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Published April 23rd 2014
A lovely historical town to picnic
Located 75 kilometers northwest of Sydney, Wiseman's Ferry makes for a great picnic, barbecue spot or romantic day out for a retreat- one of my favourites. The river town is situated at the heart of the Hawkesbury River, where it is surrounded by National Parks including Yengo, Cattai, Dharug and Marramarra. It is a beautifully, scenic drive along old Northern road towards Wisemans Ferry with rural cottages contrasting with mansions.
Interestingly, the town was named after Solomon Wiseman, a former convict, who received a land grant from Governor Macquarie in 1817. Wiseman built the first ferry across the Hawkesbury River to supply convicts at the time, which they were building the Great North road. The town's abundant Aboriginal and European history adds to its unique charm and cultural heritage.
You'll find something to do for everyone at Wiseman's Ferry ranging from canoeing in the river, hiring a boat, bush walking along one of the trails, exploring the national parks, the markets and river recreation.
There is one main street in there town centre with restaurants and pubs and although there isn't a great variety to choose from, you can still enjoy a lovely lunch with family or friends.. Alternatively, you could choose to picnic in the park instead and barbecue your own food. There's also a small ice cream parlour at one end of the street to enjoy after a hot day in the sun.
For Sydneysiders especially, you'll love this little retreat so close to home, where you can escape the busyness and mayhem of the city and enjoy a day outdoors not too far from home. It is especially beautiful and picturesque in autumn as the leaves turn colourful with the seasons. If you choose to stay over there are also a range of accommodation available. Enjoy.