Western Sydney University, Hawkesbury is situated in Sydney's north west surrounded by Cumberland Plain Woodland and expansive farmland. The Hawkesbury campus of Western Sydney University used to be the Hawkesbury Agricultural College and is enormous! Every view provides a bucolic scene. The campus grounds are charming with many of the buildings having been constructed in the late 1800s. The closest town is Richmond, a historic locale with a strong agricultural background. Richmond is serviced by a train line to downtown Sydney and Sydney International airport. The campus is also accessible by car via the M2 and M7 motorways. The villages of Kurrajong (in the north) and Springwood (in the South) are lovely places to live, they are at the doorstep of the Blue Mountains World Heritage National Park.
Situated in western Sydney, it is easy to access all the famous places in Sydney like Manly and Bondi beaches, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. However, unlike Universities in suburban Sydney, out at Hawkesbury we are at the gateway to wild and remote places that beckon most biologists relentlessly.
Blue Mountains National Park
Hawkesbury campus is a short drive from the world famous Blue Mountains a play ground for budding zoologist and natural historians, art lovers, rock climbers and tea drinkers alike. The little towns of the Blue Mountains including Katoomba and Leura are wonderful to visit and Blue Mountains National Park has seemingly endless walking trails, canyoning, climbing and wildlife encounters to offer.
Wollemi National Park
Named after the famous botanical 'dinosaur' the Wollemi pine (Wollemia nobilis) only discovered in 1994, Wollemi National Park is a wonderful place for remote adventures. A visit to Wollemi NP should always include a walk to the glow worm tunnels!
Kanangra-Boyd National Park
Wonderful camping, climbing and an excellent chance of seeing gliding marsupials calls people to Kanangra-Boyd. Jenolan Caves (limestone caves) are also an impressive feature of this region!
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