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