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Cattai National Park - Cities, Towns and Localities
Located 15 km from Windsor and adjacent to Wiseman's Ferry Road is the 424 hectares undulating river flats of the Cattai National Park. In the park is an historic old Georgian style farm house (Cattai House), built in 1821. The land itself was granted to Thomas Arndell in 1799, a surgeon who arrived in Australia on the First Fleet. The Arndell family lived in Cattai House from 1821 to 1980, when they sold the entire farm to the NSW Government. The land and property became a national park in 1992.

The historic property is used for camping, school excursions and family outings. The park is rich in Aboriginal culture, the Dharug tribes were the original occupants of the land, with evidence of their habitation in the axe grinding sites adjacent to Cattai farm’s main road. There are also remnants of the original riverine rainforest, which dominated the area before European settlement.

There are excellent picnic facilities throughout the park, with wood-fired barbecues in large shelter sheds, which have seating for up to 30 people along the riverbank. Camping is also permitted, and there is over 5 km of bushwalking tracks. There are extensive parking facilities and areas for family activities such as the children’s playground, and playing soccer and cricket. Whilst here, visit the historic wharf on the Hawkesbury River, and call in at the Cattai historic homestead. See the remains of Australia's oldest industrial archaeological site.

The national park includes Mitchell Park, with its huge forest red gums and kilometres of walking tracks. Wildlife includes kangaroos, possums, swamp wallabies, goannas and many bird species.

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