The wonderful thing about Windsor is that it seems both close and far away. Situated just outside Sydney, it's a relatively short commute, no matter if you're travelling by car, bus or train. Yet because this historic town can be found where the urban sprawl ends and the countryside begins, it feels well removed from the big smoke.
So, what to do when you get there? For some people, the answer can be summed up in one word: nothing. After a stressful week, there are those who'll simply want to enjoy a drink in the heritage-listed Macquarie Arms Hotel and a picnic by the Hawkesbury River. Windsor is perfect for that sort of thing- it's sedate enough to allow overloaded rat racers to unwind, without being so quiet as to induce nervous glances for wafting tumbleweed or decomposing corpses.
If the idea of getting drunk and growing fat seems too slothful to bear, the next step up is to take a gentle stroll around the compact and charming town centre. Windsor can boast some two dozen buildings on the Register of the National Estate, including the notable St Matthew's, which was designed by famed colonial architect Francis Greenway. Along the way, you might care to pop into the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery or the Hawkesbury Regional Museum, while taking care not to forget to meander along the river. Self-guided tour maps are available from the tourist office.