Australia’s last remaining riverboat postman service cruises along the Hawkesbury River delivering post and essentials to isolated communities living along the watercourse. The old timber ferry allows guests on board to witness the bread and milk run, which is a great way to experience the old charms of yesteryear and understand how life was lived in the 1800s. River courses were major transportation routes in days gone by and if you sit back and listen to the commentary you’ll learn more than you think.The host himself, referred to as “Postie”, tells the odd yarn and paints a great picture of the past as you stare out towards the neighbouring Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Operating six days a week, it’s recommended to reserve a seat and expect to pay $45 per head (which includes lunch and the 3.5-hour adventure – bargain).
“GET COSY AND ENJOY THIS TOUR THAT TAKES IN ONE OF THE MOST ROMANTIC WATERWAYS.” – Catriona Rowntree
From a scenic point of view, the postman tour gets a huge thumbs up: wide waterways, little inlets and lagoons, privately owned boats anchored along the riverbanks and houseboats meandering slowly alongside.
WHERE // Hawkesbury River, NSW. Board a train in Sydney, hop off in Brooklyn, walk a metre or two and jump in the riverboat (which is literally across the way) – and let the unique quest unfold from there. Contact the postman to arrange your trip on 02 9985 7566
DID YOU KNOW? // In the 19th Century, the Hawkesbury River was used as the main transportation route for ferrying food from western Sydney to the city.