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Some of my best memories growing up are school holidays spending hours outside mucking around with my friends. School holiday activities ‘Sydney-style’ are very different at the moment but it’s important to take time to get away from the screen and enjoy getting out and about. Now the weathers getting warmer and ‘spring has sprung’ check out our list of suggested things to do in the Hawkesbury with the kids these school holidays.
One of the most popular parks in the Hawkesbury is Governor Phillip Park, Windsor. It’s beside the Hawkesbury River and in warmer weather it has a water play area with a water fountain and several spouts. Perfect for the kids to get wet and cool off on a hot day. Don’t forget a towel and change of clothes for the trip home. It is an inclusive play space for kids all ages and abilities. The park has shelters and BBQs for use too and toilets can be found beneath the Upper Hawkesbury PowerBoat clubhouse building – just north of the park.
If you are feeling energetic take a walk into Windsor. It’s about a 10-15 minute walk from the park to the Windsor Mall. You can see the historic water wheel used to power a wheat mill, grab a coffee, get that sugar hit at ‘Lollies ’n’ Stuff’ or cool off with a delicious ice cream or gelato. And if you are visiting on a Sunday the mall is home to the famous Windsor Mall Markets.
If the weather is looking dodgey and you're looking for indoor activities the Hawkesbury has that covered too. Catch up on the latest movies at the Richmond Regent theatre- it’s a locally owned and operated heritage cinema built in 1935. Originally made for live shows the building was converted around 1938 for movies...so it certainly is a place with a lots of charm and history.
Let the good time roll at our local bowling alley – Windsor Bowl. Take advantage of their school holiday specials and let their awesome team look after you. Tenpin Bowling is a great fun activity for all the family to enjoy together because it can be played by anyone – who will be the first to get a strike, a spare or …..do you think you can score a turkey? Remember to book your lane so you don’t miss out.
For the adrenaline junkies you can’t go past Bilpin Moto Adventures. Fun is easily kick- started on their purpose-built motor bike courses. Moto Adventures cater for everyone in the family including adventurous mums and dads. Don’t worry if you haven’t ridden a motor bike before because the team will help you with your balance and co-ordination while you all have heaps of fun.
One of the areas popular activities is Trees Adventure at Yarramundi. Their sessions are thrilling and will the whole family will be wobbling, crawling, balancing and flying from one tree to the next. There is something for everyone from 4 years and over. Again book ahead online to secure your place.
The scenic Hawkesbury River is home to Black Diamond Wakeboarding Black Diamond is located on its own waterfront property on the banks of the Hawkesbury River at Wisemans Ferry. This part of the river has stunning stretches of water and amazing hills surrounding it – it is so scenic that it makes learning to ski or wakeboard an absolute delight. Black Diamond cater for complete beginners to pro level. Why not enquire about their supervised camp options. Caution: water sports in this area of the Hawkesbury can be addictive!
Animal lovers will fall in love with the local alpacas at Madison’s Mountain Retreat Alpaca Farm. Their gorgeous alpacas are gentle and intelligent and with over 60 of them on the property how will you choose a favourite? Bookings for feeding times are available on their website. And while you up in Bilpin check out the local fruit and vegetable farms that are open for picking.
Also while you’re up in the Bilpin area why not do something totally unique and go on a glow worm tour. Blue Mountains Glow Worms is located on private property and your capable guides will take you on a one hour informative tour to a secret grotto. Book online to secure your place.
There are plenty of other activities happening in the area over the school holidays. Make sure you check out our What’s On to see current events or call into the Hawkesbury Visitor Information Centre for more ideas and inspiration.
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