Autumn Garden Season: Open Friday to Monday – 10 am to 4 pm from Friday, March 23, 2018 continuing until Monday, June 11, 2018 - all public holidays included
We are closed right now. Reopening Fri, 23rd March, 2018. Salvia Shows April 14th & 15th along with 21st & 22nd. Now taking group bookings for the coming season. Ent fees on opening adults $10 conc and student $8, children under 16 free
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
Open Friday to Sunday 9-5. Click through to our website for more information.
The first apples start in mid January.
Apples: Jan (26th) to May 12th
Peaches / Plums Dec 26th to Feb
Nashi and European Pears from Feb.
Persimmon and Qunices
We also sell homemade Jams including Apricot, nectarine and traditional Plum Jam. The Shed also stocks local honey and nuts (when in season).
John has put together a story on when which apple will be in season. Download it if you wish.
Go to the web site for more details on what is happening with the crop www.kookootonga.com.au
CLOSED for 2017 season, gate reopens in March 2018. Please visit www.kookootonga.com.au for a map and great hints on how to plan your visit.
A beautiful farm with an established Walnut and Chestnut grove situated on 60 hectares at scenic Mt Irvine. Pick up your own nuts in this special setting. Buckets and bags are provided and there some off road parking.
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.
Monday to Friday the main Campus entry point is College Drive, an extension of Bourke Street Richmond.
The Drive leads to a visitor parking area.
On weekends and public holidays College Drive is closed and entry to the Campus is via Vines Drive, off Londonderry Road.
A parking fee system is utilised on the campus. You can get a parking ticket from the dispensers located at Campus entry points.
This campus is a delight to stroll around and take in the History of the Hawkesbury.
Just take 90 minutes out of your busy schedule and enjoy our most beautiful University.
Down load the attached document that has a complete tour for you.
Some preliminary information for you.
The Campus entrances have distinctive blue freestanding directories and information kiosks.
The Hawkesbury Campus is divided into location zones, which are signified via alphabetical letters.
Each building within a zone has a number. For example K4 is Stable Square. The tour map and guide indicates the location details and provides very brief details of the historic buildings. The tour guide contains a suggested route, which directs visitors to many of the historic buildings and some of the newer facilities.
The tour requires a minimum of 1 hour 30 minutes to complete. Cafeteria facilities are located in Building L2 near the oval and there is also a small food and coffee outlet open around lunchtime in Building G1.
Public toilets are located in Building K4 and in the G1 Quadrangle.
Most areas of the campus have good disabled access.
Other things to see and do while you're visiting the Hawkesbury Campus:
Visit The EarthCare Centre featuring permaculture gardens and sustainable living house.
Visit The Secret garden and Nursery featuring Riding for the Disabled and Men’s Shed, with farmyard animals, fairy garden and a unique children’s playground.
Open Saturday and Sunday 12noon to 6pm.
Jubilee Vineyard Estate is located on Tizzana Lagoon, near the Hawkesbury River, within a unique, picturesque valley that is reminiscent of Europe.
The famous Italian surgeon, Dr Thomas Fiaschi, impressed with the geography and soil of the area, purchased 250 acres of land at "Sackville Reach" and commenced establishing his famous 55 acre vineyards and sandstone winery in 1885.
He called it "Tizzana" as it reminded him of his village on the outskirts of Florence, Italy.
By 1889 "Tizzana" was producing 9,600 gallons of wine, and employing up to 100 people at it's peak production. The vineyards flourished and quickly gained a reputation for producing very fine, award winning wines. Its wines were transported to Sydney via the Hawkesbury River system, and sold from within the famous "Fiaschi Wine Bar" in Little George Street, Sydney.
After destruction by bushfire in the 1950s, the property was later subdivided.
"Jubilee Vineyard Estate" was re-established directly in front of Tizzana Winery in 2001, and was named after one of Dr Fiaschi's original Tizzana vineyards.
