Parsley Bay, Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury River 

Parsley Bay, Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury River 

Cool winter weather and a somewhat sickly baby made us venture out of Sydney to Parsley Bay, Brooklyn.

We wanted to go somewhere quiet to a place where we could picnic and the kids could run off some energy with a scenic backdrop without making any other kids ill.

I had heard about Parsley Bay on the Hawkesbury River so I sold the idea to my husband and off we went.

Where is Brooklyn?

Brooklyn is a small little town on the banks of the Hawkesbury River. It’s 40 minutes North of Sydney’s North Shore along the Pacific Motorway and 51kms from Sydney CBD.


Where is Parsley Bay, Brooklyn?



Parsley Bay is on the other side of the headland from the Brooklyn train station.


I would drive because it’s a bit of a far walk from the train station with little ones and a picnic in tow.

Where is Parsley Bay, Brooklyn?
Parsley Bay, Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury River



A good address for the GPS is George Street, Brooklyn, NSW.


Once you get to Brooklyn aim for George Street. Once at George Street keep going to the end of the street where you’ll find the parking lot overlooking the water.


What’s at Parsley Bay, Brooklyn?

There is no much to it: a walking path that rounds the head and a little beach. Added to this are boats, boat ramps and lovely water views.


There are also some resident ducks and Pelicans which are very exciting! Also very exciting is the chance of catching some fish, we didn’t know that this was possible but we saw a few families with little kids trying their luck.


We went with the intention of walking from Parsley Bay around the head (McKell Park) and to the playground on the other side but in hind-sight this was very ambitious with two little kids. Instead we just hung out at Parsley Bay.


We had a picnic on the grass in front of the picnic tables looking out over the water.


The kids were able to check out the Pelicans, without getting to close and play on the little sand beach.

Parsley Bay, Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury River
day trip out of sydney

Parsley Bay, Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury River
We tried to feed the ducks but they hated our lettuce. I didn’t bring any bread because I’d been lectured on social media about what is and what isn’t appropriate to feed ducks. There were also a few dogs being walked, much to the delight of out littlest.


Features of Parsley Bay, Brooklyn?


There is a bit of space to lay down a picnic blanket and some picnic benches. Thankfully there are some toilets nearby too.


Coffee and food nearby


There is a good looking coffee shop in Brooklyn – the name escapes me right now but you would pass it going to the playground, McKell Park or Parsley Bay. You can pick up a coffee and a sandwhich should you wish to rather stay indoors.

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