Antiques, restaurants, markets and farm gate trail are just minutes away from the hotel. A wonderful butterfly farm, heritage churches and a Tuscan inspired winery are situated amidst rolling hills dotted with dairy and lily farms and vineyards.
Address: Board at the Windsor Wharf (off Bridge Street, Windsor)
Phone: 0401 798 088
The Hawkesbury Paddlewheeler has been operating for many years now from historic Windsor, which is located at the end of the Windsor road just in the foot hills of the Blue Mountains on one of the oldest waterways in Australia. Your host Ian Burns and his friendly crew will take you on an unforgettable journey, recreating the cruises of the 1800’s.
While enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the Hawkesbury River, you can indulge in a first class meal, freshly prepared on board the paddlewheeler by our resident chef.
Address: Entry to the Centre is via Gate A, Old Castlereagh Rd, Penrith NSW
Hours: The Centre opens at 6:00am and closes at 8.00pm
Phone: Office: (02) 4730 0000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Visitor Service Staff: 0409 535 760 (weekends only)
The Sydney International Regatta Centre is a multi-use sporting venue with a number of different facilities that can cater for various activities. The landscaped grounds of the Sydney International Regatta Centre are open to the public 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset (dependant on events), and boasts outstanding competition and warm-up lakes to suit a diverse range of aquatic activities.
Outside of competition, the 5km cycle path around the Competition Lake is enjoyed by the local community for jogging, walking and roller-blading.
Address: 95 Coromandel Road, Ebenezer.
Phone: 02 4579 9235
Australia's oldest church, est. 1809 as the first non-conformist then Presbyterian Church in Australia and a pioneer in education, beginning a school in 1810
Ebenezer Church in the Hawkesbury region was a winner at the Sustainable Cities Awards Dinner hosted by Keep Australia Beautiful NSW and City of Canada Bay Council.The incredible and lengthy work undertaken by the Ebenezer Church Council to restore Ebenezer Church in Ebenezer was the winning entry of the NSW Heritage Branch Heritage Award.
Address: 356 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill, NSW 2155
Phone: +612 9627 6777
Rouse Hill House and Farm is one of Australia's most culturally important historic properties, not only for its artefacts, furnishings, buildings and gardens, but also because it is the most complete document of continuous family occupancy of a country house in New South Wales.
Address: 518 Tizzana Road, Ebenezer
Hours: Open Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 12 noon to 6pm
Phone: Please call for groups or weekday tastings: 02 4579 1150
The winery has five acres of grapevines and eight acres of olive groves. Wine and olive products are available for sale/tasting in an historic and beautiful cellar produced a medium bodied dry red, 2013 Portland Head Tannat from grapes grown at Tizzana Vineyard. The aroma is capsicum, cherry, blackberry and blackcurrant and the juice is a dark purple-red colour.
The vintners of Hawkesbury are opened for tastings on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from noon to 6pm (Jubilee Estate opens until 5pm). Weekday tastings are by appointment.
Address: Grose River Park, 200 Springwood Road, Yarramundi, NSW 2753
Phone: (02) 4776 1226
Cost: Ranges from $25 - $60
Trees Adventure Park is Australia’s premier tree top adventure ropes experience. Feature exciting obstacle courses high up in the tree canopy, that will have all the family swinging, leaping, climbing and flying through the forest.
Address: On George Street, the Mall, between Fitzgerald and Baker Streets
Phone: 0418 869 685
Hours: Sundays 9am to 3.30pm
Join weekly market in the historic township of Windsor. A dedicated farmer from Orange brings in the current season's produce - corn, lettuce, potatoes, dark kale, and fresh eggs. A vendor selling exotic spices attracts a crowd - we need cumin and curry for a new recipe. Nearby, shoppers crowd around the jams, jellies and honey vendors. Quality handmade home wares, arts, crafts and fashion. Local bands & buskers offering you great entertainment that can be heard up and down The Mall.
Address: 8 Baker Street, Windsor
Phone: 02 4560 4655
Hours: Open 10am to 4pm (closed Tuesday)
The celestial globe that belonged to John Tebbutt, an internationally-renowned astronomer who lived his whole life in the Hawkesbury, to the diary kept by a member of HMAS Hawkesbury during World War II and recording the Japanese surrender. Not to mention that uniquely Hawkesbury creation, the flabbit.
The Hawkesbury Regional Museum is an award-winning purpose built museum, designed to provide optimal conditions for the display of objects and the comfort and convenience of visitors. Also on site is Howe House, an historic house that has been fitted out with furnishings and displays that reflect its many uses over more than 200 years of history.
Address: Richmond Park in Richmond.
Hours: Every Saturday between 7am and 1pm.
Richmond Good Food Market is a place for local farmers and quality food producers to showcase their wares and interact with the community. Food grown and produced in and around the Hawkesbury region is some of the finest in the country.
Visiting Richmond Good Food Market will give you an opportunity to:
• Support Local Farms
• Meet local farmers and know how your food was raised
• Avoid chemical and other additives routinely used in mass produced farms
• Support the community and local agribusiness
• Source great tasting food
• Save money and bypass Coles and Woolworths
• Support the Local Economy
Address: 51 McQuade Avenue, South Windsor
Phone: 02 4577 4390 (Office), 02 4577 3718 (Pro Shop)
While you can see this beautiful 18-hole course from Hawkesbury Valley Way (across from the hotel), the entrance to the facility is tucked away in a South Windsor residential area - check your GPS. The natural features of the course - hills, slopes and river flats - make for a beautiful round of golf. The club Bistro has a quite tasty full menu.