Escape the city and disconnect this winter with a weekend all about wine, wellness and nature. It’s time to head to the Hawkesbury, just 60 minutes from Sydney, where your hosts at Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley have everything you need to unwind and reboot.
Disconnect At This Dreamy Hotel
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Mountains and set among eight hectares of lush gardens, your dream staycation awaits at Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley. A countryside retreat with exceptional service and luxury amenities—you could easily spend an entire weekend here without stepping foot outside the hotel grounds. Featuring Australia’s only Villa Thalgo Day Spa—this is your sanctuary to unwind and truly relax. The hotel also has an indoor heated pool with high ceilings and views of the picturesque gardens, so you can take a dip no matter the time of year.
After a day of pure relaxation, spend your nights at the hotel’s lavish restaurant, Harvest. Be sure to order the pumpkin and pine nut pappardelle, slow-cooked beef cheek, and wash it all down with a local wine. One bite and you’ll never want to check out.
Pick Your Own Produce
Quaint farms and idyllic orchards are sprinkled across the Hawkesbury Valley region and welcome visitors to pick their produce straight from the vine or purchase from their farm door. Head to Anderson Farm for fresh oranges and mandarins, Bilpin Springs Orchard for apples, pears and stone fruit, or pop into Enniskillen Orchard for local manufactured foods like local honey, jams, chutney, and cider. Hint: once you’re done loading up on your delicious goods, grab a local vino to wash it all down.
Explore Boozy Cellar Doors
A staycation in Hawkesbury Valley calls for days spent sampling wines, craft beers and crisp ciders. Nestled in a valley overlooking Hawkesbury Creek, Jubilee Vineyard is an idyllic spot to kick back and watch the sunset with a wine in hand. Another must-visit is Tuscan-inspired cellar door, Tizzana Winery, found just down the road. Established in 1887, this vineyard features a beautiful brick farmhouse steeped in rich history, surrounded by lush greenery and grapevines. For a taste of something different, head to Bilpin Cider Co. or Hillbilly Cider for hand-picked and freshly crushed cider, Karu Distillery for a local gin, or Australian Brewery for hearty pub grub and a cold beer.
See The Sights From The Sky
Float among the clouds and soak up arresting 360-degree views of the stunning Hawkesbury Valley in a hot air balloon with Cloud 9. An experience not just reserved for the adventurous, your day will kick off with a drool-worthy buffet breakfast before your flight, and depending on your package choice, you can even pop a bottle of bubbles for more sky high romance.
Hit The Hiking Trails
Cradled by four national parks, Hawkesbury Valley offers an abundance of hiking trails waiting to be explored. To the north is Yengo and Dharug National Parks, towards the north-west, lies Wollemi National Park and just 40 minutes west awaits the beautiful Blue Mountains. Lace up your hiking boots and hit one of New South Wales most famous bushwalks, National Pass, a 5-kilometre circuit carved into the side of a cliff. You’ll wind your way up the Grand Stairway (hand-carved stone steps), past several lookouts boasting panoramic views of Wentworth Falls and gaze out over Jamison Valley below. The hike is gruelling but the views are totally worth it.
Ready to relax? Book your luxurious and leisurely weekend away with Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley now. Future you will thank you.
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