The 27 acre property is located just over an hours drive from the centre of Sydney.
2004 Jubilee "Drunken Bee" Port
2005 Jubilee Chambourcin Rosé
2004 Jubilee Chambourcin Red Wine
2006 Jubilee Chambourcin Rosé
This is the most beautiful part of the region. Come and visit. You will be surprised and you will enjoy yourself
They offer Wine and Cheese Appreciation
The idea of being able to walk the length of one of the great river systems of the world from its source at Lake Bathurst not far short of Canberra, to its mouth at Broken Bay is becoming a reality with the Great River Walk of the Hawkesbury Nepean River. Four sections of the walk are now accessible on foot, bicycle, canoe or car.
Take a healthy, educational, cultural and relaxing stroll along the Great River Walk.
You can visit some farms on your way.
Download the attachment to find your Great River Walks.
As more parts of the Great River walk are built we will keep you informed.
Please contact us if you want more information.
A scrumptious selection of gourmet native foods and spices including Macadamia Nut Butter & Rainforest Plum Swirl, Lemon Myrtle and Native Pepperberry Seasoning, Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup for your champagne and Desert Quandong Jam to name a few.
Visit Kurrajong Australian Native Foods at their Factory Outlet shop at McGraths Hill to taste test and purchase products.
Large groups are welcome by appointment.
Products are also available from Tizanna Winery, Mount Tomah Botanical Gardens and Enniskillen Orchard and each month at our Farmers and Fine Food Markets at Castle Hill, Rouse Hill and Penrith.
Don't miss out on getting these products. Your taste buds will be tantalised.
Closed till 2018.
PYO Apples February mid May every year. Open most days except Tuesday.10am to 3pm on weekends. It is always best to ring first for Pick Your own.
The season is looking good for 2018 with good crops most varieties of apples. PYO start early February. Open Janruary 2018 with limited quantities of peaches. Call before coming.
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Established in 1955, the Shields Family has grown and sold fruit from the packing shed ever since.
We are open for Pick Your Own apples from early February to mid May while fruit is available.
We do not have Pick Your Own peaches. Some peaches available for shed sales during January . Please call before coming.
We sell tree ripened peaches and apples grown on our own orchard.
We have 5 peach varieties and at least 14 apple varieties, some in limited supply.
Pick your own apples are available from February to May.
As there is always some seasonal variation in when varieties are at their best. Please call to find out what's on.
Download the little story on Shields Orchard.
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We are a family run business that is third generation apple farmers. My Husband and I have been farming for over 35 years. Our two sons have come into the business and are eager to bring new and fresh ideas to our business. Our farm is nestled in the heart of Bilpin, we are one of the biggest Orchards in Bilpin with thousands of trees to pick from and we take pride in our fruit and grow quality apples.
We are situated in a quiet and tranquil street so you can get a real feel for the country lifestyle without all the noise of the city.
We send most of our fruit to Flemington Markets but would like the public to have the opportunity to taste a crunchy tasty fresh apple straight off the tree.
We now run The Pines Orchard Cafe where you can buy hot food, Home Made Apple Pies, scones and slices, Meat and Chicken Pies and sausage rolls, Bilpin apple juice and apple cider, fruit, jams, honey and plenty more goodies. We are open 7 days a week 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.
Not open weekdays for Pick Your Own Apples. Weekends and public holidays only.
We hope to see you for a great day out in Bilpin!
NO BOOKING REQUIRED
Please no phone calls, send a text message or email if needing further assistance and we will get back to you ASAP.
Contact Nadia 0410 676 152
Chris 0450 515 096
~ A totally new concept in shopping tours.
~ ARE you aware that the produce you buy on a TCP Farmgate Tour is ultra fresh and the quality and life span is far superior to supermarket produce? By cutting out the middleman you can save money and food miles. The farmer can often supply information about how their produce is grown, harvested and how they themselves cook or prepare it!
