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Discover the beautiful deep waters of the Hawkesbury River and the elongated graceful waterway of Pittwater, running from Newport to Palm Beach. Broken Bay is dominated by Lion Island with plenty of small inlets and coves to cruise your yacht, cruiser or house boat through.
Set amongst four National Parks, Kur-ring-gai Chase, Marramarra, Dharug, Brisbane Water and Bouddi, there are gorgeous beaches, historic villages, mangroves, with abundance of flora and fauna. This area is similiar in scenery to the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland but is only one hour drive from Sydney. It offers beautiful scenery set amongst National Parks and sandstone headlands..
The best method to get to Pittwater and the Northern Beaches is to use the L90 bus from Wynyard, which goes all the way to Palm Beach. Sit on the right hand side going and the left returning as the views are good.
There are numerous ways to see Pittwater/Hawkesbury River, the best being hiring a houseboat and crusing the Cowan River and Berowra Waters.The other alternative is to take a cruise on Palm Beach and Hawkesbury River Cruises and spend a day enjoying the beautiful waterways, stopping off for lunch at Bobbin Head.
Another suggestion is to get off at Cottage Point Inn and have lunch overlooking Coal and Candle Creek, they also have overnight luxury accommodations available but you need to book (612 9456 1011).The cruise leaves Palm Beach Wharf at 11.00am daily and returns at 3.30pm. There is also a twilight cruise which departs at 5.30pm and returns at 7.30pm. www.palmbeachferry.com.au
Lion Island and Broken Bay
Another great way to see the river is to catch the Riverboat Postman, this is a service that delivers mail to isolated houses it takes approx 3 hours and runs Monday to Friday. Catch a train from Central Railway Station in the city at 8.16am to Hawkesbury River Railway Station in time to catch the mailman. (02 9985 7566) for more details.Palm Beach ferries also offers an unique way to see Pittwater which operates from Palm Beach Wharf (02 99182747) you can catch a ferry to Ettalong, The Basin, Patagona, Pearl Beach and Woy Woy. www.sydneyferries.info www.palmbeachferry.com.au
If hiring a boat take the train to Brooklyn it has a railway station called the Hawkesbury River railway station. However, you must check that your train will stop at this station. On arrival at the Hawkesbury River station, just phone Ripples Houseboats, and they will come and pick you up free of charge. Or North Shore Airport Service takes you to door from the airport. Other companies do the same, or drive to Church Point/ Palm Beach 45 mins from Sydney and catch the ferry/ water taxi to location.
Broken Bay and Lion Island
Apart from being on a boat, the other excellent way to take in the beauty of the Hawkesbury River, Pittwater and Brisbane Waters is observing the landscape by air. Take a sea plane from Sydney (Rose Bay) and see our wonderful coastline from CBD to Palm Beach. There are numerous tours available through different companies but all offer fabulous service and unique experiences.
Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
Barrenjoey House : 1108 Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach / Beach House - 1 Beach Road, Palm Beach
Refuge Bay - natural waterfall
For the budget traveler you can take the ferry from Palm Beach Wharf to The Basin and camp in the National Park perched on the waterfront. You must ring and book a site, showers and toilets are available and a shop to buy essentials(opened only in summer)02 9974 1011. Another budget accommodation is Pittwater YHA (9999 5748) catch the 156 bus from Manly Wharf to Church Point and then a ferry to Halls Wharf. Then take a ferry to Scotland Island and do the walk around the Island.
Refer to http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g25... for Palm Beach details.
Palm Beach and Hawkesbury River Cruises. There are a few different options available for seeing this magnificent region.
1) Cruise and lunch on Cowan Waters
This ferry cruise is a MUST DO if visiting Pittwater and Palm Beach. The ferry departs Palm Beach Wharf at 11.00am and stops at Patonga at 11.30am and then arrives at Cottage Point Inn at 12.15pm in time for lunch. The ferry departs at 2.15pm and arrives back at Palm Beach at 3.30pm.
2) Patonga to Bobbin Head
This ferry leaves Patonga at 11.30pm cruising the beautiful lower Hawkesbury River and Cowan Waters arriving at Bobbin Head at 12.50pm for lunch at the cafe or kiosk at Bobbin Head. It departs for its journey back to Patonga at 1.45pm arriving at 3pm. Along this route you will visit Refuge Bay , Cottage Point, Swallow Rock and Bobbin Head.
3) Palm Beach to Bobbin Head
This ferry leaves daily from Palm Beach Wharf opposite Barrenjoey House on Pittwater side of Palm Beach. The ferry ride passes Stokeys Point , Clareville, Scotland Island , Towlers Bay, The Basin , Mackerel Beach, West Head, Lion Island, Patonga, Challenger Head, Refuge Bay, Yeomans Bay, Cottage Point, Smith's Creek , and finally arriving at Bobbin Head at 12.50pm and returning to Palm Beach at 3.30pm.