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Downunder Jet

1592 Windsor Road, Vineyard NSW 2765

Our Jet Boat takes you on an action packed tour around Sydney Harbour. You will ride past our famous landmarks such as the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Taronga Zoo, Luna Park, Fort Denison, Shark Island and Watsons Bay all whilst enjoying light-hearted Aussie commentary and great tunes.
But our rides just aren't about the amazing views, their about sitting back, holding on and bracing yourself for a rush.
At speed your Skipper will thrill you with awesome fishtails, whilst mixing it up with 270 degree spins and wave jumping.

Our 35 minute ride is:
Adult $60.00
Child $40.00
Family $170.00

We have fantastic packages for group parties, buck/hens, sport or corporate functions. Contact the office for a quote.
- Discounted rates for group bookings available.
- Lunch/Dinner packages available for only $20 pp.
 

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Hawkesbury Regional Gallery

300 George Street, Windsor NSW 2756

Opened in June 2005, the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery has a changing program of exhibitions and public programs for people of all ages.

Public programs provide opportunities for those who want to deepen their understanding of art, meet the exhibiting artists in person and make the most of their gallery experience. Every exhibition features artist and curator talks, and there are often children's workshops, film screenings and guided tours.

Exhibitions are scheduled over a two year period to offer a variety of media in visual art, craft, photography and design. The exhibition program aims to uphold the Hawkesbury's artistic and creative heritage while showcasing the new and original. Every year, at least some of the exhibitions come through Australia's extensive network of regional and public galleries All exhibitions aim to be thought-provoking, challenging and educational.

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Migrant Heritage walk

Memorial Drive, Scheyville NSW 2756
1km (return) - 1.5 hour (each way) Step out of your car and into the past. This short walk, perfect for walking with children and for visitors with ties to the local area, pulls you back through the fascinating history of Scheyville. Whether you make it a stop on your larger car tour, or come here specifically, there's much to hold your interest in Scheyville Camp ... Visit website for more info
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Scheyville National Park

Gallop Hill Trail, Scheyville NSW 2756
Some national parks are about more than just the natural environment: they're about us. Scheyville is one of those parks. This gem of a park also has a rich and surprising cultural history that touches more than a quarter of a million Australians. Within its current boundaries, a visitor will find the remnants of everything from a cooperative farm ... Visit website for more info
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Scheyville horse riding trails

Old Pitt Town Road, Oakville NSW 2765
12km (one way) - 2 hour - Easy difficulty Canter, trot or gallop through the 12km of horse riding trails in Scheyville National Park, which are situated in a picturesque, diverse woodland setting. Most riders find it easy to check out all of the trails here within a day, riding at a leisurely pace through forest and shrub, along open grasslands, and across creek crossings. Overall, the trails ... Visit website for more info
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Lynwood Country Club

Pitt Town Road, Corner of Pitt Town Bottoms Road, Pitt Town NSW 2756
Lynwood Country Club is situated at Pitt Town which is one of the five historic towns established by Governor Macquarie in 1810. It is located about 50 kilometres north west of Sydney. Lynwood takes its name from historic Lynwood House, a colonial style house built circa 1814 and is 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 veranda with sweeping panoramic views to the Blue Mountains as a backdrop.
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Governor Phillip Park

George Street, Windsor NSW 2756
Governor Phillip Park is a historic park located at the end of George Street, Windsor, next to the Hawkesbury River. The park does have a concrete boat ramp where you can launch your boat, kayak or canoe. There's also a picnic area with tables, shelters, electric barbecues, toilets and a children's playground. Disabled access is available.
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Hawkesbury Regional Museum

8 Baker Street, Windsor NSW 2756
Hawkesbury Regional Museum in Windsor has a long history including a rich indigenous cultural heritage established by the Darug people, as well as a distinctive built environment dating back to the earliest days of the colony. The Museum conserves and interprets that heritage to residents and visitors, many of whom have family links to the area. The visitor experience comprises a new, purpose-built museum, and the heritage building known as Howe House. Together they form a unique cultural facility located on one of the oldest land grants in Australia. As well as a permanent exhibition on the themes of the river, land and people, the museum offers a program of changing temporary exhibitions on a wide variety of subjects. Heritage precinct walking tours are conducted by trained guides on a regular basis and the bookshop sells a large number of books on the history of the area.
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Hawkesbury Sightseeing Tours