~ IT is reassuring to know that you can make a difference because you are supporting the diminishing farming community of Sydney’s outskirts.
~ THE tours are run every second Friday and the usual stops are, Honey Producer, Olive Grove, Fig Farm, Egg Supplier, Smallgoods Manufacturer (Italian Deli Butcher) and Vegetable Farm. But depending on your groups interests you can have a tailor-made tour to suit your needs.
~ IN the appropriate seasons there is also fruit picking, two stops are missed out to go fruit picking. Contact TCP Farmgate Tours on 0424 188 779 to find out what fruit is in season for picking.
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.
Open 7 days - 11am to 4pm
Bilpin's first cider company and the first to open a cellar door, our product is made using only freshly crushed fruit, there is no added sugar and it is all gluten free.
Visitors are treated to a tasting across the product range and are invited to take a stroll around the grounds including the gardens, orchard and up to the sheep and alpacas paddocks.
Bilpin Cider is available all year round
FRI 12PM - 5PM. SAT & SUN 11AM- 5PM. Free Tastings. Please check website for any additional opening days during the growing season.
Wind your way up the picturesque Bells Line of Road to The Hillbilly Cider Shed at Shields orchard. Pick some apples and then head to the shed to sample the award winning range including limited releases not available elsewhere.
Hillbilly is the only cider in the world that uses the 'Julie' apple discovered at Shields Orchard and now heralded as the first new apple discovery in the Sydney area since the Granny Smith over 100 years ago! The Hillbilly Sweet Julie Cider won a “Best in Class” in the latest Australian Cider awards.
Hillbilly has won awards in every Australian cider awards since launching 5 years ago – including 3 times “Best in Class”. Hillbilly has also achieved highest scoring Australian cider in the UK’s International cider awards with a silver medal.
The ciders are made purely from local mountain apples with no added sugar or artificial flavours. They are gluten free and suitable for Vegans.
You can also find us at the Castle Hill Farmers and Fine Food market, on the 2nd and 4th Saturday. See https://www.facebook.com/HarvestTrailsAndMarkets/ for the latest market postings.
Other stockists are listed on www.hillbillycider.com.au
Hillbilly apple cider – 4.5% alc
Hillbilly pear cider – 4.5% alc
Hillbilly Sweet Julie Cider – 3.5% alc
Hillbilly Scrumpy cloudy Cider – 6% alc
Hillbilly Vintage – 9% alc
Hillbilly non alcoholic apple cider – 0.0% alc.
Regular open day, first Saturday each month, Garden Group Tuesday. Tours by appointment.
A gathering place for people learning together to achieve responsible stewardship.
The EarthCare Centre aims to promote more sustainable use of land, appropriate technologies and the development of self-reliant and self-responsible local communities.
Other things to see and do while you're at The EarthCare Centre
Take the historic walking tour of the campus and discover the Hawkesbury Agricultural College history and buildings
Visit The Secret Garden and Nursery featuring Riding for the Disabled and Men’s Shed, with farmyard animals, fairy garden and a unique children’s playground.
M & A Butchery is proud to be celebrating 25 years of serving the Hawkesbury community. M & A’s expert buyers obtain stock from a variety of NSW farms and sales as well as from the Hawkesbury, Canberra and Royal Easter shows and pass the award winning stock on to their customers. M & A strives to keep prices fair while keeping the quality exceptionally high.
Their unique self-serve meat display gives you the opportunity to choose from a range of popular cuts, ready to cook meals, as well as bulk items cut free to your requirements. Qualified butchers have the expertise to advise the best way to use cuts and get the best value meat for your requirements, as well as assist you in organising portion sizes for feeding guest including threading spits free of charge!
M & A is an active part of the community and has supported dozens of local charities in the Hawkesbury region over the past two and a half decades and continue to do so. The staff at M & A Butchery pride themselves on good service and will even give you a hand to your car if required. The butchery also offers recipes both in store and on their website/Facebook pages to help inspire great home cooked meals.
