A beautiful historic area with rich culture and unmapped sacred sites on the Hawkesbury river. Only hours out of Sydney at a private and secluded location just waiting to be discovered.

Why choose Hawkesbury?

  • Visit ancient rock engravings telling ancient stories
  • Explore and learn about First Nations cultural and knowledge on your doorstep
  • Spend time amongst the sandstone escarpments along the Hawkesbury River (Deerubbin)
  • Learn about bush tucker in the Sydney region from First Nations guides

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 - The Journey Begins
  • Meet your Red Earth driver and your leader at a Sydney location of your choosing
  • Drive to Old Parramatta Gaol to be welcomed by First Nations facilitators from the Deerubbin area
  • Discover ancient rock engraving within the gaol walls, and learn about the rich First Nations history of the area
  • Continue the journey to the Hawkesbury River, arriving at our destination: Deerubbin
  • Gather for a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony with local First Nation facilitators
  • Walk the land and learn about the geographical significance and history of the Deerubbin site through the eyes of the local First Nation community
  • Settle in and take in the picturesque location
  • Dinner with Dreamtime and contemporary First Nations stories by the fire, sleep in the comfort of glamping tents and accommodation
Day 2- Bush Medicine and Bush Tucker Hike
  • Travel to a nearby site for a guided hike learning about the geography of the area, traditional bush medicine and bush tucker
  • After lunch, it’s fishing time!  Try to catch your dinner
  • Free time to cool off and swim in the Hawkesbury River
  • Enjoy the colours of the evening sunset over the valley
  • Join in on a yarning circle by the fire and hear stories from our First Nations hosts
Day 3 - Clap-stick Making and Painting Workshops
  • Spend the morning learning the ancient craft of clap-stick making, and learn about their cultural significance for the area
  • Learn traditional painting methods and put them into practice on your very own canvas to take home with you
  • Prepare for the Departing Ceremony with a special task given to us by our First Nation facilitators
  • Free time to enjoy the Hawkesbury River
  • Enjoy dinner with Dreamtime and contemporary stories by the fire
Day 4 - Final Day
  • Wake up early and walk to the top of the land to see the colours of the sunrise
  • Draw a close on your time at Deerubbin with a sacred Departing Ceremony, one you have been preparing for since the beginning of the journey
  • Accompany our First Nations hosts to a sacred site unknown to most for a final intimate story about the area
  • Final goodbye to community members and your Red Earth leader before your return journey to your initial pick up spot