7 Thompson's Square, Windsor NSW 2756
Travel in luxury while you discover the historic Hawkesbury with Hawkesbury Sightseeing Tours. Visit places of Australian history in the Historic Hot Spots Tour. Do a Wine Tour and try Australian wine while visiting local Australian wineries. Visit world recognised Australian Artists and Gallery's. Visit the local growers, sample or pick local produce on a Farm Gate Tour. Do a lantern lit walk in the Windsor Ghost Tour. The Hawkesbury area was discovered in 1789 and settled from 1791 being the third area settled in Australia after Sydney and Parramatta. In 1810 Governor Lachlan Macquarie named the towns of Windsor, Richmond, Wilberforce, Pitt Town and Castlereagh. These towns are now known as The Five Macquarie Towns.
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Hawkesbury Paddlewheeler

Governor Phillip Park Jetty, Windsor NSW 2756
The Hawkesbury Paddlewheeler has been operating for many years from historic Windsor, which is located at the end of the Windsor Road on one of the oldest waterways in Australia, the Hawkesbury River. Your host Ian and his friendly crew will take you on an unforgettable journey recreating cruises back in the 1800s. While enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the Hawkesbury River you can indulge in a first class meal, always being freshly prepared on board. The Paddlewheeler is the perfect venue for any occasion. Catering for weddings, dinner cruises, corporate functions, private functions, birthday parties, anniversaries, hen's nights, Christmas parties, engagements, yulefest, Christmas in July, seniors lunches and more.
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Hawkesbury Valley Heritage Tours

Locations in the Hawkesbury Area, Windsor NSW 2756
Hawkesbury Valley Heritage Tours is a family business, run by Carol Roberts and her husband Geoff. Hawkesbury Valley Heritage Tours offer a guide service for coach groups and visitors to the historic towns of the Hawkesbury and surrounding districts. Visit historic buildings and artistic sites whilst enjoying views of the Blue Mountains and the Hawkesbury river. Morning teas and lunches can be pre-arranged and tours can be tailored from an hour to a full day. Together, they are members of Hawkesbury Historical Society, the Friends of the Hawkesbury Art Community and Regional Gallery and Kurrajong-Comleroy Historical Society, as well as the National Trust, Historic Houses Trust and National Gallery.
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Howe Park

Kable Street, Corner of The Terrace, Windsor NSW 2756
Within Howe Park you'll find a two kilometre footpath meandering along The Terrace with the majestic Hawkesbury River on the other side. This pathway offers an easy, levelled walk (with prams or wheelchairs) and gives you a lovely view of the river with plenty of lush green grass to picnic in, there's also benches along the way. You'll also catch views across the river of the sandy beach in Macquarie Park. On the corner of Kable Street and The Terrace there is a parking lot where you can leave your car. There are public toilets there also. Walk across the road into Howe Park, and there you'll find the viewing platform and leafy shaded picnic tables and benches. A great spot to bring a picnic and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
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Windsor Heritage Walk

Various locations around Windsor, Windsor NSW 2756
The heritage charm of Windsor can be fully explored on the heritage walk of the town. Windsor emerged along the banks of the Hawkesbury River and became the third settlement of the Colony in 1794. Originally called Green Hills, Windsor was officially named in 1810 by Governor Macquarie after the town in England. The five Macquarie Towns are Windsor, Richmond, Willberforce, Pitt Town and Castlereagh. Windsor is famous for its many heritage buildings with some being designed by the convict architect Sir Francis Greenway, for example St Matthews Anglican Church, and The Windsor Courthouse. The walk highlights the picturesque colonial town and the State Heritage Registered buildings on North Street. Don't forget to pick up a map from the Visitor Information Centre so that you can take a stroll and step back in time.
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St Matthews Anglican Church

Moses Street, Windsor NSW 2756
St Matthew's Anglican Church has quite rightly been called one of the most beautiful buildings in Australia. Designed by Francis Greenway, under instruction from Govenor Macquarie, the building is a landmark. The grave yard also makes for facinating viewing, with graves of several people who came out with the First Fleet.
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Villa Thalgo

61 Hawkesbury Valley Way, Windsor NSW 2756
A world class hydrotherapy spa featuring the superb Thalgo Cosmetic range of beauty and health products. Villa Thalgo is a day spa in total harmony with nature. Villa Thalgo boasts eight treatment rooms, three wet rooms, exquisite couple's room complete with double jacuzzi and two state of the art hydrotone spas. All treatment rooms are fully equipped with the latest in spa technology. Relax and soothe away the cares of a busy life, whilst enjoying the ultimate pampering experience - from the conventional to the new age from professionally trained Thalgo Therapists.
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The Australiana Pioneer Village Ltd

Rose Street, Nelson NSW 2765
The land on which Australiana Pioneer Village is situated was farmland recognised as essential to the survival of colonial New South Wales being one of the earliest grants made in Australia. Located in the District of Mulgrave Place, the third mainland settlement of the colony, the 30 acre grant was registered to William MacKay on 1 May 1797, but by 1809 at least part of it was in the possession of Joshua Rose. John Rose, the final Rose descendant to live on the rich farmland after continuous occupation by the family for over 150 years, died only in 1961. Rose Cottage is the oldest timber dwelling, still on its original site, in Australia being built in 1811.

