Known for its peaceful and varied waterways, secluded river settlements and sandstone gorges, The Hawkesbury River is one of the major rivers on the New South Wales coast. It meanders all the way from the river mouth at Broken Bay and Brooklyn, between Marramarra and Dharug National Park, through to the foot of the Blue Mountains.
The Hawkesbury River has a total length of 120 km and was created by the joining of the Nepean River from the NSW Southern Highlands and Grose River from Mount Victoria.
A popular holiday destination just 45 minutes drive north of Sydney, the Hawkesbury River has an array of restaurants and holiday homes along the waters edge as well as various fishing and scenic river and bushwalking tours.
Scenic cruises along the picturesque Hawkesbury River are a must with its varied nature, birdlife and wildlife including the penguin colony at Lion Island and sandstone lined shore of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Brooklyn is an ideal departure point to explore the waterways, where you can take a tour or hire a boat and explore the islands and sandy river beaches.
In November and May each year, the peace and serenity of the Hawkesbury River is broken by the water ski and jet boat races known as the 'Bridge to Bridge' starting from the bridge at Brooklyn and finishing at Windsor 110 km upstream.