Experience our Regional Trails

Now is the ideal time to get away from it all and take a break to discover more than you knew existed in Sydney’s backyard of the Hawkesbury, Blue Mountains and Penrith!

The Hawkesbury’s heritage towns, world class bakeries, distilleries, cafes and restaurants, plus nature and adventure experiences are special highlights in three new experience trails that have just been launched on www.discoverthehawkesbury.com.au

The flavour, adventure and nature trails are a collaboration between Penrith, Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury councils to promote the region as a destination, attract more overnight visitors and boost the local tourism economy.

Only an hour from the centre of Sydney, the exciting drive experience trails let you choose your own adventure and travel at your own pace - even taking an overnight stay to really soak in the feeling of the region.


A wide range of adventures await, from flying foxes, canyoning, getting up close with a cheetah at the Hawkesbury’s Wild Cat Conservation Centre, going back in time at Australian Pioneer Village or jumping in a Go-Kart with the Adventure Trail.


If working up an appetite is more your pace, then grab the Flavour Trail and call in to the local craft breweries, chocolate factories, working farms not to mention the world class bakeries, distilleries and cafes. Don’t forget to take a breath of fresh air and take in the magnificent views and nature along the way.


Explore the beauty and heritage of the region with the Nature Trail. Exploring the wide landscapes, waterways, paddle wheelers, lookouts or maybe even seeing Glow Worms. Don’t forget to make time for the beautiful heritage of the region.

The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Barry Calvert said the three new trail guides are part of a regional tourism project to “attract more visitors to our region to stay overnight, boosting the local economy”.

“The experience trails offer the chance to discover your sense of adventure, treat your tastebuds or even become a natural explorer in the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Penrith.

“We want to promote the region as a destination, attract more overnight visitors and boost the local tourism economy,” he said.

“Not only will visitors benefit from these great experiences, but our local businesses can also benefit from increased regional tourism.

“I encourage our businesses to take advantage of this opportunity to promote their businesses to our visitors using through social media, business listings and digital marketing,” Mayor Calvert said.

“We have an Operator Toolkit which can help with all of these marketing ideas to support our businesses and build their economic growth.”

Each trail offers a three-day, two-night itinerary and is available to visitors in an attractive, easy-to-follow printed or electronic document.  The trails feature maps, distances, approximate drive times, travel tips, daily itineraries, suggested stops for food and views, adventure experiences, great cafes and hospitality, to impressive natural attractions.

Electronic copies of the experience trails are available to view, download and print at www.discoverthehawkesbury.com.au and available in hard copy at the Hawkesbury Visitor Information Centre at 328 Hawkesbury Valley Way, Richmond or Hawkesbury Regional Museum, 8 Baker Street, Windsor.

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