A country experience on the doorstep of Sydney.

Cafe & Restaurant


The Springs

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Open Wednesday to Sunday. Closed Monday & Tuesday. More detail below.

Located at Peats Ridge, just 40 minutes from Wahroonga, and 1 hour from Newcastle, The Springs is your ultimate lifestyle destination. The Sitting Duck offers fresh produce from farm to plate and The Duck Down creates fabulous bush inspired cocktails. Our executive chef creates meals using the freshest produce, and delivers to our patrons straight from farm to plate.

Closed Monday & Tuesday
Wednesday & Thursday 11am – 5pm (Dining available until 3:30pm)
Friday 11am – Till late (Dining available until 9pm)
Saturday 11am – Till late (Dining available until 9pm)
Sunday 11am – 5:30pm (Dining available until 3:30pm)


Wildwood Garden

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Spring Garden Season: Open Friday to Monday – 10 am to 4 pm from Friday, August 11, 2017 continuing until Monday, November 6, 2017 - all public holidays included

Wildwood is a garden in Bilpin which has been developing for more than 30 years due to the efforts & skills of Wayne & Sue Tapping who bought the land in the early eighties.

They chose the name Wildwood as their plan was to make a formal garden without losing the wildness of the native landscape. They have decided that the property has now got to the stage that it should be available for everyone to appreciate.

Situated in the heart of Bilpin amid the orchards & tall trees of the Blue Mountains it is a large garden many would love to explore.

It is not just a place to wander in and enjoy the plantings as it has a café with fabulous views, a gift shop & specialist nursery with treasures propogated from plants in the garden.

There is a cherry walk, dogwoods & other blossom trees, camellias, azaleas, massed clivia, & hellebore, hydrangea, deciduous trees that are spectacular in autumn & ferns that surround a magnificent waterfall with ponds.

There is also a large lake surrounded by lawns & topiary where you can picnic. It has sweeping views, deep volcanic soil, bore water & is a delightful place to visit at any time of year.

They began this garden more than 30 years ago & also opened a retail nursery at nearby North Richmond. The Nursery closed in 2010, allowing the couple to pursue their dream of an open garden with gift shop, nursery & café.

This 5 hectare garden nestles among 10ha of towering native trees. It is set on a gentle slope with broad, crushed granite paths that meander beside a waterfall & ponds then beneath the trees & across sweeping lawns to a tranquil lake. Seats are scattered throughout to encourage visitors to relax & enjoy the atmosphere.

Wildwood’s café serve morning & afternoon teas, snacks & light lunches with delicious sandwiches, salads, cakes, pastries & season specials. There is a selection of homemade goodies which are scrumptious but be sure not to miss out on the Wildwood’s very own homemade apple pie – it is just so delicious. Enjoy a panoramic view over the garden from the café verandah. Visitors are also welcome to picnic by the lake.

The Gift shop and nursery is well stocked with appealing gift ware & local products. The nursery has a range of plants, many of which are propagated from those which are growing in the garden including some rare & unusual finds. You are sure to find something special here


From an Article by Jennifer Stackhouse, Wildwood Open


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.


Ambrosia Olive Farm

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7 Days 9am - 5pm

This a beautiful property.

Nestled in the hills of Silverdale, Ambrosia Olive Farm offer a complete package.

Walk amongst the Olive trees or just watch the Olive press work (when in season) or chat with the owners about the process of making extra virgin Olive oil.

We have a variety of other fruit trees and some vines also on the property. We have our own Bee Hives and you can purchase some fresh local honey and home made Olive products.

We have Deer, Chicken, Turkey, Emu, Sheep and Duck also on the property.

Bus / Coaches are welcome. Lunches can be arranged on request.


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.


Muru Mittigar

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Muru Mittigar is open 7 days.

Monday – Friday: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Booking Available on Weekends
Drop in or organise a group.

Muru Mittigar

Muru Mittigar means “Pathway to Friends” in Darug language (Traditional Aboriginal custodians of our area).

