Take Me There - Arrival Pieces Archive - Calabash Bay Lodge
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Conveniently situated for domestic and international travellers alike, Calabash Bay Lodge is only a 45 minute drive north of the Sydney CBD or 1 hour from Sydney Airport. Part of a southern tributary of the majestic Hawkesbury River, Berowra Waters’ location under an hour away from Sydney makes Calabash Bay Lodge convenient for Sydneysiders seeking a short break to relax, rejuvenate or recharge, or for travellers from further afield wanting to immerse themselves into a pristine Australian bushland experience on the water’s edge.

Surrounded by 360 degrees of pristine Australian native bushland, with the Marramarra National Park to the west, the Kuring’gai National Park to the north and east, and the Berowra Valley Regional Park to the south.

Unlike other destinations further afield, Calabash Bay Lodge offers a unique experience of the Australian absolute waterfront way of life, yet is only a heartbeat away from it’s bustling national metropolis.

Arriving at Calabash Bay Lodge

By Car

Calabash Bay Lodge can be reached in only a 45 minute drive north from the Sydney CBD via the Pacific Highway or M2 Tollway and F3 Freeway, and 1 hour from Sydney’s international and domestic airports. The Lodge is also reached easily from Sydney’s north-west and west via the M2 and M7 tollways, Newcastle & the Central Coast south on the F3, and from the Hunter Valley region on a pleasant tourist drive via the old Pacific Highway.

We provide detailed access information including driving maps and directions, and instructions on where to park and how to meet us for your arrival water taxi transfer, upon receipt of your booking.

Return boat transfers from the nearest road access point at Berowra Waters to Calabash Bay Lodge are a standard inclusion with all of our rates and packages. The boat will meet you at the Berowra Waters public wharf. Please have all your luggage and supplies unloaded onto the wharf and ready to embark onto the boat at the booked transfer time. The trip time to Calabash Bay Lodge is approx. 10 mins.


Parking is available adjacent to the meeting point for your arrival boat transfer in time-unrestricted on-road parking. Security undercover car & trailer parking can be arranged for a fee with the local marina if you don’t wish to leave your car unattended for the length of your stay. Bookings in advance are highly recommended, particular over holiday weekends and peak season.

Chauffeured Transfers

Private car or limousine transfers can be arranged upon request. Please contact us directly for more information.

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By Boat

We welcome guests who wish to bring along their own boat so as enjoy the fantastic water activities surrounding Calabash Bay Lodge. If you plan to bring your own boat, please advise us upon booking so we can make the appropriate mooring arrangements for your vessel, and ensure we provide you with specific arrival instructions and directions.

For guests with trailer boats, these can be launched at the Berowra Waters public boat ramp at Dusthole Bay. We will meet you at the launch area by boat at the agreed check in time to escort you by boat up to Calabash Bay Lodge. Security undercover car & trailer parking can be arranged for a daily casual fee at the local marina. Bookings in advance are essential. Unrestricted car and trailer parking is also available adjacent to the ramp, but spaces are limited and fill early at public holiday weekends or during peak season.

If you are instead wishing to drive in on your own powered vessel from Broken Bay, Pittwater, Cowan Creek, or Sydney Harbour, we can furnish you with more details of the property location and GPS coordinates prior to your arrival so you may arrive directly. We will meet you at the check-in time at the Lodge for your welcome orientation to the property.

Please note well that that the maximum capacity of Calabash Bay Lodge is 8 guests, and any guests staying aboard boat berths on our private moorings will be counted towards that number.

NB Houseboats are not permitted to moor at or near Calabash Bay Lodge at any time, and we do not permit guests from houseboats to enter the premises at any time from tenders or other means. There are no public moorings available in the immediate vicinity. Our private moorings are only available for powered cruisers by prior arrangement.

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By Seaplane

A wow factor arrival to Berowra Waters can be made with a splash via a return seaplane flight from Rose Bay or Palm Beach, with a red carpet landing right in front of the Lodge. The plane can even deliver you directly to the Lodge’s private pontoon – so you can step out in style! We can offer you exclusive prices with our preferred partner Sydney by Seaplane on request, and our concierge service can make all the arrangements on the guest’s behalf.

NB There is a maximum of 6 guests per flight. Luggage restrictions also apply – there is a limit of 1 standard airplane carry on sized bag or overnight duffel bag per person in addition to a small personal bag such as ladies handbag. We will ask you for each passenger weight’s upon booking. Please don’t be offended! This information is required to ensure the seaplane carries enough fuel and is adequately weight balanced before take-off.

