I love this place! The environment is enchanted and awesome that most people not only me come often here for some days’ relaxation. Not only that, it’s a number one spot for foreign tourists to visit and they come by buses sometimes three to four loads and I’ve seen their presence many times. Most of the times we come here for picnic, fishing on the Hawkesbury River or just plain stop over from close distant country visit of places nearby.
Wisemans Ferry is situated in the heartland of the Hawkesbury River, about 60km north-west of Sydney’s CBD. Encircled by noteworthy national parks – Dharug to the north and east, Yengo to the north-west, Cattai to the west, and Marramarra to the south – Wisemans Ferry is a rustic village on one of the country’s most famous waterways.
The park is dotted with old big trees with colourful heavenly leaves hovering over the park and amalgamating with the other kinds of trees projecting an image of colossal beauty that touches admiration from visitors as well as local folks, indeed immaculate in style. It’s a fascination by nature that makes the place proud of – river plus huge trees and neat cut grasses with spacious picnic grounds.
Cars and motorbikes are moved from one side of the river into the other by a huge barge that makes the place a bit busy every day. Sports like kayaking and Jet Ski keeps the Hawkesbury River busy too. Not far from it is a vast golf course, another favourite place of relaxation by golf lovers.
I have more photos of this place in the photo galleries at the sidebar.
Last year, we set foot on another beautiful, huge and awesome garden about two hours’ drive north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley Gardens. To this day, the garden garnered hefty awards in many instances of their operation, the Winner of the Best Significant Tourist Attraction. There are a heaps of activates scheduled for this coming Christmas season,so if you’re interested just check their website for details.
At that time, there were two long queues of customers eager enough to get inside the garden, not only that car parks were full at the front, the side, even at the back and so, they opened up another unpaved spacious park further south of it.
The activates for the day were Winter Show packed attractions – ice skating rink and snow rides for children aside from chocolate and Chef’s competition inside the gardens which were great and, obviously was a huge invite for the people to drive up here in large numbers.
At the gardens, it was so hard to take pictures of the attractive features because it was been packed up with people and children taking photos, so we got to wait until they’re done.
Set in the historic district of Pokolbin, Hunter Valley Gardens is nestled amongst the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges in the heart of the Hunter vineyards.
They said that the garden is lying on 60 acres of land. It features 10 theme gardens; Formal, Indian Mosaic, Rose, Italian Grotto with the statue of St Francis of Assisi (patron saint of birds and animals), Border Garden, waterfall in the Sunken Garden, the elegant Oriental Garden and the kids favourite – Storybook Garden.
Also, within the 60 acres, are superb gardens and aged vineyards, the Hunter Valley Gardens village offers award-winning restaurants, an Irish Pub, Roche Wines and a boutique shopping village.
Here are the photos of the main features of the gardens…
A man-made lake (I reckon) fronting the Hunter Valle y Gardens is used widely by the enthusiasts of Aqua Golf, both adults and kids. Just right after the gate, are boutiques, souvenirs, coffee shops as well as wine galleries like this one in photo. All are rolled into one; they make the Hunter Valley Gardens worth a place to visit.