A country experience on the doorstep of Sydney.

Accommodation


Madisons Mountain Retreat

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Madison's Mountain Retreat is a four-star peaceful bed and breakfast farmstay in Kurrajong Heights , on acres bordering the Wollemi and Blue Mountains National Parks . Secluded with stunning scenery yet easy to reach, we have 8 self-contained cedar cottages and 2 refurbished train carriages. Each can accommodate up to 5 people. Every spacious cottage has a cosy log fire, kitchenette, TV and DVD player.

Some cottages have a private spa, massage is available by appointment and one cabin is wheelchair accessible. Madison 's is ideal for family holidays with the kids - have an adventure when you collect the eggs for breakfast or help us feed the alpacas every day.

Recently, Madison's has hosted garden weddings, 21st parties, wellbeing seminars, large family reunions, yoga retreats, workplace get-aways, womens' annual retreats and other special events.

Madison's has an 18 m indoor heated pool and spa, tennis court, gazebo with BBQ, large shed, common room (with library, pool table and open fire), open space and acres of bush.

Madison's is spectacular in spring, beautiful in summer, exciting in autumn and cosy in winter. Tariffs include a generous breakfast hamper.


Cornwallis House

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45 Cordner Lane, Cornwallis Ph: 0423 623 916

Luxurious self contained holiday house set in a unique elevated waterfront position with stunning views of the Hawkesbury River, surrounded by a picturesque orange orchard, only 3 minutes from Windsor. Cornwallis House can cater for up to 8 adults in stylish comfort with 4 bedrooms, each with their own ensuite.

One of the best kept secrets of the Hawkesbury.


The Sebel Resort & Spa Hawkesbury Valley

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With a choice of 24 Barracks rooms, 37 courtyard rooms, 14 courtyard spa rooms, 21 deluxe spa rooms and 8 suites, The Sebel Resort & Spa Hawkesbury Valley is just perfect for a romantic weekend away or for a conference or event.

Enjoy A la carte dining in the Harvest Restaurant or a light meal in the Courtyard Gazebo. Take advantage of the Spa facilities at Villa Thalgo Day Spa or enjoy many of the complimentary onsite facilities which include the fully equipped gymnasium, indoor heated pool, spa, volleyball, 2 x outdoor tennis courts, full size billiard table and other games such as darts and bocce.


Silos Estate Winery

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Accommodation: 7 days a week; 365 days a year

Cellar Door/Gallery: 7 days a week, Closed Christmas Day

Restaurant: Thu-Sun; 7 days a week Dec-Jan (lunch and dinner)

The Silos Restaurant is located on the NSW South Coast, at the Silos Estate vineyards just on the outskirts of picturesque Berry. Nestled amidst the rolling hills of the local vineyard, Silos takes its name from the 80 year old grain silos included in the property, one of which houses the wine cellar. The award winning Silos Restaurant under Manager Robert Salmon demonstrates country cuisine of the highest calibre. The venue is also perfect for functions. The outlook and restaurant, combined with the beautiful grounds and accommodation, provide an ideal special occasion venue – whether that be a country wedding, corporate event or simply a gathering for friends and family.

Choose from the spaciousness of a Spa Suite or a cosy Sitting Room Suite (each with a private verandah where you can enjoy the vista of the vineyard and escarpment) or the ‘Vines’ – the fully restored original farmhouse that offers views to the lower vineyards and escarpment. All rooms come with breakfast supplies for the duration of your stay. Please note that in accordance with Federal and State laws Silos Estate is smoke free. Pets and children are welcome by prior arrangement and we ask that you respect the privacy and amenity of our other guests

Situated just two hours south of Sydney and 2.5 hours from Canberra, Silos Estate on the South Coast of NSW is the perfect venue for your next small conference, event or meeting. We offer a small group conference or residential conference venue with a 12 seat Board Room fully equipped with the latest audio visual equipment; secure internet access; break out spaces etc. And once the work is over, there of course is wine and cheese tasting and award winning dining to be enjoyed.


Mowbray Park Farm Stays

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Experience real Australia at Mowbray Park Farmstay just 9 km from Picton 1 hour from Sydney Airport the Blue Mountains, Pacific Ocean and 2 hours from Canberra ACT. It brings together the best of 'life on the farm' with Australian country hospitality.
Steeped in history the magnificent 1822 property is only 80 minutes drive from Sydney NSW and is surrounded by rolling hills, towering trees, picturesque farmland and natural unspoilt bush.

