Woke up on Sunday morning and decided that we would explore Hawkesbury region today, after hearing good things about it. Hawkesbury is a huge city in New South Wales and 80% of this region is national park or reserve.
We got ready, packed our things and headed out the door…bear in mind we still had no idea where we were heading to exactly! After some googling in the car we decided to visit Berowra Waters Marina. It looked heavenly with bush and water views and had great reviews.
How to get here
It took us 30 Minutes to reach from the Hills district via Old Northern Road. One of things we loved about Berowra Waters Marina was the trip getting here. It is a nice drive through the bush down to Berowra Waters. We came from the Hills district via Old Northern Road. Parts of the drive were quite scenic almost like driving in the countryside. On the route we did pass Fagan Park. If you have time then it’s really worth your time stopping at Fagan Park and looking at the gorgeous themed gardens here. You can read more about this wonderful place on my blog in another article. Once we reached Berrilee we had amazing views of the Berowra Valley National Park.
Things to do at Berowra Waters Marina
Berowra Waters Marina is a privately owned, peaceful haven in Sydney’s northern suburbs. You could say it’s one of Sydney’s hidden waterfront destinations like no other. It’s hidden away, deep between Berowra Valley National Park and Muogamarra with water views in the middle of bushland.
If you own a boat or enjoy weekends kayaking, hiring a boat and cruising around on the river then this is the perfect spot for you. It is perfectly situated for easy boating access to a lot of Sydney’s rivers nearby including Berowra Creek, Cowan Creek and the Hawkesbury River, giving you the opportunity to get up and close with the scenic spots that the Hawkesbury River has to offer. You will experience bird life, marine life and ancient Aboriginal rock art just to name a few.
There is also access to free vehicle Ferry rides.
Here is a list of the top 8 things to do at Berowra Waters Marina.
1. Hire a BBQ boat (no licence is required)
At Berowra Waters you can hire a BBQ Boat and cruise down the Hawkesbury River with family and friends. Imagine how awesome that would be! This boat is licensed for 12 people, including children. It has a sun awning, FM radio, toilet, changing area, swim ladder and of course a BBQ. You do need to book in advance and pay $50 deposit at the time of booking. The cost for the full day is $450 plus security bond of $200. If you wish to book for half the day it will cost $300.
2. Hire a kayak
Single and double kayaks are available for hire and the cost of hiring depends on the number of hour and type of kayah you want to hire. For 1 hour to hire a single Kayak will cost $20 and for a double will cost $30. You will also need to pay a $50 Bond for all kayak hires. Both are very stable for the calm waters around Berowra Creek.
3. Hire a Tinnie or a Luxury Dory (no licence is required)
This is perfect for the small family that want to go out on a boat together without spending too much money. You can spend a couple of hours on one of the canopy aluminum boats. You can choose to hire either a Tinnie which seats a maximum of 6 people or upgrade to the more Luxury Dory. These boats are suitable for novices or for somebody that would like that extra comfort than found in a Tinnie. They are fully carpeted and have steering. No licence is required and both these boats seat 8 people. It’s perfect if you’re a small family with kids and you want to take them on a scenic drive on the waters. It costs $80 to hire a Tinnie for 2 hours and $120 to hire a Luxury Dory for 2 hours. Fuel and Life jackets are supplied with all boat hires.
4. Have a picnic and enjoy the views across the river
If you don’t plan on doing any boating then you can easily spend the day here, relax and have a picnic by the water with a glass of wine and some delicious fish and chips that they serve at the Berowra Waters Fish Cafe.
5. Let the kid play in the park while you enjoy a lunch and a glass of wine
There is also a nice children’s playground fully fenced with seating and picnic tables inside the play area.
6. Dine at the Waterview Restaurant
The waterview Restaurant is a place where you can enjoy a seafood buffet. There is even a little café downstairs called Berowra Waters Fish Café that serve the best fish and chips in Sydney.
7. Go fishing on the waters.
There are lots of nice spots around here for you to throw in a line or hire a boat and go fishing on the Hawkesbury River or the Berowra Creek. Both offer excellent catches. Bait can be purchased from the Marina shop.
8. See the Pelicans
We spotted one of these gorgeous birds all alone just cruising along the marina minding its own business.
There is a huge car park inside the Marina with plenty of free parking for cars and for people that take their boats out so you will also find car and trailer parking as well.
Berowra Waters Marina offers the perfect boating getaway
Whether you’re just passing through on a cruise from another destination point or looking to berth your boat long term in an idyllic location, Berowra Waters is the perfect spot to do so as it is situated for easy boating access to many of Sydney’s waterways. There is lovely Berowra Waters Penthouse accommodation where you can stop the night or spend the weekend.
- There are a lot of facilities here. There is a restaurant that serve the finest seafood buffet on its stunning waterfront location and Berowra Waters Fish Cafe that serves the best fish and chips in Sydney.
- There is a Boat launching ramp which is used for people to bring down their boats and go out for the day on the river.
- You can take out boats on hire or the day or half the day, and do a bit of fishing. For more information about boat hire and charges visit the website here.
- Fish cleaning stations for people to come and clean their catch.
- There are a few BBQ Area’s located under the sheltered seating area and near the boat launching ramp.
Berowra Waters Ferry
The Berowra ferry takes you across the river and it’s a free service. Be warned that once you reach the ferry point that there is no turning back. The roads are so narrow that it’s impossible to even do a U-turn. There are two lanes, one to get onto the ferry and the other for cars leaving the ferry. We got into that situation as we were leaving Berowra Waters Marina which is good that we did otherwise we wouldn’t have experienced the ferry ride.
Once you come off the ferry the road goes up a further with nice views of the Berowra Valley National Park with the backdrop of majestic sandstone. As you drive along the road it will take you to other suburbs such as Berowra Heights and Hornsby. Of course had we not taken the ferry then we would have had to go all the way around the valley and that would have been a longer drive depending on where you want to go so this is the fastest way to get across if you do want to go to those suburbs.
If you manage to get a front row parking on the ferry your lucky as you will get nice views going across. Pull up and park and enjoy the ride.