Hawkesbury River Cruises

Twin Beaches beach shot

This is the ultimate in river cruises!! This experience will provide memories for a lifetime.  Lunch tour from $150 per person.

Meandering down the Hawkesbury River aboard a barbecue boat or smaller boat provides a truly Australian experience.  Don’t waste your time in a bus trip to the Blue Mountains.  Instead, explore the Hawkesbury River (only one hour from Sydney ) that remains in its natural state as a national park for everyone to enjoy; most of it is still the same as it was 228 years ago when Europeans first arrived in 1788.
• Spectacular river scenery and secluded beaches
• Optional delicious Aussie barbecue, gourmet or luxury lunch on the boat including Australian wine and beer
• Real Australian bush – you may see giant goannas, parrots, kookaburras
• Optional fishing
• Explore aboriginal sites and middens
• Professional Guide and skipper providing you with their local knowledge of aboriginal sites, flora, fauna and history
• groups up to 12 people.

Review by French client Laurent Durant on Chantal’s tours:

“Sad disappointment on the day visiting the Blue Mountains: This day would have been more profitable staying in Sydney.  The city of Sydney is really beautiful and would have required 4 to 5 days of visit: Tour by our French guide Chantal Herlihy was really appreciated: she created a tour with original and out of the way tourist options”

 Meandering down the Hawkesbury River aboard what is known as “a barbecue boat” provides a truly Australian experience. barbecue boat v2
 Misty morning Hawkesbury Visitors embark on their vessel at the Public wharf and the tour begins. We cruise past Calabash Bay where there are a few famous Aussies living in seclusion. This will be followed by a National park area where there is nothing but nature.  Last bit of civilisation is at Collingridge Point, named after George Collingridge who was one of the first Europeans to have settled here with his wife Lucy.
 Spectacular Sydney sandstone cliffs turn orange in the afternoon sun

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 Sandstone on the Hawkesbury
 Seaafood platter Optional seafood platter rather than Aussie barbecue using local fresh catch
Visit Aboriginal site(s) to inspect a midden and rock carvings, the remains of the Dharug tribal riverside.  Aborigines moved into the Hawkesbury area about 30,000 years ago but the population numbers didn’t really develop much until about 4,000 years ago.

There are aboriginal middens all along these river – old piles of oyster shells, ash from fires.

 Aboriginal family
 Aboriginal rock carving on the Hawkesbury  Midden on the Hawkesbury
 Berowra Waters view  Spectacular view of Berowra Waters national parks
Next is your optional Aussie barbecue, gourmet lunch or luxury lunch surrounded by natural bushland, the peaceful atmosphere enhanced by the laughter of a kookaburra in the trees.

Lunch options – choice of packages – see below

 Barbecue on the beach

Items to bring – Sun protection, jumper, swimmers

Available activities – sightseeing with commentary, optional fishing, swimming.

Tour option 1: Berowra Waters area including lunch with Chantal

Cruise details No of passengers Rate per person
Boat tour of Berowra Waters including barbecue lunch at Chantal’s with wine and beer; total 4 hours 2 to 4 $150

 Tour option two: Cruise on barbecue boat with optional lunch :

Tariff including qualified guide and boat:

Cruise details No of passengers Rate per person
Barbecue boat half day cruise (4 hours), or 4 to 7 $170
Barbecue boat full day cruise (6 hours) 4 to 7 $210
Optional Barbecue lunch with wine and beer   $100
Optional Morning/afternoon tea   $40

• All prices include gst

• Pre-advice is necessary for anyone with special dietary requirements.


  1. Seafood platter rather than Aussie barbecue using local fresh catch (ask for a price)
  2. Pickup from Berowra station & return $100 (for up to 4 passengers this is the total price)
  3. Fishing equipment – $15 (fixed price for up to 6 people)

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Berowra Waters from ferry

Beach barbecue Wildlife  - goanna
hawkesbury beach berowra waters seaplane taking off