The vast Hawkesbury Region stretches from the Gateway of the Hawkesbury River.
Just over an hours drive north-west of Sydney and nestled at the foothills of
the Blue Mountains region is the Hawkesbury Valley. Originally the home of the
Darug Clan of the Aboriginal people, the region was discovered by Governor
Arthur Phillip in 1789 on his search for fertile farmland. Today, there are a
number of preserved and restored historical buildings that are still in use.
Known as the food basket for Sydney, the Hawkesbury region grow a large number
of produce that can be found for sale at stalls along the roads throughout the
valley. Some of the orchards are also open to visitors to pick their own. There
are boutique cheesemakers and wineries, as well as a number of artisans living
and working in the region.