Windsor has close ties to Governor Macquarie's history - the courthouse, the doctor's house, churches, graveyards and Thompson Square, adjacent to Macquarie Arms pub. Windsor is home to many activities: exhibitions at the Regional Galley, the Regional Museum and groovin' to the Sydney Blues & Roots Festival. It is where you will find the Hawkesbury Paddlewheeler, departing from the Windsor wharf, serving up lunch and a little river music. It is home to restaurants, cafés, bakeries and a great ice creamery - perhaps every child's favourite shop in the Hawkesbury - all on the Windsor pedestrian mall. The river brings in the crowd: the Bridge to Bridge ski race, the overnight Canoe Classic and the Bridge to Bridge Powerboat Race.

Nine50 - Peruvian Silver Jewellery & Giftware

Address: 2/254 George Street, Windsor
Phone: 02 4587 9509
Hours: Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-2pm, Closed Sun and public holidays
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If you haven't found Nine50, you have missed a highlight of Windsor and it is within walking distance of the regional gallery. The shop sources exquisite hand crafted silver from Peru along with fair-trade gifts that you won't find elsewhere.

Peruvian silver is unique - 95 per cent silver. Peruvian silversmiths are heirs of long traditions so every item in the shop is handcrafted using techniques handed down over hundreds of years. Proprietor, Lee-Ann Kelly travels to Peru to meet with artisans and artisan groups and to select stock specifically for Nine50.

Alpaca clothing - we love the colourful socks and winter hats for toddlers to teens - is also stocked. They have been very popular with the little ones of our family. Colourful bags - mirroring the sun and light of South America - are always part of the summer collection.

Take time to browse - the many glass cases throughout the store are home to so many beautiful pieces.

Hawkesbury Regional Museum

Address: 8 Baker Street, Winsdor
Phone: 02 4560 4655
Hours: Open daily 10am-4pm (closed Tue - available by appointment)
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Excitement around the museum is at an all-time high as it was recently recognised for the Best Exhibition project in 2015. The 2015 IMAGinE award acknowledged the exceptional exhibition Flood!. Awards are presented annually by Museums & Galleries NSW. The photography featured in this exhibition brings to life the impact of floods in the Hawkesbury. The storyline is captivating. The collection will remain on exhibition throughout 2016. We can expect other outstanding exhibits in 2017.

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Hawkesbury Regional Gallery

Address: Derrubbin Centre (Level One), 300 George Street, Windsor
Phone: 02 4560 4441
Hours: Open weekdays 10am-4pm (closed Tue), Weekends 10am-3pm
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This contemporary gallery offers a changing program of exhibitions and public programs in a variety of media: visual art, photography, design and craft.

Curators open each exhibition with informative public conversations - the Q&A with artists leads to lively discussions. We've seen art lovers from the Sydney art-scene arrive for openings, so we know the HRG staff have hit the mark.

Every year, exhibitions from Australia's extensive network of regional and public galleries contribute to the dynamic and creative life of Hills and the Hawkesbury - they are always a well worth the drive into Windsor.