A country experience on the doorstep of Sydney.

Hawkesbury Harvest Experience


Madisons Mountain Retreat

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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.


Pine Crest Orchard

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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).
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John has put together a story on when which apple will be in season. Download it if you wish.


Bilpin Springs Orchard

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Saturday and Sunday 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!

All fruit has been picked for this season and we are closed. Thank you for visiting our farm.

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.



Hawkesbury EarthCare Centre

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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.


Riverview Produce

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Open 7 Days.

Seasonal Vegies.

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.


Hawkesbury Harvest Tours

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Hawkesbury Harvest can tailor seasonal tours for you along and around the Farm Gate Trail.

Please contact us for further information.


Hillbilly Cider Shed at Shields Orchard

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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

Products:

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.


Schofields Orchard

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NAVEL ORANGES
Our Navel season is now closed reopen about Mid May 2019.

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TNT Produce

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WE ARE NOW CLOSED TILL NEXT YEAR. Thank you to all our customers and hope to see you in 2019!

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 only grow quality apples and peaches.

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 2070 Bells Line of Road Bilpin where you can buy hot food, Home Made Apple Pies, scones and slices, Bilpin apple juice and apple cider, fruit, jams, honey and plenty more goodies.

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


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

Our kiosk is open Sat to Tues and The Potager cafe Wed to Sun

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.


M & A Butchery

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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.”


Bilpin Cider Co.

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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


Nutwood Farm at Mt. Irvine

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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.


Shields Orchard

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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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Secret Garden and Nursery

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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


Historic Hawkesbury Agricultural College: Walking Tour

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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.


Kookootonga Chestnut & Walnut Farm

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Go to the web site for more details on what is happening with the crop www.kookootonga.com.au

Visit www.kookootonga.com.au for opening hours, a map and lots more to help plan a visit. Closed for 2018, reopening in March 2019

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.


Good AZ Gold Tours and Transfers

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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.


Kurrajong Australian Native Foods

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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.


Saliba Fruits

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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.


Wildwood Garden

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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


The Great River Walk

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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.


Hawkesbury Tourism Visitor Information Centre

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

Aerial Photo by "Spatial Images Photography 2010"


Harvest Farms

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Trading as Harvest Farms. Call at any time.

Become part of our CSA family. Your funding will allow our farm to provide nutrient-dense, ethically-grown food for our community. Your membership means you will be able to pick up fresh produce every fortnight from one of our pickup points around the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Parramatta areas.


Purple Noon Gallery

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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.



Native Bee Hotel

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