The Wild Cat Conservation Centre | Wilberforce
The Wild Cat Conservation Centre in Wilberforce focuses on the preservation and conservation of wild cats of the world, including the only conservation breeding program for Cheetah in Sydney.
Visitors to the centre can learn about conservation breeding programs and research efforts to conserve the smaller though enigmatic wild cat species.
Private Tours are arranged by appointment only, with bookings available from Wednesday through to Sunday each week. These private tours offer the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn about the work being done to conserve wild cats both here in Sydney and in Southern Africa, raising awareness of the plight and vulnerability of wild cat species.
Their once in a lifetime, unique experiences, provide the perfect opportunity for you to meet their amazing cats face to face! This unforgettable experience will engage you to learn more about their conservation efforts and help them protect these threatened and endangered species.
For more information or to make a booking visit www.wildcatcentre.org.au or contact our reception staff at the hotel.
Trees Adventure | Grose River Park
Roar through the treetops at the foothills of The Blue Mountains on an array of flying foxes, tight ropes and tunnels!
Our 2.5-hour session (including training) will have you laughing along with the kookaburras. Check-in is 15min prior and is important so we can get you ready on time for some serious fun.
10% discount applies for guests staying at Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley.
Address: 200 Springwood Rd, Yarramundi NSW 2753
(02) 4776 1226
Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 5pm.
Saturday & Sunday: 8:30am – 5pm.
Monday – Sunday: 8:30am – 5pm.
Public & School Holidays
Monday – Sunday: 8:30am – 5pm.
Indy800 Kart Track | Wilberforce
Indy 800 Kart Track was established and built by Russell Hodgskin and his son, officially opening 28th of June,1997. Located on the premises of the Butterfly Farm in Wilberforce along the Hawkesbury River, this exhilarating experience is less than 5 minutes drive from Windsor and an easy 60 minutes’ drive from Sydney’s CBD.
Our Track is 800 metres long and 8 metres wide featuring many straights, ‘S’ bends, the odd hairpin and a few sweeping corners. A Combination of tight and complex corner configurations with long straights where karts can reach their maximum speed; there are still many opportunities for passing one another. It is one of the most exciting, yet demanding tracks in Sydney.
Address: 446 Wilberforce Road, Wilberforce, NSW 2756.
(02) 4575 1265
9:30pm-5:30pm weekdays & weekends
Planet X | Richmond
PLANET X is an extreme sports arena for tots and teens and in-betweens and anyone else who is young at heart with energy to burn.
Our Richmond Centre is an indoor trampoline park and features some of the longest continuous trampolines you are likely to see. At twenty-four metres long you can flip tumble roll and do insane aerials unobstructed with no need to stop. No cross bracing means safety is at a premium . So you are free to do the tricks you always wanted to. There are high performance tramps for experienced jumpers and for instruction purposes as well as a par chore wall for the freestylers. AREA 51 is our games area with all the latest arcade games including air hockey and other popular amusements.
Address: 3/40 Bowman Street Richmond NSW 2753
Contact: (02) 4578-2212
Pine Crest Orchard | Bilpin
Everyone is welcome to Pick Your Own fruit at Pine Crest Orchard, Bilpin.
All apples are $4kg, and the price of other produce varies. There is no admission fee, just pay for what you pick.
Pine Crest Orchard, Bilpin has been a family run business for more than 40 years. John Galbraith is an orchardist and horticulturalist, and has taught and lectured in horticulture and farming – specifically farming small areas – at university, TAFE and other institutions.
John and Erica raised their seven children on the orchard, and enjoy regular visits from them and their six grandchildren.
Address: 2549 Bells Line of Rd, Bilpin NSW 2758
Closed during Winter & Spring
Reopening from December 2019- April 2019
9am to 4pm Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Public Holidays
Bob Turners Walking Track | Colo Heights
The Colo River flows through the heart of the Wollemi Wilderness area, one of the biggest areas in the state. In most places in the wilderness, the Colo is lined by steep cliffs, and routes into the Colo are often precipitous. Bob Turners Track lies in the lower part of the river, and is one of the easiest access routes. It offers great swimming in summer on a pleasant sandy beach.
The original track was a pack horse track constructed by George Townsend (sometimes spelled “Townshend”), as part of the survey for his railway to cross the Blue Mountains by going up the Colo River. It was restored in 1970-71 by Bob Turner, a former mayor of Ku-ring-gai, and others, and named after him when Wollemi NP was declared in 1979.
6km hike will take roughly 2 hours
Ensure you take plenty of water, swimmers and towel
Address: Bob Turners Walking Track, Bob Turners Trail, Colo Heights NSW 2756.
Lynwood Country Club | Pitt Town
Lynwood Golf is situated at Pitt Town which is one of the 5 historic towns established by Governor Macquarie in 1810. It is located about 50km north-west of Sydney. Lynwood takes its name from historic Lynwood House, a colonial-style house built circa 1814 and located on the course property.
