Hawkesbury River Tours Hawkesbury River Tours conducts the ultimate in river cruises around the Berowra Waters area. This experience will provide memories for a lifetime. Meandering down the Hawkesbury River aboard what is known as “a barbecue boat” provides a truly Australian experience. The Hawkesbury River (one hour from Sydney) remains in its natural state as a national park for everyone to enjoy; most of it is still the same as it was 228 years ago when white man first arrived in 1788. Highlights
- Spectacular river scenery and secluded beaches
- Delicious Aussie barbecue on a sandy beach including Australian wine and beer
- Real Australian bush – you may see giant goannas, parrots, kookaburras
- Fishing – you might catch flathead or bream
- Explore aboriginal sites and middens
- Professional Guides and skipper providing you with their local knowledge of aboriginal sites, flora, fauna and history
- Small groups up to 12 people.
Visitors embark their vessel at the Public wharf and the tour begins. We cruise past Calabash Bay where there are a few famous Aussies living in seclusion. This will be followed by a National park area where there is nothing but nature. Last bit of civilisation is at Collingridge Point, named after George Collingridge who was one of the first white men to have settled here with his wife Lucy.
Next is a visit to Aboriginal site(s) to inspect a midden and possibly rock carvings, the remains of the Dharug tribal riverside. Aborigines moved into the Hawkesbury area about 30,000 years ago but the population numbers didn’t really develop much until about 4,000 years ago. There are aboriginal middens all along these river – old piles of oyster shells, ash from fires.
Next is your Aussie barbecue lunch so we land on an isolated beach. We will light up the barbecue and start cooking chops and sausages in the true Aussie way: potatoes in their jackets with sour cream and chives and a mixed leaf salad. Here you will have the choice to either stay on the boat or for the more adventurous ones to sit at a table on a secluded beach on the Hawkesbury River, surrounded by natural bushland, the peaceful atmosphere enhanced by the laughter of a kookaburra in the trees.
While lunch is being prepared bream and flathead can occasionally be caught so have the cameras handy to record the event. Lunch will be served with a glass of Australian wine and beer followed by fruit and cheese making it almost impossible to leave.
We will start our journey home at about 2pm in order to be back at the Public wharf by 3.30pm. Complimentary beverages coke, lemonade, spring water, mineral water, Australian beers and best quality red and white wines.
We supply towels, fishing equipment
Items to bring – Sun protection, jacket, swimmers, rubber soled shoes.
Available activities – sightseeing with commentary, fishing, swimming. Pre-advice is necessary for anyone with special dietary requirements.
Options (ask for a price) Seafood plate rather than Aussie barbecue using local fresh catch