If you are feeling the pinch from high supermarket meat prices, support local and visit the friendly staff at M & A Butchery.
Like us at “M & A Butchery” on Facebook and follow us @mabutchery on Instagram for amazing offers and competitions.”
Shop opening hours: Sunday to Friday 10am - 3pm
Our Season Is Closed Now. We will re open Mid May 2018.
Thanks to all who came and supported our farm. We hope to see you next year!
Our Navel season is now Closed.
- Entrance at front of farm to fruit shop. Access beyond this point by appointment
only. PRIVATE PROPERTY.
- Time limits apply due to limited parking and no facilities
- No eftpos available; CASH ONLY
- No access for large buses and tour groups
- Please call for availability
This is a beautiful farm, 70 years old, Managed by one family.
We welcome you and hope you have a enjoyable experience.
Trading as Hawkesbury Harvest Hampers. Call at any time.
Who is Harvest Hampers?
Harvest Hampers, trading as Hawkesbury Harvest Hampers delivers in season fresh fruit and vegetables to your door.
We value add by adding other local produce (Jams, Chutneys, Native Foods) to your order.
How do we do it
We collaborate with local farmers to make list of fresh produce that is published in the shop section of our website and on Facebook.
Let us know you' are happy with your produce.
Choose one of our standard hampers and add extra items to your cart or make up your own hamper from the produce in our online shop and checkout.
Delivery is made every second Wednesday.
You can pay during checkout or you can pay cash on delivery.
“To provide an alternative system of food that encourages integrated, intelligent and sustainable methods of production and provides it to people in a timely and efficient manner.”
“By buying local, we are giving incentives for farmers to keep on farming, for seeds to be kept, for food to stay in our hands; we are one step forward to our food sovereignty.”
Open Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm, other times for groups by appointment only, call 0247562191
20 hectares set on the edge of Wollangambee National Park.
An established nut orchard with large, good quality, fresh chestnuts and walnuts.
There is a special paddock for parking on the farm. Stroll across a mown pathway to the orchard. Buckets and bags are provided for you to pick your own nuts. Wear heavy shoes and bring gloves. Plenty of room for children.
Travel 55km from Richmond on Highway 40 (Bell's Line of Road) to the Mt. Wilson turnoff. Turn right and proceed through Mt. Wilson and Mt. Irvine T-junction. Turn left again, immediately onto DANES Way. Follow the signs to Nutwood Farm. (2km)
This is a special farm gate. Enjoy the experience.
Open 7 Days.
Drop in and chat with the Farmer and chat and pick up your fresh seasonal vegies.
Here at Riverveiw Produce our family has been growing fresh fruit and vegetables for over 50 years supplying to the Sydney markets and we recently decided to make our produce available to the public through the farm gate trail.
Come and see a real working farm as we have a large range of great quality fruit and vegetables picked from the farm and also have other produce available.
This is NOT a pick your own Farm.
Plenty of parking and buses welcome.
So hope to see you soon down at Riverveiw.
Open Monday to Saturday 9 to 5. (Closed Sunday)
Located on Clydesdale Lane, Western Sydney University - Richmond (enter Vines Drive off Londonderry Road)
A wonderful community hub and retail nursery set on 25 beautiful acres incorporating Riding for the Disabled and Men’s Shed, with farmyard animals, fairy garden and a unique children’s playground.
Run by North West Disability Services, a not-for-profit organisation, our focus is horticultural therapy offering a safe, supportive and educational environment for people with a range of abilities.
All sales support disability and horticultural therapy programs at the garden.
Other things to see and do while you're at The Secret Garden and Nursery
Take the historic walking tour of the campus and discover the Hawkesbury Agricultural College history and buildings
Visit the EarthCare Centre featuring permaculture gardens and sustainable living house
The Fruit Bowl is open 7 days a week from 8.00 am till 5.30pm. Closed Christmas Day.
