Surrounded by rich alluvial flats near the wide Hawkesbury River, about 70km or so north-west of Sydney’s CBD, Pitt Town is predominantly a rural area which was initially established, in the early 1800s, as one of five towns designed by Governor Macquarie to provide Sydney with a regular food supply.
Today, the stretches of the river near Pitt Town which were the domain of the supply boats which once ferried Sydney’s food are popular with water skiers.
The village, which was the location for the popular television soapie, A Country Practice, lies just down river from the most famous of the Macquarie Towns, Windsor.
Windsor fairly bristles with some of the finest village colonial architecture you will find anywhere in Australia. The showpieces include St Matthews Church, Australia's oldest surviving Anglican church which was designed by Francis Greenway and built in 1817 by convicts.
Wilberforce, the fourth of the Macquarie Towns, lies just a couple of kilometres north of Pitt Town, while you'll find the fifth, Castlereagh, about 15km south of Richmond.