Hawkesbury River – Travel Log 23

How to introduce this piece of writing? That’s the question I asked myself when I decided it was time to write another blog. Living in Berowra the Hawkesbury River is the nearest body of water to our home. By car it’s only about ten minutes away – if that.

Berowra is a sleepy suburb some 40 kilometres from the centre of Sydney. It is surrounded by bushland and the magnificent Hawkesbury River. The waterway’s origin is in the south near the town of Penrith and meanders lazily for some one hundred and twenty kilometres until it spills out into the Pacific Ocean at Broken Bay.

I first described this in a poem that I wrote in 2011 whilst with the Hawkesbury River Writers. Although I am still a member of the writing group I must be honest I haven’t participated very much recently as my own writing career has picked up momentum with the soon to be published novels under my pen name: Louise Roberts. But I’m digressing here so let’s get back on track. The Hawkesbury River, or as the local Aboriginal Dhurag and Darkinjung people call it Deerubbun:

The Deerubbun - Our Hawkesbury

Copyright © Robert L J Borg 2011

From its origin eleven hundred meters above Penrith

Until it spills out into the sea,

Meandering practically around Sydney heading north,

Is our beautiful Hawkesbury.

Named so by Governor Phillip in June 1789,

For Baron Hawkesbury, Charles Jenkinson, an earl.

To the Dhurag and Darkinjung Aboriginal people,

The river, the Deerubbun, is their joy, their pearl.

From the town of Windsor the river is navigable

No dams or locks block its way,

Only a few bridges cross its banks

And ferries are also used to convey.

For one hundred and twenty kilometres it travels

Capturing numerous tributaries to feed it,

And attracting people to its shores,

Creating settlements well inhabited.

A scattering of islands, large and small,

Decorate and add character to it along the way.

Tidal flows bring life to its depths,

As it rushes into the Pacific at Broken Bay.

Our Hawkesbury is a dream to some,

And magical to many more.

Whether they be fisherman or oyster farmer,

Painter, writer, or movie actor?

From Berowra the fastest way to get to the river is along the M1 motorway. The motorway’s entrance is on the northern exit of the suburb. You can take the slower route by taking the Pacific Highway through the town of Cowan on route to Brooklyn. Stop at the popular Pie in the Sky café and enjoy one [or more] of their first class pies. The view from their grounds is spectacular and is a favourite stop for all type of visitors: motor cycle and sports car enthusiasts, cyclists and you and me. http://pieintheskycowan.com.au/

Until 1884 Brooklyn was known as Peat’s Ferry crossing but was renamed following the registration of the land. Two years later, in January 1886 the Union Bridge Company from New York U.S.A. was awarded the contract to build a railway bridge across the Hawkesbury River.

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Incidentally on 1st May 2014 marks the 125th Anniversary of its opening.

At the time of its construction it was the largest bridge building project in the Southern Hemisphere. It remained in continuous service until it was replaced in 1946 by the current construction. The piers of the original bridge still stand as sentinels – a reminder of years gone-by.

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Activities on and around the Hawkesbury are plentiful: such as the annual event of the Bridge to Bridge water-skiing race from Brooklyn to Windsor; a distance of 112kms. Depending on personal taste other activities include fishing, boating, or walking along the numerous trails. Or you can picnic at the water’s edge with the family or enjoy a meal and a drink at one of the many pubs, restaurants and cafés.

One of our favourites is The Club on the Hawkesbury at Mooney Mooney where you can sit out on their terrace and enjoy first class cuisine overlooking spectacular sandstone cliffs above the tranquil waters. http://www.mooneymooneyclub.com.au/coastal-dining/

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During the week [Monday – Friday] you can take a short cruise with the River Postman as he delivers mail to the communities that have no road access at Dangar Island and Little Wobby Beach. You might want to visit the following website should you want to learn more about the activities planned in celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the railway bridge mentioned above: http://www.dangarislandhistoricalsociety.org

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Hope you are able to visit the area one day as it is certainly worth the trip.

RLB – Tomewriter




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Louise has flown the nest…

Okay I know it sounds weird, but how else can I say it.

