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Berowra Waters Day Trip

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Published September 11th 2015
Relax Away the Day
Berowra Waters is a glorious, somewhat overlooked part of Sydney. It is located on the fringe of the Sydney region, about 40 kilometres from the CBD. It is surrounded by beautiful bushland - primarily Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and Berowra Valley Regional Park. To further add to its glory the Hawkesbury River also winds its way through the area.

We started out our day by checking out Barnetts Lookout. Barnetts Lookout is located in Barnetts Road, Berowra Heights and provides an awe inspiring view of Berowra Waters and the surrounding area. There is a playground here and some picnic tables. It provides a great start to the day - and a wonderful view of the destination!

Barnetts Lookout Berowra
Wonderful, inspiring view

After Barnetts Lookout, to get to Berowra Waters, you will wind your way down Berowra Waters Road. This is a fairly windy, steep road with some hair pin corners. It is quite narrow, but we managed to navigate it without any problems.

At the end of Berowra Waters Road you will head on over the river on the car ferry. The ferry is free and runs 24 hours, 7 days a week (other than on the second Tuesday of each month from 12.00pm to 14.30pm). Once off the Ferry you will travel just a short while and then turn right into the carpark of Furber Recreation Reserve. There is a lot of parking here, with dedicated parking for boat trailers.

The Reserve is smaller than I thought it would be, but offers all you need. For starters there is a great enclosed, playground for the little ones. It is marine themed and the equipment is new, clean and well maintained.

Berowra Waters Playground
Marine themed playground

Right next to the playground is a grassy area - perfect for picnics. The area is adjacent to the water so you can set up the picnic rug and gaze out over the river. There are electric BBQ's available as well as toilets, picnic tables, bins and a bubbler. We had a lovely time here, just relaxing by the water watching the boats and the birds.

Berowra Waters picnic spot
Relax and enjoy the view

If you didn't bring picnic supplies don't panic as you can get fish and chips from Berowra Waters Fish Cafe or there is a shop that sells many provisions, as well as beer and wine! You can also stock up on gas, fishing supplies and ice here.

If you would prefer to eat in, then the Cafe also provides an eat in option, with lovely views over the river, or the Berowra Waterview Restaurant offers an amazing seafood buffet.

There is also a highly acclaimed cafe on the other side of the river, A Chefs Secrets. which also runs cooking classes. Also on this side of the river you can get a private ferry to the famous Berowra Waters Inn.

A Chef's Secrets cafe
Wonderful deck at A Chef's Secret

Of course there are also some great water activity options - why not hire a BBQ Boat or canopy aluminium boat. You could also cruise the waterways in a single or double kayak. There are a couple of boat hire options, more details here. Or if you are one of the lucky few, there is a boat ramp to launch your own vessel.

Berowra Waters boat ramp
Launch off for a day of fishing and relaxing

Being on the water will give you the chance to get up and close with bird and marine life and do a spot of fishing. Whilst we did not hire a boat on this occasion, we did spot a lovely duck family.

Berowra Waters ducks
A friendly duck family

There is also a short, paved walk that takes you along the carpark and up through the mangroves.

Berowra Waters walkway
Paved walkway which runs along the mangroves

To get to Berowra take the F3 north of Sydney and jump off at the Berowra Exit. It is well signed to Berowra Waters. You can also get here (or home) via Galston Gorge.

If you head here on the first or third Sunday of the month, make sure you check out the Berowra Fine Food and Handicraft Markets.

I hope you have a wonderful day exploring this special place.
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Why? Relaxing day trip with food, ferry, water and views
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Where: Berowra Waters
Cost: Free
Your Comment
It's lovely up in that area. I have had the fish and chips there as well. Lots of wildlife and gorgeous water views:)
by Maria M (score: 2|661) 2322 days ago
Beautiful scenic photos; what a great spot for getting away from it all!
by Kristin Ravelle (score: 2|304) 2321 days ago
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