The 18 hole golf course is set on 230 undulating acres. It was designed by Graham Papworth, President of the Australian Golf Course Architects Association. The links style 6400 metres, 72 par layout takes advantage of many natural features, including undulations, wetlands and natural rough.
The course boasts a truly magnificent Driving Range, a Practice Green and Short Game Range incorporating Greens and Bunker facilities.
Most tees and greens are visible from the colonial-style clubhouse verandah, with sweeping panoramic views to the Blue Mountains as a backdrop.
Address: 4 Pitt Town Bottoms Road, Pitt Town NSW 2756
(02) 4580 2800
mention Crowne plaza Hawkesbury Valley for special discounts
Tobruk Sydney | Maroota
All visitors to Tobruk enjoy a unique and real Australian farm experience. Relax and enjoy the day as our stockmen guide you through an interactive and authentic outback experience, full of fun, good old Aussie humour and sumptuous food. Below are some of the Tobruk farm visit activities for you to enjoy.
Address: 5050 Old Northern Road, Maroota NSW 2756.
(02) 4566 8223
iFLY Indoor Skydiving
Get an adreneline rush at iFLY.
Indoor Skydiving is suitable for those both young and old. Lean into the wind tunnel and you will be lifted into the air guided by iFLY Indoor Skydiving’s qualified instructors. According to iFLy, it’s safe for kids, challenging for adults, exciting for teens and realistic for skydivers. Approximately 25 mins drive from the hotel
iFLY: 123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith
The Australiana Pioneer Village | Wilberforce
Their New South Wales Heritage Listed Village is set on 28 acres of beautiful Picnic Grounds on the banks of the Hawkesbury River at Wilberforce.
The local NSW Heritage Listed buildings were saved from demolition in the late 1960’s and early 1970s and relocated to the site one at a time.
They now form an 1810 Village streetscape including a Church, Shearing Shed, Blacksmith’s shop, The Damper Camp and The Oxboro Inn (their two eateries).
They have shops within some of the buildings as well as a Railway Station, Post Office, Perry House – the House of the Shady Ladies, a Bank, Rose Cottage – the oldest timber dwelling in Australia, and many more.
The Village is run entirely by dedicated Volunteers and opens every Sunday.
Unwind with yoga by the lake. Take in Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley’s spectacular 8-hecares of landscaped gardens with yoga by lake. Promote calmness and stillness in the mind and relaxation in the body Find a nice, secluded spot and practice your wheel and downward dog poses.
Hillbilly Cider is located just a short drive away from Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley in the town of Bilpin. The cider is made without added sugar, isn’t pasteurised and they don’t add artificial flavours.
They’re all about keeping it real – 100% crushed fruit fermented with minimal intervention. Natural C02 produced during fermentation makes for an easy bohemian bubble.
Address: The Cider Shed, Shields Orchard, 2270 Bells line of road, Bilpin
Ph: 02 4567 2662
Richmond Good Food Market
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:
Address: Richmond Park in Richmond.
Hours: Every Saturday between 7am and 1pm.
Battle your family with a game of paintball
If you’re looking for an ‘action packed’ experience, it’s worth checking out Utimate Paintball. Popular with teenagers and adrenelin seeking adults! Anyone over the age of 16 is able to join in the fun.
There are a number of paintball providers nearby, ask front desk for details.
Windsor Mall Sunday Market
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: On George Street, the Mall, between Fitzgerald and Baker Streets
Phone: 0418 869 685
Hours: Sundays 9am to 3.30pm
Bilpin Fruit Bowl
Enjoy some time together at Bilpin Fruit Bowl. Open only on weekends (weather permitting) during harvest time and 7 days a week (except Christmas Day) when it’s not harvest time. Learn about how fruit is grown and sourced with the added benefit of taking home some delicious and healthy snacks. Approximately 30 minute drive from the hotel.
Bilpin Fruit Bowl has been owned and operated by the Tadrosse family since 1985. They make all the apple pies, cakes, slices, scones themselves on premises. They also stock local honey, home made jams, souvenirs, pottery, fresh fruit and seasonal summer fruits. In Summer they also sell Peach pies made from peaches grown in the orchard. When other fruits are in season such as cherries, blueberries and raspberries they also use them to make fresh baked pies.
Address: 2093 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin
Satisfy your sweet tooth
Treat yourself and your little ones to an ice-cream at Windsor Ice Cream Café or some Australian or international candy at Lollies and Stuff. The perfect holiday treat!
Windsor Ice Cream Cafe: 2/89 George Street, Windsor
Lollies ‘n’ Stuff: 123 George Street, Windsor
Hawkesbury Race Club and Windsor Polo Club
Less than 10 mins down the road are both the Hawkesbury Race Club and Windsor Polo Club. The Windsor Polo Club grounds are a picturesque setting for renowned polo events including International Polo Test and The Spring Polo Carnival. Either bring your own picnic and set up under the big shady trees, or enjoy the refreshments and delicious food on offer at the Clubhouse. Entry to the Windsor Polo Club is free on most Saturdays with tournaments in Autumn and Spring. If you prefer to watch horse racing, the Hawkesbury Race Club is renowned for Wednesday night race meets.
