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“The last shark attack in this area was probably dated back to the 1920s or ‘30s. Operators do have to say to people you are swimming at your own risk, but it is not really a major issue. I’ve lived in the area for over 30 years and swum in the river and I’ve never even seen a bull shark.”

Safely on dry land at the public wharf at Spencer, a sign welcomed us to the “Hub of the Universe”.  For locals and tourists to the area, the township is a popular meeting spot, where the main attraction is a pub that is actually a picnic table under a big tree with splendid water views.

“There’s a lovely big mangrove tree across the road right next to the wharf,” said Andrew Goodman, owner of the Spencer Village Store. “The story goes that the returned servicemen after the Second World War used to gather together under the tree.”

The picnic table is about the size of a pool table. One end, the locals (who bring their own beer) call the garden bar and the other end they call the beer garden. Beer can be purchased at a general store about 10m away.

“It is world famous for its position and lack of facilities,” Goodman said. Where better to toast the end of a day on the Hawkesbury River?



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