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Ebenezer’s Uniting Church, Oldest functioning Church in Australia (1809)
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NSW Australia Regions to Visit: Hawkesbury Valley

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In the Hawkesbury, there are Heritage townships in this fertile region as well as a number of stunning National Parks that surround the valley. The Parks include Scheyville National Park, Cattai NP, Blue Mountains NP, Wollemi NP and Yengo NP as well as Dharug NP.

The valley has been farmed since the early days of the colony. Some 15% of the state’s vegetables and fruit are grown here. Along the road, you can find stalls that sell the freshest of produce.

Governor Lachlan Macquarie

The area, being semi-rural, has two towns that were declared in the early beginnings of the colony. Governor Lachlan Macquarie, wanting to see Sydney developed beyond the original penal settlement of Sydney, had Windsor and Richmond built to aid the surrounding and expanding farming communities.

Governor Macquarie wanted Sydney to be much more than just a place to send prisoners of her majesty.

The Hawkesbury River

The Hawkesbury River is fed by rivers from the Blue Mountains in the west, and continues out to the ocean. There are a number of exploratory walks along the water while the river itself provides ample things to do, including kayaking and other watersports.

There are cruises available at Windsor of the River system.

Things to Do

  • Canoe or kayak along the Colo and Hawkesbury River
  • Hike along the Great North Road
  • Visit Windsor’s historic buildings, including St Matthew’s Anglican Church (1817)

Festivals in the Hawkesbury Region

  • St Albans Folk Festival, St Albans,April
  • Hawkesbury National Fiddle Festival, Clarendon, in April
  • Bridge to Bridge, ski race between the Brooklyn and Windsor bridges, May and November
  • Orange Blossom Festival, Hills District, September
  • The Hawkesbury Canoe Classic, from Brooklyn to Windsor, October

Places to Visit

The heritage towns of Windsor and Richmond as well as the rural settlements of Lower Portland, Ebenezer, Pitt-Town, & Colo.

  • Roughly House at Dural
  • Burralow Rainforest Walk (Blue Mountains NP)
  • Rouse Hill estate, Rouse Hill (Historic Houses Trust)
  • Tizzana Winery
  • Ebenezer Church (1809)

How To get to the Hawkesbury Region

Windsor and Richmond are accessible via trains from the city and Parramatta. One hour’s drive north-west of Sydney.

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Hawkesbury Region, NSW

Weather in the Hawkesbury

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St Matthews Church, Windsor, Designed by convict Architect Francis Greenway, and Constructed between 1803 and 1817
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