Family owned and operated, Mowbray Park is a working farm and farmstay where you can experience all aspects of country life in a relaxed setting with all the comforts you would expect.

Whether it's midweek or weekend, Mowbray Park is alive with the sites and sounds of the Australian country.

Mowbray Park captures the spirit and beauty of the Picton surrounds which is renowned for its crisp country air, history and magnificent countryside.

At our Farm Holiday you can do everything or nothing at all and children can be entertained while parents relax, unwind or enjoy the activities.

Discover the delights of a leisurely horse ride across rolling hills and bushland taking in the magnificent views of the country side, perfect for both experienced and first timers, (age limit 8 years plus on the trail rides).


After your ride take a dip in the pool or relax in our spa. Spend a lazy afternoon along the banks of Crocodile creek chatting around the campfire cooking billy tea and damper, while you're there you may like to go canoeing down stream, its great fun for all ages !

Play tennis on our day/night tennis court, try your hand at archery or learn to crack a stock whip. You may like to bring your bikes and go bike riding or go for a relaxing walk in the country.

For those looking to chill there's nothing better than a good book at a quiet spot amongst a picturesque garden setting with a cool drink in hand.

We also have Perch in our farm dams for the keen fisherman.

Meals will be a highlight of your stay with delicious set menu’s including hearty hot breakfasts, sizzling barbecues with crisp salads and in the evening the scent of mouth watering roasts will tantalise your taste buds. BYO drinks.
The children will be overwhelmed with excitement as they head off on the hayride for a real "hands on" farm experience , helping with the farm chores, feeding the livestock and cuddly nursery animals. They'll also milk the cow, bottle feed the calves, feed Chloe the pig and watch our working dog muster the sheep for that old favourite shearing demonstration.

During most weekends and holiday times we run a kids club during the day and the night at a small cost per child allowing you to enjoy a relaxing dinner and more time to enjoy that well deserved break.

Private horse riding lessons are also available at very reasonable rates, advanced bookings are essential. Our farm stay is a slice of real Australia and brings together the best of the farm, bush and life in the country. We would love to share this experience with you and look forward to seeing you soon.

Mowbray Park has built a reputation for its friendliness, quality and value.


Wollondilly Visitor Information Centre

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Wollondilly is a popular destination for visitors, yet the name is often unfamiliar until memories stir with the mention of more prominent features such as Razorback Range and Burragorang Valley or towns like Picton, Appin and Warragamba.

Wollondilly, on the south western outskirts of Sydney and at the foothills of the Southern Highlands, is surrounded by spectacular, natural beauty and rural pastures. It's 2,560 square kilometres stretch from Bargo in the south, Appin and Menangle in the east, Warragamba in the north with the Nattai wilderness, Yerranderie Ghost Town and Burragorang Valley to the west.

The district is rich in aboriginal and European history. The earliest known inhabitants of the district were the natives of the Gundangurra Tribe, who gave the area its name. The word Wollondilly is attributed to having three meanings, including:

"A place where spirits dwell" and "Water trickling over rocks"

The third meaning is connected to a legend about the burning black coal that was carried inside the skull of a bunyip, within a basket woven of waratah stems. "Worron" means black coal and "dilly" means carry basket.

You can take the Wollondilly Harvest Experience and enjoy the fruits of the region.

Source: Wollondilly Shire Council


Penrith Tourism

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Push your limits, try new things and discover yourself in Penrith.

Contact the friendly staff at Penrith Tourism to find out how you can experience the Adventure Capital of NSW.

Welcome to Penrith – the Adventure Capital of NSW

Adventure comes in many forms; so if you’re looking to explore, indulge, learn or play then make your way to Penrith. We’re just 50 mins from the Sydney CBD.

Home to Australia’s only indoor skydiving facility and the southern hemisphere’s best white-water facility; we also offer jet packing at the Regatta Centre, Go-Karting and wake boarding at Panthers all year round. If landing a 737 plane is more your thing, you might want to check out our Jet Flight Simulator experience.

If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground, discover the rich arts and culture scene with a visit to The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, the Penrith Regional Gallery or the Museum of Fire.

