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April 24, 2005

Dangar Island Paradise


About an hour's drive north of the Sydney suburb where The Poet and I live is the the village of Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury River. Every hour or so a little ferry collects passengers from the jetty in Brooklyn and takes them out to Dangar Island.

Dangar was originally used by the Dharuk people as a source of food but they were wiped out by disease following the arrival of white settlers. Mr Henry Dangar built a farm on the island in the mid 1800's and his name was given to it in 1920. These days around 200 people call Dangar their home, either permanently or on weekends.

There are roads on the island but there isn't any cars. If you live or visit there, you have to walk from the jetty to the house. In the shed at the public wharf are a few wheelbarrows that are used to carry heavy items to your house.

We are lucky enough to have friends who own a house on Dangar Island and who generously open it up to two or three times a year to hold writers' workshops. Of course The Poet is a genuine member of this group. I just tag along and pretend that I have some sort of cachet in this talented group but while they read and workshop their work, I just sit and listen, except today when I had the nerve to draw one of the group.

Note that in Australia we usually talk in how long it takes to get somewhere rather than distances.

Posted by robynls at April 24, 2005 9:05 PM


Sounds like heaven, Robyn. We have a place about 30 miles from here that i like to visit now and again too...called Rockport. Very touristy in the summer, but heavenly in the spring and fall and winter. Lots of little shops, cobblestone streets, and very quaint.

Posted by: Bex at April 24, 2005 10:51 PM

Here's a pic of Rockport's most famous view Motif No. 1

Posted by: Bex at April 24, 2005 11:06 PM

No vehicles, wonder how anyone is removed in an emergency if they can't walk or ride in a wheelbarrow. ?

Posted by: Bonnie at April 25, 2005 9:04 AM