Dugald Andrew (Bill) McLachlan, an industrial chemist bought the property on his friend’s death. A man who relished challenges, he fashioned a vision: to save part of the Hawkesbury’s historical legacy, and to demonstrate its pioneering accomplishments.

In an era before New South Wales heritage legislation, such an enterprise had to be carried out privately, and resiting endangered buildings was one of few options open. By 1967 McLachlan had begun to plan a ‘Pioneer Village’. Ready response from the owners of many buildings endangered in the district, meant that from the end of 1969 and throughout 1970 he engaged Silvio Biancotti of Kurrajong, to bring by low loader to the ‘Pioneer Village’, twelve of the resited buildings. Brian Bushell, who worked for Bill McLachlan, was part of a team which included many local families who all helped with the removals, which were all undertaken keeping the buildings structurally intact, and with their relocation on their planned sites. Brian Bushell brought the small Bee House shop from McGraths Hill and others transported the Riverstone General Store and Jack Greentree’s garage which became the ‘Bank of Australasia’. On 29 November 1970 the Village was officially declared open by the Hon. Mr Eric Willis, Minister for Education.

Bill McLachlan’s early death at the age of 54 years in 1971, and the interment of his and his wife Marie ashes near the church on the Village site, rallied continued support.

Prior to Bill McLachlan’s death, Arthur and Jean Mawson purchased the Village, which included “The Tropicana Hotel” as it was known then, and together with Bill McLachlan, continued to create the Village. The Riverstone Police station was brought to the Village in 1972.

In 1980 the Mawson’s sold the Village, but unfortunately the new owners failed to succeed, so in December 1984 Hawkesbury City Council bought the Australiana Pioneer Village so the Village and its contents were preserved.

On 30 March 1989 a ‘Friends’ Society was formed, the inaugural meeting attracting 24 members, increasing to almost 100 friends and workers by 1991 and over the next 6 years the Hawkesbury City Council considered various ways to sell or lease the Village.

Between 1995 and 2002 several private entities held leases but were unsuccessful in operating and maintaining the Village.

The Hawkesbury City Council agreed at its 11 February 2002 meeting to sell Australiana Pioneer Village. This decision was invalidated because the land on which the Australian Pioneer Village stands is zoned ‘community’ and cannot be sold without being reclassified. It was then re-classified to operational land.

In 2002 a community group called The Australiana Pioneer Village Ltd (The Business Group) consisting of Chairman – Sid Kelly, Accountant – Warren Chalker, Secretary – Lesley George, Members – Garry Grant, Jan and John Gollan, Carol Maher and Danielle Wheeler was formed to ensure the Australian Pioneer Village remained a community asset, and that its heritage and environmental integrity was retained. From 2002 the Village was not open to the public and the site was managed by the Business Group and Volunteers.  Many hours were spent feeding and caring for livestock, cleaning and maintaining the buildings and mowing and maintaining the extensive grounds.  Bob Nagle, Kerry Gannell and Marj Clarke undertook an inventory of the site and some 1,500 artifacts were listed.

After many years of petitioning the Hawkesbury City Council in 2010 The Business Group (The Australiana Pioneer Village Ltd) was granted a Lease for 5 years with an option for 2 more 5 years i.e. 15 years in total. They were given $100,000 to repair all works.

The grand re-opening occurred on Australia Day 26th January 2011 with 4,000+ visitors through the gates.  Many visitors who talk of coming to the Village as children, either with their parents or with their school, are now bringing their children to the Village.

The education program was re-instated and because the Village is a unique example for students of our early pioneering days, every week schools from all over Sydney visit on school excursions.

Since then the village has continued to operate under the guidance of The Business Group, and the hard work of the Volunteers and Committee.

The Australiana Pioneer Village is a true monument to the pioneering days that bred within us, the spirit of courage and faith in ourselves and our country. Due to Bill McLachlan’s vision and The Friends of the Australiana Pioneer Village, the Village has been preserved for our future generations, an almost forgotten era.

In 2004 the Village buildings were gazetted for listing on the NSW Heritage register which was granted.  The buildings will forever now be protected.

