Poppy and I took a drive to Patonga last week. This was a favourite place to bring the kids for fish and chips when they were little.
It sits on a small level area within Brisbane National Park. The Hawkesbury River flows into Brisk Bay and you can see out to Lion Island and Pittwater and Palm Beach in the distance.
There is a camp ground with all the amenities. It sits on Patonga Creek and there are lots of activities for visitors. You can kayak, fish and swim and walk along the beach to the little township and enjoy fish and chips or a relaxing beer at the pub.
Click here for further details for camping. It is very busy during school holidays and long weekends. It was quite busy for a week day in the middle of winter. But it is a terrific spot.
Patonga is the entrance to the Hawkesbury River. It also has a regular ferry that runs between Patonga and Palm Beach.
Patonga is wonderful destination. It has a feeling of isolation despite the proximity to Sydney and the large numbers of people who come through. You will notice more cars than people and that’s speaks to the popularity of the ferry service.
It is surrounded by Brisbane Waters National Park and you can walk to the lookout at Warrah headland. You can see to Palm Beach and the lighthouse at Pittwater and watch all the boats in the Hawkesbury River.
The National Parks site highlights some of the wonderful walks you can do.
Wonderful Wild Flowers
In late winter and spring and early summer the wild flower put on a wonderful display. Take a walk amongst the Boronia’s, Waratahs Grevilleas and Flannel Flowers. The Scribbly Gums are abundant with their signature scribbles on their bark. Watch the landscape change from coastal heathland to forest.
Patonga – a truly remarkable place.