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.
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.
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.
Currently closed - we will open again in June 2019 for Mandarins & July 2019 for Nagami Cumquats.
Ford’s Farm is a Pick Your Own citrus orchard specialising in Mandarins. Our first mandarin of the season is the Satsuma, a seedless variety, easy to peel, full of juice and very popular with children. This year there is a large crop despite the dry weather. The Imperials will also be ready, but improve the longer left on the tree and will be at their best in June although there is a smaller crop this year.
Ford’s Farm is nestled on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, 15 minutes from Wiseman’s Ferry. The citrus orchard was established over 50 years ago by the Ford family (some original trees still produce fruit – the Emperor Mandarins). It has been a Pick Your Own orchard for over 15 years and has developed with help from our customers.
Unfortunately due to heavy traffic in the area and the condition of the roads we can no longer cater for large coaches. Small buses are welcome on weekends as long as a booking is made.
We cater for International Tour Groups who wish to visit the farm for educational purposes outside the season. Phone for more information on these tours.
We look forward to welcoming visitors in June each year to pick mandarins, oranges, lemons, limes and in July cumquats.
There is an entry fee of $5.00 per car, thereafter you only pay for what you pick, we charge by the kg.
We have a small picnic area set aside for you to sit and enjoy the quiet bush surroundings. Take a stroll through the orchard to visit and feed our sheep once you have had your picnic.
Visit our “shed” for jams, chutney, cordial and honey all from produce grown on the farm. The year we have infused vinegars and infused oils such as garlic, chilli and rosemary, along with infused salts and sugars for the adventurous cook.
Pick-your-own in season by appointment - please call to arrange your visit - 10am to 3pm
People tell us we have the best oranges they have ever eaten. Is it the chicken manure or the fact we don’t use chemical sprays on the trees? Could be a combination of the two, however we thought we would share the experience with others.
Visit the Wilson’s Wyuna Farms, hear about the history of this fourth generational farm and how it has evolved since Lorraine’s father, Ray Walpole, settled here in 1935, aged 15. Or just chat with Rodger, Lorraine, Greg or Kate and pick your own oranges to take home.
Bus tours or group bookings available – prior booking essential via phone or email.
FRI 12PM - 5PM. SAT & SUN 11AM- 5PM.
Long weekend - also open Mon 1st Oct 2018 .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 in 2012 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.
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
Closed now until August 10th - after which Wildwood Garden will be open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday from 10 am to 4 pm for Camellia - Spring season beginning Friday, August 10th, 2018 & continuing to Monday, November 5th, 2018.
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
Alpaca Feeding time at 3pm every day. Arrive at 2.45pm. Cost is $20 per person. Feeding takes about an hour.
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.
Closed for the 2018. Open again in February 2019. Check our website. It is always best to ring or text first for Pick Your own.
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.
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Our fruit stall is open most days, and during our picking season, offers the best tasting avocados around, and other seasonal fruits fresh picked. Tours/talks can be arranged by appointment ONLY.
We are a small second generation citrus farm, and have branched out into Hass avocado production. We have been growing avocados for approx. 27 years, and the citrus trees are about 45+ years old. We have 4 beautiful spring fed dams on the property and our farm is also home to a small beef cattle herd, some geese and chickens.
We're about 13.5km from the intersection of the Central Coast Highway and Wisemans Ferry Rd at Kariong. We have approximately 2000 Hass avocado trees and about the same in a mix of Navel and Valencia oranges. Our peak production periods for avocadoes are from October through to January, Navel (winter) oranges are available from June until September and Valencia (summer) oranges are available from October/November.
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.
10.30am – 2.30pm – Mon & Thu |10.30am – 4.30pm – Fri, Sat & Sun |Closed – Tue & Wed
Private tastings and tastings outside these hours can also be arranged.
A boutique wine producer at Wollombi in Hunter Valley Wine Country. Through the unique combination of soil and climate our vineyards produce quite distinctive Hunter style wines, particularly our semillon, verdelho, chardonnay and shiraz. Our wines are available through our Cellar Door in Wollombi village, a select number of restaurants, the internet and our mailing list. We are also part of the Wollombi Valley Wine Trail. Noyce Brothers Sawman Wine Club provides unique benefits to our members including discounts on purchases and access to wines before release to the general public.
