The Hawkesbury Heritage region has an abundance of attractions to delight visitors young and old.
The Hawkesbury Regional Museum is home to a diverse range of historical artifacts for you to explore – the collection will spark interest and conversation across all generations as everyone in the family can enjoy looking at the many other interesting items such as dance cards, period clothes and the telephone exchange –Visitors are encouraged you to pass on stories across generations and discuss the things that have changed and the things that have stayed the same.
The Museum is located in Baker Street, Windsor and is open Monday to Friday (closed Tuesdays) 10 am to 4pm and weekends 10 am to 3pm. Entry is Free.
Windsor nightWhilst in Windsor its worth taking the family for a walk around the town. So many buildings have been preserved and luckily unlike other historic locations around Sydney the streetscape hasn’t been altered with high rise buildings and intrusive motorways.
Walk from Thompsons Square through George St pedestrian mall lined with historic buildings and interlinking alleyways. You will pass the historic waterwheel that used to grind flour on the riverbank of Hawkesbury. It certainly complements the old world atmosphere of the town.
Windsor has retained its history with its many colonial buildings and you can discover them for yourself on a self-guided walk through the town. Windsor Heritage Highlights is a must for those interested in the town’s history and includes an easy to follow map and a rare collection of historic photos. The booklet is FREE and available for download or you can pick one up at the Hawkesbury Visitor Centre or Hawkesbury Regional Museum.
LoderAnd if the kids are getting a bit bored with the history lesson head into one of our favourite historic buildings in the mall, Loder House (126 George Street, Windsor). This impressive Georgian house was built in 1834 for George Loder II, farmer and storekeeper and member of an influential Windsor family. Over the years it’s been a restaurant, a fabric store and even a hat shop.
It now houses a quirky shop and creative space called Hawkesbury Remakery which is a destination to visit within itself. The Remakery is a creative reuse centre to support creativity, sustainability and well-being. It has exhibition and retail space to support local makers in the region.
For more information about things to do in the Hawkesbury visit Hawkesbury Visitor Information Centre Ham Common, 328 Hawkesbury Valley Way, Richmond 2753 (opposite the RAAF Bas. www.discoverthehawkesbury.com.au