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Population 1899

Windsor, located on a high bank of the Hawkesbury River, is the third oldest European settlement on mainland Australia, after Sydney Cove and Parramatta. There are still many old buildings standing and the surrounding national parks make for breathtaking scenery.

Visitor Information

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

Nearby national parks

  • Cattai National Park

    At Cattai National Park, traditional parkland and dense natural bush provide ample opportunity for walking, picnicking and peaceful camping...more

  • Blue Mountains National Park

    Blue Mountains National Park presents an astounding and unique landscape to its millions of visitors. The terrain ripples and folds, a world...more

  • Wollemi National Park

    Wollemi National Park, the second largest national park in the state and its largest wilderness area, is a primeval landscape of precipitous...more

Nearby towns

  • Richmond NSW

    Richmond provides a peaceful country atmosphere on the Hawkesbury River, but is close enough to Sydney to enjoy the best of both worlds....more

  • Glenbrook

    Glenbrook is a picturesque village on the edge of the Blue Mountains. It was originally known as Watertank because it was used for the...more

  • Wisemans Ferry

    Wisemans Ferry is a sleepy town built around what was once an important crossing on the Hawkesbury River. The mainland route from Sydney to...more

In Town

Hawkesbury Regional Museum Built as a home in the 1820s, the building became the Daniel O'Connell Inn in 1843. In the late 1800s it was used to print The Australian, a weekly newspaper. Today it houses the history of the local area in photographs, documents and artefacts, with special displays on riverboat history and the Richmond Royal Australian Air Force base. Thompson Sq.

Hawkesbury Regional Gallery: displays contemporary and traditional works by national and international artists; George St.

St Matthew's Church: designed by convict architect Francis Greenway and built in 1817, St Matthews is the oldest Anglican church in the country. The adjacent graveyard dates back to 1810 and contains the graves of some of the First Fleet pioneers; Moses St.

Self-guide tourist walk/drive: historic sites include the original courthouse and doctor's house; brochure from visitor centre.


Cattai National Park First Fleet assistant surgeon Thomas Arndell was granted this land and today the park features his 1821 cottage. There are also grain silos and the ruins of a windmill believed to be the oldest industrial building in the country. The old farm features attractive picnic and barbecue areas and campsites. In a separate section nearby, Mitchell Park offers walking tracks and canoeing on Cattai Creek. 14 km NE.

Ebenezer: picturesque town with Australia's oldest church (1809), colonial graveyard and schoolhouse; 11 km N.

Wollemi National Park: Windsor section features the spectacular Colo River and activities including abseiling, canoeing (bring your own), bushwalking and 4WD touring; via Colo; 26 km N.

Fishing spots near town

Hawkesbury-Nepean River 41 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

The Great North Walk 29 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 36 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

Picnicking in the Blue Mountains 37 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

Kayaking in Sydney 46 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 47 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

Ice-climbing 48 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

Golf courses around town

Castle Hill Country Club 19 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 25 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 33 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 34 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 36 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 37 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 42 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 42 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 48 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 50 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

Cafes & restaurants around town

Clydesdales Horse Drawn Restaurant

Heritage and history come together at this unusual restaurant in Windsor, the third town in Australia to be settled. Seated in an 1890s carriage, complete with antique fittings and seating a maximum of eight guests,... Find out more

The Harvest Restaurant

The Harvest Restaurant is located in the luxurious Sebel Resort & Spa Hawkesbury Valley, inviting guests to relax as they enjoy the contemporary cuisine with splashes of Asian and European flavours. The... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

Green Gourmet 46 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 48 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 34 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 36 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 45 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 45 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 46 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

Schwartz Brewery 47 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

St Peters Brewery 47 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

4 Pines Brewing Company 48 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

Cattai camping area 11 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

Burralow Creek camping area 20 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

Wheeny Creek camping area 20 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) 26 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

Marramarra Creek camping area (walk-in camping) 27 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

Euroka Campground 28 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

Crosslands Reserve camping area 28 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 29 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

Mill Creek camping area 33 km

One of the great drawcards of this camping ground is its wombat community. Sit quietly at dusk or dawn by one of the many freshly dug tunnels in the area, and you should be rewarded with a view of this enigmatic,... Find out more

Murphys Glen Campground 35 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

Caravan parks around town

Sydney Hills Holiday Park 22 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 36 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

BIG4 Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park 47 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 47 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

Blackheath Glen Caravan Park 49 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 49 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

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Windsor Terrace Motel

Windsor Terrace Motel’s contemporary guest rooms are housed in a historic building with plenty of old-world charm. Each guest room has a lovely view overlooking the Hawkesbury River and beyond to the Blue... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Wollemi Wilderness Retreat, Bilpin 35 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 41 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

Australia Walkabout Park, Calga 43 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

Jemby-Rinjah Eco Lodge, Blackheath 46 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 46 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 51 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 52 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

Rest areas around town

Hawkesbury River rest area 37 km

49km N of Sydney (L)

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

What's on around town

Market: Windsor Mall; Sun.

Bridge to Bridge Powerboat Classic: May.

Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Race: Nov.

Hawkesbury Canoe Classic: Nov.

Hawkesbury Wine, Food and Music Affair Raceday: Nov.

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