The Bilpin Fruit Bowl is owned and operated by Simon & Margaret Tadrosse.
It has been owned by the Tadrosse family for the last 30 years. We have 4 children, 3 daughters and one son, who were all born into the business and now with all their help we all manage both the orchard and the shop.
Our daughters help control and run the shop full time, they make all the apple pies, cakes, slices, scones, while our son works full time in the farm.
The Fruit Bowl shop is open 7 days a week from 8.00 am till 5.30pm.
The farm is open on weekends and public holidays only between 10am and 4pm. We open mid November and go though until about Easter.
We only close on Christmas Day. In our shop we stock local honey, local home made jams, souvenirs, pottery, fresh fruit and seasonal summer fruits. We bake all our Apple Pies, cakes and slices on the premises.
In Summer we also sell Peach pies made from peaches grown in our orchard. When other fruits are in season such as cherries, blueberries and raspberries you can also be tantalised with one of these fresh baked pies.
The shop has:-
* Undercover seating for 250 people
* Ample off road car parking
* Picnic grounds
* Playground equipment for children
* Disabled toilet
Our Orchards consists of approx 10,000 fruit trees. 5,000 Stone Fruit and 5,000 Apple trees.
As well as pick your own peaches and apples, we also offer Pick your own vegetables. We are the only farm in NSW offering PYO vegetables.
Experience all the rural charm that the Hawkesbury district has to offer by visiting one of Australia's oldest wineries, orchards, a working cattle or a vegie farm plus much more.
We will personalise your tours to suit your needs, you can stop and pick your own from our local orchards where you can purchase fresh produce.
You can taste test our fresh goats cheese and wines before you purchase from the producers or you could wander around a vegie farm with the farmer whilst your fresh product is picked.
We offer half day tours and week ends away or you can charter one of our deluxe buses and we will personalise a tour to suit your requirements.
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.
Saturdays and Sundays from February until Queens Birthday providing there is fruit to pick! Please ring 02 4567 1294 for recorded details or, better still, check our our website first!
Bilpin Springs Orchard traditionally sent stonefruit and apples to Flemington Markets. The transition to a purely “Pick Your Own” orchard began 1990 by replanting 12 acres with many blocks of just 100 trees, enabling us to offer you a wide variety of deciduous fruits from late January to June.
These include apples, pears, nashi and quinces; persimmon, figs and citrus; and more recently, blueberries.
For updated information on when you can pick fruit, visit our website www.bilpinspringsorchard.com.au or ring the information line 02 4567 1294 before visiting.
Normally Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 7.30pm to 4pm
Please telephone first
Saliba Fruits are growers, packers and distributors of apples, peaches and nectarines. For over 35 years this family owned and run business has produced some of Australia’s finest quality produce from the Bilpin district. Check out their home made Apple preserves, Peach jams and Bilpin Apple Juice, Hillbilly Apple Cider (Non-Alcoholic) made from Saliba Apples.
They only have shed sales when the fruit is in season.
The farm first began from humble origins when five migrant brothers from Lebanon purchased 50 acres and established the orchard. The Saliba brothers ran the orchard as a second job, building a future for their families in Australia. Over time, the farm became the family focus with all time and effort put into ensuring the fruit was of the highest standard.
The business became the family foundation with many brothers, sisters and cousins working side by side.
After 12 years the brothers decided to pursue other ventures. The property was bought by second eldest brother Colin. With the help of his eldest son Joe, and with other sons Ray and John, Colin was able to continue the family business. Eventually Colin retired and Ray and John left the business.
Eldest son Joe and wife Lilly bought the farm and now run it with the help of their three children. In the last eight years since Joe and Lilly have become owners and operators of the farm the couple have developed the orchard to be one of Sydney’s best quality harvests. Today Saliba Fruits is synonymous with consistent, delicious fruit.
