A boring chore of dropping the car off for servicing at the local Holden dealer at Windsor, at 8am on a beautiful sunny Saturday morning becomes a little adventure of delightful discovery.
Windsor was always one of the suburbs that I've heard of, driven pass but never had the chance to get to know intimately. So, I was very excited and the first thing on the agenda was to find coffee.
The Town Centre is located on a pedestrianized section of George Street between Fitzgerald Street and Baker Street. I zig zagged through the street in search of a cafι that would catch my fancy and found Sue'z Kitchen.
Their Lebanese spiced lamb sausage with baked beans sounded extremely appetizing and it was pretty good, though a little heavy for breakfast. The outdoor seating area was great, a good spot to soak up the sun and take in the atmosphere watching passersby going about their morning deciding what to eat.
Specialises in hand crafted vintage homewares including wooden canvas signs, cushion covers, bags, tea pot cozy warmers, tie dye clothing for children and adult, hand crafted children wear, handmade dolls, candles and accessories.
The shop front display show cases an array of children character beanies, there was captain America, monsters inc., batman, spiderman, Hoot Hoot, and other super cute animal themed beanies. They made perfect gifts for my two boys, niece and nephews, I bought 6 beanies that day!
Voted Sydney's best meat pie and has won many awards since 2007. On my second visit to Windsor, I tried the pie with mash, peas and gravy and it was amazing even better than the Robertson Pie Shop at Robertson in the southern Highlands.
If you are interested in period architecture, you could spend the day around town visiting the many Heritage buildings that are listed on the Register of the National Estate.
I managed to find three on the list on my brief visit, the Loder House, Thompson Square Precinct (rear of the Museum).
St Matthew's Anglican Church, Cemetery and Rectory, 181720
Toll House, Bridge Street, circa 1835
Claremont Cottage, Claremont Crescent, circa 1822
Court House, Court Street, 1821
Fairfield House, Fairfield Avenue, circa 1831
Sunnybrae, Kable Street, 1875
Cope House Group, George Street, circa 18351880
George Street Inn Group, George Street, circa 183041
Public School, George and Dight Streets, 1869
Loder House, George Street, 1834
Johnston Street Group, 2127 Johnston Street, circa 1840
Former Bell Inn, Little Church Street, circa 1841
Two Terraced Houses, 24 Catherine Street, circa 1840
Two Terraced Houses, 57 Catherine Street, circa 1840
Two Terraced Houses, 13 Little Church Street, circa 1840
Tebbutt's Observatory and House, Palmer Street, 184479
Group of Houses, 2339 North Street, 28 North Street, circa 184075
Thompson Square Precinct and Bridge Street Buildings, including Hawkesbury Museum, circa 183061
Macquarie Arms Hotel, Thompson Square, built 1815
Crescentville, 80 The Terrace, 1851
The Doctor's House, 13 Thompson Square, 1830
The Hawkesbury is the third oldest settlement on mainland Australia after Sydney and Parramatta. Learn about the history of Hawkebury's past through its exhibitions which introduces you to the vital role of the Hawkesbury River and the survival of the Dharug Tribe and the early settlers during times of flooding in the area. The worst recorded was in 1867 and there is a gauge on display showing the water mark at its peak.
Items that are unique only to this museum include:
The celestial globe belonging to John Tebbutt an internationally-renowned Astronomer who was born in Windsor in 1834. In 1864 he built a small observatory where he installed a telescope and from there he began to record meteorological observations and publishing his findings. In 1908 he published Astronomical Memoirs, giving an account of his 54 years work. He died in 1916 at Windsor. He was commemorated on the reverse side of the Australian one hundred-dollar note (in circulation 1984 until 1996).
Diary kept by a member of HMAS Hawkesbury during WWII and recording the Japanese surrender;
The Flabbit Originated in Windsor, the mythical half bird, half rabbit first discovered in the 1980s.
The Historic Howe Hose furnished with displays reflecting its uses throughout the 200yrs history.
Don't forget to take a stroll along the Hawkesbury River Promenade at Howe Park on The Terrace, there's a lookout and new BBQ facilities with picnic tables and benches to unwind and enjoy the Hawkesbury at its finest.