Where is the Hawkesbury?
The local Government area of Hawkesbury
is the largest metropolitan council in New South Wales, and located on the fringe
of Greater Western Sydney. The Hawkesbury City Council area extends from the
Cumberland Plain in the south and east through the Blue Mountains to the western
north. It is also bounded by bushland areas of the Baulkham Hills and Hornsby
Shires. It is divided by five rivers and includes the Hawkesbury, Nepean, Grose,
Colo and McDonald River valleys.
The Hawkesbury district has a long history that includes 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.
In addition to Governor Macquarie's historic five towns of Windsor, Richmond,
Pitt Town, Castlereagh and Wilberforce, the region has a number of small villages
for the traveler and visitor to explore including the mountain villages of
Bilpin, Kurrajong and Grose Vale and the river towns of Wisemans Ferry, St
Albans, Ebenezer, Sackville and Lower Portland
In November 2000, the World Heritage Committee added the Greater Blue Mountains
Area to the World Heritage Register. The Greater Blue Mountains covers a total
area of 1.03 million hectares. It includes seven national parks - the Blue
Mountains, Wollemi, Yengo, Nattai, Kanangra-Boyd, Gardens of Stone and Thirlmere
Lakes National Parks - along with the Jenolan Caves Karst Conservation Reserve.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service Hawkesbury Area office will shortly
relocate to a site at Bilpin, along Bell's Line of Road and incorporate the
facility into a Visitor Centre for the Greater Blue Mountain World Heritage
Area. This will enhance visitors experiences in the Greater Blue Mountains
Things to do whilst you are in the Hawkesbury Region
Villages of the Hawkesbury
Boab Boat Hire - Either pick up your hire boat directly, or alternatively have your boat delivered to you. Don't have a boat licence? That's not a problem as you can hire a runabout...perfect for that spot of fishing or exploring the reaches of the Hawkesbury River.