Surrounded by mountains, sweeping valleys and lakes, there is no better place to explore the great outdoors. Take it easy with a cruise along the Nepean River or step things up with a bushwalk to ‘The Rock’ lookout.

Push your limits, try new things and discover yourself in Penrith.


Hawkesbury Tourism Visitor Information Centre

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For bookings & further information (7 days) Weekdays 9am - 5pm Saturdays 9am - 4pm Sundays 9am - 4pm

Welcome to The Hawkesbury, one of New South Wales' best kept secrets, and only one hour north-west of Sydney. With 17 small town and villages to explore, 5 rivers, and more than 70 percent of our area being National Parks, The Hawkesbury is a haven for adventure and nature lovers, as well as for art and history lovers alike.



We invite you to visit The Hawkesbury and experience what this special place has to offer.

Whether you're interests lie in art, culture, history, water-skiing, swimming, canoeing (bring your own), farming, bushwalking, horse-riding, or a wide range of other sports, you will find The Hawkesbury caters for you. If it is retail therapy that you are looking for, you will love spending time exploring our many village shops and galleries, or you will find some fantastic bargains by visiting our local craft and food markets held regularly throughout the year. On the other hand you may simply wish to soak up the peace and quiet while enjoying our magnificent scenery.

Whether your visit is for business or pleasure, fun or romance, for a day, a weekend or a week, our accommodation ranges from Caravan Parks and B & B's, to Resorts, Cottages or Motels, catering for both your taste and your budget, you can be sure you will enjoy your visit to the Hawkesbury.

Please feel free to call into our Visitors Centre, opposite the Richmond RAAF Base, where you'll find a playground for the children to unwind as well as a cafe for refreshments.

Why not not pick up your fresh food and wine from the Farm Gate Trail before you leave. Yummm.

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Shoalhaven Visitor Information Centre

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Open daily 9am to 5pm Closed Christmas Day

To find out what’s on in the Shoalhaven or if you’re after accommodation feel free to browse this website or contact the Shoalhaven Visitors Centre on 1300 662 808.

Shoalhaven Visitors Centre offers a complete range of information, including an online accommodation and tours booking service.

Souvenirs, local produce, including wines and beers, crafts and other merchandise are available for purchase. Internet access and a quiet area for reading is offered for the convenience of travellers.

Enjoy the Shoalhaven region with its beaches, bays, interesting country towns and natural wonders.





Sydney Hills Visitors Centre

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9.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday, and from 9.30am
to 4.00pm on weekends.


Stretching from North Parramatta to historic Wisemans Ferry on the Hawkesbury River is Sydney's Hills District where you'll discover the mystique of colonial history mixed with cosmopolitan life. Wisemans Ferry is a serene river town set beneath towering cliffs of Hawkesbury sandstone. The ferry master still operates the punt 24 hours a day for vehicles to cross the Hawkesbury River - a time honoured tradition since 1827. Picnic on the riverbanks, take coffee around a ?replace or shoot a round of golf against this charming backdrop. No trip to this rural hamlet is complete without a walk on the convict built Great North Road.

With over 600 events happening annually, there's always a market, event or festival happening in the Sydney Hills District. From family fairs to performing arts, from music to cultural celebrations, there's bound to be an event to entertain the whole family.

The villages of Annangrove, Glenorie, Kenthurst and Dural hide a myriad of fruit orchards, hobby farms, antique and craft stalls. With over 60 nurseries in the area, this really is gardeners' heaven. Break your day with a meal amongst the spring scents at one of the many garden cafes and restaurants.
All this gives way to the modern amenities and vibrant events of Castle Hill. The Hills District is now a cosmopolitan hub with acclaimed shopping and entertainment precincts. A smorgasbord of quality restaurants and cafes cover the region. The leafy streets border open bushland and the area hosts Sydney's only State Forest.

Must See, Must Do
* Walk the convict built Great North Road
* Relax with live Jazz at The Pines
* See artists at work in local galleries
* Chat over coffee in a nursery cafe
* Buy fresh produce from the farmers' gate
* Escape city life in a rural B&B and finally take part in one of the many festivals, markets and events held annually

Sydney Hills Visitors Centre
656a Old Northern Road, Dural
("The Pines" historic property)
Phone: 1300 884 881
Web: www.sydneyhills.com.au


The Centre is staffed by a group of very dedicated volunteers.


