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The Hawkesbury River has a total length of approximately 120 kilometres

The Hawkesbury River has a total length of approximately 120 kilometres from it’s origin to the sea.

The Hawkesbury River has its origin at the confluence of the Nepean River and the Grose River,  and travels for approximately 120 kilometres in a north–easterly and then south–easterly direction to its mouth at Broken Bay, about 15 kilometres from the Tasman Sea.

The land adjacent to the river was occupied by the Darkinjung, Darug, Eora, and Kuringgai aboriginal peoples who used the river as a source of food and a place for Shelter. They used to call it Deerubbin, which is believed to mean ‘wide, deep water’.

During the European settlement Governor Arthur Phillip explored the river and named it “The Hawkesbury River”  after the 1st Earl of Liverpool, Charles Jenkinson. At that time Mr. Jenkinson was titled Baron Hawkesbury, after the Cotswold village of Hawkesbury Upton.