The City of Hawkesbury (formerly Hawkesbury Shire) is a Local Government Area of New South Wales, part of which is at the fringe of the Sydney metropolitan area, about 50 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district. Hawkesbury City is named after the Hawkesbury River.
Until recently Hawkesbury city remained largely rural, but urban expansion within Sydney has since transformed the southern part of the Shire into dormitory suburbs.
The northern part of the Shire still contains some farmlands, as well as a vast area of national park, which will remain untouched due to the inaccessible terrain. It also includes the small town of Bucketty.