Welcome to The Hawkesbury New South Wales Australia
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.
More than 80% of the Hawkesbury Region is National Park or Reserve so there is a wealth of great walking tracks – of all distances and all levels of ability. Enjoy the peace and the unique opportunity to spend time in such an environmentally significant area and explore the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area that is located within the Hawkesbury Region.
Surrounded by National Parks & dotted with secluded river communities, the Hawkesbury River is navigable for over 100 kilometres with 1100 kilometres of foreshore fringe. The western end of the River forms a peaceful boundary for the Sydney region - you could cruise and explore these waters for weeks and still not see it all. Spend a peaceful overnight anchorage in a hired boat or a waterfront B&B and wake up to the call of Kookaburras, Whip Birds, Sea Eagles and the lapping of the tides. Join a tour of the nearby glow worm caves or for the more adventurous try abseiling or canyoning.
The Hawkesbury has been the food basket for Sydney since colonial times. The need for viable farming land to feed the rapidly growing Sydney community led to the discovery and the settlement of the Hawkesbury Valley region, and for many years afterwards it remained the primary produce market for the Sydney settlement.
Today the region is still well known for its quality apples, stone fruits, oranges, honey and vegetables - many of them grown organically – and it is still the home to a variety of produce farms, small business and markets which provide goods to the Sydney market.
Depending on the season visitors can stop in at a range of properties or markets to sample produce and fill up the boot! The Farmgate Trail is a self drive tour through the Hawkesbury with stops at orchards, cheese makers, smokehouses, wineries and much more – a gastronomers delight!