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Thank you so much, we had an amazing girls' weekend. Beautiful home, decor, beds, and linens - everything was supplied and the attention to detail was appreciated. Manuel was so attentive, couldn't do enough for us. His food and catering was beautiful. Will definitely recommend to all.

Lisa & Friends, November 2015

What a magical place to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary! Beautiful views. Wonderful food. Lazy paddling. Leisurely boating. Serene nature walks. Manny does a tremendous job in making you feel pampered but not smothered. We have enjoyed every minute!

Bill & Heidi, March 2015

We would highly recommend Calabash Bay Lodge, what a wonderful peaceful place to spend the weekend! A special thank you to Manny from Secret Dining, his food was amazing from breakfast to lunch to an awesome private chef 3 course dinner.

Justin & Josie, August 2017

A wonderful weekend with family to celebrate my 60th birthday. Everyone just loved the location and serenity. Thank you Manny for our delicious Secret Dining experience, it was so relaxing. Berowra Waters, we hope to be back.

O’Connor Family, September 2017

Three days were not enough. Just getting used to relaxing and it was over! Will need to come back soon - next time we will bring some friends to enjoy the tranquillity of the house and the scenery. Amazing time, thank you.

Lynette & Ken, October 2016

This was the best place to celebrate any 60th birthday! Fun times, fabulous food, fine wines and family. A special surprise of an engagement of my son and his long term partner just topped it all off! We'll be back.

The Rogan Family, September 2015

Calabash Bay Lodge is idyllic! We took full advantage of the kayaks, views, hammocks, eating areas... and did we mention the VIEWS?? We'd 100% recommend this place to others and look forward to our next visit.

Ashley & Family, January 2017

Thanks for sharing your piece of paradise with us. We loved it all, fishing, swimming, boating, kayaking, relaxing, bushwalking, readying, eating and generally having a good time. Best House Ever!

Kylie-Ann & Family, April 2016

What an amazing spot! We had 8 ladies for a girl's trip away. We had fun taking out the boat, swimming, kayaking, & relaxing. The house is beautiful, we couldn't have asked for a better getaway.

The Newy Crew, November 2017

What can we say... Did we dance? Did we eat? Did we fish? Did we have fun? YES, YES, YES! Amazing location and a beautifully equipped house to enjoy everything. A very relaxing weekend.

Leigha & Friends, May 2015

You've done it! The impossible. Made a family who don't stop working - stop! Had a lovely time fishing, kayaking, eating, reading and watching movies. Spectacular setting. Thank you!

The Cato Family, November 2016

What a beautiful place to celebrate our wedding at the Inn and a 60th birthday with family and friends. We laughed, swam, & caught fish from the pontoon. All in all magnificent.

David & Larissa, March 2016

What a wonderful house and location to enjoy and celebrate my 60th birthday with family. Thank you Manny for a spectacular dinner party! We all look forward to returning in summer.

Griffin Family, September 2017

We had a wonderful three nights in this most beautiful of settings with our friends for my 65th birthday. Your lodge gave us everything we needed for maximum enjoyment.

Ken & Di & Friends, April 2016

Thanks so much we all had a fabulous time. The house and views are amazing and all the locals very friendly. Will definitely be recommending this place, and hope to come again.

The Pratt Family, November 2015

A great venue to celebrate a 40th wedding anniversary with the entire family. We ate, drank, swam, fished, caught crabs, kayaked, and relaxed. Great memories made... Thank you.

The Gold Family, December 2015

Thanks for letting us stay in such an amazing place to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. Everything was amazing - especially when Jesse proposed (and of course I said yes!)

Megan & Jesse, August 2016

My partner and I had a beautiful relaxing weekend away kayaking, boating and relaxing all weekend in the sun! Great place for families, friends and couples! Highly recommend it!

Nicholas S, December 2014

Just back from a top weekend at this first class property. Great location and a 5 star service from Manny. Very very relaxing. A perfect spot for those who also love bush walking.

Rick G, December 2014

What a wonderful way to bring in the New Year! Great weather, great friends, great house, amazing location! This was a special time for all of us. Thank you.

Kylie & Friends, January 2016

Calabash Bay Lodge has a beautiful view of the river and this Lodge is one of the finest I've stayed in. Everything is provided that a river holiday needs!

Vicki R & Family, January 2016

Wow!! What a wonderful weekend. Love this place. We have had such a great time sharing good food, good wine and great company in this beautiful setting.

