Day Trips

Hawkesbury Races


DATE: Thursday 18th August

TIME: Gates open 11am

LOCATION: Hawkesbury Race Club, Racecourse Road, Clarendon 2756

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Top Deck Lunch Cruise


WHEN: Thursday 15th September

Details TBA.

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Hillbilly Cider


DATE: Thursday 20th October

LOCATION: 2230 Bells line of Road, Bilpin


About Hillbilly Cider

A move to an orchard in Bilpin in 2007 was Shane and Tessa McLaughlin’s inspiration for creating this local favourite Blue Mountains cider.  Shane’s first batch of Hillbilly was fermented in the cellar he dug out by hand under the house.

With 20 years wine and cider making under his belt, Shane adapted techniques from time spent in the cider regions around the world including Normandy, Hereford and Somerset.  He blends Aussie classic apples as well as heritage cider apples.

Hillbilly Cider is the only cider in the world that uses the Julie™ apple. The first new commercial apple discovered in the Sydney/Blue Mountains area since the Granny Smith apple 100 years ago!

The Julie™ was a chance seedling discovered by Bill and Julie Shields at their orchard located next door to the Hillbilly Cider shed.