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THE ANNUAL EEL FESTIVAL ELIZABETH FARM
SUNDAY 3 MARCH, CELEBRATING INDIGENOUS HERITAGE AND ITS FASCINATING STORY OF COUNTRY
A family-friendly festival celebrating Parramatta’s namesake, the eel, and its significance to the local Darug people known as the Burramattagal who have gathered for thousands of years during eel season to feast, trade and share their culture.
Sunday 3 March, Elizabeth Farm will come alive with a program of music along with traditional and contemporary activities offering visitors a unique opportunity to reconnect with this historical property.
Share stories of the Parramatta River in the yarning circle
Learn Darug language in sessions throughout the day
Enjoy weaving and boomerang painting inspired by themes from the eel totem.
Sample a variety of foods from traditionally smoked eel made by Fred’s Bush Tucker and ready-to-eat delicious Indigenous Food. Sample a smoked eel and cucumber canapé in the 1820s kitchen and hear about the Macarthur’s smokehouses and the various ways that colonial people enjoyed eels.
Enjoy Music by contemporary Aboriginal performing artist and award winning poet, Gumaroy Newman playing the Yidaki (Didgeridoo).
Step inside the colonial homestead and learn more about the connections between the original owners of Elizabeth Farm, John and Elizabeth Macarthur, and the local Indigenous people. Visitors can also enjoy a delightful Devonshire Tea in the Elizabeth Farm Tearooms.
What: The annual Eel Festival at Elizabeth Farm
When: Sunday 3 March, 10.00am - 4.00pm
Where: Elizabeth Farm, 70 Alice Street, Rosehill
A complimentary return shuttle bus service between Parramatta Station (Smith Street) and Elizabeth Farm, is available from Parramatta Station and Parramatta Wharf.
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In the heat of January, those of you who may be thinking of cooler days of March and April, we can recommend several getaways in The Hawkesbury and The Hills. Each accommodation is unique: sophisticated, upmarket b&b in a winery; country cottages with a view over rolling hills and changing autumn leaves; a night in a historic pub accommodation near the river. Plan ahead, make your bookings early.
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. We arrived on a hot autumn day, yet a breeze blew gently through the windows and doors while we enjoyed tea on the verandah overlooking homes and cottages sparsely dotting the hillsides. As early evening darkens, lights twinkle on as though stars had fallen weightlessly to claim and shimmer across the rolling rural hills.
The 'group cottage' with two bedrooms sleeps six and two nearby cottages each accommodate four. They are spaciously situated so privacy is not compromised – the world is quiet, only the native birds are active. Each cottage has a full kitchen and is stocked with basics – milk, coffee, tea and honey. When you arrive, a surprise sample of fruit grown just steps from your door may be awaiting you. This is, of course, seasonal dependent!
Weather permitting, a 'sunset walkabout' when you arrive on the property is perfect to unwind from your normal hectic routine. Uphill through fruit trees, past domestic animals (pets, really) and the occasional wildlife overhead, the pace is good for your health and domestic tranquility! Often families occupy all three cottages for an extended holiday – internationals have found Highfields Country Cottages and they love the personal attention sprinkled generously by owner/host, Sandra Eid. Sandra has hospitality in her blood – make your wishes known and she tries her best to satisfy at her eco-friendly property.
TIZZANA WINERY B&B
Address: 518 Tizzana Road, Ebenezer
Phone: 02 4579 1150
Gay friendly establishment
Attached to the historic Tizzana Winery cellar door, hosts Carolyn and Peter have brought this beautiful old building back to its original beauty and added a fashionable B&B upstairs on the first level.
Only 15 minutes from Windsor, this B&B is situated on a winding Ebenezer road through horse and wine country — we feel like we have returned to Italy. With Tuscan-like views overlooking the vineyards and ponds filled with lily pads, the bedrooms are furnished and beautifully decorated with handsome large pieces, the living area with large leather couches, a fireplace and colourful area rugs. This is a B&B with that touch of sophistication and style. An additional benefit — with early arrangements prior to your arrival, you can book a five-course dinner. The vintners are on site and Carolyn's menu is divine — slow food prep and artisan wines. Book early.
WISEMANS INN & HOTEL
Address: 5545 Old Northern Road, Wisemans Ferry
Phone: 02 4566 4301
Hours: Open daily 11am til late, Museum open Sat, Sun & public holidays
Wisemans Inn Hotel offers pub-style accommodation along with motel accommodation in the heart of the little village of Wisemans Ferry. The pub-style accommodation, renovated in 2016, exposes sandstone walls leading to the guest rooms and reveals the innovation of early settler, Solomon Wiseman and the workmen he hired.
The five guest rooms above the hotel are individually styled in historic colours and period furniture. Bathroom facilities are shared. Each room is equipped with a TV, Air Conditioning, bar fridge, and tea and coffee facilities.
Note: For the accommodation directly above the pub, occasionally the partiers at the bar may like to sing. Best that you be a 'night person' and enjoy the merriment and good cheer.
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