A new adventure travel company, River Adventures, has launched to help Sydney-siders discover a hidden gem just north of town. Daniel Morrison explains.
When was the last time you went on an adventure? Experienced something new? Paddled down a river, or hiked through the bush, with no signs of humans anywhere, save for maybe an ancient aboriginal hand painting on the rock?
It’s a romantic notion many of us enjoy, but few get the chance to live, because knowing where to go, how to get there, or what to eat on the way can be hard.
A new Sydney based company, River Adventures, is changing things up by taking people on trips to do just that. And the good news is, you don’t need to drive for hours to escape the city – this is only 45 minutes from the Sydney CBD.
The lower Hawkesbury (which forms Sydney’s northern boundary), is also one of its best kept secrets.
The untouched waterways of Berowra waters, Marramarra creek, and Cowan creek, all feed in the mighty river before it flows out through Broken Bay to the Pacific Ocean.
If you look on a map, it’s just a giant swathe of green, a natural playground practically begging you to come and explore.
Part of the magic is that it’s almost completely untouched – there are no roads or shops, and most of the settlements are water access only.
Places That Capture The Imagination
Milsons Passage, Bar Point, Coba Point, Little Wobby, and the better-known Dangar Island, have captivated the imaginations of those in the know for years, and hosted countless weekends away. Life seems to go at a different pace to the rest of the world.
Thanks to holiday letting services like Stayz and AirBnB, people are beginning to get out and experience the area more and more. But such a large area with so few facilities, and fewer roads, makes it hard to know where to go.
River Adventures takes you to all the best spots – the waterfalls, the shipwrecks, the look-outs, the jump rocks, the secluded beaches. Whatever your taste, they’ve got you covered.
River Methods of Transport, Adventures of Choice
Want to cruise around in a speedboat? Done. Spice it up and drop in a wakeboard or a donut? Easy. Prefer to get in a kayak and paddle at your own pace? Perfect.
More comfortable on land, and like to take in the views from to the top of a look out?
Guided bushwalks are the go. Love a special dining experience? Take a taste tour of some of Sydney’s most iconic restaurants.
All the adventures are fully catered, so you can pull up on a beach and enjoy your own piece of paradise, and watch the water go by.
Of course to really make the most of it, it’s best to stay a night or two, and they have a selection on boat houses up and down the river to enjoy, so you can watch the sun go down from your private jetty, wine in hand.
Or for the more adventurous, book a camping adventure, and sleep by a fire on a beach under the stars. They provide all the food and equipment to keep you in comfort and style.
The best gifts these days are all about experiences over material things. So spoil your loved one by surprising them with a River Adventure. Whether it’s a birthday or anniversary, a family holiday or a romantic getaway, girls’ or boys’ weekend, or even just a solo trip on your own, there’s something for everyone.
Do something different. Explore your backyard. Have a River Adventure.
Learn more and book now: www.riveradventures.com.au
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Daniel is a Sydney based writer and small business owner.