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These are just some ideas for what to do in the Hawkesbury during the school holidays. Feel free to add other ideas for the community, I would love to hear your thoughts or comments.
Enjoy the holidays with the kids and if you have any further questions on the Hawkesbury I would be more than happy to assist.
Here are our top 10 ways to celebrate this Easter in the Hawkesbury.
1. Fancy a day of rides, your favourite showbags, meeting the barn yard babies and an agricultural experience? The Royal Easter show is on from Friday 23 March until Tuesday 3rd April, 2018 at Sydney Olympic Park. For more details contact 02 9704 1111 or visit eastershow.com.au
2. Hop into Mares Mini Lop Bunnies and Accessories to meet the Easter Bunny and have a special family photo with the Easter Bunny. Call them to let them know you will be coming to see them and all their little friends or visit the website.
Mares Mini Lop Bunnies and Accessories
592 Londonderry Rd, Londonderry, NSW 2753
For more details and to RSVP contact 0422 355 852
3. Enjoy an Easter Sunday Breakfast with the whole family at Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley. A selection of delicious hot and cold menu items will be available – traditional buffet breakfast in addition to some special Easter treats.
Sunday 1st April 2018 in the Gazebo from 7.30am to 10.30am
Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley
61 Hawkesbury Valley Way, Windsor
Bookings are essential. Call 02 4577 4222 or email email@example.com for more information or to make a booking.
4. Easter at The Australiana Pioneer Village is one not to miss. With a special visit from the Easter Bunny, Easter egg hunts, Easter games and craft activities, it is sure to be a great family day out.
The Australiana Pioneer Village, Wilberforce.
Sunday 1st April and Monday 2nd April
Rose Street, Wilberforce
For further details contact (02) 4575 1777 or visit theapv.org.au
5. Is Seafood a tradition for you over this festive period? Then Windsor Seafood is the place to be, with a delicious mix of hot and cold Seafood, it is sure to be a winner this Easter.
Open all long weekend 11:00am – 8:00pm
74 George Street, Windsor
For further details contact 02 4577 4222
6. Visit The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah for an Easter Egg Adventure the whole family will enjoy. Use the Easter Adventure map to hop through the Garden and find the 5 activity stations. Complete the fun physical challenges, stamp the passport and collect your egg. The adventure is suitable for children aged 5-12 years and their families. Cost is $7 per child with each participating child requiring a ticket to receive their passport and collect a prize. Assisting adults free of charge. Bookings are essential – click here to book. The Easter Egg Adventure will be held 30th & 31st March, 1st & 2nd April at 9:30 – 12:30pm or 12:30pm – 5:00pm.
7. Make your Easter Eggstra special with a Family Easter egg hunt. With many great locations and parks within the Hawkesbury it may be the perfect day to visit one of our local parks. Howe Park, Government Park, Macquarie Park and Glossodia Park-Woodbury Reserve.
8. Like cooking? Try your hand at making an Easter Cake for the family.
9. Looking for something to make with the kids? Why not try making an Easter Tree which is a traditional custom from some European countries. People would make an arrangement from things collected on a nature walk such as twigs, branches, flowers and then add decorated empty eggs to make an Easter Tree. Click here for some great ideas.
10. Celebrate Easter by attending a local Church Service. Attend services at historic St Matthews Anglican Church in Windsor at 9:00am on Good Friday and 8:00am and 10:00am on Easter Sunday. Visit windsoranglican.asn.au. Attend mass on Easter Sunday at St Monica’s Church Richmond at 7:30am, 9:30am or 5:30pm or at St Gregory’s Church Kurrajong at 8:00am. Visit parishofrichmond.org.au for more information.
Enjoy your Easter in the Hawkesbury and let me know if you need more information on the local area or I can be of further assistance with your real estate needs.
#Connect2Earth is a challenge to switch off during Earth Hour and reconnect with the natural environment.
From the national treasure of the Great Barrier Reef, to our iconic koala in the forest, to the much-loved penguins of Antarctica – our unique biodiversity, meaning the wildlife and the natural places we love, face a perilous future if we don’t step up to protect our planet (and our home!) from the impacts of climate change.
So this Earth Hour, it’s easy for all Australians to show they care: just switch off and #Connect2Earth and you will amplify the national conversation on climate change.
For more information, visit earthhour.org.au
Join me for Earth Hour on Saturday 24 March 2018 between 8:30 – 9:30pm.
#Connect2Earth #EarthHour #RachaelGoldsworthyRealty #PlacesWeLove #switchoff
Hawkesbury is a great place to take your family and friends whether spending a few days or weeks floating down the beautiful Hawkesbury River and abroad and a great place to hire a houseboat. I don’t know about you, however, I find there is always something really relaxing about either being by or near places with a view of the water. Maybe it is the ever-changing waterside landscape of other boats, kayakers or swimmers passing by or the sheer beauty of the landscape itself of precipitous sandstone cliff faces that mimic the sun as it chases the surface of the land throughout the days, bushland and birdlife that we are lucky enough to enjoy in and around the Hawkesbury and for many reasons one of my favourites, The Hawkesbury River which I must say is one of the best places to visit.
