River of dreams

For the adventurist, young-at-heart or those wanting to take a break from the grind, a scenic kayak trip down the Hawkesbury River is the perfect way to recharge and enjoy the natural wonders of The Hills.

From Lower Portland, the river twists and turns, towards the sea through spectacular mountainsides, flood plains and sandstone country.

Along its banks, The Hills tells the story of the earliest days of British settlement. The area was lan

dmarked as a food bowl for the colony.

The River allowed for flourishing trade, as steam boats carried passengers, food and goods up and down the Hawkesbury. The River was a lifeline for settlers, and it remains as a visual timeline for those wanting to soak up The Hills’ vast history.

A couple of hours’ paddle from Lower Portland to Wisemans Ferry you can see reminders of the region’s rich agricultural past, which remains today, with old sheds, rusting machinery and the sounds of mowers echoing through the valley.

Wildlife and natural Australian greenery are never in short supply with water birds and the occasional jumping fish providing a show for visitors.

A day on the River is ideal for family holidays, romantic getaways or solo travellers wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and looking for a great outdoors adventure through stunning rural Hills scenery.

If you are looking to spend more time on the Hawkesbury, weekenders, caravan parks and camping grounds are also available.

The River is also popular for power boat enthusiasts, water skiers and water sports lovers.

Kayaks can be hired from a number of water sports shops in the area.

You can choose to do a day trip or challenge yourself with a paddle to Berowra.

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