Great food, spectacular scenery and a rich artisan culture are the simple yet fulfilling staples of life in Richmond, Sydney
Surrounded by the magnificent countryside of the Hawkesbury Valley, Richmond is a rural gem that’s less than an hour’s drive from the bright lights of central Sydney. Home to one of the earliest European settlements, the area is steeped in history. Learn more about its past at the Hawkesbury Regional Museum, where you’ll find colonial artefacts alongside pieces from the indigenous Darug people. Then, get your fill of Richmond’s modern culture at a Hawkesbury Regional Gallery art exhibition, or in the wonderfully unique studios and artisan workshops that make up the Hawkesbury Artists and Artisans Trail.
If Richmond is best known for its prolific creativity, its abundance of breathtaking natural spaces comes a close second. Top up your tan in the sunshine on the manicured lawns of Richmond Park, or spend the day picnicking beside the photogenic waters of Pughs Lagoon Reserve. At the weekend, drive west to the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park and spend time camping, climbing and horseback riding.
After a busy week, you can sample fresh, locally grown produce at Richmond Good Food Market, where you can buy everything from watermelon juice to brightly coloured macarons. For something slightly different, head to the chic Marquise Bar for a fun evening filled with wine-tasting and cheese boards, or enjoy Sunday lunch on board the historic Hawkesbury Paddlewheeler boat.