Bowman Cottage, Hawkesbury Tourism

Population 25011

Richmond provides a peaceful country atmosphere on the Hawkesbury River, but is close enough to Sydney to enjoy the best of both worlds. Many residents commute to the city each day. The township was settled in 1794 because of the rich Hawkesbury River flats. Richmond was soon being used as a granary to supply half of Sydney's grain and is still important agriculturally. There are magnificent views of the Blue Mountains.

Visitor Information

Hawkesbury Visitor Information Centre, Ham Common, Hawkesbury Valley Way; (02) 4578 0233 or 1300 362 874

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  • Wisemans Ferry

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In Town

Bowman's Cottage: restored c. 1815 cottage, now National Parks & Wildlife office; Windsor St.

Pugh's Lagoon: pleasant picnic spot with plentiful waterbirds; Kurrajong Rd.

Self-guide historical town walks: features many heritage buildings including St Peter's Church (1841) and adjacent pioneer graves; brochure from visitor centre.


Bilpin This tiny town is known for its apples and apple juice. It was originally named Belpin after Archibald Bell Jnr, who was the first European to cross the mountains from Richmond (Bells Line of Road is also named after him). The fact that he did this with the help of local Aboriginal people, who had been doing it for thousands of years, did not seem to detract from the achievement. Bilpin now has many orchards that are part of the Hawkesbury Farm Gate Trail. Brochures are available from the visitor centre. In keeping with the Australian penchant for 'big' attractions, Bilpin has the Big Bowl of Fruit. There are markets every Sat. 31 km NW.

RAAF base: oldest Air Force establishment in Australia, used for civilian flying from 1915; Windsor–Richmond Rd; 3 km E.

Kurrajong: quaint mountain village that's home to shops, cafes and galleries, and the Scarecrow Festival held in Oct. Just off Bells Line of Rd; 10 km NW.

Bellbird Hill Lookout: clear views across to Sydney skyline; Kurrajong Heights; 13 km NW.

Hawkesbury Lookout: great views of Sydney over the Cumberland plain; 15 km SW.

Avoca Lookout: stunning views over Grose Valley; 20 km W.

Mountain Lagoon: mountain bushland setting with walking trails leading down to the pristine Colo River; brochure from visitor centre; 40 km NW.

Fishing spots near town

Hawkesbury-Nepean River 47 km

The Hawkesbury River is regarded as one of the most consistent waters for big mulloway, or jewfish as they are called. It was with mulloway in mind that I went to the river to fish with Colin Tannahill. The river flows... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Picnicking in the Blue Mountains 31 km

Take a picnic up to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden in Mount Tomah at any time of year and you will not be disappointed. At 1000 metres above sea level, it is usually cool in summer, brimming with flowers in spring,... Find out more

The Great North Walk 35 km

Although it links two of Australia’s most populated cities, Sydney and Newcastle, and passes through some beautiful bushland, the Great North Walk does not get the foot traffic you might expect. A 250-kilometre,... Find out more

Bushwalking in and around Sydney 42 km

Surprisingly, Sydney does offer some superb bushwalking through secluded bushland. Aboriginal engraving and art sites are quite common, and many are not publicised, simply leaving you to discover them, appreciate them,... Find out more

Ice-climbing 43 km

In winter, the frozen cliffs around Blue Lake provide one of the only places in Australia to learn and perfect the art of ice-climbing. Multi-day courses involve a hike in with heavy packs, and camping out in the... Find out more

Kayaking in Sydney 52 km

Surprisingly, this activity has only taken off in Sydney in the past few years. With a city centred on such great waterways, there is plenty to explore, whether just for an hour or two, or a whole week. Sydney Harbour... Find out more

Taronga Zoo 53 km

One of the world’s best zoos, Taronga is involved in a wide variety of threatened species recovery operations, wildlife rehabilitation and animal research work. As well as having a great day by Sydney Harbour,... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Castle Hill Country Club 24 km

Back in 1821, Irishman George Acres received a land grant and is understood to have planted Australia’s first citrus trees. He planted them on the land where the fairways of Castle Hill Country Club now weave... Find out more

Twin Creeks Golf & Country Club 26 km

As a globetrotting professional golfer of the 1970s and ’80s, Graham Marsh won more than 60 titles across five continents. The key to his success was his approach to the game. Every shot was thoughtfully... Find out more

Avondale GOLF CLUB 39 km

When 19th-hole conversation turns to discussing the best places to play golf in Sydney, one course often slips under the radar. Avondale Golf Club quite rightly ranks among the harbour city’s finest courses. Yet... Find out more

Pymble Golf Club 40 km

Pymble Golf Club has a rich history of nurturing some of the finest ball-strikers Australia has seen. The great Kel Nagle was the club’s resident professional for five years, and it was on the Pymble practice... Find out more

