Welcome to The Hawkesbury, one of New South Wales' best kept secrets, and only one hour north-west of Sydney. With 17 small towns and villages to explore, 5 rivers, and more than 70 percent of our area being National Parks, The Hawkesbury is a haven for adventure and nature lovers, as well as for art and history lovers alike. We invite you to visit The Hawkesbury and experience what this special place has to offer. Whether your interests lie in art, culture, history, water-skiing, swimming, canoeing (bring your own), bushwalking, horse-riding, or a wide range of other sports, you will find The Hawkesbury caters for you. If it is retail therapy that you are looking for, you will love spending time exploring our many village shops and galleries, or you will find some fantastic bargains by visiting our local craft and food markets held regularly throughout the year. On the other hand you may simply wish to soak up the peace and quiet while enjoying our magnificent scenery. Whether your visit is for business or pleasure, fun or romance, for a day, a weekend or a week, our accommodation ranges from Caravan Parks and B & B's, to Resorts, Cottages or Motels, catering for both your taste and your budget, you can be sure you will enjoy your visit to the Hawkesbury. The Hawkesbury, located some 50km northwest of Sydney, has a wealth of recreational opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy. The urban centres of Windsor and Richmond are rich in historic parks and buildings, sporting grounds and open space. The Hawkesbury River, a great national asset, flows through the region from near Penrith to Wisemans Ferry. Water sports and other water-based activities are popular on the River and its tributaries. Adjacent rural lands and the uplands of the lower Blue Mountains and further north towards the Hunter provide contrasting scenic amenity and other recreational resources.