Hawkesbury River, New South Wales

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The Hawkesbury River (also Hawkesbury-Nepean River), is a semi–mature tide dominated drowned valley estuary located to the west and north of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The Hawkesbury River and its associated main tributary, the Nepean River, almost encircles 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 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, that 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.
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  • An easy drive from Sydney and worth a visit is Wisemen's Ferry. Little pocket places to stop by, pick up car ferry across the Hawksberry River. Calm, peaceful surrounds.  more »
  • This magnificent river is the perfect place for water sports, fishing or just enjoying a coffee on the banks of the river. Stopped off on the way back from the Hunter Valley to enjoy the peace and...  more »
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