Terrey Hills Golf & Country Club 42 km

A golf course, by its very nature, is a living and constantly changing thing. A fine example of the way a course can grow and the effect this can have on its original design lies at Terrey Hills, about 40 minutes... Find out more

Concord Golf Club 43 km

From the very first days that golf was played in New South Wales, the name Concord has been part of the landscape. Established in 1899, golf began on the current site – on a layout designed by Dan Soutar, who... Find out more

Macquarie Links International Golf Club 44 km

Shanghai, Guam, Bali, Sabah, Bangkok, Singapore, Alaska, Hawaii; American course designer Robin Nelson has spent much of the past 30 years travelling from one exotic destination to another, putting his next project in... Find out more

Monash Country Club 48 km

The first few years after World War II were boom years for golf course construction in Sydney, particularly north of the harbour. The founding members of Monash Country Club – which is today located high in the... Find out more

Long Reef Golf Club 54 km

Occupying the Long Reef headland on Sydney’s northern beaches – ‘one of the best sites of any golf course in Sydney’, according to five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson – this... Find out more

The Australian Golf Club 55 km

With a rich history dating back to the first days of organised golf in Australia, The Australian is the country’s oldest formal golf club. It was established in 1882 but didn’t find a permanent home at... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

Green Gourmet 52 km

These totally vegan restaurants have fascinating dishes including mock fish, made from taro, mushroom steaks and desserts such as green tea moon cake.... Find out more

Billy Kwong 53 km

This up-market restaurant in Surry Hills claims to have been the first restaurant in New South Wales that chose to become carbon neutral. Owned and run by passionate advocate of sustainability and ethical eating Kylie... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Tooheys Brewery 39 km

Tooheys remains the last of Sydney’s long-running mainstream breweries still currently operating. Founders James and John Toohey were cattle farmers before they entered the beer game, buying the Darling Brewery (it... Find out more

Paddy's Brewery 41 km

There may be more unlikely venues for a craft brewery but, offhand, I can’t think of one. The Markets Hotel is a 24-hour pub opposite Sydney’s Flemington fresh produce market, where you’re more likely... Find out more

Malt Shovel Brewery 50 km

US-born Dr Charles ‘Chuck’ Hahn has enjoyed two separate craft-beer careers over two decades, operating out of the same Camperdown brewery. In the late ’80s he opened it as the independent Hahn Brewery,... Find out more

Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel 51 km

Sydney’s longest-running brew-pub is many things rolled into one fine watering hole – an institution for ale lovers, a tourist magnet and a haven for homesick Poms. The historic sandstone pub is as comfy as a... Find out more

Redoak Brewery 52 km

Redoak burst onto the craft-beer scene by winning a swag of medals at the 2004 Australian International Beer Awards before they had sold even a single drop. And they have continued to collect an impressive array of... Find out more

St Peters Brewery 52 km

Matt Donelan is someone who marches to a different drum from most other craftbrewers. He doesn’t have a website or own a mobile phone and doesn’t believe in cardboard packaging. He matches his keg prices... Find out more

Schwartz Brewery 53 km

Tucked away in the basement of the heritage-listed Macquarie Hotel in Surry Hills, this 8-hectolitre microbrewery is the hub of a burgeoning craft-beer empire run by owner Dr Jerry Schwartz. Apart from supplying the pub,... Find out more

4 Pines Brewing Company 54 km

What do Margaret River and Manly have in common? Well, they both have popular surfing spots and craft breweries or, at least, they do now. The Mitchell family had seen the burgeoning Margaret River microbrewing scene... Find out more

Campsites around town

Burralow Creek camping area 14 km

You can reach this spacious, family-friendly camping ground via a fire trail off Burralow Rd from Kurrajong Heights, or via the Patterson Range Fire Trail from Bilpin. Both these roads are 4WD only. The Bulcamatta Falls... Find out more

Cattai camping area 15 km

You’ll need to book 2 weeks in advance to bag a spot at this camping ground on the Hawkesbury River, off Cattai–Wisemans Ferry Rd, 13 km north of Windsor. Part of the park was a First Fleet land grant to... Find out more

Wheeny Creek camping area 16 km

Wheeny Creek, in the southern section of the park, has 30 camping sites available. It’s a spacious, picturesque medley of grassy terraces by the creek, which is a tributary of the Colo River. It’s on Comleroy... Find out more

Colo Meroo camping area (walk-in camping) 22 km

Access to this camping site in the southern section of the park is by foot on the 24 km Mountain Lagoon Loop, which starts and finishes on Sam’s Way in the town of Mountain Lagoon. A far less taxing method of... Find out more

Euroka Campground 25 km

This camping region, near the lovely Nepean River Gorge, can be reached via Bruce Rd in Glenbrook. It comprises 5 camping areas: Appletree Flat, Redgum, Nioka, Bennets Ridge and Durag. Note that the access gate is locked... Find out more

