Category Archives: fishing

The Serenity Of The River

This photo from the State Library says it all.The seated man in the foreground with a boat down behind him adds a certain focus but the water dominates the scene and holds your attention fully.

Cowan Creek with man in foreground           Photograph courtesy of NSW State Library C1900

Cowan Creek with man in foreground Photograph courtesy of NSW State Library C1900

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Fishing At Berowra Waters

Image Courtesy of The Past Present

Image Courtesy of The Past Present

The image above is an idyllic view of Berowra, a place of fun, leisure and relaxation. In the foreground, a man enjoys a day on the water, casting his line and waiting to see what bites. Fishing has long been a popular pastime at Berowra though, and drew crowds from the city on a regular basis to try their luck. In fact, so popular were Berowra and Cowan Creeks that they were regularly mentioned in fishing reports in newspapers, including papers like the Sydney Morning Herald!

Do you have memories of fishing at Berowra or Cowan Creek – or perhaps a story about the one that got away? We would love to hear your memories!


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The World Might Not Be Your Oyster But Berowra Is

Image circa 1920-1930

Image circa 1920-1930

Today, many people know the Brooklyn area, and the Hawkesbury River as oyster farming areas and most realise that there is a long history behind the oyster leases, though today this history is under threat due to disease. Oysters remain a popular seafood though, and the oysters grown in the Hawkesbury area have long been known for their quality and flavour.

Most do not realise however that once, Berowra was also known for its oysters. People came from far and wide to collect the oysters growing wild in and around Berowra Creek and, of course, it was not long before people started to grow them commercially. There were several oyster leases being tended at Berowra Creek from the late 19th century well into the 20th century. The image above, of a Hawkesbury River oyster farmer and his oysters, gives an idea of the way oysters used to be farmed in the Hawkesbury/Berowra area.


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A Not So Familiar View!

The Ferry Ramp circa 1930
Image courtesy of Mrs Shackleton

This view shows a location which both residents of and visitors to Berowra will be familiar with, the entrance ramp to the ferry at Berowra Waters, on Berowra Waters Road (Berowra side). Today, this is a carefully maintained, sealed, road with boom gates to ensure people don’t accidentally end up in our beautiful river before the mechanised ferry arrives. In the past though, this was a narrow, rough dirt road, strewn with rocks. You can even see the ‘hand crank’ for the old hand wound ferry which was then in operation!

A fascinating yesteryear glimpse of a place we all know and love!


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A Memorable Fishing Trip

Fishing has been a popular recreational pursuit in Berowra for many years. There is even ample evidence that the area of Berowra Waters was used for catching fish and collecting oysters by the Aborigines, with midden deposits common and engravings of fish to be found by those who keep an eye out! In the days when Berowra Waters was a popular tourist area, fishing was one of the many activities which was catered for, with boats of people taken out to try their luck.

Peter Huett, who lived and worked on Berowra Waters recalls a character from Berowra’s past, and the memorable fishing trip he once treated his customers to:


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