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Published September 4th 2012
Imagine a romantic picnic spot: there should be great views close to water and open grassy spaces. As voted by a major Sydney radio station, Wisemans Ferry Park is the best park in Sydney. It is a haven of natural wonders combined with historic heritages. It is located on the bend of Macdonald river and Hawkesbury river at the historic Wisemans Ferry village, a comfortable two hours' scenic country drive from Sydney.
The Wisemans Ferry Park bears the name of Solomon Wiseman, a convict sent to the colony in 1806. He was granted permission to operate a ferry at the river crossing. The park has all necessary facilities for your comfort including gas and wood BBQ facilities (bring your own wood), two picnic pavilions with eight tables and 16 bench chairs, a public toilet and a kiosk nearby. The Wisemans Ferry is just across the road from the picnic pavilions. There are also plenty off street parking spots along the Old Northern Rd. Dogs on leash are permitted in the park.
After the picnic, enjoy a heritage walk through the little village, encountering the profusion of art deco and heritage buildings that reflect the village's development. There is a little art gallery called The Ferry Artists. It has a collection of unique art work from local artists ranging from oil painting, watercolours, sculpture and pottery to fibre crafts and jewellery. The gallery is located inside the Wiseman Ferry Local Supermarket building complex. It is open from 10:00am - 4:00pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
For the bushwalking lovers, you can take the ferry across the river and drive about 15 minutes and turn left near the Mill Creek picnic and camping area. You will see the information board with the maps of two choices of walking track at Dharug National Park: The Grass Tree Circuit Track is comprised of a 1.5km walking track and an 11km walking track. For a relaxing family day out, I would suggest the 1.5km track where you can take delight in the peaceful forest surroundings with plenty local wildflowers at blossom in spring and summer time.
If you still have plenty time to discover the Wisemans Ferry village, on your way back home, you can drive along the Old Northern Rd on its western side, you will see the sign of the Hawkings Lookout. It offers a bird's-eye view of Hawkesbury River. Further up on the same road and right onto Singleton Rd, you can find the Watkin Orchard, where you can pick your own mandarins and oranges. Please call the orchard on (02)45663107 for more details.
The Wisemans Ferry village belongs to The Hills Shire region. Please visit its website for more information.
went there on the weekend! great spot and most surprising at little local shops found a gallery selling awesome handmade jewellery, great fun sculptures, lovely colourful paintings...a feast for the eyes and good on the hip pocket too. great day, fab weather, divine necklace that i bought!