Murphys Glen Campground 31 km

Murphys Glen Campground is tucked away among turpentine, angophora and eucalypt, 6 km south of Woodford via Bedford Rd off Railway Pde. Note that this is 4WD access only. It’s a short walk from the carpark to the... Find out more

Marramarra Creek camping area (walk-in camping) 32 km

It’s a 4 km walk from the locked gate at Canoelands Rd, off Old Northern Rd, to this basic bush site. As with Gentlemans Halt, you’ll need to carry your drinking water with you, and preferably a gas/fuel... Find out more

Ingar Campground 33 km

At Ingar Campground you can swim or paddle in the dam on Ingar Creek, or strike out on a walking or mountain-biking track. From Wentworth Falls, take Tableland Rd and turn onto Queen Elizabeth Dr then Ingar Fire Trail.... Find out more

Crosslands Reserve camping area 33 km

Set amid some of Sydney’s best forests – peppermint, blackbutt, scribbly gum and blue gums – this family-friendly camping site is in Hornsby Shire in the city’s north. You can drive in on... Find out more

The Benowie Walking Track 35 km

This 25 km slice of the trail leads from Thornleigh to Berowra, through Berowra Valley Regional Park. Stop off for a tasty meal with a view in one of the Berowra Waters cafes. There are 8 camping sites on this track.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Sydney Hills Holiday Park 28 km

This is a quality park in the north-western suburbs and can be easily accessed from the M7 through Sydney’s west. The well-designed park has a very good shop and is in a nice area. It is ideal for a holiday base in... Find out more

Lane Cove River Tourist Park 42 km

Despite being the closest caravan park to Sydney (just 10 km away), this place has a bush setting. Adjoining the Lane Cove River, the park has lovely treed areas and good facilities. A regular bus service operates to the... Find out more

Blackheath Glen Caravan Park 43 km

In the heart of the Blue Mountains, this park is situated in a pretty parkland setting opposite the Rhododendron Gardens, and within walking distance of the town centre and Govetts Leap lookout. There are good basic... Find out more

Katoomba Falls Caravan Park 44 km

Located in a quiet off-highway location, this neat well-appointed park is very close to Katoomba’s cable car and scenic railway. It is an ideal park for a few days stay to explore the area. Bookings are required in... Find out more

BIG4 Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park 53 km

This is our pick of Sydney’s caravan parks. It is a large, grassy park on the banks of Narrabeen Lake and just a short stroll from the beach. It is located in a quiet area on the north shore, away from the city... Find out more

NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Park 53 km

Just 2 km from the centre of Umina and set in a fabulous beachfront position, this quality park is a favourite of ours. There is a wide range of facilities, and children’s activities are held most weekends and... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Wollemi Wilderness Retreat, Bilpin 29 km

These unusual self-contained cabins of various sizes feature passive solar design and are mainly constructed from recycled and salvaged materials. Although not high-class, they all have a spa and are in isolated bush... Find out more

Bunjaree Cottages, Wentworth Falls 36 km

Great for families, Bunjaree Cottages have been designed to make a small environmental footprint, with full solar power and earth-brick insulation. One is built with recycled car tyres and mud, providing even better... Find out more

Jemby-Rinjah Eco Lodge, Blackheath 41 km

One of the first working examples of large-scale sustainable tourism to exist in Australia, Jemby-Rinjah has advanced eco-accreditation, and one of the most extensive systems of composting toilets in the country. Ten... Find out more

Old Leura Dairy 41 km

This creative collection of six buildings, which can sleep up to 30 people in various combinations, has been renovated and fitted out with all manner of recycled bits and bobs. There are old oven doors, rusted corrugated... Find out more

Kanimbla View, Blackheath 45 km

Solar-powered, the two- and three-bedroom cottages here are surprisingly large inside. They are partially constructed from recycled and salvaged timbers, have composting toilets and a great view of the Kanimbla Valley... Find out more

Woolshed Cabins, near Blackheath 46 km

Eleven kilometres from Blackheath and surrounded by a glorious natural amphitheatre of towering sandstone walls, the Woolshed Cabins sit on 100 hectares of cleared farmland (a working cattle farm) in the Kanimbla Valley,... Find out more

Australia Walkabout Park, Calga 48 km

You can camp out with the 180 species of wild animal in this 32-hectare feral-proofed wildlife park that has a solid history of conservation and caring for injured and orphaned wildlife. The overnight camping experience... Find out more

Dargan Springs Mountain Lodge, Clarence 50 km

At the soft end of ecotourism, this pleasant lodge and wellness retreat has advanced eco-certification. It is surrounded by a mountain ash forest dotted with waratahs, the habitat of wombats and wallabies. With a maximum... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Hawkesbury River rest area 42 km

49km N of Sydney (L)

Well off the highway on the banks of the river. For northbound only.

What's on around town

Bellbird Craft Markets: March St; 2nd Sat each month.

Fruits of the Hawkesbury Festival: throughout region; Sept–Nov.

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