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    I can offer no advice. However have a awesome time and please post up a few photos. Especially if you manage to catch a fish or two.
    The only thing better than fishing... is catching a fish...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rags View Post
    What a great adventure your going to have. The Hawkesbury is a huge river system with plenty to explore. It is a river system that has plenty of history back to the first fleet and settlement days.

    It can be broken into many parts, including downstream from the F3 Bridge where you have the Coal n candle creek area, bobbin head, and out to Broken Bay and Pittwater and Brisbane Waters. You will have a navigational limit downstream around West Head and Patonga line. Then you can travel upstream to Wiseman ferry and the Berowa creek area.Again I think there will be a navigational limit to Wiseman or maybe Sackville Reach. These navigational limits will be placed by the hire company.

    if your trip overlaps a weekend then I would suggest maybe avoiding the wiseman end on the weekend as that is when the ski boats come out, with mid week being more pleasant. Downstream tends to be more fishing boats and motor cruisers

    I never really fished much on the river but spent many days doing plumbing work on river properties including spending 18 months on Milson Island when converted to a Sport n Rec camp, and 18 mths working on a sewer program around Brooklyn and Danger Island and 2 years working on the Wiseman Ferry country retreat. I have such a love of the river that along with my brother we have a river property at Wiseman Ferry. I guess for me part of this comes from being descendants to the first fleet and my mothers family having a land grant at Laughtondale and grandfather having a property on the Colo River

    In the Milson Island passage there is an old naval ship wreck HMAS Parramatta which is meant to be good fishing.
    Upstream to Wiseman Ferry and Sackville is nice travelling and gives a perspective of how the river gives way from broad sections of river to sandstone cliff faced river. Another novel thing to do is to stop at the Spencer Village store for a long neck under the tree. Wiseman's Ferry hotel is a nice spot to get a feed. There is a public wharf but I'm not sure on the stopping arrangements.

    It would be a great trip if after you get of the boat and you could then explore the areas along the river in the 4wd, particularly upstream. Enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rags View Post
    . I guess for me part of this comes from being descendants to the first fleet and my mothers family having a land grant at Laughtondale and grandfather having a property on the Colo River

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    I too have ties to the 1st fleet. My ancestor helped discover the Hawkesbury and is buried at Wisemans cemetery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rags View Post
    What a great adventure your going to have. The Hawkesbury is a huge river system with plenty to explore. It is a river system that has plenty of history back to the first fleet and settlement days.

    It can be broken into many parts, including downstream from the F3 Bridge where you have the Coal n candle creek area, bobbin head, and out to Broken Bay and Pittwater and Brisbane Waters. You will have a navigational limit downstream around West Head and Patonga line. Then you can travel upstream to Wiseman ferry and the Berowa creek area.Again I think there will be a navigational limit to Wiseman or maybe Sackville Reach. These navigational limits will be placed by the hire company.

    if your trip overlaps a weekend then I would suggest maybe avoiding the wiseman end on the weekend as that is when the ski boats come out, with mid week being more pleasant. Downstream tends to be more fishing boats and motor cruisers

    I never really fished much on the river but spent many days doing plumbing work on river properties including spending 18 months on Milson Island when converted to a Sport n Rec camp, and 18 mths working on a sewer program around Brooklyn and Danger Island and 2 years working on the Wiseman Ferry country retreat. I have such a love of the river that along with my brother we have a river property at Wiseman Ferry. I guess for me part of this comes from being descendants to the first fleet and my mothers family having a land grant at Laughtondale and grandfather having a property on the Colo River

    In the Milson Island passage there is an old naval ship wreck HMAS Parramatta which is meant to be good fishing.
    Upstream to Wiseman Ferry and Sackville is nice travelling and gives a perspective of how the river gives way from broad sections of river to sandstone cliff faced river. Another novel thing to do is to stop at the Spencer Village store for a long neck under the tree. Wiseman's Ferry hotel is a nice spot to get a feed. There is a public wharf but I'm not sure on the stopping arrangements.

    It would be a great trip if after you get of the boat and you could then explore the areas along the river in the 4wd, particularly upstream. Enjoy.
    Agree with Pacs about the cold one at Spencer. We had a weekend getaway on the Hawkesbury over 10 years ago at a waterside property nearby (I think it was called Oxley's Boatshed) and we took a tinnie ride up to the Spencer Village jetty one day. It really is a great place to sit and have a picnic. Quiet and relaxed with great views. So good in fact I bought a stubby holder with the Spencer village on it
    So much to see, so little time.......

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