Welcome to Hawkesbury River


Accessible by train, the riverside township of Brooklyn is a good place to hire a houseboat and explore the river. Further upstream, a narrow forested waterway diverts from the Hawkesbury and peters down to the chilled-out river town of Berowra Waters, where a handful of businesses, boat sheds and residences cluster around the free, 24-hour ferry across Berowra Creek.


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$146.39 Day Trips & Excursions

Sydney to Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Full-Day Guided Tour

You’ll leave Sydney in the morning and travel about two hours to the Hunter Valley, getting magnificent views of the Hawkesbury River as you approach the valley. Keep an eye out for the remains of a convict-built road that winds into the hills. With a reputation for fine wine and other edible delights, the Hunter Valley is a wine and food lovers dream, and your knowledgable guide will show you the best spots. Your first stop will be Leogate Estate, where you can sample their award-winning wines and hear about their history in the region.  Next you will visit Hunter Valley Resort where you can walk amongst the vineyards and learn about the wine making process and the important role the Resort holds for this region. Enjoy a delicious lunch made with local produce while you sample some of the area’s best wines and after lunch have the chance to purchase (own expense) a beer tasting paddle from the onsite Brewery. After lunch, visit McGuigans Winery. Established in the 1880's McGuigan Wines is now one of the most awarded wineries in the world having won 'worlds best best winemaker' three times.  Wrap up your day in Hunter Valley with a stop at Hunter Valley Chocolate Company and sample their locally made chocolates and fudge and see the onsite production room. After a full day, relax on the ride back to your Sydney hotel.

$146.39 Day Trips & Excursions

Port Stephens, Somersby, and Nelson Bay from Sydney

After pickup from your Sydney hotel, head north by comfortable coach, crossing Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Hawkesbury River along the way. Hear informative and entertaining live onboard commentary about the sights you pass.About an hour from Sydney, stop at the Australian Reptile Park and have about 45 minutes to see the exhibits, which present a range of species from around the globe. Check out native Australian critters like platypus, Tasmanian devils, wombats, and wallabies; explore high-tech interactive displays in Spider World; feed a kangaroo or pet a koala.Next, return to the coach and drive 1.5 hours to the picturesque bay of Port Stephens. The coach will take you to the town of Nelson Bay where you’ll have approximately one hour for lunch (own expense) before boarding your boat for the dolphin cruise. After lunch, set out on a 1.5-hour cruise to look for bottlenose dolphins. Enjoy entertaining and informative commentary as you cruise around the scenic waters, getting great views of the Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands as well. Grab your swim gear for a ride in the boom net and perhaps get close to a friendly dolphin! Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits are provided on the cruise.When you return to shore, meet the 4WD vehicle tour for a 1-hour experience in the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes, the largest sand dune system in Australia. Some of the dunes measure more than 100 feet (30m) high! Try sandboarding on the dunes for a memorable thrill. After the 4WD trip to the sand dunes, reboard your coach for your return to Sydney.

$106.67 Day Trips & Excursions

Small-Group Hunter Valley Wine and Cheese Tasting from Sydney

Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s prime regions for producing high-quality wine and foods. Discover some of Hunter Valley's best wines on this personalized wine and cheese-tasting tour. From Sydney, take in the sunning scenery as you head north over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, through the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and across the Hawkesbury River, arriving in Hunter Valley in just over two hours. Hunter Valley Semillon is widely considered the iconic wine of the region, however, this area is also home to some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world. Today you will discover the subtleties of flavor as you sample up to 20 different wines, styles and blends and visit several well-known wineries, such as Irongate Estate,Tempus Two and McGuigans. You will also have the opportunity to buy bottles directly from the cellar door. The Hunter Valley is also known for its premium artisan food products. After your wine tour, enjoy a cheese tasting at a local cheese shop. Enjoy a delicious cafe lunch with hot and cold options. This is a great tour to discover and enjoy Australian wines in a fun and social atmosphere.

