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The Hawkesbury

Colo River in Wollemi National Park © Discover the Hawkesbury

Plane tree lined street © Discover the Hawkesbury

Cycling past Ebenezer Church © Discover the Hawkesbury

Part of Greater Sydney, The Hawkesbury area features natural bush, lush farmland, meandering rivers, deep valleys, rural villages and cosmopolitan centres, as well as exceptional Indigenous and Australian heritage. As close as one hour from Sydney’s CBD, it is home to a tantalizing mix of contrasts and experiences, with the 165 kilometre long Hawkesbury River as the main drawcard. With four free vehicular ferries to connect local communities along the river, visitors are encouraged to traverse the waterway in search of the region’s hidden gems. The Hawkesbury region invites exploration of some of the earliest settlements in Australia’s history. The sandstone Ebenezer Church is Australia’s oldest existing church and the townships of Windsor and Richmond are home to many historic buildings, specialty stores, art galleries and eateries. The Hawkesbury Regional Museum in Baker Street Windsor offers both permanent and ever-changing displays focusing on the Hawkesbury region’s people, places and events; open Wednesday to Monday10am to 4pm and entry is free.

* Ask at Visitor Centres for a free Cartoscope map of the Great North Road and Hawkesbury Regions

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