My pen name has taken on her own persona – she has her own Twitter account @ LouiseRobertsAu a Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/louise.roberts.14203544 and now her own blog: http://louiserobertsromance.wordpress.com/about/

Now she’s got three novels written and a fourth on the way it’s as though she’s come of age and I feel she doesn’t need me anymore.

Well I say Good Luck and wish her every success…

RLB – Tomewriter

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Read an Ebook Week – Specials for March 2–8 at Smashwords

Thought I would participate in this worthwhile promotion not just because it would give me an opportunity to promote my mum’s book and my ones, but to encourage people to read and to benefit at obtaining e-books at even lower prices than they already are:

So here you are then:

For “A Tangled Web” : https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/255433

Use the code  REW25  at checkout for 25%  off   during our site-wide promotion!

For “Beneath Southern Stars” : https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/211334

Use the code  REW25  at checkout for 25%  off   during our site-wide promotion!

For “Smithy’s War” : https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/263329

Use the code  REW50 at checkout for  50%  off   during our site-wide promotion!

For “To Tell Three Tales” : https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/244165

Use the code  REW50 at checkout for  50%  off   during our site-wide promotion!

For “Poetic Whispers” : https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/273809

Use the code  REW50 at checkout for  50%  off   during our site-wide promotion!

Go on… if you have bought and/or read anything recently why not give these a try?

RLB – Tomewriter

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The Sword and the Rose – To be e-Published April 2014


The Sword and the Rose will be e-published in April 2014 by Secret Cravings Publishing and will be available at Amazon.

Copyright 2013 © Louise Roberts

Brothers, Iago, the Sword, and Ferdinando, the Rose, return from a sea voyage. On their arrival home, Ferdinando proposes marriage to Margherita, who refuses in the hope Iago makes a similar offer. He does not. Instead Iago departs to fight a war. And disappointed Ferdinando travels to Naples to study law.

Margherita is sent to her sister, Isabella, in Valencia. She is introduced to a potential suitor Don Ramón de Cabezon. When her brother, Miguel, arrives to fetch her to Cullera, Ramón kills Miguel.

On Ferdinando’s return to Spain Margherita relents and a romance blooms but she will not commit to marriage until her brother is avenged. Only when Iago comes home that the brothers find justice for Miguel.  During a banquet, Iago announces he will marry Margherita. Ferdinando is enraged leading to an illegal duel. There can only be one winner and victory comes at a very high price…

RLB – Tomewriter


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R O M A N C E always adds a sparkle to life…

2014 has started really well with two of my books being offered contracts by a publisher in the U.S.A.

In April 2014 Secret Cravings Publishing will be releasing a new title by Louise Roberts: the historical romance saga The Sword and the Rose and in June 2014 they will also be releasing by Louise Roberts: the historical romance novella Embrace Amidst Orange Blossoms - both e-books will be available on Amazon.

But wait there’s more… because in October 2014 The Sword and the Rose will also be published by Secret Cravings Publishing  in a print version.

So to celebrate R O M A N C E  during the entire month of February 2014 in recognition of all Romantics and Valentine’s Day, Louise Roberts will be selling her e-book Beneath Southern Stars at 50% off for your enjoyment….

Beneath Southern Stars

To take advantage of this offer, connect up to the following link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/211334 and follow the prompts when you add the e-book to your cart and remembering to type in the coupon code: QG33U before completing the purchase.

Currently a fourth book is being written under the name Louise Roberts – this is a love story set during World War II.

RLB – Tomewriter

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 37 trips to carry that many people.

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It’s Christmas!


After you’ve opened the presents, eaten your fill and you want to relax why not do so with a romantic read…

… As my gift to you this Christmas why not download my romance novel, written in my pen name Louise Roberts, Beneath Southern Stars for free?

Click on the Smashwords Link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/211334  go to cart and enter the coupon code YA74C prior to completing your checkout.

Available formats: epub, mobi, pdf, rtf, lrf, pdb, txt

And if you enjoy reading this story, watch out for the next one by Louise Roberts which is due for publication in early 2014 entitled Embrace Amidst Orange Blossoms.

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year…

Robert L J Borg a.k.a. Louise Roberts


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