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Broken Bay & Hawkesbury River

Distance Travelled: 28 NM
Steaming Time: 3 Hours

Broken Bay is the mouth to the Hawkesbury River. Hawkesbury River was one of the pivotal positions of the Hawkesbury and Nepean Wars, a series of skirmishes and battles between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the resisting Indigenous clans that took place between late 1780s and late 1810s.

The Hawkesbury River was one of the major transportation routes for transporting food from the surrounding area to Sydney during the 1800s. Boats would wait in the protection of Broken Bay and Pittwater, until favourable weather allowed them to make the ocean journey to Sydney Heads.

On our visit we will take guests to the historic sites where a small group of soldiers trained and prepared the HMAS Krait for a covert and significant wartime operation; Operation Jaywick. We will share their story.

Traditional custodians: The Kuring-gai (or Guringai) people are the traditional owners of Broken Bay and the river's mouth, while the Hawkesbury's western reaches lie in the Dharug territory of the Cumberland Plains, and the northern bank between Wisemans Ferry and Wilberforce is Darkinjung country.

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For over 30 years Coral Expeditions has had one purpose – taking small groups of like-minded explorers to the most remote parts of the world, with expert guidance and warm Australian hospitality. Coral Expeditions was founded by a fisherman with a passion for the sea. Then named Coral Princess Cruises, the small North Queensland based company explored the Great Barrier Reef and pioneered small ship expedition cruising to the Kimberley and Papua New Guinea. Today, Coral Expeditions has grown to include voyages to Tasmania, Islands of the South Pacific, New Zealand, and the Indonesian Archipelago. Our Australian crew provide warm hospitality and personal service on board. Shore-rich itineraries in remote locations allow our guests to be immersed in local cultures, get close to wildlife, and enjoy adventurous land and sea activities in safety. We invite you to celebrate 35 years of exploration with us.

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