 
 
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Hawkesbury Race Club

5 Racecourse Road, Clarendon NSW 2756
The Hawkesbury Valley is one of the oldest Australian settlements and first explored by Governor Phillip in 1789. The Hawkesbury racing pioneers fashioned a race course from 200 acres of virgin bush land in 1865 which led to the first race meeting being conducted on the course in 1871. This racecourse has been in continuous use for over 135 years. The beauty of the race track, set to the backdrop of the Blue Mountains and the grandstand showcasing the scenic panorama of the Grose Valley, is a true testament of foresight of the racing pioneers.
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Hawkesbury Harvest Farm Gate Trail

Various locations around Hawkesbury Valley Region., Windsor NSW 2756
Drive the Hawkesbury Harvest Farm Gate Trail and discover Sydney's rural treasures! If you love country touring, sampling fresh, seasonal produce and discovering locally made arts and crafts, then the Trail is bound to please. Whether for a day, a weekend or longer, visitors will enjoy this country experience on Sydney's doorstep. On the trail are growers, artists, crafts people, historical sites, wineries, restaurants and unique accommodation all committed to providing consumers with access to the best that Sydney can produce. Discover a gourmet goat cheese or Australian native foods. Taste local wines or just-picked oranges and apples, why not pick-your-own? The Farm Gate Trail offers you the chance to taste, buy and learn as you explore Sydney's rural heartlands. To start planning your journey of discovery simply request a map via the website, or download one of your own - you can also find them in Visitor Centres.
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Purple Noon Gallery

606 Terrace Road, Freemans Reach NSW 2756
Purple Noon Gallery is set in the Hawkesbury region at the foot of the blue mountains. The gallery opened in November 2006 and has steadily developed into one of the finest galleries in regional New South Wales and Western Sydney with regular exhibitions and a permanent collection of both local art and sculpture, with a strong focus on artwork from leading, emerging, and Indigenous artists from around Australia. The building was purpose built and has a special ambience that is warm and inviting and perfect for displaying a wide collection of fine artwork. The sparrow-picked sandstone walls, old timbers, leadlight windows and corrugated iron compliment each other to create a building that is aesthetically pleasing and perfect for displaying beautiful artwork. The gallery represents exciting new and established artists from the Hawkesbury region and around Australia. An extensive exhibition program is held each year featuring both solo and mixed shows.
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Mimosa Rocks National Park

Mimosa Rocks National Park, Nelson NSW 2550
Just a short drive from Bega, Mimosa Rocks National Park offers up show-stopping headland views, beaches and pure lagoons, and you'll be spoilt for choice with lookouts, rainforest pockets and historic sites to explore. The park takes its name from the Paddle Steamer Mimosa that wrecked in 1863 after running onto rocks at the northern end of the park. ... Visit website for more info

Hawkesbury Art Fair

Deerubbin Centre (First Floor), Windsor NSW 2756
The annual Hawkesbury Art Fair (since 2014) is becoming the highlight of the year, showcasing the diversity of creative people in this beautiful region, including traditional and contemporary artists, designers, crafters and jewellers. As well as a fabulous opening-night event, there will also be demonstrations and studio visits. Organisations participating include Hawkesbury Camera Club, Macquarie Towns Art Society, Hawkesbury Community Artists, The Ferry Artists, Hawkesbury Printmakers, Hawkesbury Artists and Artisans Trail, and Piggery Lane Studios and Gallery. This is a great opportunity to see and buy original art from some of the Hawkesbury’s best-known artists....

Hawkesbury Regional Museum Visitor Centre

8 Baker Street, Windsor NSW 2756
Hawkesbury Regional Museum is located in one of the country's oldest settlements - the third on mainland Australia after Sydney and Parramatta. It is the only publicly-run, professionally staffed museum in the Hawkesbury and, indeed, in the wider area including the Blue Mountains, Penrith, Hills and Blacktown local government areas. The Museum also provides visitor information and services. This 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. The house is open for inspection at 11am and 2pm on weekends, and during the week for booked groups. ...

Governor Phillip Park

George Street, Windsor NSW 2756
Governor Phillip Park is a historic park located at the end of George Street, Windsor, next to the Hawkesbury River. The park does have a concrete boat ramp where you can launch your boat, kayak or canoe. There's also a picnic area with tables, shelters, electric barbecues, toilets and a children's playground. Disabled access is available. ...

Orchids Out West

Hawkesbury Racecourse, Clarendon NSW 2756
Orchids Out West comprises beautiful displays put on by the local orchid societies such as Blacktown City, Blue Mountains and Penrith District and Hawkesbury District Orchid Societies. There are lots of orchids for sale from vendors from around Australia. The fair has a great selection of plants to be purchased to enhance your orchid collection, and always something new. Every year the displays improve in quality and are always very colourful thanks to the wonderful collection of orchids of all generas such as cattleyas, paphiopedilums and cymbidiums, just to name a few. It is worth the drive to the beautiful Hawkesbury district and then maybe further up into the Blue Mountains. Make it a great day out and smell the flowers! Plenty of free parking with Clarendon Railway Station nearby. BBQ and light refreshments available...