The ultimate Hawkesbury River experience with Calabash Bay Lodge

Wild Luxury has teamed up with Broken Bay Pearl Farm to offer the ultimate Hawkesbury River experience while staying at Calabash Bay Lodge. 

A unique experience offered year-round, guests at Wild Luxury’s Calabash Bay Lodge can enjoy a 90-minute bespoke tour taking in the majesty of Berowra Creek, a tributary off of the main Hawkesbury River.

Travel to Broken Bay Oyster Farm secreted away in the remote Marramarra National Park, only accessible by boat. Here, you will witness the beauty of Akoya oysters via a live pearl harvest. These pearls are true treasures, taking five years to grow to maturity, when they are then harvested for jewellery. Akoya pearls are over 1,000 times rarer than diamonds. The oysters also play an important role in the regeneration and restoration of this incredible natural environment.

Akoya pearl meat

In a truly sustainable circular economy, the Akoya pearl meat is then sold to high-end restaurants in Sydney and on the Central Coast, including to executive chef Brian Geraghty at the local two-hatted Berowra Waters Inn. It’s a rare seafood delicacy, akin to eating sweet crab meat or lobster, but on a truly unique scale of its own.

Hawkesbury River experience

A premium half-day tour option from Calabash Bay Lodge includes a visit to Broken Bay Oyster Farm’s “Shellar Door”, after a riverside grazing lunch of oysters, charcuterie and bubbles, you will learn about the grading of pearls, including a chance to handle a pearl valued at $250,000, and perhaps find your own pearl treasure to adorn.

Upon your return to Calabash Bay, after witnessing a sublime golden hour on the sandstone escarpments surrounding the bay, a private chef will prepare a three-course dinner. It’s an unrivalled private restaurant experience you won’t find anywhere else in Australia.

Pricing starts at $590 per person based on 8 persons for the 90-minute tour package and $875 per person for the half-day tour package, including a private chef dinner. Pricing is available on request for smaller groups.

For a limited time, Wild Luxury is offering a guaranteed late check-out until 5pm on Sunday for every weekend stay booked. Offers ends 31 August 2024, for stays taken before 15 December 2024.

To find out more, visit, call 1800 082 046 or email

Mention “V&T Late Check-Out” when booking to claim the late check out special offer. Standard inclusions: a bottle of Oakridge sparkling on arrival, exclusive use of the lodge’s guest boat for exploring the river (with a full tank of fuel included) and water toys such as kayaks, paddleboards, a Canadian-style double canoe and fishing rods, complimentary Starlink Wi-Fi, all the Streaming services, and return arrival and departure boat transfers from Berowra Waters Marina.

Wild Luxury’s Founder Kim Ellis and her team look forward to sharing her secret part of the world, that guests can’t believe is right on Sydney’s doorstep, only one hour to the north.

Calabash Bay Lodge
Calabash Bay Lodge

Wild Luxury lodges

All of Wild Luxury’s properties celebrate their beautiful natural surroundings. Both luxury lodges are based in stunning, sought-after locations offering the ultimate escape. Access to the secluded Calabash Bay Lodge is by boat or seaplane. Crane Lodge, Palm Beach sits amongst ancient angophoras high above Pittwater on the Barrenjoey Peninsula. Each retreat features local artworks and bespoke sculptures by the likes of Joshua Yeldham, Shona Wilson and Belinda Fox. Expect five-star service with a concierge and in-house private chef, plus a private massage and yoga class. Calabash Bay Lodge includes use of a guest boat, with an upgrade option available to the owner’s sleek boat for licensed drivers.

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