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A Get-Away to the Hawkesbury is perfect when you can extend for an overnight. There are some very interesting accommodation: an historic winery B&B, a charming cottage looking out over the Hawkesbury hills or a 4.5 * hotel with a where golfing is within walking distance, and the Villa Thalgo spa caters to relaxation and rest for guests. If you yearn for a site with lots of history, you can hang out in recently renovated rooms above a very old pub in Wismans Ferry! All are fun and some quite elegant.
Just a hop, skip and a jump from Bells Line of Road you'll find:
Highfields Country Cottages:
Address: 203 Comleroy Road, Kurrajong
Phone: 02 4573 2643
It's The View! It's The Experience out to the sweeping Kurrajong Hills that brings Shakespeare to mind: "One touch of Nature makes the whole world kin".
Three charming cottages built in 2015, are sparkling clean and outfitted in a classic country theme with touches of art that might surprise you.
The Crowne Plaza Resort
Address: 61 Hawkesbury Valley Way, Windsor
Phone: 02 4577 4222
On the edge of Windsor (61 Hawkesbury Valley Road), the upmarket Crowne Plaza offers not only comfort, but an luxury day spa, Villa Thalgo. Slow your pace, relax into a exquisite massage -- we love the hot stone massage.After, of course a delightful dinner in the Crowne's beautiful Harvest Restaurant
If Rural Hawkesbury is your desire, then historic Tizzana Winery B&B in Ebenezer is for you. A twenty minute drive from Windsor, this purpose built acommodation is charming. Gay-friendly, the furnishings are striking and the view out to a lily-pad lagoon. Could life get better? Place your order for a great dinner along with aged wine and enjoy in front of the fire. Perfect for a chilly autumn night.
Nearby is the little ferry to Sackville for a day's outing.
Wisemans Ferry Hotel accommodation
On the first level, Wiseman Inn Hotel acommodation has been renovated in the style as the inn would have been in Wisemans day, but with comfort and colour. Each room is furnished beautifully in period pieces. Downstairs, the pub crowd can get a bit happy and you may want to join the party. If not, ask for the rooms toward the back (and away from the singing) of the hotel. Prices are quite reasonable and the staff aim to please.
So, plan a getaway in The Hawkesbury and The Hills. Perfect season -- leaves have changed, foggy mornings are stunning and the smell of wood burning is a warning that winter is just around the corner!
Don't forget the Colonial Weekend (18-20 May) in Wisemans Ferry. Music, theatre Convict Footprints Theatre buskers, bushdancing. . . lots of stalls. and a classic Aussie spit roast. Round off the evenings with fireworks!
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- May 5 at 2 pm. Join us to meet the artists at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Aboriginal Art Exhibition Standing Up Alive.
Learn about their inspiration. Experience the vibrancy of their dance and music and their passion for their art:. And the artists are: Wayne Brennan, Dr Shane Smithers, Chris Tobin, Leanne Tobin, Uncle Peter Williams. This is an opportunity to meet and talk one-on-one.
Each of the artists will discuss their work and inspirations, before local aboriginal dance performances by Uncle Pete’s dancers.
The exhibit is open to media and the public to 13 May 2018. Entry to the exhibit is free and all works are for sale.
Let's learn a little about these Artists:
Dr Shane Smithers is a Darug man of the Burraberongal clan. His traditional lands extend along the Hawkesbury River and up into the Blue Mountains, including the Mt Tomah area. Shane spent many years searching caves and rock platforms, old books and museums looking for the art of his people. He learnt more about the symbols and designs from the old people than from books and pictures. Today, Shane paints and carves the stories that he learned on canvas and in wood. Shane’s style includes intricate patterns, designs and symbols that tell old and new Aboriginal stories with a flair and vitality invited by his bold contemporary style.
Leanne Tobin is from the Boorooberongal and Wumali clans of the Darug nation of the Sydney region but also acknowledges her mixed Irish and English heritage which is reflected in her work. Leanne uses her art to tell local stories and to evoke an environmental conscience and respect towards the land and its original people. Her work seeks to connect the observer with the land they stand on, highlighting their shared role in caring for country while also conveying the intrinsic spiritual connection Aboriginal people have with the land; a connection that is often hidden beneath the concrete and tar of the city and suburbs.
Chris Tobin is a Darug man from Western Sydney who resides in Katoomba's Blue Mountains. As a descendant of the local people who traditionally cared for this part of the world, one of the ways Chris seeks to do this in a contemporary setting today is through art and education; believing that if people could learn more about the Aboriginal culture and history of this country they would love the country more and hopefully develop a better relationship with it than what is currently on offer. Chris also runs an art camp in the bush most Saturdays up at Bell (Fb page: Blue Mountains Artists camp) where visitors are invited to come sit around the camp fire and learn more about the country and its people.
Peter Williams is from Brewarrina North West NSW: A descendant of the Garulgiyalu clan of the Ngemba Nation. An Aboriginal performer, artist, song writer, cultural educator and musician, he is studying his own traditional language and creating new dances and songs from his tribe’s stories and teachings and passing on the culture to a whole new generation of young aboriginal children in Brewarrina, keeping his clan’s culture alive. He has danced professionally for over twenty years for many dance companies from NSW and Queensland and performed around Australia and the world.
Wayne Brennan of Kamilaroi ancestry through his mother’s side of the family, is a trained archaeologist specialising in rock art and is passionate about the natural world. He is a cultural and natural heritage educator who has worked for the National Parks & Wildlife Service for the past 27 years. Wayne offers 3 separate programs for schools.
- Location for the Meet & Greet with the Artists: BMBG Visitor Centre. Free Entry. 2 pm.
- Contact Kirstin Wilder if you wish to film: 02 4567 3000