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Visitors guide to the Hills, Hawkesbury & Riverlands region of Sydney NSW. Where to stay, where to go, where to eat.


  • Project Managed by Hills, Hawkesbury & Riverlands Tourism

    Open all dinners, lunch - Friday, Saturday and Sunday

    ph: 96 790 790233 Annangrove Rd, Annangrove

    Enjoy Bollywood or

    Brazilian Dance on Saturday



    Live Entertainment

  • Welcome to Hills Hawkesbury Riverlands

    Dear Visitors to the Hills Hawkesbury & Riverlands area.

    We have enjoyed bringing you our seasonal publications on what to see and do while here, and we hope you are enjoying reading them as well. We would also love your feedback so if you have any comments about what you are reading or wish to see in future editions of Experience, please email us at

    Autumn is a beautiful season to be here and witness the changing colours of the rural areas, and engage in some great fresh produce events that come with the change of season. Our area is not only known for our roadside stalls and fresh produce but also our heritage and how the community accepts and appreciates its value. This season we bring you a world treasure that we have in our area that is recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organisation (UNESCO); that is the World Heritage Listed Convict Trail as part of the 11 Convict Sites recognised under the Australian Convict Sites.

    You have to see it to really appreciate the treasure we have on our doorstep! Enjoy and share your experience with your friends as the Hills Hawkesbury & Riverlands area is closer than you think.

    Published by Hills Hawkesbury & Riverlands Tourism in conjunction with Adelphi Design & Print.

    Design & Printing - Adelphi Design & Print, (ACN 62 575 182 443), PO Box 149, Glenorie, NSW 2157.

    All rights reserved. No materials published in this magazine may be reproduced in whole or in part without prior written authority. Every endeavour is made to ensure information contained in this magazine is correct at time of going to print. Cover photo Convict Trail Project Inc. Photo is Clares Bridge.

    Many ThanksLori Modde

    CEO Hills, Hawkesbury & Riverlands Tourism

    EDITORIAL & PUBLISHING TEAM Lori Modde Diana Paton Vicki Brownless Tania Di Stefano

    Advertising Enquiries: 0423 727

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    Open all dinners, lunch - Friday, Saturday and Sunday

    ph: 96 790 790233 Annangrove Rd, Annangrove

    Enjoy Bollywood or

    Brazilian Dance on Saturday



    Live Entertainment

    autumn 2013 | ISSUE 3












    EXPERIENCE THE TRAILAutumn Fresh Foods

    LOCAL GROWERS MKTSWhat Makes a Good Market

    THE CONVICT TRAILThe Great North Road

    BATTLE OF VINEGAR HILLHistorical Feature

    AUTUMN CALENDARYour Guide to Local Events

    FAMILY TIMEFamily and School Holiday


    WHERE TO STAYYoga Retreats & B&Bs


  • The Hawkesbury Harvest Farm Gate Trail has at its heart not only the beautiful Hawkesbury River, but also some of Sydneys oldest settlements. The Trail extends to the Blue Mountains, with their amazing vistas, crisp air and four distinct seasons.

    Along the Trail you will find farms, orchards, vineyards. vegetables, fruit, wine, stunning accommodation and fantastic restaurants using local, seasonal produce.

    What is apparent when you go on the Trail is the passion and dedication of each of the producers. For these people holidays are rare. Long days from sunrise to way past sunset are common. They have survived drought and flood. And yet the welcome you receive is warm and genuine, as is the courtesy and humour. There is an amazing willingness to share knowledge.

    And of course there is the produce itself. On the pick your own farms, you can take the family and pick your own apples, mandarins, oranges, peaches and nectarines. At the vegetable farms the produce is so fresh that you marvel at the contrast with store bought produce. Many of these properties are in

    the most beautiful settings, and close to wonderful parks and gardens for a

    picnic after your exploring.

    As we head into Autumn, the Blue Mountains are exploding with colour; vibrant reds, golds, yellow

    and oranges as the leaves begin to turn. Deliciously crisp, sweet apples are available for picking or grab a colourful bucket and pick your own chestnuts or walnuts. Autumn vegetables are available along the Trail, such as beans, spinach, pumpkin, mushrooms, capsicums, chillies, lettuce and cauliflowers.

