Just north of Sydney, the Hawkesbury River is full of secrets and surprises, from ancient Indigenous artworks carved into the sandstone, to prized natural gems growing in its waters. And taking advantage of the ideal water conditions, found on the river, is the Broken Bay Pearl Farm, based at Mooney Mooney Creek. The only farm of its kind in the state, Broken Bay Pearl Farm produces prized Akoya cultured pearls, by replicating the seeding process that occurs naturally.
Visitors to the Broken Bay Pearl Farm can visit the leases, out on the river, to learn about the process of pearl cultivation. You’ll also visit the site of fish rock carvings, left by the Dharug people, and enjoy all the beauty that the river has to offer.
Back on land, the farm has recently added an exciting new addition- a ‘shellar’ door. Like a cellar door, found at wineries, the shellar door is where you can further explore and understand how pearls are cultured, and peruse a stunning range of pearls, pearl jewellery, and even indigenous pearl art.
The Broken Bay Pearl Farm is an unexpected surprise, but it’s not the only unique experience on the river. Marramarra Lodge is the kind of exclusive, secluded retreat you’ve been dreaming of!
Accessed by private boat, Marramarra offers guests two styles of accommodation- the Hawkesbury Bungalows and the glamping Peninsula Tents. Both the cabins, and the tents, offer sumptuous, stylish furnishings, riverstone bathrooms, heating and air conditioning, and stunning water views from every angle!
There are many ways to explore the property and the river, with bikes and kayaks at your disposal. And if you’re a gourmand, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a Michelin-trained chef, Andrea, in the kitchen so you’re guaranteed to dine like royalty!
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Broken Bay Pearls
(02) 9985 1479
0435 891 111