The small town of Brooklyn, with its train station (Hawkesbury River Train Station) is an ideal starting point for a number of kayaking trips – if you have your own kayak. If you are going to use public transport you’ll need an inflatable or collapsible kayak.
How to get there:
Car: To get to Brooklyn by car, head north from the city over the bridge or through the tunnel, and head up the Warringah Freeway. Follow the signs to Epping, through the Lane Cove Tunnel and exit onto Epping Road. Take the exit to Lane Cove Road, onto Ryde Road and then turn left onto the Pacific Highway. Follow the highway for about 5.4 km, and follow the signs onto the F3 freeway. Follow the freeway for 23 km. After crossing the Hawkesbury River follow the signs to Brooklyn.
Train: Take the northern line train and alight at Hawkesbury River Railway Station, and walk to the ferry wharf.
Kayaking Trips From Brooklyn
Brooklyn to Patonga Creek
This longer paddle takes you up into the wild and scenic Patonga Creek. Be aware of the sand bar in certain conditions when entering the creek. Patonga Creek is beautiful for calm kayaking – there something around every corner, such as mangroves, wildlife, and an old ferry wreck. 21km return.
Brooklyn to Wondabyne
A paddle between two train stations on the river. The paddle also takes you past Dangar Island. Finish at Wondabyne Train Station. 8.5 km
Brooklyn to Gunyah Beach
Nice easy paddle. Paddle under imposing Eagle Rock overhang, and then stop at Little Gunyah Beach for a picnic and a swim. 6km return.
Broken Bay to Lion Island
A lovely paddle on closed waters (although can feel open in certain weather conditions). There are several secluded beaches along the way to stop at. 18km return.