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An area is a unique and contrasting region featuring National Parks, farmland, rivers, mountains, valleys, rural and cosmopolitan centres as well as Aboriginal and Australian heritage.


Entry to the area is less than a forty-minute drive from the Sydney Central Business District. One of its biggest drawcards is the majestic Hawkesbury River which winds its way through the region out to sea, just north of Palm Beach.
Extending from Mount Tomah in the west to St Albans and Brooklyn in the north to western Sydney in the south the region is great for a short break or family getaway.
Explore the five different sub-regions and discover what wonderful experiences await you!


The Hills
Contains bustling cosmopolitan centres including Castle Hill, Rouse Hill and Hornsby as well as charming country like towns such as Galston and Glenorie.
Becoming an event mecca, venues like Castle Hill Showground, Bella Vista Farm and Fagan Park in Galston showcase amazing events for everyone.

Fagan Park Photo © Pavel

Lower Hawkesbury
Here you will find the end of the Hawkesbury River before it joins the sea.
There are quaint waterside towns like Berowra Waters and Brooklyn.
With plenty of places to go kayaking, fishing, bushwalking or have a secluded getaway that can only be accessed via water.

Hawkesbury Heartland

Towns such as St Albans and Wisemans Ferry, the perfect place to go water skiing, camping or caravanning along the Hawkesbury River. You’ll also find Cattai and Scheyville National Parks, with Cattai available for camping and hiking


Hawkesbury Highlands
Here is some of the most beautiful mountainous vistas you will ever see. Containing Kurrajong Village with its fabulous cafes and quaint shopping precinct; the spectacular Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah and Bilpin, famous for its apple orchards and homely B&Bs.

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Visitor Information Centres

ROUSE HILL 16 Bellcast Rd, Tel: (02) 8814 6909
DURAL 656a Old Northern Rd. Tel: (02) 9651 4411
HAWKESBURY Hawkesbury Valley Way, Clarendon Tel: (02) 4578 0233

For most visitors the Northside starts on the “other-side” of the harbour and the Harbour Bridge.


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