About The Hawkesbury Area
The Hawkesbury region stretches from the Gateway of the Hawkesbury River around Brooklyn all the way through the Heartland of the fertile Valley to the Highlands at the foot of the Blue Mountains.
Just north of Parramatta, around 30 minutes from Sydney you can discover the best of nature mixed with the sparkle of cosmopolitan life at Sydney’s door within Hawkesbury’s Sydney Hills region.
Further west, just over an hours drive north-west of Sydney is the beautiful Hawkesbury Valley located at the foot of the Blue Mountains featuring the Historic towns of Windsor and Richmond.
Stretching even further west into the foothills of the Blue Mountains, along the Bells Line of road is the tranquil Hawkesbury Highlands offering a diversity of mountain scenery with great walls of sandstone and endless canyons, combined with charming orchards and fruit and vege stalls offering all local varieties of stone fruit in season and autumn apples.
Directly north of Sydney, approximately 24km along the F3 Freeway, is Hawkesbury’s Gateway surrounded by rich bush land and natural attractions where you can also relax and unwind by the spectacular Hawkesbury River. The Hawkesbury Gateway region neighbours Sydney’s Central Coast.
Inland around 80km north west of Sydney is you can experience Wisemans Ferry and the Hawkesbury Heartland area, one of the most attractive and interesting tourist destinations in New South Wales, yet surprisingly still unknown to the great majority of visitors to Sydney.
The Hawkesbury region is also nestled amongst the vast wilderness of the Blue Mountains and Wollemi National Parks, where pristine creeks feed into the magnificent Hawkesbury River.
The great river meanders from Brooklyn through Wiseman’s Ferry and the townships of Richmond and Windsor, where some of the earliest colonial settlements were born.
Originally the home of the Darug Clan of the Aboriginal people, the area was discovered in 1789 by Governor Arthur Phillip in search of fertile farmland. The rich riverland was settled in 1794 and the district holds a wealth of heritage with numerous well preserved historical buildings still in use.
Descendents of the original settlers are still prominent in the Hawkesbury with many continuing the family tradition on the land, side by side with the second and third generation farmers from early European migrants.
Despite Hawkesbury's close proximity to Sydney, Australia's largest city, it is still very much a rural community, with market gardens, orchards and rich pasture covering much of the landscape from the floodplains to the hills.
Known as the "food basket" for Sydney, the Hawkesbury area grows a vast range of produce including stone fruits, oranges, apples, pecan nuts, berries and various vegetables, many of which are for sale at various stalls dotted around the roads.
Many of the orchards are open for "pick you own" customers. The orange orchards are found on the plains around Freemans Reach and Agnes Banks whilst the apple and stone fruit orchards are located further up the hills of Bilpin, Grose Vale and Kurrajong.