Hawkesbury River, NSW: Destination Guide

Hawkesbury River

Uncover one of New South Wales’ best kept secrets with a visit to the waterside paradise that is the Hawkesbury River.

Read on to discover the best things to see and do on the Hawkesbury River or find and book accommodation near the Hawkesbury River today.

About the Hawkesbury River

Located within easy reach of Sydney, the Hawkesbury River area is a beautiful combination of waterfront and rural beauty. The area is one of the earliest colonial settlements in Australia, and therefore boasts a number of original buildings within its streetscape, yet it is also a modern delight with plenty of fantastic dining options and natural attractions on offer. Perfect for both adventure seekers and those in need of a little R&R, the Hawkesbury River is the ideal destination for those looking for a day, a weekend, or longer away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Things to do near the Hawkesbury River

First and foremost: get to the water. Swimming, canoeing, kayaking, water skiing and fishing, it’s all possible here. If you want to spend a bit of time on dry land however, there’s still plenty to keep you occupied. Enjoy bushwalking or mountain biking in the region’s national parks and reserves, try your hand at horse riding, or simply explore the various village shops, galleries and local craft and food markets. If all that sounds just a little too exhausting for you, than you’ll be sure to find your own little slice of heaven at one of the fantastic restaurants, cafes and bars dotting the riverside and the town.

Attractions near the Hawkesbury River

Riverboat Postman

Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Hawkesbury River aboard the famous Riverboat Postman. Running since 1910, this fantastic cruises include morning tea and a lovely Ploughman’s lunch, with a  fully stocked bar also on board. The cruise begins at Brooklyn, and passes the fascinating settlements of Dangar and Milson Islands, Kangaroo Point, Bar Point, Marlow Creek, Fisherman’s Point and Milson’s Passage, before returning to Brooklyn.

Tobruk Sheep Station

Head on inland along the Hawkesbury River, and you’ll stumble across the Tobruk Sheep Station. This Australian owned and operated property is set on 50 acres above the Hawkesbury River Valley, and provides visitors with a true taste of the Australian Outback. There are numerous family friendly programs you can get involved with, depending on your time allowance, with experiences on offer including sheep shearing, billy tea and damper, sheep muster and working dog display, and much more.

Getting to the Hawkesbury River

The mouth of the Hawkesbury River is located about 62km north of Sydney.

By car

The drive from Sydney to the Hawkesbury River will take a little under an hour along the Pacific Motorway.

Where to stay near the Hawkesbury River

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