A weekend on the Hawkesbury: 45 minutes away and pure bliss

Whether it is a last minute New Year’s plan or just a short summer break in the works, the Hawkesbury River is the ideal destination to get away from it all. Rejuvenate or simply enjoy some good times with friends, family or lovers – all without having to go the distance.

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45 minutes from Sydney lies another world… A hidden world with outstretched waters, jetties, private boat access, jumping fish, fine dining – and most of all, tranquillity.

How you do it is up to you – and there are various options.

Of course, there are the Hawkesbury houseboats – a fun way to go with a group of friends. Why? Spas on the deck and they move. Enough said.

But, if you’d prefer something more grounded, we picked from one of the many properties on offer from Hawkesbury River Escapes. Amazing riverside boatsheds, from the basic knock-around holiday variety, to luxury accommodation. Whichever way you go, you’ll be on the water with magnificent views and you’ll have a boat to get around.

And if you’re smart, you’ll have the team from Hawkesbury River Escapes organise gourmet food hampers for you. From our own experience you can’t go past the whole smoked trout (when available) – smoked on the river and brought straight to your jetty. Perfect with a glass of bubbles on the deck.

For your morning coffee fix try Dangar Island, which has a fantastic cafe you can boat right up to. How’s that for a morning start? Try the homemade Summer Fruit Pudding for breakfast – delish.

For those wanting to splash out there are a couple of finer dining options for lunch & dinner. The best and a favourite of ours is Berowra Waters Inn. The menu and location are near impossible to beat and there is a water taxi service that will ferry you to and from the restaurant – it’s all part of this magic experience.

That was our weekend away. When will you take yours?

Whichever way you go, a break on the Hawkesbury has a certain magic to it. And the best part is you’ll be back home and fighting traffic within an hour of departure.

Author: Group Features Editor

James is the Group Features Editor for Agenda Daily managing the business, entertainment, lifestyle, technology and travel sections.

After completing a degree in law, he decided that writing was his first love and has been a journalist for over three years working in magazines, TV, radio and online.

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