Photo: Ebenezer’s Uniting Church, Oldest functioning Church in Australia (1809)
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Photo: St Matthews Church, Windsor, Designed by convict Architect Francis Greenway, and Constructed between 1803 and 1817
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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
Festivals in the Hawkesbury Region
Places to Visit
The heritage towns of Windsor and Richmond as well as the rural settlements of Lower Portland, Ebenezer, Pitt-Town, & Colo.
Hawkesbury PlacesHow 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 Surrounds Map.
NSW Australia Regions
Hawkesbury Region, NSW
Weather in the Hawkesbury
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Photo: Hawkesbury Heritage Architecture