Hawkesbury River, Brooklyn

#79 of 308 in Nature in New South Wales
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The Hawkesbury River, or Hawkesbury-Nepean River, is a river located northwest of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The Hawkesbury River and its associated main tributary, the Nepean River, almost encircle the metropolitan region of Sydney.

The Hawkesbury River has its origin at the confluence of the Nepean River and the Grose River, to the north of Penrith and travels for approximately 120 kilometres (75 mi) in a north–easterly and then a south–easterly direction to its mouth at Broken Bay, about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from the Tasman Sea. The Hawkesbury River is the main tributary of Broken Bay. Secondary tributaries include Brisbane Water and Pittwater, which, together with the Hawkesbury River, flow into Broken Bay and thence into the Tasman Sea north of Barrenjoey Head.

The total catchment area of the river is approximately 21,624 square kilometres (8,349 sq mi) and the area is generally administered by the Hawkesbury–Nepean Catchment Management Authority.

The land adjacent to the Hawkesbury River was occupied by Aboriginal peoples: the Darkinjung, Darug, Eora, and Kuringgai. They used the river as a source of food and a place for trade. In the languages of the traditional custodians the river is Deerubben or Dyarubbin.
In March 2021, the river level rose, and many areas were flooded as part of the March 2021 Australian floods.
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  • We chartered the Capricorn from Luxury Afloat with a group of 6 (3 couples) for a long weekend and would like to share our experience so you get a better picture on what to expect. In a nutshell...  more »
  • We spent two weeks on the Donald Bradman, from luxury afloat, what an amazing experience. It was a privilege to cruise the Hawkesbury river, such amazing water ways. To visit the site of the draft...  more »
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