Hawkesbury River Cruises

Embarking on one of these great Hawkesbury River cruises is a great way to explore the stunning reach of the lower river.

Contemplate scenic waterways, rugged cliffs, trees, and wildlife. Savour tasty food, hear entertaining commentaries, and see a dolphin or two if you’re lucky (I can assure you they’re there!) …

The Hawkesbury River is not very far from Sydney, only an hour away. Yet I can’t think of a greater contrast between the tranquil river and the hectic city.

Thinking of it, these Hawkesbury River cruises below offer a fabulous escape from the daily grind.

But which one to choose? Decisions, decisions, decisions…

Make an informed choice by reading below...

Riverboat Postman 

Hawkesbury River Cruises - Riverboat Postman

Experience one of Sydney’s best day out and most popular cruise on the Hawkesbury River…

The Riverboat Postman is easy to access from Sydney or the Central Coast, and this cruise is excellent value for money.

The Riverboat Postman will transport you into another world; it will bring you back in time.

The cruise is in fact the last official water-run postman in Australia. Since 1910, they have been delivering mail to the isolated communities between Brooklyn and Spencer that can only be reached by boat. Today visitors can take part in the experience.

The skippers on the Riverboat Postman give informative, interesting and entertaining stories of the Hawkesbury River and settlements while the boat delivers the mail. The skippers have lived in the area all their lives, so they know a great deal about the river.

It’s interesting to see how people live in the various isolated settlements dispersed around the islands. It’s also amazing these secluded communities today exist so close to a large city.

Together with the interesting tour, you'll be served fresh food…

Soon after departure, they serve their famous Anzac cookie and tea or coffee. Then at midday they serve a fresh ploughman's lunch with cold meat, salad and bread roll. You can also buy beer or wine at a reasonable price from the bar.

Sit inside the cruise on the lower deck or outside on the upper deck and enjoy the breeze.

Riverboat Postman Visitor Information:

Departure: 10 am from Brooklyn Public Wharf and returns at 1.15 pm every weekday except public holidays.

Getting there: Brooklyn Public Wharf is located right beside the Hawkesbury River Station. Drive or catch the train on the Central Coast & Newcastle line and disembark at Hawkesbury River Station. The cruise and train schedules are well coordinated. (Note: you must climb 100 steps at Hawkesbury River Station.) Allow enough time to find parking if driving.  

Prices: Adult $55; senior $45; child $15 (4 - 14 yrs); family $125 (2a & 2 c). Bookings are essential ph: 0400 600 111.

>> Riverboat Postman website 

Sunday on the Hawkesbury

Can’t take a cruise on a weekday? Then experience Sunday on the Hawkesbury. It's run by the same company as the Riverboat Postman, Hawkesbury Cruises.

You'll cruise and learn about the history of these seven islands: Lion, Dangar, Spectacle, Long, Milson, Peat, and Bar Islands, travel past isolated communities that can only be reached by boat, and see the wreck of the HMAS Parramatta.

This cruise serves fresh fish n chips for lunch, and you can buy a glass of wine or beer from the bar. 

Sunday On The Hawkesbury Visitor Information: 

Departure: 11 am and returns at about 2 pm on Sundays.

Getting there: Brooklyn Public Wharf is located right beside the Hawkesbury River Station. Drive or catch the train on the Central Coast & Newcastle line and disembark at Hawkesbury River Station. The cruise and train schedules are well coordinated. (Note: you must climb 100 steps at Hawkesbury River Station.) Allow enough time to find parking if driving.  

Prices: Adult $55; senior $45; child $15 (4 - 14 yrs). Bookings are essential ph: 0400 600 111.

>> Sunday on the Hawkesbury website 

Palm Beach and Hawkesbury River Cruises

Palm Beach and Hawkesbury River Cruises

Palm Beach and Hawkesbury River Cruises offer a scenic ride accompanied by a commentary from Palm Beach to Bobbin Head across Broken Bay and Cowan Creek. It includes a hop off.

