Hawkesbury River

Hawkesbury 1 hour from Sydney by train

The Hawkesbury is the ideal DayScape with a range of stunning natural attractions, bushwalks, picnic spots and waterfront dining all waiting to be explored.

Plan your next DayScape on the Hawkesbury Brochure The Hawkesbury: a relaxing riverside DayScape

Take a break from city life with a day trip to the beautiful Hawkesbury River. Only one hour from Sydney, it's the perfect place to get away from it all. You'll discover spectacular natural scenery, majestic water views and tranquil riverboat cruises, set within one of Australia's oldest colonial settlements. Enjoy the fresh air and relax at one of the casual riverside cafes offering Hawkesbury oysters, fresh from the river itself.

Make tracks for the Hawkesbury

Sit back and relax as your train takes you through some of NSW's most beautiful national parks. As you leave the city's outskirts you are surrounded by breathtaking scenery, with soaring eucalypts, winding creeks and rocky cliffs. With the kids watching for wildlife, you can unwind, enjoy the dramatic views and await your first glimpse of the shimmering Hawkesbury River.

With Opal you can travel to this destination

The Opal card is an easy, convenient way of paying for your travel on public transport including trains, ferries, buses and light rail. It's the only card you'll need to get around. For further information visit the Opal website.

For more information on NSW TrainLink DayScapes, see the Plan your next DayScape on the Hawkesbury brochure (PDF).

What to see and do

The Riverboat Postman Cruise

Start your Hawkesbury adventure with the famous Riverboat Postman Cruise. For over 100 years the Hawkesbury mail boat has been delivering post and essentials to local settlements which rely on the river for access. Join the Riverboat Postman Cruise and experience this spectacular waterway from a fun, new perspective. Take in the magnificent scenery and the sights and sounds of riverside life as the skipper entertains you with incredible stories gathered over a lifetime navigating the Hawkesbury. The cruise departs daily at 10am, Monday to Friday (except public holidays), from the Brooklyn Public Wharf.

For more information and bookings, check out the Riverboat Postman Cruise website

Jerusalem Bay Track (Cowan to Brooklyn)

If you're up for a challenge don't miss the Cowan to Brooklyn Station Walk. You'll find it hard to believe you're only an hour from Sydney as you hike through beautiful native bushland, surrounded by eucalypts, banksia and birdsong. Following the Great North Walk section of the track, you'll visit picturesque Jerusalem Bay and be rewarded with incredible panoramic views over Cowan Waters. Keep an eye out for echidna and lyrebirds as you climb a series of ridges, before descending into Brooklyn for a well-earned drink at one of the riverside cafés.

For maps and track notes, check out the Wild Walks website

Riverside dining

No matter how you choose to spend your day, the Hawkesbury offers endless opportunities for dining by the water's edge. Picnic at McKell Park where the kids have the run of the playground, enjoy fish 'n' chips by the shore, taste the very best of local produce at a casual café or treat yourself to a plate of Hawkesbury oysters while taking in the water views at one of the region's many seafood restaurants.

Other ideas on food, wine and dining, check out the Hawkesbury Australia website


Nestled on the river's bank, Brooklyn has panoramic views of the Hawkesbury, making it the ideal town to relax and enjoy the tranquillity of river life. Watch the fishermen haul in their catch, take a stroll around the shore or catch a ferry to nearby Dangar Island. You can even take a tour of Brooklyn's oyster farms.

For more visitor information on Brooklyn, check out the Hawkesbury Australia website

Plan your next DayScape

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