Hawkesbury Valley Equestrian Centre
Spend the day horseriding at Hawkesbury Valley Equestrian Centre. It is a great place for adults, children and teenagers to learn to ride, and experience the wonderful world of horses. Less than 20 minutes drive from the hotel. Ask at the front desk about how you can get a 10% discount. Bookings essential.
Hawkesbury Valley Equestrian Centre:
26 Hillcrest Road, Yarramundi
Wollemi National Park
Explore the Wollemi National Park. Enjoy the fresh air and the astonishingly beautiful sights along the scenic Bob Turners Track to the Colo River. A well maintained track that allows you to experience the remoteness of the wild Colo River. The 6km return trip will take most people between 3-4 hours. You can drive to the ‘Bob Turners Track – Wollemi National Park’ and leave your car in the parking area. The perfect way to escape the stresses of modern life.
Sydney International Regatta Centre
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: Entry to the Centre is via Gate A, Old Castlereagh Rd, Penrith NSW
Phone: (02) 4730 0000 (Business hours)
Visitor Service Staff: 0409 535 760 (weekends only)
Milo the mini tug boat
A little tug boat called ‘Milo’ is the perfect way to explore the Hawkesbury River. It was a labour of love for Ebenezer resident Bruce Holdsworth, who built the tug over 3 years. Milo brings a little old world charm to the river but with the latest electronic and safety equipment. It can take up to 4 adults or small families. You’re sure to enjoy the ride. Bookings Essential.
Address: Bridge St, Windsor.
Phone: 0415 206 502
The Hawkesbury Paddlewheeler
The Hawkesbury Paddlewheeler has been operating from historic Windsor for many years. Located at the end of the Windsor road, at the foot hills of the Blue Mountains, on one of the oldest waterways in Australia.
Hosted by Ian Burns and his friendly crew, you will have an unforgettable journey, recreating the cruises of the 1800’s.
Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Hawkesbury River and a first class meal, freshly prepared on board by their resident chef.
Address: Board at the Windsor Wharf (off Bridge Street, Windsor)
Phone: 0401 798 088
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. 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: 95 Coromandel Road, Ebenezer.
Phone: 02 4579 9235
Iron Bark Distillery
Much like the Australian wine industry of a decade or so ago, the craft distilling industry is beginning to emerge, bringing some truly world class spirits and unique flavours to the table, showing that there is so much more to spirits than the mass producers would have you believe. So much so that the big boys of the industry are beginning to release their own small batch and boutique versions of staple brands. However it is still produced on a large scale and is still blended to taste.
Ironbark do not blend to taste. The spirits produced today are proofed with purified, sterilised, locally sourced water, filtered through carbon and bottled by hand in the distillery. Attention to detail and using grain that is nurtured in Australian soil, kissed by Australian sun, is how we achieve our unique Australian flavour profile in our spirit range.
Rouse Hill House and Farm
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.
The property chronicles the changing fortunes of six generations of the one family and showcases an assortment of belongings and treasures.
Address: 356 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill, NSW 2155
Phone: +612 9627 6777
Windsor Country Club Golf
If you’re a keen golfer, Windsor Country Club Golf is an eighteen-hole course with beautiful greens – some quite challenging – on gently rolling hills. The natural features of the course – hills, slopes and river flats – make for a beautiful round of golf. The club Bistro has a full menu which is quite tasty. 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.
Address: 51 McQuade AveSouth Windsor
Ph: 02 4577 4390
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: 518 Tizzana Road, Ebenezer
Hours: Open Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 12 noon to 6pm
Please call for groups or weekday tastings: 02 4579 1150
Showdown At The Showground
9th November at Hawkesbury Showground
Treat your tastebuds to the ultimate Aussie BBQ. Battle it out over hot coals as you compete with the best BBQ teams in the world. You could win $40,000 worth of prize money.
Alternatively, reap the benefits of this BBQ showdown and taste your way through the best BBQ cuisine in the Hawkesbury Valley. Enjoy a real low’n’slow, wood smoked, authentic style BBQ.
There are 30 teams from Australia and 20 teams from around the world competing to win $40k prize money. Stay nearby the best Hawkesbury attractions and all action at Hawkesbury Showground. Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley is the best accommodation near Windsor!
Hawkesbury Regional Museum
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: 8 Baker Street, Windsor
Phone: 02 4560 4655
Hours: Open 10am to 4pm (closed Tuesday)
Villa Thalgo Day Spa
Indulge your senses at Villa Thalgo Day Spa.
Bring new life to the body, mind and spirit at Villa Thalgo Day Spa, conveniently located on the same premises as Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley. Featuring a wet steam room, hydrotherapy spa, beautiful indoor heated swimming pool and an oasis of elegance to relax in with rows of French doors opening onto a private courtyard garden. Appointments are essential.
Call Villa Thalgo Day Spa on (02) 4577 1254 to book.