Along the Hawkesbury River
Explore the beautiful Hawkesbury River, near Sydney, with Australia's Last River Boat Postman, or sample fresh oysters at a casual riverside cafe. Start your Hawkesbury adventure with a seaplane flight from Sydney to an award-winning restaurant, such as Cottage Point or Berowra Waters Inn, by the river. For an outback experience close to Sydney, visit Tobruk Sydney for an enthralling show.
About the Hawkesbury
The winding estuary of the Hawkesbury River feels a world away, even though it’s only 55 km north of Sydney. Surrounded by steep, forested slopes, the serene bays and inlets along the Hawkesbury River provided an enclave for early settlers.
The region is dotted with sandstone ruins, historic cottages and convict trails including the World Heritage-listed Old Great North Road, built by convicts between 1826 and 1836. Kate Grenville’s acclaimed historical novel, The Secret River, is set in the Hawkesbury.
Today, the area offers a bounty of areas to escape to, relax in and explore. It is the ideal location for a riverside holiday or weekend escape. The best way to enjoy the river is, naturally, on the tranquil waterway. You'll also find bushwalking, picnic spots and even canoeing and mountain bike trails in the region's national parks and reserves.
As one of the earliest colonial settlements in Australia, many original buildings survive from that era and you can easily uncover a time capsule of Australian colonial history in small villages from Kurrajong and Richmond, to Windsor, Wisemans Ferry and St Albans.
Stretching from Windsor to Brooklyn, the Hawkesbury and Hills area offers plenty of good dining options amid the stunning natural and historic attractions. Take a scenic seaplane trip from Sydney Harbour to Cottage Point Inn or Berowra Waters Inn - two acclaimed restaurants on the sparkling Hawkesbury River. More casual options include Blu Water Grill and Twenty Two Cafe Bar & Grill.