The journey:

From Palm Beach, the ferry travels to Patonga across Broken Bay where it drops off and picks up passengers.

Then the ferry continues its journey to Cowan Creek. It drops off other passengers at Cottage Point Inn restaurant then continues to Bobbin Head where all passengers alight for an hour to picnic in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park or eat at a cafe before they travel back.

So hop off at either three places…

  1. Patonga: disembark after a 30-minute journey across Broken Bay. Enjoy the lovely fishing village: eat at Patonga Pub, swim in the ocean, and walk to Warrah Lookout – you'll have a fabulous day. The ferry will pick you back up at Patonga at 3.00 pm and bring you back to Palm Beach. Note: you can also embark on the ferry from Patonga to Bobbin Head.
  2. Cottage Point Inn: for fine dining beside the water. Book on 02 9456 1011 and let them know you're coming by ferry. You'll have about two hours to eat before the ferry picks you up on its way back.
  3. Bobbin Head: disembark at 12.45 pm for 1 hour. Bobbin Head is a beautiful spot to hang out. You'll have about an hour to picnic in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park or eat at a cafe before the boat makes its way back to Cottage Point Inn, Patonga then Palm Beach.

Palm Beach and Hawkesbury River Cruises Visitor Information: 

Departure: 11.00 am from Palm Beach Wharf and 11.30 am from Patonga Wharf. Returns to Patonga at 3.00 pm and Palm Beach at 3.30 pm.

Runs daily during summer school holidays until the Anzac weekend and daily during other school holidays. Runs Friday to Monday outside summer and school holidays.

Getting to Palm Beach: Drive or catch the L90 bus from Sydney Central, Town Hall or Wynyard.

Allow plenty of time to find parking if driving. Park beside the wharf (if you find a spot) for $20 / day or park for free along Barrenjoey Rd or Iluka Rd.

Getting to Patonga: Off-street parking is available and free in Patonga.  

Prices: Adult $40; concession $35; child $20 (whole trip fare Palm Beach - Bobbin Head). No need to book ahead. Bring cash – they don’t take credit cards.

>> Palm Beach and Hawkesbury River Cruises website 

Starship Cruises

Starship Cruises

Starship Cruises offer two different cruises: a 6.5-hour (4-Island) cruise and a 2.5-hour (Brisbane Water) cruise aboard the 34-metre M.V. Lady Kendall II timber cruiser. It can accommodate 200 passengers.

The 4-Island cruise is the highlight. It’s a fantastic way to explore and enjoy the scenery of Brisbane Water, Broken Bay, Pittwater, and Hawkesbury River with a great commentary and lots of humour. If you’d like a relaxing and entertaining full day cruise, pick this one.

You’ll tour past Lion Island, Barrenjoey Head, Ku-Ring-Gai National Park, Dangar Island, Brooklyn, and the wreck of the Parramatta.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are included, and you can buy beer or wine from the bar.

The shorter Brisbane Water Cruise travels around Brisbane Water.  

You can sit inside or outside on the deck.

4-Island Cruise Visitor Information:

Departure: 9.30 am from Gosford Public Wharf and 10 am from Woy Woy Public Wharf. It runs three to four times a month. Book and check dates here >> 

Prices: Adult $74. 00; concession $69.00, child $44.00 (5+ yrs); child $5.00 (under 5 yrs). 

Getting there: Drive or catch a 8-minute bus from Gosford Station. 

Brisbane Water Cruise Visitor Information: 

Departure: 10.15 am from Gosford Wharf and 10.40 am from Woy Woy wharf from Sat - Wed. You need to check with them for the 1.00 pm cruise on 02 4323 1655 / 0423 828 017.

Prices: Adult $36.00, concession $31.00, child $23.00. Purchase tickets on board.

>> Starship Cruises website 

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