Gentlemans Halt bushcare camp

Marramarra National Park

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Overview

This volunteer activity in Marramarra National Park mixes bushcare with a weekend away. We’ll pitch our tents at remote Gentlemans Halt campground by the Hawkesbury, and enjoy a mix of work and walks.

Work
Bush regeneration, weed and pest management
Where
Gentlemans Halt campground
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Grade
Medium. Suitable for adults and teens 12 years and over. Medium level of fitness required.
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Help NPWS reduce the amount of weeds that threaten sensitive environments in Marramarra National Park. This annual bush regeneration weekend is open to both experienced bushcare volunteers and people new to this work.

You’ll be busy in coastal saltmarsh, swamp oak floodplain forest and the mangrove and estuarine communities of the Hawkesbury River. You’ll do bush regeneration and help us clean up rubbish in the mangroves. You’ll also enjoy a guided tour of the saltmarsh and estuarine areas and a walk with the birds.

Bushcare volunteers have contributed to the environmental health of this beautiful park for over 10 years. It’s an opportunity to help our environment while increasing your wellbeing. You’ll meet like-minded people and receive on-site training in bush regeneration.

Nothing beats the deep relaxation you’ll feel by the campfire at the end of a good day’s work in the fresh air. This is a great chance to try something a little different in an amazing location.

It's a good idea to bring a day pack, insect repellent and torch.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/volunteer-activities/gentlemans-halt-bushcare-camp/local-alerts

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Gentlemans Halt bushcare camp.

Getting there and parking

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Get directions

    Details provided on booking. NPWS will provide transport to the site by boat.

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather

    Parking

    Free parking.

    Facilities

    Remote bush camp with minimal facilities next to the Hawkesbury River.

    Toilets

    • Non-flush toilets

    Picnic tables

    Barbecue facilities

    • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)

    Maps and downloads

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - no wheelchair access

    Not wheelchair-accessible.

    Learn more

    Gentlemans Halt bushcare camp is in Marramarra National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    Darug country

    Sandstone cave, Marramarra National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    Marramarra is part of the traditional lands of the Darug Aboriginal people. Their use and respect of the land can be found in isolated corners of the park. The surviving Aboriginal sites, which provide the only indications of traditional life in the area, are of special importance to local Aboriginal communities. Cave art, rock engravings, grinding grooves, middens, scarred trees, and other occupational deposits and stone arrangements are all part of Marramarra. 

    Exploring the land

    View of the Hawkesbury River, Marramarra National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    In the early days of the new colony, Hawkesbury River was a major communication route and supported an active river-based community. European exploration began as early as 1789 when Governor Arthur Phillip took his second trip up Hawkesbury River and camped at Gentlemans Halt. By 1884, there was a small community at Gentlemans Halt and a provisional school had been established; you can still see the foundations of a road and a wharf from this era. Other reminders of European historic heritage include remains of orange orchards along Marramarra Creek and the foundations of a hut, stone walls and a well at Big Bay.

    Is it a bird?

    Flannel flowers (Actinotus helianthi), Marramarra National Park. Photo: Michael Jarman

    Marramarra is home to a great diversity of animals and birds, making it a great place for wildlife spotting and bird watching. You're likely to spot a white-breasted sea eagle, swamp wallaby, possum or kingfisher in your travels. If you're lucky, you might come across some of the more uncommon animals found here such as rails, gang-gang and glossy black cockatoos, and red-crowned toadlets.

    Plentiful lands

    View of the Hawkesbury River, Marramarra National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    The sandstone ridges and deep gullies of Marramarra support a wide range of environments. Experience salt marsh and mangrove forests on the shores of Hawkesbury River, to tall open forest and ridge-top woodlands. In spring, the bush turns into a brilliant display of colour as the wildflowers burst in action. Discover the unique plant life and help preserve it – why not participate in the bush regeneration volunteer programs in the park?

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