Boating on the Hawkesbury River can be one of the most memorable places to visit on the NSW coastline, possibly even further afield. The Hawkesbury River System has so much to offer that it’s difficult to pin down perfect places to just a handful however we will try our best to nominate our favourites. Here are BBM Yacht Sales’ choices for the best areas of the Hawkesbury River to visit by boat.
Cottage Point offers excellent fishing though if they aren’t biting you can stop and grab a bite to eat at one of the gorgeous local restaurants, there is plenty available for all tastes. There are mooring opportunities for anything under 45ft, and the local yacht club (Ku-Ring-Gai Motor Yacht Club) has recently invested in renovations to their pontoon, including fuel facilities.
There are also flights available to Rose Bay, with Sydney Seaplanes departing daily. That’s very handy if you need to get back to Sydney in a hurry or if you’d need to spend more than a weekend exploring this perfect spot on the Hawkesbury River!
Smiths creek is the place to go when you just want to forget everything exists. Tucked away in Smiths creek next to no chance exists of being interrupted by your phone or any other noises from civilisation. There are plenty of pubic moorings to provide stable and secure places to pull up and chill along with excellent sections to swim and fish or go kayaking up one of the smaller tributaries for an all-round experience. The water is clear and provides for an exceptional time, it is a place that will have you returning over many years.
Refuge Bay is simply stunning, surrounded by national parks with ample moorings majority of the time the moorings are empty and the area is home to only a scattering of boats, it is the perfect place to visit for the weekend.
When you come into Refuge Bay, there is a complete absence of civilisation, the wind on the water is likely to be the only sound as you’re a taken back in time in this magnificent area. There are plenty of sandy beaches available and you can boat in or if your willing, swim in then relax on the beach with a picnic and watch the sun slowly set on a perfect day.
Very similar to Refuge Bay, but without the abundance of moorings and lacking the waterfall. Yeomans Bay is not as popular as its cousin, but for some, that makes it much more appealing. The scenery is spectacular and with protection from most strong winds, it is the perfect spot to drop anchor and relax for a weekend or two.
Jerusalem Bay is perfect for teens, with the challenge of a 15m jump rock, and plenty of suitable walking trails for the wilderness lovers. You are protected from most winds in the area, and that makes for a perfect spot if staying overnight.
See you on the water!