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Welcome to Windsor

To fully grasp the historical significance and surroundings of Windsor, one must drive through the most remote and isolated Hawkesbury settings. Rich river lowlands, dense bush, towering sandstone and ironstone rock face, and a dark, winding river with the occasional farmstead hidden among the trees - all form this lonesome Hawkesbury terrain.

Juxtaposed against a harsh and gruelling life in a vast countryside, it is reasonable and logical that social beings would band together, construct small towns and seek safe haven and companionship. This was 19th century Windsor.

Today, authors, artists, craftspersons, agri-growers, historians, musicians and merchants have gathered on this site, perched high above the river. Here they create intellectual communities, assemble commercial enterprises and inhabit charming distinct neighbourhoods - many built in the 19th century. Here, exceptional events continue - year after year - bringing together diverse segments of interests and painting the colourful Windsor scene.


STAY TUNED to our Blog for Windsor Fun  New Tidbits in Windsor

NINE50 IS READY  for all you Valentine Day Lovers. A 25% sale on Mexican Wildflower jewellery, the beautiful Butterfly jewellery and the very special framed butterlies. Dainty  and unusual items great for your sweetie or your mom! 02 4587 9509. 2/254 George St. Windsor. Beautiful Peruvian Silver 

HAWKESBURY PADDLEWHEELER has openings for warm weather lunch cruises. This is a lazy way to enjoy the early days of 2016. . . "up a lazy river in the noon day sun. . .'   04 01 798 088

PURPLE NOON GALLERY CURRENT EXHIBITION . "From sunset to sunrise, from us to you"  This is a collection of recent art from the tiny art community of Papulankulja in the Ngaanyatijarra Lands, WA. The exhibition runs through February 2016. Purple Noon Gallery is located 606 Terrace Road, Freemans Reach in the Hawkesbury. 02 4579 6579. Closed Monday and Tuesday. 

HAWKESBURY REGIONAL GALLERY: ART AND DEMENTIA TOURS ON THIRD THUESDAY OF EACH MONTH AT 11AM. Bookings are essential. These workshops are designed for those living with Dementia and for their carers. Facilitated by gallery staff (specially trained by Alzheimer's Australia) the experience offers an enriching program. Bookings 02 4560 4418.

HAWKESBURY VALLEY HERITAGE TOURS. These are not your typical historic tours. You will travel with a 'pro' as the Guide has a Hawkesbury bloodline that goes back six generations and is armed with a Master's degree in history,   02 4577 6882

FELLOWSHIP OF FIRST FLEETERS -- meets the second Saturday of the month. The gathering begins at 11 am in the Tebbutt Room (Hawkesbury Library). Members do not have to be descendants of those who arrived aboard any of the 11 ships of the First Fleet. Attendees can include spouses, partners and friends of descendants and interested in Australian history. Tea and coffee will be served. For further details, contact Sharon 0419 434 776.

HAWKESBURY HERITAGE & HAPPENINGS is a great read. Written by local historian, Michelle Nichols, who posts frequently interesting stories from Then & Now.


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On this website we include...

  • Did You Know?

You will find facts - morsels and tidbits which we hope will make history fun. History clues and travel tips are listed throughout the website.

  • Floods, Facts or Fiction:

Life in Windsor is varied but not atypical - politics, weather, the economy and gossip are always hot topics.

  • Play & Stay, Eat and Shop...

This edition is made possible through the continued cooperation and effort of sponsors - enthusiastic and industrious proprietors who love Windsor.

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Hawkesbury Visitor Information

Address: Ham Common, Hawkesbury Valley Way, Clarendon
Phone: 1300 362 874; 02 4578 0233
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm; Weekends, 9am to 4pm

Hawkesbury Regional Museum

Address: 8 Baker Street, Windsor
Phone: 02 4560 4655


Smith, Babette (2009). Australia’s Birthstain, the startling legacy of the convict era.

Daniels, Kay (1998). Convict Women.