We celebrated my niece’s birthday with a wonderful cruise on Berowra Creek, which is about one hour drive from Sydney. The cruise took us from the marina at Berowra Waters, along Berowra Creek to the mouth of the Hawkesbury River. We passed by such places as Calabash Bay, Neverfail Bay Cobar Point, Bar Island and Peats Bight.
The vessel we travelled on was the Macquarie Princess, which had an interesting history. Built in 1915, it started life transporting milk on the Nambucca River in northern New South Wales. In the mid 1920’s to mid 1930’s it was used to transport a naval personnel from Balmain to Garden Island on Sydney harbour.
From about the mid 1930’s to 1969 she was used as a Sydney harbour ferry and was able to carry 197 passengers. From then she was used as a ferry in various locations such as Pittwater. From 1980 she was used as a tour vessel on Lake Macquarie, then cruises at Berowra from 1983.
The Macquarie Princess was a very relaxing way to cruise the area, with a friendly crew and simple finger food onboard. It was a lovely way to spend an almost spring day.
The girls who came along to celebrate my niece’s birthday seemed to have a great time. My ears are still ringing - have you heard how loud a group of 12 year old girls can scream?
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