Thu 21 Feb
Novotel Sydney Norwest is a wonderful base for visiting some of the top destinations in Sydney, with great access to the world famous Blue Mountains, the Hawkesbury Valley offers historic towns and bushwalking trails in a World Heritage area along with delicious food and wine experiences.
A day trip to the Blue Mountains is a must, sublimely beautiful, the Blue Mountains is one of the most spectacular parts of the country, recognised with a World Heritage listing and easily accessible from the Novotel Sydney Norwest by car. Grafted onto its natural wonders is a full complement of creature comforts including fine food, gorgeous villages and walking trails.
The 'edge-of-the-world' drive around the cliff tops between Katoomba and Wentworth Falls are part of this Blue Mountains Discovery Trail. Part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, it is packed full of lookouts, picnic areas and walking tracks located alongside galleries, cafes, museums, antiques and accommodation in the villages of Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls.
Highlights include Echo Point and the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls, Scenic World, Sublime Point, and Wentworth Falls Lake. The Wentworth Falls Picnic area and The Valley of the Waters are linked by walking tracks at three different levels on the escarpment.
This Trail is best started west of Katoomba at the intersection of Valley Road and Bathurst Road, is 36 kilometres one way to Wentworth Falls and takes about one hour, plus stops, all on sealed suburban roads.
Staff at the Blue Mountains Visitor Information Centre at Echo Point can assist with information
North Sydney is renowned for its fabulous beaches, beautiful bush trails and alfresco dining restaurants. Start your exploration at Manly, where the tree-lined beach offers the perfect setting for surfing, fishing and scuba diving. Enjoy a lunch of freshly caught seafood while watching surfers at the Fairy Bower break. Nearby Mosan is home to one of the top attractions in Sydney, Taronga Zoo, where you can get to know native species and exotic animals amid panoramic views of the harbour.
One of the best ways of getting around in Sydney is on foot, or you can hire a bike: spend the rest of the day strolling along the northern beach path, stopping off to admire the views at Narrabeen and Avalon before finishing up at Palm Beach. This idyllic spot may be recognised by UK visitors as the gorgeous surfing beach where "Home and Away" is filmed; savour ocean trout fillet and oysters at Barrenjoey House Restaurant before taking the local bus or a taxi back to Novotel Sydney Norwest.
A trip to the country, In the beautiful Hawkesbury explore historic towns and a World Heritage-listed convict road, taste delicious fresh produce, and cruise the magnificent Hawkesbury River. Outdoor adventures include bushwalking, mountain biking and horse-riding, and discover Aboriginal rock engravings on a tour.
At the heart of the Hawkesbury is Windsor, a historic riverside town 20 minutes’ drive from the Novotel Sydney Norwest. Originally named Green Hills, Governor Lachlan Macquarie renamed the town in 1810 after riverside Windsor in England.
Other historic towns are Kurrajong, Richmond, Pitt Town, Ebenezer, Wilberforce, Wisemans Ferry and St Albans. You can explore the towns’ heritage on scenic drives, crossing the river on free car ferries. Kate Grenville’s acclaimed historical novel, The Secret River, is set in the Hawkesbury.
Start the day with breakfast at the Bank Bazaar, this beautiful old bank has been restored beyond its former beauty. An elegant cafe sits within the spectacular antiques shop. Amidst the chaise lounges, candelabras and jewellery you can enjoy home-made cakes, gourmet pies and smooth coffee.
For lunch cruise on one of the most scenic and beautiful waterways in the world - the Hawkesbury River - in the converted historic all weather vessel the 'MV Macquarie Princess'. Built in 1915 the 'MV Macquarie Princess' is the oldest working riverboat on the eastern seaboard. Enjoy a 2.5 hour lunchtime tour.
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