Noyce Brothers Cellar Door is in the heart of the Wollombi Village in Hunter Valley Wine Country, located in the historic Grays Inn between the General Store and Panino Café in Wollombi Road. All our wines are available for tasting and purchase. We are very close to the Endeavour Museum, lovely restaurants, galleries, and shops selling gifts and beautiful decorative artefacts.
Our distinctive wines come from a north facing slope in an enclosed and remote valley alongside the Wollombi Brook. Chosen by James Milson in 1823 as ideal grazing pasture for his cattle after the great drought of 1821, this unique valley with its intense summer heat and crisp winter mornings produces a perfect grape with flavours never before tasted in the Lower Hunter Valley of New South Wales.
The Noyce family has been farming this valley for the last forty years. Our aim at Noyce Brothers wines is to explore ways in which technology and tradition can push the boundaries of taste.
All our fruit at Old Byora Vineyard is hand nurtured and computer monitored to ensure picking at the optimum moment.
We infuse our wines with the mutual skills of three brothers, combining the art of a film director with the science of a skilled surgeon and the vision of an internet innovator.
It seems apt that the creek that nourishes our vines is the Wollombi (an aboriginal name for ‘meeting place’) for our convivial wines are destined to be enjoyed amongst friends and family at many a gathering.
Open 7 Days 9am - 5pm. This is staffed by Volunteers it is best to telephone before attending, Call Lance on 0418844544. It is 20 km from Wollongong , take the first Dapto exit heading South.
Mountain Range farm has a mixture of small businesses and community based organisations producing a wide range of produce from certified organic vegetables such as garlic, strawberries and lettuce through to rhubarb and general green lines.
There is also a export palm and pine Nursery propagating and selling small seedlings worldwide.
Social enterprise projects are underway as well as a refugee work for the Dole, Green corp and landcare groups doing tremendous environmental work on the adjacent Mullet Creek.
Tours are available, but only by appointment.
If you would like to find out more about the community farm click through to our website and follow the links.
Open 9.30 till 3 weekends or by booking weekdays. We will be open all of the June long weekend and all of school holidays 9.30 till 3. School holidays we will be offering a free tractor ride daily at 10am
Here at Canoelands orchard we are aiming to give the public the opportunity to buy direct from the farmer.
We Harvest tomatoes March April May JuneJuly
Stone fruit PYO is all of November, December and early January so we will remain open 7 days during all harvests.
We have, honey, jam and chutney all year round and we offer school excursions and tours all year on bee keeping, farm practices and sustainable farming. We offer function bookings and hosted birthday parties.
Our main produce is nectarines but we also grow plums and peaches.
We currently offer pick your own nectarines,plums, peaches and tomatoes.
Blueberries from November 2018, citrus from 2019, persimmon from 2019, apples from 2020.
We will let you know as each type of Fruit comes into season, so keep in touch. We start with peaches and nectarines late October, we will have plums around the 20th of November. They are yellow flesh candy plums and our Lewis blood plums come in over Christmas/new year. Please keep up to date as the weather will cause variations in timing.
We will also offer farm tours so you can see how it all happens.
We want you to come and experience the aroma of the fruit and enjoy the background of where it comes from.
We have a stall on the property where we sell our fresh produce and our own honey, jams and chutney. We also have a cafe for lunch and coffee, icecreams and drinks also available. Come and relax, bring a picnic along if you like.
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Open for Shed Sales of Apple Juice and fruit (when in season) & local honey - Mon- Fri 8.30 to 4.30. Closed weekends, except on special Pick Your Own Dates which we will put up on this website or see our website.
We take our produce to Warwick Farm Trackside Markets every Saturday from November to beginning of June.
Nestled in the hills just outside of the country town of Picton, is the family owned and run “Cedar Creek Orchard” which was purchased in 1937 and now has its 4th generation helping to run the family farm.
The Silm family began planting apple trees here in 1941 after Mr. Silm (Snr.) and young Ron Silm found that apples were good feed for the poultry they were breeding. For many years, only apples, of different varieties, were grown.
The orchard began to diversify into stonefruit in the 1980’s, when Ron’s two sons (Michael & Mark) joined the business, and the season was further extended during the 1990’s with plantings of Persimmons.
