The Boathouse, Brooklyn NSW

by Thursday, June 2, 2016

If you’ve ever driven north of Sydney and crossed the Hawkesbury River, at Brooklyn, you would have witnessed the beauty of this area…

Sparkling waters, lots of bush and a sprinkling of islands. Maybe you’ve thought you would like to go there one day.

I took the exit off the F3 into the hamlet of Brooklyn for fish and chips at JJ’s Café. I’d been there before and was ready to go again! You can also buy oysters straight from the shucker!

Brooklyn is the launch point for a Hawkesbury River holiday. There are loads of places to rent for the weekend and it’s the ideal spot for a family break or a romantic getaway.

For something a little more out of the way, I headed to Little Wobby Beach – a tiny community opposite Brooklyn and Dangar Island. It has around one hundred homes and weekenders clinging to a sandstone outcrop.

I’d been to The Boathouse around ten years ago and wanted to check it out again as the venue for a future Rowntree family get-together. It still ticks all of the boxes.

The Boathouse Brooklyn

The six bedroom, tri-level waterfront house was built in 1987 and comfortably sleeps twelve guests. Each room has a spa bath, the kitchen is large enough to cater for hungry hordes and if you want a real break, some of Sydney’s best seafood can be delivered to the door by Life Boat Seafood. However, if you’ve had some luck with the fishing line, there is a barbecue.

There are two decks, an indoor pool and spa and another spa on the roof. Relax in the library or have a game of billiards.

While it’s part of the mainland, Little Wobby has no vehicle access. There are water taxis and The Boathouse has a mooring.


Find out more about this little gem here.


Brooklyn, on the edge of the Hawkesbury River.