Start: Hawkesbury River Train Station
End: Spring Beach
Time taken: Including the walk and ferry ride and a swim, 3 hours
USP: Uncrowded, great way to see the river
On a recent hot and humid Sunday a group of us wanted to get out of the city and explore, but not over exert ourselves in the heat! We decided to check-out the beautiful Hawkesbury River.
With bags packed and coffees in hand we jumped on the 11.23am train at Bondi, changed at Central to arrive at Hawkesbury River station at 12.45pm.
We had a quick wander around a few shops before getting on the Ferry at Brooklyn Wharf bound for Wobby Beach. They run every hour, and cost around $7.50 pp each way. All of the vessels are heritage ferries that have been fully restored. We had the MV Sun; an enjoyable way to see more of the Hawkesbury River.
The service also provides essential public transport for the water-access properties in the area. The ferry runs every day to a timetable and links with trains arriving and departing from Hawkesbury River railway station. Most people got off at Dangar Island but we stayed on as we wanted to explore Little Wobby. Additional ferry info here
Little Wobby was originally occupied by the Commonwealth Military Forces during WW2. Several buildings were erected along the shoreline to house artillery batteries in case of a Japanese invasion through Broken Bay and the Hawkesbury River.
The walk starts with a narrow path that winds through the riverside homes, and at times felt like we were passing through an Italian fishing village! We continued along the trail until we got to Spring beach. Here we stopped to take in the Hawkesbury river, enjoying the water view into Porto Bay and Cowan Creek and, and watched some ominous storm clouds roll in!
We had an explore along the rocks, and Matt was even brave enough to jump in the water. From Spring Beach there is an option to continue along the trail all the way to Rocky Ponds, which is a 18km return (it’s recommended you get permission to use the track from Broken Bay Sports and Recreation Centre. More info here). Due to the hot weather we opted for a shorter meander; one for a another day!
We hopped back on the ferry back to Brooklyn, and enjoyed a few glasses of wine and live music in the Anglers Rest, (it was only a week until Christmas after all!). Our Sunday adventure complete we caught the train back to Sydney from Hawkesbury River.