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Calendar of Events
Annual Sydney Blues & Roots Festival 2016
Dates to be confirmed – please call 0409 905 884
A celebration of Australian Blues in multiple venues. Headline artists. Three days of glorious music. A festival that will have you up and dancing. Check out the website for venues and times.
Sydney Polo Gold Cup
16 Oct 2016
100 Ridges Lane, Richmond
02 4588 5000
This tournament is the most important match of the season. It’s Carnival time – think Rio.
Hawkesbury Canoe Classic
29 October 2016
Entries: 02 4976 3802
The event just keeps on paddling. The race starts at Windsor and it’s an overnighter – 111 kilometres down the Hawkesbury. In its long history, the paddlers have raised ‘loads of dollars’ for medical research.
Bridge to Bridge
Water Ski Classic
26–27 November 2016
Classic begins at Dangar Island in Broken Bay and ends at Governor Philip Park in Windsor.
WHAT'S ON IN THE HAWKESBURY AND THE HILLS
HAWKESBURY & HILLS BULLETIN BOARD
HAWKESBURY REGIONAL GALLERY (Windsor) Simon Yates (sculptor) Workshop, 29 April, 10.30 - 3pm. It looks like marble, but it's just discarded foam! Simon Yates, whose wonderful series of busts, The Foam Corps, features in our current exhibition, has developed some cool techniques for tricking the eye into perceiving a soft, spongy material as a rigid and inflexible one. Give your hand in this workshop. Bookings essential 02 4560 4441.
SYDNEY'S HEAD ON PHOTO FESTIVAL 6 - 28 MAY. For all you Hawkesbury artistic types with a Hasselblad in hand, the festival kicks off with exhibitions, talk and meet & greets in Paddington. Prizes and networking! BOOK TODAY! See the schedule: Cameras & Artists
WISEMANS FERRY.VILLAGE. Wisemans Inn & Hotel are a great stop during the holidays. A trip up to the first level is an eye opener -- the Cobham Hall Museum gives kids and 'older' kids an opportunity to see exposed sandstone walls of the original building along with furniture, dishes and cutlery from the 1800s. Amazing show of ingenuity of our ancestors -- free and convict alike, Open Saturday & Sunday 1pm - 3pm. Downstair in the Bistro fantastic steaks are served up! 4566 4301
HAWKESBURY REGIONAL MUSEUM (Windsor), Historian and former Ghost Spotter, John Miller hosts a new DVD: "Hawkesbury History: from Aboriginal History to the European Settlement".Available for purchase at the Museum Desk.
ROUSE HILL HOUSE & FARM: School Holidays. Feed the Baby Farm Animals 18 April - 21 April, 10 am - 2pm. Wear enclosed shoes when you feed the chicks, pet the piglets and lambs. On the hour beginning at 10 am and through 2pm.(fee)
ROUSE HILL HOUSE & FARM " Earn Your Tucker" The sun is up. . . time to get on those chores. Wear enclosed shoes while you grind the feed fot the chickens, make butter and learn about 'buttermilk'! Bookings 8239 2211 (fee)
HAWKESBURY VISITOR CENTRE, CLARENDON (02 4560 4620) Staff are a wealth of knowledge. Drop by for all Hawkesbury information. Books, maps, brochures and guides. 9-5pm Monday - Friday; Saturday & Sunday 9 - 4pm
get up, get out & go...
We wish words could convey the beauty and delight of a place as captured in our 'mind's eye'. Luckily, photographs transport us to those enchanting places we retain in memory. Why else would we subject our friends and family to never-ending Instagram or Facebook updates of our wonderful trips?
Throughout the Guide and on our website we share our trips around the Hawkesbury and Hills districts with photos from many sources. If, with words, we haven't convinced you to travel in to your backyard playground, these photos should do the trick.
As we prepare for this edition, change is in the air and change will impact the way we live in this broad, sweeping area. Discussions and plans of amalgamation - merger - of The Hawkesbury and The Hills are underway. Traffic, public transport and construction daily alter the landscape and citizens are uneasy about the transformation. Yet, small villages across the shires - Kurrajong Village, Bells Line of Road, Dural, Glenorie, Wisemans Ferry, Windsor, and Richmond - remain, to a great extent, unchanged.
We come across nature's dramatic scenes in our travels:
- Rivers - Hawkesbury, Grose and Colo - swollen and fierce after heavy rains.
- Sandstone slopes and deep dark canyons of the Blue Mountains. Untamed dense ancient forests.
- Breathtaking Bells Line of Road.
- Diverse 'cool climate' gardens at Mount Tomah. Waratahs, bright and red.
- Flat lowlands bedded with turf.
- Dark lagoons home to lily pads and surrounded by Ebenezer grape vines.
- Steep sharp curves of sandstone and gum trees standing tall overhead - a country road drops precipitously into Wisemans Ferry.
And the human activity is most often present: Off the busy thoroughfares, back roads are leafy and less travelled. Farms, orchards and produce stands dot the roads on the way to Glenorie, to Grose Vale or Bells Line of Road. And river fishing? According to locals, "fishing is probably the second biggest recreational use of waterways - of course, after picnicking."
Our European heritage beckons at Rouse Hill House and Farm. The house, somewhat elegant stables, and farm animals along with the old school house, returns us to our colonial days.
Our most recent discovery: Yarramundi Reserve, a fantastic family spot adjacent to the lower Hawkesbury end of Springwood Road. Here the Grose and Hawkesbury Rivers converge; water is clean and rather cold. Little ones, from toddlers to school kids, build sandcastles on the beach or skip stones across the water. "These stones are 'the best'," our little experts tell us. Kids feed the ducks, fish with grandparents and run around and scream with joy. You'll see teens and adults in kayaks and canoes, or fishing from the big rocks. There is a carpark, but be forewarned - in the summer months best arrive early, the Reserve is a popular destination.
Here a short list of new 'finds' with a few of our established favourites:
- 'Convict Footprints', May 2016 performances are now in the fifth year on the Old Great North Road (Wisemans Ferry), and performances in the summer months at Bella Vista Farm (Baulkham Hills). 'Convict Footprints' follows life on the farm for our convict ancestors
- Fine spirits in the Hawkesbury at Ironbark Distillery - award-winning and industrious entrepreneurs
- Purple Noon Gallery in Freemans Reach opens six exhibitions in 2016. Charming gallery in beautiful rural location
- The Sydney Polo Club is host to a number of thrilling horse-riding events throughout the year
- Tree Top Adventure on Springwood Road in Yarramundi is a towering activity in the tree tops near the Yarramundi Reserve. Your biceps and triceps will complain for several days, but it's well worth it
- Rouse Hill Organic Markets, Saturday 8am-1pm through October 29.
- Richmond Good Food Markets, Saturdays 8am-1pm
- Australiana Pioneer Village - Wilberforce. Living history each Sunday
- Kayaking on the river - terrific for triceps and, oh so beautiful in the early hours
So, for another year, these are merely a few reasons you should find your way to the Villages of Hawkesbury & Hills.