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In Castle Hill, beautiful Heritage Park opens a new and improved Playground for everyone. 

 

 

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne visited the family-friendly facility with her two-year-old daughters, Maddison and Alexis. The girls trialled the equipment -- making sure it was in tip-top shape. Mayor Byrne: “Heritage Park has been redesigned for true adventure, while paying homage to our early colonial history,

 

 

 

Mayor Byrne took it all in:  “There’s a large nest swing, a hill slide, bespoke sandstone stepping stones, timber balance beams, a water pump for water play and a fantastic play unit, which makes the improved park dynamic, physically challenging and more importantly – it fosters creative play. We’ve also made sure there are toddler and baby swings available after listening to feedback from residents who said mixed swing seating was a priority."

Now, if you have yet to visit Heritage Park, this is our take on it when we visited last summer. Beautiful Heritage Park in Castle Hill

Beautiful and picturesque — and hidden within a residential neighborhood.  Heritage Park is great for picnicking, walking and being out in nature.

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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 
4.5-Star accommodation

 

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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