The Ultimate Hawkesbury River Restaurant | Enjoy Degustation Dining
Home to tidal estuaries, sprawling national parks, fertile agricultural land and a myriad of outdoor adventures to be enjoyed, the Hawkesbury region is the perfect place to escape the city. With waterways playing a pivotal role in the layout of the land, fresh local produce and seasonal ingredients feature heavily on the menu.
Whether you’re looking for somewhere to kick back and relax, surrounded by some of the finest natural scenery in NSW or want to sample the gastronomic delights of the best Hawkesbury River restaurants, there’s something for everyone.
When it comes to wilderness escapes, food can sometimes be a little bit basic – but not at Marramarra Lodge. In fact, food takes centre stage throughout the day, from sunrise to sunset and those twilight hours in between.
Taste the Seasons
The Hawkesbury is an ever-changing palette of climate and colours. Spring and summer are full of vibrant greens, endless blue skies and a punch of colour at every turn. The autumnal bronzed foliage brings a taste of the winter months ahead, while winter itself comes with some stunning landscapes to enjoy from a whole new perspective.
More than just seeing the seasons, Hawkesbury River restaurants make it possible to taste them. Using locally sourced and homegrown produce grown in the fertile lands of the river’s edge, flavour and freshness are the stars of the show.
To help you make the most of your stay at Marramarra lodge, here are some of the best restaurants to dine at along the Hawkesbury River.
The highlight of every stay at Marramarra Lodge is dining at the exclusive Budyari Restaurant. From a flavoursome a la carte breakfast to a delectable degustation menu curated by classically trained executive chef Jerome Tremoulet, get ready to discover the perfect blend of French haute cuisine and traditional Australian ingredients.
Using locally-sourced ingredients that are specially selected for their palate-pleasing flavours, on-the-day freshness and loaded with nutrition in every mouthful, dining at Budyari is an experience best savoured slowly. The ever-changing daily menu has a real focus on the bounty of seafood, fish and produce from the Hawkesbury River and surrounding agricultural land – but whatever is on the menu, you can rest assured it will be expertly paired with the finest wines around.
Sample and appreciate a collection of flavour notes from the earthy siltiness of the Hawkesbury riverbed to the crisp freshness of local veg, and the warmth of Australian herbs and spices. Sit down to seasonal meals overlooking 8-acres of Hawkesbury riverside and the Marramarra National Park, exclusively designated for Lodge guests only.
Better still, with a maximum occupancy of only 28 guests at Marramarra Lodge at any given time, you can enjoy every last bite in the knowledge that noise won’t disrupt your experience. From romantic meals to celebratory dining, you won’t forget the cuisine on offer at Budyari.
Berowra Waters Inn
Perched on the edge of Berowra Creek, a tributary on the Hawkesbury River, Berowra Waters Inn is a premium dining establishment, reached by water only. With its 6-course fine dining degustation menu featuring seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients and a 100% Australian wine, craft beer and spirits menu, every inch of this dining experience has been meticulously crafted to encompass the best of the region.
Savour the flavour of melt-in-the-mouth Murray Cod, paired with yuzu and pepper for a taste explosion that is almost indescribable. Or perhaps the duck, finished with blueberry and lavender to bring out the sweet flavour of the tender meat. After, why not treat yourself to a devilishly rich dark chocolate tart, served with fresh berries and mountains of cloud-like cream?
No matter your order, the entire experience is enhanced by floor to ceiling louvre windows providing sweeping views of the gentle waters and eucalyptus that surrounds the restaurant. A fantastic option for an elegant celebratory meal on the Hawkesbury River region.
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For something more casual, a leisurely boat ride from Fisherman’s Point, Berowra Waters is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat on the water’s edge. One of the most popular restaurants is What The Fish, which as the name alludes to, has a strong focus on seafood and freshwater fish dishes.
From Japanese sashimi to Queensland tiger prawns and ploughman’s lunches to seasonal salads, it’s ideal for a late afternoon or early evening visit. For seafood platters, reservations are required, and they are designed for a minimum of 4 diners.
A selection of takeaway items is also available, including Brekkie Burgers, fish and chips, Fisherman’s baskets, salads and much more – perfect for enjoying as you sail along the waters of the Hawkesbury River.
Eat, Sleep and Escape to Marramarra Lodge
Take advantage of an exclusive luxury wilderness escape that’s less than an hour north of Sydney and designed for memorable stays. At Marramarra Lodge, every aspect of your visit has been taken into account, from the accommodation to the dining.
With everything you need to immerse yourself in the beauty of the region, along with all of the facilities and amenities you would expect at a luxury resort, sink into soft beds, dig into delicious food and let the stresses of the modern world drift away.
Book your stay today and get ready to rediscover the meaning of a luxury wilderness escape.