Wisemans Ferry continues to be a hotspot among our travels - it ts our definition of a village. Miniature, sleepy, it's an easy-going village alongside Old Northern Road and ending at the water's edge - at the ferries.
Regardless of age or profession, you can unwind and slow down. It's a family haven; it's a getaway for singles and couples. History buffs love the old Wisemans pub. Families love the park at the river. Fishing and skiing. A museum. A gallery. Lawn bowls at the club. A restaurant with an upmarket menu. A burger at the kiosk and a quick trip across the river on the wonderful little ferries - who cares what the rest of the busy world is doing.
Wisemans Inn - more often referred to as 'the pub at Wisemans' – has accommodation in the style of Solomon Wiseman's day. Rich wood antiques, drapes and new linens enhance each room. The rooms are reminiscent of a gentleman's country home of the 1800s.
In 2016, Wisemans Inn introduced a museum, Cobham Hall, on the first level. We were charmed by the authenticity and the artefacts on display. If you are as entranced as we are by life, architecture and construction from the 1800s you are in for a surprise - a pleasant one.
Exposed sandstone walls reveal how innovative the early settlers were. Limestone was not available, so a substitute lime was created - a mortar of crushed oyster shells cooked in pits or kilns for several days and combined with water, sand, and ash to make a quicklime to hold together the sandstone. Throughout the museum, you'll see examples of the ingenuity of the convicts and the early settlers when their options were limited. Call for hours and bookings if you wish to bring a group.
Address: 2916 River Road, Wisemans Ferry
Phone: 02 4566 4212
Kiosk open weekends
The Ferry Artists Gallery is the volunteer-run showplace for art, sculpture and textiles. Exhibitions draw art lovers from Sydney and along the coasts.
Set alongside the river, NSW Ski Park is only a kilometre from Wisemans Ferry Village and a short distance past the Webb Creek Ferry dock. This ski park is a popular spot for all the big races - you'll want book and to claim your camp site early.
The ski grounds are quite casual, with caravan and camping facilities in a rustic and shady setting–just steps from the river. Showers are located with group amenities. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept under strict control.
Picnic and barbecue facilities are onsite and a weekend kiosk serves hot items, soft drinks and ice-cream. The facility is popular with waterskiers, fishermen and those who want a budget-minded holiday on the river. We often see international travellers at the Ski Gardens. Hosts attempt to serve the needs of all their guests - they love their spot on the secret river and are happy to share it.
Address: Shop 12, 5557, Old Northern Road, Wisemans Ferry
Phone: 02 4566 4787
Hours: Open Mon–Wed 9am to 4pm Sat–Sun 8am to 4pm, Fri–Sat 9 am to 9pm
Tizzana Vintner, Peter Auld discovered an early map of the old vineyards created by Dr. Fiaschi. Each paddock was labelled and indicated to Auld that the good doctor created blends in the early days of his venture. Being the smart chemical engineer that he is, in 2013 Auld bottled his rst blend and named the wine, Clarissa after Fiaschi's eldest daughter.
The home for Busby's Café Restaurant is stylishly modern, fresh and spotless. The verandah looks out to the bush and mountains, and the delightful fireplace is perfect for tea in cooler months.
A big breakfast - perhaps our favourite meal - was prominent in our minds when we arrived early on a Friday morning.
A big scramble with sausage and thick-sliced wholemeal is a perfect start - our partner makes his case for the three-egg omelette.
However, it is the chef's signature menu that brings vacationers back regardless of the weather. With the changes of seasons, Chef Jamie crafts new options: prawns, lobster when seafood is plentiful. Pork Belly, crisp and succulent is always an option and currently a delicious duck breast served on sweet potato pancakes is a foodie's delight.
Great dinner, beautiful setting Enjoyed a lovely meal here on a Friday night with my daughter and husband. Attentive service, well prepared food and a picture perfect setting over the Hawkesbury river. Super peaceful, super relaxing - a real treat. Thx