Some of the activities you could do in the Hawkesbury may include fishing, kayaking, swimming, water skiing, tubing, horseback riding, picnics, eating out in local restaurants and cafes and even a special treat of hiring a houseboat and experiencing the great riverside lifestyle with your family and friends. The kind of houseboat you hire will depend on your personal tastes and how many people you are catering, for example; the Ripples houseboats offer The 13 metre Cohercraft that can house 4-10 people, the Classic Fenwicks ideal for couples and small families and The Elite Houseboat that can accommodate up to 12 people.
Hawkesbury Houseboats – hawkesburyhouseboats.com.au
Luxury Afloat – luxuryafloat.com
Ripples Houseboats – holidaysafloat.com.au
Brooklyn Marina – brooklynmarina.com.au
Omega Hawkesbury Houseboat Hire – omegaclipper34.com.au
There are many questions you may consider when thinking of hiring a houseboat, I have covered off on some of the most popular, such as:
First of all, it is important to remember to pack all the essentials. Avoid bulky heavy items as there is limited storage space, opt for soft bags that can pack away easily. You can bring along all your favourite snacks and food, remember to freeze those items that may last a little longer as most houseboats provide ice-chests or regular dry ice eskies however don’t forget to ask when you book. Pack your food in snap lock bags and avoid glass, breakables as much as possible.
To avoid harmful sun rays, make sure you pack sunscreen lotion, a hat and a pair of sunglasses. Do not forget beach towels for when you want to take a swim and use as dual purpose for the beach and showers. Your shoe choice should also count, everyone wants to step out on the right foot so I would suggest no stilettos onboard, more like barefoot or thongs, sneakers and maybe a set of hiking boots if you go off Riverside instead of heals and leather shoes. You might also want to pack some warm clothes vests or rain poncho just in case of inclement weather.
Also bottled water for cooking and drinking just in case you run out on the boat stores, pack your phone to take some great photographs and pipe music through the entertainment unit, a digital camera, ice, fishing tackle and rods and you will probably find a first aid kit on board in case of emergencies, just check when booking.
Good news folks….a boat licence is not necessary to charter a houseboat on the Hawkesbury. The only requirement is to be 18 years and above and be in possession of an unrestricted car licence and you are ready to go. You will be given a briefing on the houseboat of your choice before you float off into the sunset so you will be able to tackle just about anything on the water.
Yes, you can brave the waters of the Hawkesbury and go for a refreshing swim. You just have to make sure you are careful about the speed and current of the water and the temperature because the water can be very cold during winter seasons. Also one should be careful about diving into unchartered waters and often the river does not provide great visibility for depth. Make sure you find a good spot and know the depth of the water before diving in off the houseboat to avoid any unnecessary mishaps, equally sometimes there are floating items in the river like logs or debris which are often just hidden below the surface.
Yes, bring your fishing rod and expect to hook a fish or two for lunch or dinner. Don’t forget you will need to obtain your recreational fishing licence, for as a little as $7 for 3 days, which can be done online or when booking your trip or at the link provided here.
Any recreational fishing in NSW waters for both freshwater and saltwater and for the following activities:-
you are required to obtain your licence and make sure you keep the receipt handy for proof of licence when onboard as they do spot checks.
This will depend on the size and type of the houseboat you charter and make sure you check when booking.
Is the Pope a Catholic…The answer is a resounding yes, some of the best restaurants in Sydney can be found in the Hawkesbury it is a great tourist hub. Like:
Have fun if you get to charter a Houseboat on the beautiful Hawkesbury one day soon.
Looking for a place to warm up for St. Patrick’s Day at the end of the week? I have put together some interesting fun facts and where to take your dancing shoes on the day everyone goes green 🍀
St. Patrick’s Day is a religious day set aside in Ireland and its diaspora to celebrate the life of Saint Patrick who passed away in 460 A.D. Notably, the Irish people have observed this tradition for many centuries. Currently, the practice has spread to other countries such as Canada, US, Australia to mention a few. Many might wonder who Saint Patrick was.
Saint Patrick was an Irish saint who was responsible for converting over 400 people to Christianity. Initially, the latter character was born in Britain but was kidnapped by the Irish. He spent six years taking care of livestock. It is in this regard he converted into a devoted Christian. After the duration, he escaped back to Britain where he undertook the religious journey by training for 15 years to become a priest.
Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday celebrated annually on March 17 across Ireland and becoming a worldwide tradition. The day commemorates one of the greatest saints in the history of Christianity and has become a good excuse for a cracking party. Notably, the day was made a public holiday officially in the 17th century by the Catholic church. On the due day, people dress up in green attire known as Shamrocks. Most people living in Ireland and Irish diaspora together with family and friends spend the day by indulging in many activities including Irish traditions.
Do you live in Hawkesbury, have Irish roots, family or friends, and wish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? There are so many things to do in the Hawkesbury and places to visit which include:-
Summing it all up, we are so lucky in the Hawkesbury/Hills to have some of the best places to visit. Other historical locations to visit includes Macquarie Arms Hotel, North Richmond Hotel, and Railway Hotel, R.G. McGees Hotel, Richmond Inn Hotel, Royal Exchange Hotel and Wisemans Ferry Inn Hotel.
St Patrick’s celebration in the Hawkesbury consists of many activities. Some of the activities you can participate include:-
Whatever you find yourself doing today, have fun and remember you don’t need an excuse to reward yourself or your family for all the hard work you do, have a great week.
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