Georgie & Friends, July 2014

Such an incredibly relaxing and peaceful place. The moment we stepped off the boat we felt the river take over and work its magic on us city slickers.

Clarissa & Ray, August 2015

What a great way to unwind and spend time with the family. Lovely house and location - we never realised this existed so close to Sydney.

Steve, Kelly, Eli & Zane, January 2015

We spent 3 lovely nights at your beautiful property. The place was perfect, catering to our every need. I only wish we could have stayed longer.

Jeff S & Family, January 2015

The Lodge's wonderful pontoon and the bay has allowed me to catch an array of fish - whiting, bream, flathead, eel, flounder and crab.

Vicki R & Family, January 2016

We spent a wonderful 3 days at this idyllic house. The property is stunning and the views are to die for. This place is relaxation at it's best.

Nicola, October 2013

Congratulations on providing a beautiful property that caters to every whim - exceptional! We are taking wonderful memories with us.

Janise & Friends, April 2015

Everything is provided that a river holiday needs. Even the extremes of weather are no bother, with airconditioning and Netflix!

Vicki R & Family, January 2016

It has been an absolutely beautiful stay and we would definitely do it again. It’s wonderful that it’s so local yet so isolated.

Dianna & Ace, August 2017

We spent 3 lovely nights at your beautiful property. The place was perfect, catering to our every need. I wish we could have stayed longer.

Jeff S, January 2015

A highlight of any stay is sitting on the barbecue deck, glass of fizz in hand, gazing over the water and eucalyptus-clad cliffs beyond.

The Weekend Australian

We spent our time exploring the waters on the courtesy boat, fishing, walking, cooking and gazing at the amazing views. Hope to return soon.

Hobbsy, June 2014

My name is Harriet and I am 10 years old. I love this place so much. The sleep was perfect and I hope we come back too.

Harriet & Family, September 2015

There’s something special about gazing out at the misty Hawkesbury River and its stunning backdrop of eucalyptus-clad cliffs.

The Weekend Australian

Throw a line from the pontoon and there’s a good chance you’ll catch something for dinner - does it get any better than this?

The Weekend Australian

Calabash Bay truly is a beautiful spot... Many thanks for your efficient and friendly service, the whole experience was a pleasure.

Ray, November 2010

The Wow Factor! The house, the views. Had a fantastic stay, didn't want to leave this little piece of heaven!

Karen & Friends, March 2015

A beautiful place to celebrate joining the over 60's club. Thank you Manny and Calabash Bay Lodge!

Paula & Friends, December 2015

Thank you for sharing this magnificent house with us. It was the most wonderful surprise 50th I could have asked for!

Sandie, December 2014

Three days were not enough. Just getting used to relaxing and it was over! Amazing time. Thank you.

Lynette & Ken, October 2016

Kayaking to the nearby beach was splendid, and as relaxing as the boat trip around the Hawkesbury was exciting.

John L, June 2014

What a fantastic house and beautiful spot, the only sad thing was that we couldn't stay forever!

Drew & Di, May 2014

Had a great time, didn’t want to come home!  We will all have great memories of our time away together.

Eleanor, June 2013

It’s summertime (well, almost) and the living is easy for the highglam, low-fuss weekend traveller

Good Weekend Magazine

Thank you! Had a fab time! Very comfy couch and Peat's Bite was heaps of fun. xoxo

Coughran Family, November 2015

It was such an experience getting picked up by a boat and taken to this wonderful holiday home

Kerry, April 2014

It was a really lovely two whole nights away which seems like a wonderful dream now!

Annie, March 2013

We’ve found the perfect weekend escape – an idyllic lodge set on the Hawkesbury

Gourmet Traveller

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..it would be hard to go past the degustation cooked by your own private chef

Masterchef Magazine

A tranquil corner of paradise - tonic for the soul. Thank you!

Karen & Paul, September 2016

Another perfect stay in a tranquil paradise!

The Tregonning & McHugh Families, August 2015

From day one… we feel as through we’ve moored at our spiritual home

the (sydney) magazine

One of Sydney's hidden treasures and my favourite holiday destination.

Janet B, January 2015

Who knew that feeling so far away was possible so close to home?

Luxury Travel Magazine

What a place. Had an amazing honeymoon! Felt like royalty.

Kate, May 2015

The most relaxing holiday destination

Kerry, April 2014

1 word - amazing!

Daniel & Family, October 2016