Things to do
- Follow the Hawkesbury Harvest Farm Gate Trail and sample fresh seasonal produce, including citrus fruit, free-range eggs, chestnuts and walnuts.
- Bring your own canoe and head along the beautiful Colo River.
- Hike along the Great North Road to get a feel for what it was like to be a convict. This is just one of 11 Australian Convict Sites on UNESCO's World Heritage register.
- Explore Windsor’s historic buildings, including St Matthew’s Anglican Church (1817), designed by convict architect Francis Greenway.
- Check out a newer attraction in Windsor, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery open daily except Tuesdays.
- St Albans Folk Music Festival, St Albans, in April.
- Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic between the Brooklyn and Windsor bridges, May and November.
- The Hawkesbury Canoe Classic, from Windsor to Brooklyn, in October.
- Hawkesbury Wine, Food and Music Affair Raceday in October.
- Hawkesbury Kurrajong Scarecrow Festival in October.