On The Hawkesbury River

Hawkesbury River Canoe Classic
The magic 111km overnight race from Windsor Bridge to Brooklyn under the watchful eye of the full moon.

Popular sport on the Hawkesbury River.

Bridge to Bridge
The world's longest one-way powerboat race. Though the Hawkesbury River is known for its tranquility, twice a year the world renown water ski and jet boat races known simply as the 'Bridge to Bridge' disrupt the peace in spectacular fashion. These events held in November and May each year attract contestants from all over the world to compete in races that start from the Hawkesbury River Bridge, Brooklyn and finish at the Hawkesbury River Bridge, Windsor some 110 kilometres upriver.

Experience Hawkesbury Boating/River Activities

The river trade on the Hawkesbury River was of great significance to the early growth of Sydney and played an essential role in the lives of settlers along the river for 150 years. Ask anyone in Sydney today what they know about the Hawkesbury region and it will be the great Hawkesbury River and school holidays spent water skiing! But there is so much more than just water skiing and fishing!

Surrounded by National Parks, dotted with secluded river communities, the Hawkesbury River is navigable for over 100 kilometres with 1100 kilometres of foreshore fringe. You could cruise and explore these waters for weeks and still not see it all. Spend a peaceful overnight anchorage in a hired boat or a waterfront house and wake up to the call of Kookaburras, Whip Birds, Sea Eagles and the lapping of the tides.


Experience the many moods of the Hawkesbury and Colo Rivers on a cruise – morning tea cruises, evening sunset and cocktail cruises, historical cruises, or just plain relaxing and sight seeing along the fantastic shores of the Hawkesbury.


Or do it yourself on a house boat. Set you own itinerary and be your own captain! The Hawkesbury region boasts more than 5 houseboat operators offering boats with berths from 2 to 12 people. Great for family holidays or even for a group of friends. The Hawkesbury is a safe and scenic spot for a houseboat holiday.


This popular tour is now operating on a new boat with a new company! Hawkesbury Cruises has warmly welcomed cruisers young and young-at-heart since 2001, specialising in Seniors' travel. Our coffee is real, our tea is hot, and our famous ANZAC biscuits are home-made daily to Grandma's recipe!


Sitting back, with the magnificent scenery of the Hawkesbury Valley around you – you could be a million miles from anywhere! Whether it be from the river bank or from a boat, the Hawkesbury has abundant fish life – from mullet to flounder, flat head to snapper – an anglers dream!

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