This week brought about the tragedy on the Hawkesbury River when a seaplane carrying tourists from UK nosedived into the river killing the pilot and a family of five.


We are always stunned when an event of this magnitude occurs and we are amazed by the valour of those nearby. Today, we write about those on the river at the time of the crash and their efforts to save the passengers and pilot.


Though we do not live in the Hawkesbury District, it is our experience and our observations of residents who live there and those who come to holiday and play on the river that  – they are a kind lot.




Their help in emergencies is always present and they visibly mourn when life is lost, or someone is hurt. A skiing or fishing accident on the river and they are immediately there to aid and assist. The media has carried the details along with photos of the brave men attempting to help when the plane crashed this week. Their thoughts were immediately with the families of those on board the plane – they wish to give comfort.  



Often those living close to The City don’t hide their contempt of ‘Westies’ – residents who live in western part of Sydney suburbs -- The Hawkesbury. We know Westies to be a little uneven around the edges, plain spoken and perhaps blunt in some situations. But should misfortune strike, we hope to be in their care. 


 The press captured the story and we understand the feelings felt in the Hawkesbury -- the empathy and sympathy felt by those watching the scene.

Tragedy on Hawkesbury River

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The Hitchin' Post    02 4567 8225

4/1255 Bells Line of Road, Kurrajong Heights


Open 11am Thursday - Monday, 5.30pm Tuesday and10am on weekends (closed on Wednesday)


Launched in November 2017, the Hitchin’ Post must be the newest kid on the road (Bells Line of Road) and yet perhaps the oldest. While maintaining the exterior of this long-standing building, the interior has been lovingly restored. A large 19th century fireplace–the original–divides the dining area and combined with modern lighting, the ambience is lovely. 


A sophisticated open kitchen has been installed, ready for a 21st century menu. This experienced chef understands the traditional Australian palate–roasts served with Hawkesbury fresh produce is a mainstay. It is, however, his Italian heritage and the chef’s mum’s traditional Italian recipes that bring us back repeatedly. Home cooking returns to this historic building but after a quick peruse of the menu, this is a very upmarket version of mum’s recipes! 


As we have a sweet tooth, we couldn't overlook the mouthwatering desserts!


And to keep the kilojoules off the hips, we recommend a brisk walk through the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. Yesterday, we forgot to time the drive up, but estimate 15-20 minutes and you are in a breathtaking environment like no other in the Blue Mountains.




The Garden is focused on the conservation of cool climate plants and is home to 21,000 plants and 900 species. The lookout to Mt Wilson is always breathtaking! Though yesterday, the fog surrounded the visitors' centre, yet the mist didn't challenge the hardy types  The Gardens are always worth the visit!


Bells Line of Road Mount Tomah NSW 2758 -- 02 4567 3000

Did You Know?

Bells Line of Road was marked in 1823 by Archibald Bell who, with the help of Aboriginal guides found an alternative road across the Blue Mountains. Aboriginal communities had been for centuries using the route to traverse the mountains.

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