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19° & CLOUDY ON FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER IN SYDNEY
By Jasmine Crittenden
November 04, 2019
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Return to Rio 2019

A three-day music festival on the banks of the Hawkesbury.
By Jasmine Crittenden
November 04, 2019
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Wiseman's Ferry is a teeny, tiny village perched on the banks of the mighty Hawkesbury River, surrounded by national park and with a population of just 220. The settlement gets its name from one Solomon Wiseman, an ex-convict who, in 1827, organised the first river crossing by ferry. And his service still runs today.

A weekend at Wiseman's usually involves hours lolling by, on and in the river; pretty walks through nearby Dharug and Yengo National Parks; a beer or two at Wiseman's Inn and perusing paintings by local artists. On top of that, the annual Return To Rio rolls into town in November for three days to add even more reason to make your way to the idyllic village.

This year, revered house duo The Martinez Brothers will be taking the stage alongside Hernán Cattáneo and Nick Warren (reunited), and Acid Pauli, who is known for his Burning Man sets. In the mood for soul? Be sure to check out Nightmares on Wax as they create a sun-drenched dance town by the pool. Plus, when you're not furiously making shapes, you can take a break with crazy golf, cool down at the water park and hang out with kangaroos.

Camping costs an extra $75, but you can turn things up a notch — both glamping houseboats are available for the weekend.

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