The Hawkesbury River and Aboriginal Sites

The Hawkesbury river is the longest coastal river in NSW. It is 120 k long from where the Nepean and Grose river meet the Hawkesbury. 

It was a vital source of water and food for the Aborigines and it was critical for the survival of the early British colony living in Sydney. The Aboriginal name for the Hawkesbury river is Dyarubbin meaning wide deep water.

Spectacular Hawkesbury river scenery and secluded beaches only accessible by boat


Learn the rich history of 50,000 years of Aboriginal living off the land..

Explore aboriginal sites, rock carvings and middens

Visitors embark their vessel at the Berowra Waters Public wharf and the tour begins.

We cruise past Calabash Bay where there are a few famous Aussies living in seclusion. 

This will be followed by a National park area where there is nothing but nature. 

Last bit of civilisation is at Collingridge Point, named after George Collingridge who was one of the first Europeans to have settled here with his wife Lucy.

Visit to Aboriginal site(s) to inspect rock carvings and possibly middens. The Dharug tribe moved into the Hawkesbury area about 50,000 years ago but the population numbers didn’t really develop much until about 4,000 years ago. 

There are thousands of aboriginal middens all along the river – old piles of oyster shells and ash from fires.

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