If you've never thought of having a houseboat holiday, renting one on the Hawkesbury River may just get you out on the water. Forget about airports and traffic, and unwind and relax with nature at its best.
The river and its tributaries encircle the metropolitan region of Sydney and meander through sweet-smelling bushland and link historic townships and riverside villages.
Rent a Luxury Afloat houseboat at the southern end of the Hawkesbury Bridge at Brooklyn and before you know it, you will wonder where everyone went. Even though you are just over an hour from the centre of Sydney, beautiful water, bushland and the sound of birds will be your companions for your river break unless you rent a vessel that sleeps up to 10.
Your map will show you have access to 32 beaches, eight restaurants and more than 4000km of coastline, right at your fingertips. Float along at six knots, dangle a line and get the barbecue stoked up. You don't even need a boat licence.
Take along your food and drink, or call in to Sandbrook Marina in the heart of Brooklyn. They have a good range of groceries, meat, pre-cooked meals, wines, beers and spirits. Or the Luxury Afloat people will do the hard work for you and have your galley and refrigerator stocked for your arrival.
There are lots of little islands you can pull into and one of those is Dangar. It's a 30 hectare car-free island and if you fancy meeting some of its lucky residents, why not join them in a game of barefoot lawn bowls? It's open for dinner from Friday to Sunday.
The Hawkesbury River, an hour's drive north-west of Sydney.
Luxury Afloat houseboats sleeping up to 10 cost $1490 for three days mid-week in the peak season and $1120 off-peak. All linen, except towels, is on board. Fuel is the only charge. No licence is required. They operate year round.
Dangar Island Barefoot Lawn Bowls will cost you just $5.
Prices correct at March 5, 2009.
For further information
Luxury Afloat Houseboats
Kangaroo Point Cruise Terminal
Ph: (02) 9985 7344
Fax: (02) 9985 7404
Dangar Island Bowling Club
6-10 Grantham Crescent
Dangar Island 2083
Ph: (02) 9985 7083
Hawkesbury River Provisioning and Catering
87 Brooklyn Road
Ph: (02) 9985 8688
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