• Catalina Martinez P

Memories of the Hawkesbury River

Updated: Oct 19, 2020

Every year, to celebrate the end of summer, we gather together with our friends and their friends in our traditional Weekend House Boat Party!

It all started five years ago when our Venezuelan friend Benji came with the idea of renting these houseboats, that fitted 10 people to - sleep, eat, party and repeat - all weekend and you could drive without needing a boat license.

The idea sounded amazing! The first time we did it, it was in 2015 with three boats used to be known as the 'Latinos’, ‘Bondi’, and ‘Mitchy’s’. On that year we were feeling adventurous so during the day we did activities like hiking to the waterfall, jumping a cliff and even some went spearfishing, while in the night we were pumping some tunes, partying and jumping in the water. The next year we repeated the same concept; but better prepared in terms of water, food, and alcohol. We brought the party to the beach and were amazed by swimming in the night with the plankton.

In 2017 we decided to go wild and do four days three nights, add two more boats to the party and celebrate Australian day on the river. The trip was a success! We painted our faces and commemorated Australian day by doing the traditional BBQ and listened to the 100 counts down from triple J. We also had themed boats like pirates, Hawaiians, and the military. During the days all the floaties went out and we party in the water. In the nights we hosted the parties at Fisherman’s Bay Beach that we set up with Christmas lights, a DJ on the rocks, and everyone dancing along.

After such a success we said, you know what... we can do ten boats in 2018, and OMG! Did we had a festival in the Hawkesbury River! As most of you know you need to anchor your boat every night, and finding good places with not much wind for ten boats and safety distance within each other was indeed a challenge. Once again, that did not stop us from having an epic weekend, with our friends, and the friends of our friends. 100 people getting to know each other in 3 days 2 nights.

Anyway, this year we went back to basics and said you know what.... let's go back to 3 boats and see how we go... Here is a recap of 2019, a 5th-year celebration of friendship at the Hawkesbury River!

Cheers to all you who have ever been to one of these traditional houseboat parties and looking forward to what idea will come in 2020.

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