AT’s guide to the best cheap accommodation for summer and Christmas holidays


Hawkesbury River

Why do we rate it?
The calm Hawkesbury River is perfect
for summer water sports. And it’s easy on the eye.

Where is it?
From its mouth near Palm Beach, 35km north of Sydney’s CBD, the river circles round to Richmond, north-west of Sydney, where it becomes the Nepean River.

Where to stay
Holiday parks share the riverbank with luxury houses. Waterskiers go for the low-budget places where the focus is on location, not renovations. Rosevale Holiday Park offers modest cottages and campsites on the water, as does Hawkesbury Riverside Tourist Park. Del Rio Resort offers affordable cabins and campsites with a more upmarket edge.

How much is it?
Rosevale Holiday Park in Wisemans Ferry offers riverfront campsites at $16 a night for adults and $8 for kids. One- and two- bedroom units cost $100 for two, $25/$15 per extra adult/child. The large studio is $300 a night for six, but can sleep 12. Hawkesbury Riverside Tourist Park at Pitt Town offers river houses for $220 a night for seven, quality cabins cost $90
for two and campsites cost $30. Del Rio Resort at Webbs Creek family cabins cost $195 a night; campsites are $40 per night.

Book Rosevale by November and you’ll have your pick of waterfront views. Hawkesbury Riverside and Del Rio have good availability in late January.

What to do
Waterskiing, jet-skiing, canoeing, wakeboarding, tubing and rowing. There are barbecue spots at Brooklyn Park and Bobbin Head. Ride the historic Hawkesbury Paddlewheeler for something sedate,
or drive to Palm Beach for surf if you’re feeling active.

Rosevale Holiday Park //
7123 Wisemans Ferry Rd.
(02) 4566 4207;

Hawkesbury Riverside Tourist Park //
505 Pitt Town Bottoms Rd.
(02) 4572 3733;

Del Rio Resort //
Chaseling Rd.
(02) 4566 4330;

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