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.

Bird feeding at Chantal’s

Chantal’s home is on the Hawkesbury River waterfront and on the edge of National Parks. So there is a very wide range of spectacular birds to feed each day.

Hand feed native birds, hopefully you will feed the most beautiful King Parrots and lots of other native birds.

Delicious French inspired barbecue, best quality wine and beer.

Chantal provides an entertaining and fun experience

Gourmet lunches (extras)

Next is your optional French inspired gourmet barbecue or fresh Hawkesbury seafood surrounded by natural bushland, near the local, hidden spectacular beaches. Any tours with lunch we will also include a complimentary extra hour to the tour. You will have a choice of eating on the BBQ boat, at a secret picnic spot only accessible by boat or at Chantal’s home with stunning views across the bay. All lunches are lovingly prepared for your tour and we welcome your input on the menu to make it exactly what you are after.

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BBQ Lunch

Sample menu (menu can be adjusted):
$ 35 Per Person
  • Includes:
  • Gourmet sausages.
  • Cooked on the boat or in secret picnic spots only accessible by boat.

Gourmet BBQ Lunch

Sample menu (menu can be adjusted):
$ 90 Per Person
  • Includes:
  • Homemade Dips
  • Trout fillet bathed in olive oil, lemon and parsley
  • Marinated lamb cutlets
  • A french "Salade de tomates"
  • A french "Salade Verde"
  • A particularly special creamed dill potato salad.
  • A cheese platter and fruit of the season.

Seafood platter

Fresh local supply when available
$ 120 Per Person
  • Includes
  • 1 Doz local Sydney rock oysters
  • 1/2 a kilo of local prawns
  • A homemade smoked salmon
  • Dip and crackers.

Indigenous experience

$ 90 Per Person
  • Includes
  • Kangaroo Casserole
  • Wattle seed damper

Contact Chantal

Please phone or leave an email message below. Reservation essential!

Telephone: 02 9456 4811