It’s a long but relatively easy walk to the Hawkesbury River Lookout, which (as the name suggests), offers sweeping views over Hawkesbury River (Deerubbin). From the base of an electricity pylon near the edge of a high cliff, there’s a view to the south down the river towards Bar Point and Fishermans Point.
A short walk through the bush to the north provides a view up the river.
Looking north (upstream) you can see the end of Canoeland Ridge; behind the hill and out of view is the Gentlemans Halt campground.
Although this lookout is not as popular as Gentlemans Halt campground, if you’re running out of time or not up for the steep descent to Gentlemans Halt, the Hawkesbury River Lookout offers the best views over the Hawkesbury River from Canoeland Ridge. Or you can add it as side-trip on the Canoelands Ridge to Gentlemans Halt bushwalk.
Getting to the Hawkesbury River Lookout
The start of the bushwalk is from the end of Canoelands Road, where there is a small carpark next to the locked gate on the Canoelands Ridge Trail. At the end of the main firetrail, a service trail continues along a side spur to the lookout. It’s a 30min (28.4km) drive from Galston and 45min (40.5km) from Hornsby in Sydney’s north, and the bushwalk is about 18km (all on firetrails).