In order to maintain this reputation, the pair have upgraded the farm with a number of variety changes, new packing and handling technique s and new state of the art machinery. Joe and Lilly are committed to complying with all national standards of fruit production, which includes practicing the Quality Assurance program. In addition to this the farm is completely protected b y hail netting, ensuring minimal damage caused by variant weather conditions . All packing is done on site. Saliba Fruits has a same pick and pack day policy.
All fruit from the farm is sold and marketed by Sydney Flemington fruit market agent, Goldenfruit. With constant improvements to growing techniques, grading equipment and employing quality workers the brand continues to gr ow now including homemade jams and preserves. Each year Joe and Lilly continue to reassess all as pects of the farm in order to stay leaders of the industry. All actions taken are aimed at producing great, sizeable fruit that tastes delicious. This is what Saliba Fruits prides themselves on.
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.
Aerial Photo by "Spatial Images Photography 2010"
Open Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm
Weekends: By Appointment
Visit the home of Blue Mountains Natural Spring Water and see the borehead of the spring that starts 100 metres underground. Visit the bottling room where the bottles are filled and enjoy the beautiful bushland and the spectacular views to Sydney?s CBD. You are welcome to picnic here and enjoy our lovely grounds. Toilets facilities are available. Test-Tasting of Water. No Retail.
Open to the public from June to September, 9am to 5pm, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
Closed Monday & Tuesday Open Wed - Sunday.
Helleborus Down Under is a specialty nursery with a lovely display garden that opens in the winter flowering season.
You can come and spend some time in the garden and see how to grow the very hardy and drought tolerant Helleborus.
Talk to the grower and get the information you want, if you need help in the meantime don't hesitate to ring us.
When you are on the trail in winter don?t miss out on this experience.
This most beautiful flower springs to life in Winter. Ingrid, your host, will tell you all about this fantastic flower.
There will be expert advice available on the weekend on how to look after the Helleborus and how to grow it.
While having your free light refreshments have a chat with the grower.
You can now download an order form direct from the Helleborus Down Under Website. (Goto the Catalogue Page)
Your journey to the Helleborus Nursery at Bilpin (turn left off Bells Line of Road at Mountain Lagoon Road) will take you through some of the best picturesque country.
Don't miss this on your calendar.
The Garden and Nursery, at Woodgreen, is open, by appointment from 1 October to 15 May, to horticultural groups of more than 10 individuals. Entry $8 per person.
Rare, unusal and old fashioned ornamental and edible plants sourced from the garden at "Woodgreen" Bilpin.
Peta Trahar's interest has always been in the more interesting and unusual plant species, including those with variegated foliage.
The Woodgreen garden is a product of her collecting since establishing a first garden in the 1970s. It is now the source of the plants in the nursery. The range offered includes perennials, shrubs and bulbs among others. Many are rare.
Occasionally Peta takes her plants to selected festivals.
I've been growing and selling my plants on and off for many years but have now decided to focus my time on building up a collection from the garden here at Woodgreen, Bilpin, NSW. Bilpin, in the Blue Mountains, is approximately 650 metres above sea level and 100 km inland from the Sydney CBD.
We experience four distinct seasons with temperatures up to high 30's celcius in Summer and to below freezing, occasionally, in Winter. True alpines and tropicals are not grown. Otherwise we have a wide range of plants.
Parts of the garden are in full sun, other areas are quite shady. There are also sections under deciduous trees. I have lots of choices as to where to plant.
I have always sought out small specialist nurseries. Early on, dare I say in the late 1970's and 80's, Somerset Cottage at Dural owned by Rosemary and John Hemphill was a favourite. So too, Ken Gillanders' 'Woodbank' in Tasmania. Imagine how honoured I was when Rosemary Hemphill asked me to design and construct her new garden at Bowen Mountain after she and John moved from Dural.