Bilpin Springs Lodge

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46 Bilpin Springs Road, Bilpin

Bilpin Springs Lodge is a stunning 10acre B&B/farmstay located in Bilpin village close to the regional border between Hawkesbury & Blue Mountains.

We're a 3.5star property, recently rated by AAA Tourism. The lodge is all setup for family accommodation with a mix of bedrooms sleeping 2, 3, 4, 6 and even 8 people.

All bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms. Breakfast is provided each morning with remaining meals on a self catered basis. At the lodge guests have access to and use of a huge country kitchen and BBQs on the verandah, plus much more.

There's a giant spa, farm animals, canoes, playground, games room and much more.

Staying at the lodge is like having your own private large country house to enjoy.

A minutes walk from the lodge is Bilpin Springs orchard, one the Hawkesburys premier pick-your-own orchards.

Cedric Leathbridge who owns and runs the Bilpin Springs Orchard is our neighbour and our guests enjoy picking apples, peaches and many other fruits during season in Cedrics orchard.



Whilst fruit trees can be seen all around Bilpin, we're also proud of our gardens at Bilpin Springs Lodge. There's large grassed areas where familes can play cricket, football and just about any other activity needing a plenty of space. Exploring the lodge property there's bushwalking to experience, yabbies to catch in our yabby pond plus Silver and Golden perch to catch in our fishing dam. Families having a getaway, couples enjoying romantic escapes plus corporate visitors holding small conferences and off-site meetings all enjoy the location & welcoming friendliness at Bilpin Springs Lodge.


The Retreat at Wisemans

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5564 Old Northern Road Wisemans Ferry

Open seven days per week 24 Hours per day.

Why drive hours on crowded roads when some of NSW's most stunning scenery is on your doorstep - not much more than an hour from the Sydney CBD, mostly on country roads.

Enjoy golf, tennis, swimming and a host of other activities, great food and wonderful hospitality.

On Site

Our picturesque 9 hole course lines the banks of the Hawkesbury and must be one of the prettiest courses in NSW and it has the advantage of being an easy walk. It is a course that can be enjoyed by all standards of golfer.

But it also has its challenges and is regularly used for competitions. The tree-lined fairways place a premium on accuracy and the alternative tees provide an extra challenge for the back 9. Our staff will be pleased to help you with club hire and buggy hire.

We also have 2 floodlit, all-weather tennis courts so you can play at any time. The 25m saltwater swimming pool is another favourite and the toddlers' pool is ideal for the youngsters.

Other facilities include:

* Beach volleyball - not quite Bondi, but just as much fun
* Croquet - the sometimes not so genteel sport on the Retreat's Village Green
* Blaxland Massage and Beauty Salon - to really indulge yourself
* Exercise room - for the early morning workout
* Games room - with pool, table tennis and darts for the late night workout!

Or you can relax in the beautiful gardens with a good book or pamper yourself with a massage.

Off Site

There really is so much to see and do in the area. Not a lot of tourist antique shops but beautiful scenery and many examples of the early European settlement of Australia.

You can explore the region:

* Afloat - on a conducted kayak tour, or you can learn to water ski or wakeboard for the adventurous - or you can hire a cabin cruiser for a more leisurely experience
* On 4 wheels - on a conducted 4WD tour of the local National Parks - or we can provide a map of the local pubs and wineries for the really adventurous
* On 3 wheels - on a Harley Davidson trike for the seriously adventurous
* On foot - with local guides go bushwalking and discover some of Australia's early settlement

Riverbend Restaurant

Dining in the Riverbend Restaurant will be one of the highlights of your stay. Our award-winning chefs are just waiting to indulge you.

We have long had a policy of offering a different, but limited, menu each evening. This means that you will always enjoy the freshest, seasonal food available.

We are commited to using local produce where available.

To complement your food we offer an interesting, but affordable, wine list of mostly Australian wines. Some you will recognise, others may not be so familiar - but they have been carefully chosen to maintain our desire for excellence.

Whether it is a intimate dinner for two, a relaxing lunch or a formal dinner for 100 we are able to design a menu that will ensure that it will be an event to remember.


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