Muru Mittigar enables you to participate and interact with members of the Aboriginal community through the exciting educational and enriching cultural activities on offer. With a focus on providing employment opportunities for Aboriginal people, Muru Mittigar also presents positive outcomes for the local community, by creating a meeting place for sharing cultures.

Cultural Experiences and Tours
Muru Mittigar provides hands-on cultural encounters with experienced and professional Aboriginal Guides. Our group tours are sure to provide you with a full cultural experience. Depending on the tour type you choose (2 hours – 4 1/2 hours), the activities include:

• Bush Tucker Morning Tea. Try our wattle seed pikelets with native jams
• Guided tour of our Cultural Centre
• Cultural Talk with beliefs and stories from Aboriginal Australia
• Try your hand at Boomerang throwing
• Didgeridoo presentations
• Join our Yarra Walk and learn about the traditional uses of local native plants
• Aussie BBQ Lunch & Bush Tucker Tasting. The bush tucker taste test is a chance to try some of our native game meat, such as Kangaroo and Emu
• Koori Art Painting Workshop. Paint a souvenir boomerang.

Tour optional extras include Dance Performances and a Bush Tucker Morning Tea. All visitors have the opportunity to stop in at our Gift Shop and Veranda Café.

Our Cultural Experiences and Tours are available for individuals, groups, and corporate groups (up to 80 people). Tours start from $34 for Children, Students and Seniors and from $45 for Adults.

Muru Mittigar is F.I.T ready and commission ready. We have special
discounted rates for domestic primary and secondary school groups.

Cultural Centre

Showcasing visiting Aboriginal art exhibitions, local artefacts and stories. Our centre covers the local Darug people, Aboriginal Australia and interpretive museum pieces.

Native Provenance Plant Nursery
Muru Mittigar’s Provenance Nursery specialises in growing Indigenous native provenance plants. All plants are from the Penrith Basin and are ideally suited to drought conditions.

Art and Craft Studio
Authentic Aboriginal arts and crafts created by our experienced artisans

Gift Shop & Veranda Cafe

In our Gift Shop you will find only original and 100% Australian made products with authentic Aboriginal content. You can soak up the atmosphere with a coffee and light meal at our Veranda Café.


Zokoko Chocolates and Morgans Coffee

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Hours: Mon-Fri 7:00am – 4:30pm Sat 8:30am-12:00pm

Zokoko is a bean to bar chocolate maker using traditional artisan methods.

Pure origin chocolate bars, truffles, confections and Morgan’s Coffee are available from the espresso bar.

Take a journey with Zokoko and discover the delights of the pure cacao experience.

Pure Origin Chocolate is, as the name implies, made from beans from one region, sometimes even the one grower.

Cocoa beans are infused with the characteristics of the soil in which they are grown. The way the beans are fermented, dried and processed all influence the final flavour profile.

Our micro batch sized production allows us to work with these flavour influences to unlock the potential within each bean.


Blue Mountains Botanic Garden: Mount Tomah

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The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is open every day except Christmas Day.
Monday - Friday: 9.00 am - 5.30 pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 9.30 am - 5.30 pm
Entry is free
No pets allowed in the Garden
Enquiries 02 4567 3000

This breathtaking Garden is the only botanic garden in the world located in a World Heritage Area. Focused on the conservation of cool climate plants it is home to 21,000 plants and 900 species. Located under 2-hours’ drive from Sydney airport and less than an hour from Penrith and Richmond, the Garden is the perfect backdrop for a gathering, workshop or family day out.


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.


Native Kitchen and Bar

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WED - MON 7 AM - 5PM
THURS, FRI AND SAT NIGHTS
5 PM - LATE

Sourced locally
Prepared with love
Served simply

At Native Kitchen and Bar we network with small sustainable providers to create a seasonal cuisine that is kind to our bodies, our earth and our providers.

We wholeheartedly believe in and pursue organic and bio-dynamic practises. working closely with our farmers we plan our menu to develop produce driven concepts that constantly push the boundary of flavour and experience. It is our inspiration to see our ideas sprout from seed to plate.

To better educate ourselves and our staff in sustainable agriculture our team has the opportunity to partake inn a weekly routine of agricultural training and practical involvement on the farm.


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