My interest in unusual plants led, along with Beth Stokes and my husband Peter, to the highly regarded Collectors' Plant Fair. See www.collectorsplantfair.com. Ken Gillanders was a popular speaker at the 5th Fair. So too was Dan Hinkley, renowned horticulturist and plant hunter from the USA, who owned the wonderful nursery, Heronswood. His current garden, 'Windcliff', near Seattle is an inspiration to me.
My list includes trees, shrubs, many perennials, grasses and bulbs. For each entry I give a little information and often where I first located it. These days gardeners using the internet and good books can research a plants needs. For this reason I have not gone into great cultural detail.
I've always been interested in rare, unusual and old fashioned species, particularly if they have attractive foliage. Variegated plants are my weakness. I select and grow plants that give year round interest in the garden.
The plants offered for sale are sourced from my garden. Visitors can see the plant growing and discuss its cultural requirements with me.
Pot Sizes and Costs
Most of the plants are offered in 150 -200 mm pots. Many are cutting or seed grown so need potting on regularly. I do not grow huge numbers of any one species. I'd rather have a big variety
See the website www.petatraharnursery.com.au for the list of plants currently offered.
Pesticides and herbicides are not used, In fact it is common to find a frog sitting in a plant pot.
If a plant is very rare or slow to produce it will be priced accordingly. Generally a perennial in a 150 mm pot will cost $8 to $10. I currently do not offer mail orders, a visit to Bilpin is an enjoyable trip with the Botanic Gardens at Mt Tomah close by.
For more information contact the Show Secretary via email
The Bilpin Garden Club Inc meets on the first Saturday of the month.
Membership of the club costs $10 per year and is open to everyone, not just residents of Bilpin.
Members receive a quarterly newsletter with garden notes and information about our meetings.
Sometimes we visit gardens, sometimes we have educational presentations: and each year in the middle of October we stage a spectacular Spring Flower Show in the Bilpin District Hall.
In 2011 the Spring Flower Show will be in its 51st Year, and will be open to the public on the afternoon in October.
Our membership ranges from professional horticulturists and people with large show gardens to people with small daggy gardens, lots of plans and hope.
As well as sharing knowledge and seeking inspiration from garden visits, the Club also maintains the garden at the Bilpin District Hall.
Download the current newsletter and schedule for their big Garden Show or contact the secretary for more information.
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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.
Purple Noon gallery is situated at 606 Terrace Road Freemans Reach, just metres from Streeton lookout. It is a purpose built sandstone and old timber and iron structure attached to the existing picture framing workshop.
It has a special ambiance and relaxed style perfect for displaying a beautiful range of high quality artwork.
Coffee is a must in the sculpture garden or on the large verandah surrounding the gallery with outlook to the mountains.
This lovely orange orchard growing wonderfully tasting Navel and Valencia Oranges has been operating in the Hawkesbury for over 80 years.
Bruce Gardiner a third generation farmer and his son Philip is the fourth generation farmer have sold the farm to the Huang Family to grow oranges on this property. Bruce who is in his eighties has lived his whole life surrounded by trees laden with large juicy tasty oranges.
The added benefit is that the Orchard is also situated on the banks of the Hawkesbury River in a small area of the Hawkesbury called Cornwallis.
This almost unknown area, is just outside Windsor and is located on what the locals call ‘The Lowlands’
Watch the Oranges bee sorted by the Farmers sorting machine, see how they are packed for market. It is a great education for children.
You will enjoy yourself talk directly to a farmer that has see it all.
Wirraninna Ridge Apple Cider vinegar is suitable for table and health use. The vinegar does not have any additives and is produced according to traditional methods, with the result being a fine, mellow vinegar.
As a condiment, our vinegar can be used in salad dressings, marinades, pickles, and as a substitute for other vinegars in all forms of cooking.
The health benefits are wide-ranging and include help with arthritis, skin and bowel health and for general well-being. Our customers commonly use it as a morning drink, mixed with warm water and honey can be added as a sweetener.