Happy 2018!

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Location: Hawkesbury River, NSW, Australia

Summer has well and truly landed Down Under. As the temperature reaches 30°C, many flock to Australia’s favourite outdoor spots – from the beach to the river – to socialise, sunbath and have a cool splash after the heat gets too much.

Recently, I was invited to a close friend’s birthday party on a boat on the Hawkesbury River located to the west and north of Sydney.

After 1.5 hours drive from the city, we arrived at the public wharf on Wiseman Ferry Road, Spencer, NSW. John was already waiting in a dinghy to take us to the boat that he and his girlfriend hired for the weekend. He made two trips to get all of us and the day’s supplies (sausages, salads, fruits and drinks) on board the ‘Aquarius’.

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4 out of 8 on the Aquarius

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It was a beautiful morning. The skies were blue and the sun was hiding, although only briefly, behind patches of soft, white clouds. No sign of the rain that fell in the area earlier that morning. We could not have asked for a better weather.

“Guys, where should we go?”

The landscape around us was spectacular. We were surrounded by national parks and nature reserves.

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As we made our way to Refuge Bay located to the south and east of Spencer, we passed under the Peats Ferry Bridge, and watched seaplane landed gracefully on the river.

With 2 hours to kill before we arrived at the bay, we got busy. Four of us took part in the ‘duck float blowing’ challenge. We randomly picked different sections of a giant duck float, and I happened to pick the biggest part of all – its body.

At Refuge Bay, we chose a shady-ish mooring spot. Peter bravely volunteered to be the moor-er.

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It takes a village to moor a boat!

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Once the Aquarius was safely moored, we prepared lunch. In a true Aussie tradition, sausages were on the menu. John, Ben and Peter took turn on the bbq.

img_6809I prepared a jug of lime and mint mojito and a bowl of berries topped with whipped cream.

After lunch, it was time to cool down. We jumped into the water with the duck float. The water was super cool and, to my surprise, salty.

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Cooling down with a mojito

At about 3 pm, we headed back to Spencer. We were a little burnt from the sun, but that did not take away our smiles. We had a great time partying and enjoying each other’s company on the Hawkesbury River. What a cracking day it was!

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Smiles all around!

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28 thoughts on “Party on the Hawkesbury

  1. What a lovely way to spend a birthday with friends. Cooking on the boat must have been fun. It is good to read about summers in Australia while we in the Northern hemisphere are enjoying the winters.

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    1. We’re the complete opposite here, weather-wise. It’s almost 40 degrees celsius today. You should definitely come and visit Australia. There’s plenty of sunny days and nature reserves too.

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  2. I can’t believe it – I heard that it was 47 in Sydney today – absolutely insane even for Aus summer!! So I can totally see how a boat on the Hawkesbury River would be an amazing way to spend a day. Haha love the giant duck float!! A BBQ moored at Refuge Bay sounds lovely. Glad you had a fabulous day!

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  3. I would love to have a birthday party like that! Seems like you guys had a lot of fun! The menu for the day sounded yummy also! I have always wanted to go to Ausralia and articles like this just make me more eager!

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  4. New years in summer must be so cool. Looks like a fun gathering. for the birthday, so enjoyable and so memorable. The aircraft landing was so smooth. Well taken video.

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