Today, the orchard is run by Mark & Lynelle Silm, and their eldest son, Damien (4th generation). Sadly, Mark's parents both passed away in 2015. It has approximately 23,000 trees – the produce of which is sold mostly on the domestic market, as well as local Produce Markets, from the shed door & seasonal Pick Your Own days.
Shed sales, directly to the public, begin in November with nectarines, (yellow & white) then peaches, (white only) available through to the end of January.
This is followed by apples from end of Jan to May, and then finally persimmons from April to June.
The varieties of persimmons we have are Makawa Jiro & Fuyu, which are new, non-astringent types – i.e. can be eaten when still hard, just like an apple. It’s quite a sweet fruit, and is extremely popular amongst the Asian population.
We are especially proud, also, of our “Cedar Creek Black Label Apple Juice” which is a pure 100% apple juice with no preservatives, no sugar and no added water. The apples are crushed right here on our farm and the bottling is also done in our own bottling plant on the farm.
We have been making apple juice for over 30 years, and have developed this unique, exceptionally tasting apple juice, which is made all year round. People always comment “it actually tastes like apples”.
Shed sales of:
Plus quality apple juice made on site, all year round.
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
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden sits on 252 hectares of land with 28 hectares open to the public. Located in a World Heritage area the Garden is a living laboratory providing vital science focused on the conservation of cool climate plants.
The Garden is a great place for you to relax, breathe in the clean mountain air and discover a world of cool climate plants at your leisure. You are invited to return again and again to witness the fresh spectacle that each seasons brings.
The Garden features The Potager cafe and The Jungle Lodge which sleeps up to 10 people, has a wood fireplace, and private entry to the garden.
Go to the web site for more details on what is happening with the crop www.kookootonga.com.au
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. Follow signs to new off road parking. No entrance fee.
7 Days 9am - 5pm
This a beautiful property. Pick up some great Olives and check out their Seafood Restaurant on site. Book early.
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.
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)
Monday - Thursday 10am - 3pm
Friday 10am - 9pm
Saturday 8am - 9pm
Sunday & Public Holidays 8am – 3pm
1840 built Mulla Villa is a fabulous destination for day trips from Sydney, the Central Coast or Newcastle – you will discover authentic experiences at our historic Hunter Valley property. Get back to nature and see our wildlife, enjoy a bushwalk, or 4WD through the property to our large caves.
The property is abundant with many varieties of trees including fruit, natives and myrtles. The myrtle is native to Wollombi valley and we have hundreds around the property.
Learn about the history of the Wollombi Valley, fish in the creek, or savour a delicious meal at Mulla Villa Restaurant. It has been said by our guests that the food at Mulla Villa tastes like it has been “made with love“. We use the best quality ingredients and locally sourced vegetables in all our dishes. Our Mulla Villa scones are house made, paired with certified organic strawberry jam that is second to none. We are so proud to be told by our patrons on numerous occasions that “You can taste the food!“
Take the road less travelled and explore Tourist Drive 33 on your way to Mulla Villa, located just minutes south of the historic Wollombi village.
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.
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.
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"
Opening hours are 10.00-5.00pm weekdays, 11.00-4.00pm weekends and closed Tuesdays. Contact Robyn on 0409 661662
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.
Farm Tours by booking - please go to our Eventbrite site at
We are a small scale, chemical free farm on the NSW Central Coast, only 45 mins from the Wahroonga M1 exit. We are family owned and operated. We run grass fed beef, moving our cattle onto fresh grass daily. We have a few dairy cows that we have just started milking and we also run pastured raised chickens and pasture raised muscovy ducks. We grow vegetables in season and chemical free garlic over winter. We always have cows, ducks and chooks – but special times during the year we also have calves, ducklings and chickens!
We have a real passion for connecting people with their farmers, for people to understand how their food is farmed and for them to get the know the growing number of regenerative farmers on the Central Coast. We love what we do and would love to be able to share our passion for farming with you. We would love to answer your questions and teach you more about where you food comes from.
We offer a range of farm tours – Morning Chores Tours (available daily), Weekend Farm Tours, School Holiday Tours and Homeschool Tours. Please give us a call or send us a message and we will help to find the right tour and time for you.
We normally have fresh produce available to purchase direct from the farm. We have 2 cafes within 500 metres of us. Ask us for more information on the wonderful family owned cafes in the area.
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.