Around 1 hour from Sydney and Central Coast is a gorgeous and recently renovated, comfortable cottage with 3 double bedrooms, sleeping 6 adults or 4 adults with 3 children.
The main bedroom has a queen bed. The second bedroom has a tri-bunk with double down and single up. A third bedroom is located in a seperate studio accessed via the covered deck.
There is fantastic large living and dining spaces, a modern bathroom and a country style kitchen.
It is furnished with an eclectic mix of lounges and chairs and the dining area features a kauri pine table and benches from yesteryear.
The cottage sits on a beautiful riverside block, which attracts local birdlife. A sound and solid jetty takes you through the mangroves to the wide and picturesque river, where you can canoe, boat, fish and swim.
The river is tidal, so the best water activities take place at high tide. Low tide presents amazing opportunities to observe water birds, jumping fish and of course you can set a crab trap or two.
There is a Canadian canoe for use (bring your own life-jackets to suit the size of canoeists).
The house has a slow combustion heater for the winter and air-conditioning and ceiling fans for the warmer months. Wood is provided.
There is a pretty gazebo to take tea in and there are front and back decks to laze upon.
Wi-fi is available.
The house relies on tank-water for bathing and dishwashing and a septic sewer system. Drinking water is provided in large containers. Please note the house is not suitable for large numbers of people or parties, as water and sewerage must be carefully managed.
Small children must be watched at all times, especially around the river, however the front yard is fenced.
As with all country locations, flora and fauna must be respected.
Pets are ok provided they are clean and you pick up after them.
No linen is provided - bring your own towels, sheets and tea-towels.There is no washing machine.
Mobile phone coverage is varied. Telstra is better.
The Surrounding Areas
Wisemans Ferry includes a number of small hamlets - Gunderman (where the house is located), Spencer, Mangrove Mountain, St Albans and the MacDonald Valley all offer unique attractions.
Take a short trip to Spencer for breakfast at the general store, or sip on a beer under the hotel tree. If you love wildlife or history, there are several bush walks along convict built roads. If you have children studying Australian history, take them to see the convict constructed buttress walls on the Great North Road, or if it's biology year, show them the Hawkesbury River ecosystem, with its huge sandstone cliffs, river flats, mangrove stands and the winding river which was used to carry grain from the Hunter Valley to the sea at Brooklyn.
Wisemans Ferry township has several great eateries, from the famous hotel established by Solomon Wiseman, to the cafes and the Riverbend Restaurant in the golf club. Play a round of golf, have a drink at the pub and sample great food.There is a post office, a bowling club, petrol station, supermarket, tennis courts and an oval.
Life is relaxed around Wisemans and it's easy to while away many hours sitting at the end of the jetty watching the boats, birds and fish go by.
Boating and Fishing
The Hawkesbury is a fabulous boating and fishing waterway. There are boat ramps at Wisemans Ferry and Spencer.
The river is home to many species of fish, and it's common to catch Bream, Flathead and the odd Mulloway. Crabs are plentiful and can be caught with simple traps baited with a tin of cat-food.
The river is home to fleets of house boats, speed boats towing skiers, tinnies, canoes and kayaks and of course cruisers.
The river adjacent to the house is pretty tidal. At peak high tide times (Easter and Christmas), the jetty sits just above the water line and at very low tide periods, there is a good stretch of mud-flat between the jetty and the waterline.
The jetty is suitable for small craft only. It's not suitable for cruisers or boats with large drafts or to tie up to for long periods.