Best Travel Tips for Enjoying Hawkesbury Valley

05 March, 2020

Looking for the best travel tips for your next trip to Hawkesbury Valley? You’ve come to the right place, so why not stay at the right place too? 

We know you want your trip to be perfect, which is why we came up with some tips that we think can help you experience the beauty of Hawkesbury Valley in all its glory.

Packing List

Double-check to make sure you’ve got everything you need. Start with a packing list, even if it sounds like a hassle. If you write down everything and check off items while you pack, then nothing will be left behind.

If you’re travelling by plane, make sure you check with your airline to avoid any unnecessary baggage fees. Don’t overpack your bags as most airlines will charge you extra if you exceed the maximum weight limit.

Pack efficiently. Rolling your clothes will give you more space to work with and only pack what you need. Do you really need 20 pairs of socks for your weekend trip? Probably not. 

 

Travel Smart

A terrible travelling experience can ruin a trip, so save up energy for your trip in Hawkesbury Valley by travelling smart. What does that mean?

Get up early and don’t leave packing until the last minute. If you’re travelling by car, make sure you start your journey before the early morning traffic ruins your day. If you’re bringing children with you, make sure they have something to keep them occupied. 

Early applies to flying as well. For example, If you’re flying at 8, then you’ll need to be at the airport at least two hours prior. Take into account that during weekends and holidays is when airports will be at their busiest, so don’t take any chances. 

Protect yourself from nasty germs that can ruin your holiday by adjusting the air vent so that it blows in front of you (but not directly on you). The increased air circulation will help with ventilation, relieving you from that stuffy plane feeling and protecting you from incoming germs. 

We advise you to pack your own healthy snacks and stick to healthy, risk-free food (e.g. fruit, nuts, crackers). This not only saves you money but is also sustainable! 

Choose the Right Hotel

There are many hotels to choose from, but how do you know which one is best for you? Ideally, you want to find a place that combines comfort and exceptional service.  

Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley is conveniently located close to the magnificent Blue Mountains and offers over 100 rooms and suites to choose from. It’s the only 4.5-star hotel so you know you’ll be receiving unparalleled top-quality service.

From classic  to deluxe to three-bedroom apartments, Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley caters to all needs. Whether you’re planning a romantic weekend with your partner or a family vacation, you know where to turn to!

 

Explore the Area

Hawkesbury is a large semi-rural area to the north-west of Sydney offering local history, art, markets and quiet country roads. If you’re visiting for a weekend and wondering what to do, we have created a shortlist of some ‘must-see’ places and outings. 

Windsor 

The Windsor area in Hawkesbury Valley was named after the site of the royal English castle and is the third-oldest area of European settlement in NSW. Windsor offers glimpses to a past long gone. To learn more about Hawkesbury’s history, make sure you visit the Hawkesbury Regional Museum. Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley is conveniently located in the heart of Windsor.

Windsor Mall Sunday Market

For a casual Sunday outing with the family, we recommend Windsor’s Mall Sunday Market. The small town comes to life with merchants and buskers bringing joy to locals and travellers alike. 

Windsor, NSW 2756

Hawkesbury Regional Gallery

Hawkesbury Regional Galleryin Windsor provides visitors art with a perfect blend of new and original in a range of exhibitions and programs for people of all ages. Here you’ll find media in visual art, craft, photography and design. 

Peninsula House – Tebbutt’s Observatory

Do you often find yourself gazing at the stars during a crystal-clear December night? If you’re a stargazer like Australian astronomer John Tebbutt (who also appears on the $100 note), then we guess you would want to see his observatory. Tebbutt’s Observatorywas restored and opened to the public by his great-grandson who still lives in the Peninsula House.

 

Church & Court

Other notable sights in Windsor include St Matthew’s Anglican Church and Windsor Court House. St Matthew’s church is a heritage-listed building. It was built in 1817 and restored in 1965 and again in 2003. Windsor Court House is another heritage-listed building that was built from 1821 to 1822.

Richmond Good Food Market

Located only a few miles west of Windsor, Richmond is another small town filled with historical sights and unique points of interest. 

Explore local products by visiting Richmond’s diverse Good Food Market. Good Food Market is not the biggest market in Hawkesbury but it really does have a real country charm to it. Local produce that you can find here includes a wide selection of meats, fresh fruit and vegetables as well as pastries, cupcakes, cookies and more!

More Fun in Richmond

If you’re looking for an exciting adventure that the whole family will enjoy, head over to the Trees Adventure Grose River Park . Swing, leap, climb and fly through the forest in a range of challenges that are bound to offer you and your family hours of fun!

Love riding? Organise an unforgettable family weekend with a visit at the Sydney Trail Riding Centre. Friendly guides will help you ride the beautifully natured horses as you enjoy the wonderful surroundings. 

 

Kurrajong

A few miles north-west of Windsor and Richmond, you’ll find the small rural town of Kurrajong. Mainly known as the entrance to the Blue Mountains, Kurrajong offers visitors amazing views of the Grose Valley. 

Kurrajong town is filled with wonderful little cafes and restaurants. History lovers will surely appreciate its old buildings and churches while couples will appreciate the serene environment and spectacular views of the valley below. If you’re looking for something different, make sure you check out the unique Kurrajong Radio Museum in Bells Line of Road.

Bellbird Hill Lookout

For breathtaking views of Sydney, Parramatta and Penrith we recommend a visit to the stunning Bellbird Hill Lookout in Bells Line Road. This one’s easy to miss so make sure you mark it on your map and keep your eyes peeled! 

The Australiana Pioneer Village

We definitely recommend a visit to the spectacular Australiana Pioneer Village , a few miles north of Windsor. This old-fashioned Australian village will offer a glimpse into the past by showing you what Australia looked like over 100 years ago! 

Tobruk Sheep Station

A bit further north, you’ll come across the Tobruk Sheep Station. Watch stockmen work the land and shear the sheep in large open spaces. Venture into the large state forests and bushland as you take in breathtaking views of the Blue Mountains!

Final Thoughts

Those were our best travel tips for enjoying Hawkesbury Valley! For an unforgettable experience in Hawkesbury Valley, book your stay with us today! We are conveniently located in the heart of Hawkesbury Valley, giving our guests the opportunity to comfortably explore the wider Hawkesbury Valley region while also providing them with ideal accommodation and exceptional service.