$143.45 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Chef-Led Hunter Valley Gourmet Food and Wine Tour from Sydney

After early morning pickup from your Sydney hotel, your guide will welcome you with a selection of healthy snacks to keep you satisfied until breakfast.The first stop of the day is the Sydney Fish Markets. Kick-start the day by grabbing a coffee as you explore and learn about the Sydney Fish Markets. Watch the auction floor in action or join your guide as they select locally caught seafood for the day’s menu.Break up the journey with a freshly cooked hot breakfast beside the picturesque Hawkesbury River.Continue along the picturesque convict built Great North Road as your guide shares information about the Hunter Valley’s fascinating history and unique wine varieties.On reaching the Hunter Valley stop in the historic hamlet of Wollombi for the first tasting of the day. Roll your own sushi ‘the way you like it’. Select the wine you think best matches it as you sample and learn about Wollombi wines from the winemakers themselves.Continue past rolling hills to the next handpicked winery with panoramic views of the Great Dividing Range. Discover local made wines as you graze on delicious dishes, prepared by your guide/chef, designed to match the tasting.The Hunter Valley is also known for its quality regional produce like olive oils, chutneys, olives and chili sauces. If time permits, a stop at a favourite local produce store means you can try as many delicacies as you like.Relish in the pleasure of tasting Barramundi and Kangaroo with Hunter Semillon and Shiraz. Then devour a decadent dessert accompanied with sweet dessert wine to wrap up your gourmet experience before returning to Sydney.

$845.98 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Hunter Valley Luncheon Tour by Helicopter

This morning you will fly to the Hunter Valley, renowned for its wine and stunning scenery. On arrival at the Sydney Airport helipad, you'll receive a safety briefing and have plenty of time to take photos before boarding your flight. During the flight you will be able to hear the pilot point out all the must-see sights and talk to each other through your headset.The one-hour helicopter flight to the Hunter Valley takes you over Sydney’s iconic landmarks and harbour, with amazing views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, then follows the coastline along the northern beaches to Palm Beach. As Pittwater emerges below, the flight heads inland to the Hawkesbury River and Brisbane Waters, before passing over the Central Coast to eventually land amongst the famed vineyards of the Hunter Valley.Enjoy a wine tasting and sample some terrific wines the Hunter is renowned for, including crisp Semillon’s and ripe Shiraz. Then take time out for lunch among vines at an award-winning restaurant. While you sip a glass from you complimentary bottle of wine the chef will prepare a three-course gourmet lunch using the best local and seasonal produce.Your decadent day ends with your return helicopter flight to Sydney -- with even more stunning aerial views!Please note: The restaurant and lunch menu are subject to change. In the event that Talavera Grove is unavailable, an equally suitable lunch and wine tasting destination will be included.

$178.02 Day Trips & Excursions

Blue Mountains Small-Group Insider Tour from Sydney

Hotel pickup will be between 7:15am and 7:30am8:15am - 9:15am: Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park (they will open 45 min before the official opening hours, so you will get to meet the mostly nocturnal animals long before the large crowds get here!)10:30am - 12:15am: Circuit walk in the spectacular Jamison Valley, including the Wentworth Falls, Mt Solitude and Ruined Castle. Short and longer walks (approximately 1-2 hours, pending on guests' agility and the weather) to discover the true beauty of the Jamison and Grose.12:15pm - 1pm: Sightseeing along the Cliff Drive for an intimate encounter with the Three Sisters, Narrowneck, Megalong Valley, Cahill Look-out1:30pm:Aussie picnic lunch2pm - 3pm:Safari off the beaten track to the best lookouts of the Blue Mountains, far away from anyone.3:45pm:Visit the beautiful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens to see a variety of plants and trees (including the Jurassic Wollemia Nobilis) and exotic birds in their natural habitat including New Holland Honey Eaters, Satin Bower Birds, Eastern Robins, Eastern Spinebills, Superb Fairy Wrens, Red Wattle Birds, Crimson Rosella's and King Parrots.4:15pm - 5:30pm:Return via the scenic Bell's Line of Road, the Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, Bilpin (the fruit bowl of NSW) and the Hawkesbury River area This tour is designed to focus on those less visited spots taking more time to soak up the atmosphere in stunning rainforest gorges, ferny grottos, swimming holes and a series of cascades.

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