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Published January 17th 2018
Best mailman's job in the world
Brooklyn Wharf, The Riverboat Postman
"Only an hour north of Sydney and about a hundred years behind the times!" That's what the promos say for this entertaining and educational half-day trip about mid-way between Sydney and the NSW Central Coast.
Ticket Office - Make sure you call and book ahead
The famous Riverboat Postman started running in 1910 and continues to cruise the Hawkesbury River, delivering mail and other provisions like the odd bottle of whiskey or rum to the river-access-only settlements upriver from Brooklyn.
Now a week-day tourist attraction, as well as a delivery service, the Riverboat Postman departs the Brooklyn Public Wharf right next to the Railway Station at 10am and commences her (because she's a boat!) deliveries to Danger Island, Kangaroo Point, Milson's Island, Bar Point, Marlow Creek, Fisherman's Point and Milson's Passage, and returns to Brooklyn by about 1:15pm. These times work in well with both the Sydney-bound and Northbound trains.
From the moment you arrive in Brooklyn, you're in the mood for what promises to be a fun day. You will have booked ahead by calling, texting or emailing, so all you need to do is check-in at the Nautical Shed at the wharf and pay for your ticket. You can't miss it. As soon as you turn the corner, you know you're in the right place.
It's a well-orchestrated yet relaxed day. Tea, coffee, and Anzac cookies are served moments after you depart the wharf. There's a self-service water cooler at the bar, and soft drinks and alcohol are available for purchase at very reasonable prices.
The entertaining and informative commentary begins almost immediately and continues, intermittently, throughout the 3 hour, 15 minute cruise. There's plenty of opportunity for conversation, relaxing, and taking photos, and for a visit to the wheelhouse to chat with the skipper.
The Skipper is the Master of interesting Commentary
The scenery and points of interest change along the way. Boats range from cruisers to yachts and dinghies; residences could be shacks, cottages or beach-house style. Dangar island has a cafe and is a good stopping off point to explore and catch the next ferry. Other islands are purely residential. The Hawkesbury was well known for oyster farming but, at the time of writing this article, is struggling to survive due to viruses that have devastated the industry.
Lunch is served around midday. We were pleasantly surprised by just how fresh and healthy it is, consisting of an Aussie Ploughman's plate with shaved ham, tasty cheese, tomato, cucumber, shredded carrot, mixed lettuce, pickled onions, fresh Turkish Bread roll, mustard pickles, and fruit chutney, butter & salad dressing. Those who have special dietary needs are easily catered for.
Returning to Brooklyn Public Wharf
With lunch, cruising and commentary almost over, a nice finishing touch is the individually wrapped chocolates brought to your table and the offering of more tea and coffee, all of which are consumed prior to docking at Brooklyn Wharf.
Local Pharmacy, Pelicans attracted by fish being cleaned, Signs below the Railway Station, near the wharf