My Hawkesbury Summer Secrets: Martin Boetz

25 August 2015

Martin Boetz

Martin Boetz


Kayaking: There’s nothing better than seeing the river from the river. There are plenty of peaceful spots along the Hawkesbury to paddle all the way from Yarramundi to Wiseman’s Ferry. Just take your pick and keep an eye out for ski boats in summer!

The Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic: The Hawkesbury has excellent conditions for this annual Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic event from November 21-22. It’s a fast and furious spectacle along 112km of the river.

Eating fresh prawns: Summer is school prawn season and I love visiting Hawkesbury fisherman Gary Howard to buy them. Cook them in butter with garlic, lemon juice, pepper and salt.

Visit Wilberforce: This is one of the original settlements established as a township by Lachlan Macquarie, colonial governor of New South Wales from 1810-21. Check out the lovely historic buildings before enjoying a steak sandwich at the Heritage Hotel.

Bike ride: An early morning bike ride taking in the river ferries at Sackville and Lower Portland is a great way to start the day.

Christmas carols: The Ebenezer Church is the oldest church in Australia so the carol evening is packed with atmosphere. Join in over a VB with Santa and his elves. You can drop in any time for Devonshire Tea.

Buying summer fruit: I love Bilpin stone fruit and the juiciest watermelon I have ever eaten, grown at Wilberforce from Scibberas Fresh Fruit & Vegetables at Freemans Reach on Kurmond Road.

Chill out: There’s nothing better in summer than cooling down with an old-fashioned milkshake at Tractor 828 located on Sackville Road at Ebenezer.

Houseboat sleepovers: Renting a houseboat at Wiseman’s Ferry or Lower Portland and floating around the river is a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Summer sunsets: I love enjoying the sunset from the shed at Cook’s Co-op, where we’ll be cooking for lots of Christmas parties.

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