    Regular Farmers Markets are another way the producers on the Trail are able to showcase their produce. Very often there is live music and a wander around the markets will leave you laden with fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs, flowers, artisan bread, jams and chutneys, cheeses and meat. The chance to talk to the people who have worked so hard to bring their produce to the markets is an added benefit.

    Exploring the Farm Gate Trail is a feast for the senses - the taste of the freshest produce, the fresh air, the beauty of your surroundings.


    Project Managed by Hills, Hawkesbury & Riverlands Tourism


    Project Managed by Hills, Hawkesbury & Riverlands Tourism

  • Project Managed by Hills, Hawkesbury & Riverlands Tourism


    Our producers will delight your tastebuds with samples of cheeses,yogurts, hand-made chocolates, sprices,

    pickles, chutneys, jams and more.

    4th Sunday ofEvery Month

    (Except December& January)

    In the Grounds ofGlenorie RSL

    (Behind Woolworths)8am to 1pm

    EnquiriesVicki 0423 727 826

    Specialising in Handicrafts & Fresh Produce.

    Where?Regal Gardens

    249 Annangrove Rd,Annangrove, NSW 2156

    When?2nd Saturday

    Of Every Month.8:00am - 3:00pm

    ContactCall to EnquireBrad - 0423 822 606Leonie - 0414 524 773

    JewelleryCommunity StallsHandmade Cards

    Handicrafts Babyware


    Fresh FruitFace Painting

    CeramicsSoaps & CandlesChildrens ClothingLadies ApparelGlassware

    HoneyFood StallsKids ActivitiesJams & ChutneyLive Music

    What Makes a Good Growers Market?One of my favorite things about a farmers market were the small farmers. They drove pick up trucks, had hand lettered signs, some had no signs at all and each vendor was its own canopy of creativity. This was not a resellers market but a morning gathering on the oval of passionate people. This was art. There was music, benches, green grass. There were women selling raffle tickets to benefit the local community groups with prizes of holidays to the Hunter to wine tasting.The produce was animated with colour; the spinach more green than green tree snakes. The carrots bunched in rainbows of yellow, orange, red and white. The food was harvested but still growing. Even the eggs, one araucana green in each dozen, were romantic. The food was fresh in a way that could not be manufactured.I like finding something new at a farmers market too; that one of a kind item that surprises me.With the diversity of foods dwindling from our larger supermarkets, its no wonder the Growers Markets and Slow Food Movements are flourishing. I like a market with diversity, old farmers, young farmers. A market with character, thats honest; that celebrates a place. I like markets with real food, an extra handful of cherries, bright eyes and rounding that always ends in quarters.What is it that makes a farmers market good for you?

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    Special Events Looking for the perfect place to host your next special event? Crowne Plaza Norwest is the ideal location to celebrate your next special event in style. Whether it is for a birthday celebration, sporting presentation, wedding, christening or anniversary our dedicated Crowne Meetings and Events team will ensure your event is a spectacular and memorable one.

    For more information call (02) 9634 9661, visit, or email


    Crowne Plaza Norwest is truly a venue for all occasions.

    Last month the hotel was host to The Land Sydney

    Showgirl Competition 2013 Zone 2 Final. This is a

    search to find the young woman to represent rural New

    South Wales throughout Australia in 2013.

    The hotel helped Heather Williams and her team plan

    the event over the last 2 years, which was hosted by

    the Castle Hill and Hills District Agricultural Society. It

    played host to all of the contestants and judges over the

    2 days. The event used all of the hotels function space

    being able to use smaller function space for personal

    presentation, rural knowledge and speech judging.

    The event highlight came when everyone came together

    as the hotel transformed its Grand Ballroom to a

    full capacity of 249 people for the Gala dinner. This

    consisted of a 3 course set menu and further judging,

    the nominees being interviewed by the evenings MC in

    front of the judges.

    Two winners successful over the gruelling weekend

    now move on to the final which is held as part of the

    Sydney Royal Easter Show this March. Organisers

    and competitors were impressed