Hidden Treasure Up the George’s River: Part II

Way back in 2010 I wrote about our first proper adventure up the George’s River. We’re really getting to know and love this stretch of water as it now almost  literally laps on our doorstep. Whilst not as sandy or as clear as the water’s up South West arm, George’s River is a more complex system with many tributaries and creeks to explore. Of these, The Woronora is fast becoming a favourite, not least for the rich diversity of wildlife that calls it home.

Percival

I’ve always thought King Fishers were shy and solitary birds so had to look twice when I saw this fellow dart up onto the phone wires…

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…and then swoop down to join his mates for a chat on the tinny hoist. They are called Sacred Kingfishers and are one of five King Fishers species down here in Aus. I love King Fishers.

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We’ve made a few trips up the Woronora on both of the most recent public holidays; New Year’s Day and Australia Day…

Rhubarb...

Helping Hand

Head of the River

Beach BBQ

River Cottage

Ratty's House

and discovered the charming Woronora Boat Shed and Cafe where we stopped in for Miss One’s first Cornetto on New Year’s Day…

Just one Cornetto

and made a note to return for a proper job brekkie with friends, which we did this Thursday the 26th, to celebrate our collective Aussiness…

The Boat Shed

We had the most relaxing breakfast in the history of breakfasts’ in the company of four under four.  You wouldn’t think this possible so close to the water but the treasure trove of toys and books at the back of the cafe kept ours busy for ages..

Toy Story

..and its generally a pleasant place for boaty types to fossick about and admire..

Mermalaid

collections

..and we weren’t disappointed by the coffee and breakfast, after which we took our little friend for his first tinnie spin back to Oyster Bay. He was well impressed.

It was this big

And finally a few things to consider you’re thinking of heading that way…

  • We launch at Oyster Bay Boat ramp which you can find here at the end of Oyster Bay Road. This is great for small boats on trailers and for all kinds of tinnies. It’s quite shallow and there are very few facilities but this means there are no queues for the ramp and plenty of trailer parking.
  • There are plenty of other places to launch including the ramp at Tom Uglys
  • If you don’t have a tinny you could hire one from Como Marina. These boats go pretty slow (max 10 knots I think) so they can be driven by unlicensed operators. This really  isn’t an issue because much of the river is 4knot and 8 knot no wash zones.
  • If you’re not familiar with it I do recommend having a thorough look at the charts and be aware of the absolute need to stick within the channel as you could come unstuck, well actually get stuck and that’s not fun.
  • Another option is to drive to the Woronora Boat Shed and hire one of their many kyacks and canoes. The perfect way to explore this beautiful stretch of water.
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  1. Hi Charley — What a nice blog you’re putting out here! Enjoyed this post about the George’s River — reminds me of my favorite small-river Eden, the St. Croix River, which separates our states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
    We river people must think alike!

    1. Hi Jeff, Thanks so much for popping by my blog! I’ll have to look up the St Croix. Minnesota has a lots of lakes and rivers doesnt it?

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