McKell Park, Hawksbury River 

We set out to find ducks and didn’t see a single one, a pelican in the distance, some seagulls and dogs but no ducks. Carrying our duck food ( as I now know ducks should not eat bread).
SIDEBAR: ducks should be fed fruit and veg (click here for a link on what you can feed them). 

For starters we headed north on Pacific Highway and then onto the Pacific Motorway just aiming blindly for Brooklyn on the Hawsbury. 

I now know Brooklyn is a little town on the Hawksbury River, with a school, fire station and train station (food places and houses too). 

I also know you can’t put a town’s name in your GPS and expect to find a duck. In hindsight it was a ridiculous move. 

So, anyway, we landed up in Brooklyn, beyond the town, past the train station and marina in McKell Park. And in the words of my 3 year old ‘we went the wrong way for ducks but still had fun’. 

The above pin shows exactly where we landed up in relation to the M1, Brooklyn and the river. For a GPS address you could use Mckell Park, 23–25 Karoola Street, Brooklyn NSW 2083, Australia. The other alternative is to take the train from Hornsby to the Hawkesbury Station, it’s only a 25 minute trip (one way from Hornsby).

We wandered out from the Park carpark and found a little walkway, a short walk and we had found the Hawkesbury Baths, an enclosed swimming area. The kids both played on the sand and in the water despite it being Autumn. 

Right in front of the car park is a little playground with a fishing / boating theme. As we were the only people there we spent an hour playing on the slides and the climbing ropes. Against the backdrop of the river spending time at the playground was so peaceful even with two crazy kids and two bush turkeys in a tree (those things are so strange!! The turkeys not my kids). The views are magnificent and with the odd Pelican popping in for a visit, you feel like you’re in a different world. 

A little further on there are some picnic benches and bathrooms so you could really set up for a morning or afternoon and be quite comfortable. 
The town itself has a few fish and chips shops, a cafe and general store within walking distance from the station. 

We’re going back, on the train, with dad to explore a bit more. Maybe a walk to the heads, a visit to the Pelicans at Parsley Bay, who knows maybe we’ll even stumble across some ducks. 


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