Offshore Yachting : April May 2008
DESTINATION 60 | offshore Botany Bay Botany Bay is a large commercial port catering to container ships, tankers and gas carriers. Sydney Airport is located on the northern shore and has two runways protruding into the bay. The bay is wide and exposed, and is consequently a popular sailing and windsurfing location. Various marinas and boating facilities are available in the Cooks River and Georges River including the St George Motor Boat Club. Sydney Harbour Sydney Harbour is one of the world's most beautiful and iconic harbours with over 270 kilometres of foreshore. It is also a thriving port which caters for an unrivalled mix of commercial shipping and recreational boating activities. There are many marinas catering to visiting yachts. Visitors to Sydney will find that their every need can be catered for. Broken bay Broken Bay is the entrance to the Pittwater, Hawkesbury River and Brisbane Waters estuaries. Access is all weather and navigation aids are satisfactory for large vessels to gain safe entry night or day. Pittwater has a 2.1 metre bar. The marinas at Bobbin Head, Akuna Bay and Cottage Point have abundant marine facilities as do those located at Brooklyn. Anchorages are numerous within the sheltered estuary and the sandy bottom provides good holding. The whole area is national park and is therefore pristine and secluded. It would make an ideal day cruise from Sydney or stopover between Sydney and Newcastle. Newcastle Newcastle is the world's largest coal exporting port and at any one time, many large bulk carriers are anchored off the port awaiting their berthing slot. The entrance to Newcastle Harbour lies between two breakwaters, the outer sections of which are 430 metres apart and access can be achieved in almost any weather. A new marina at the Newcastle Yacht Club has been built in Throsby Basin and caters for visiting vessels. Newcastle is the gateway to the Hunter Valley Wine Region. Port Stephens Port Stephens is a large sheltered bay and estuary just north of Newcastle. The entrance to the port is well lit and is almost one mile wide with a depth of 15 metres. The entrance and channels are easily navigable in the hours of darkness. Anchorage holding properties are good with the bottom being sand and mud. Good shelter is afforded in all weather conditions. The region offers exceptional game fishing plus beach, rock and estuary fishing. Other water sports such as scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing, parasailing, wind surfing and water skiing can all be enjoyed within the bay. Port Stephens has numerous large marinas located on the southern shore including d'Alboras Nelsons Bay, Anchorage Marina and Soldiers Point Marina. Forster Tuncurry Forster Tuncurry, also known as Cape Hawke Harbour is 45 miles north of Port Stephens. It is the entrance to Wallis Lake and the twin towns of Forster and Tuncurry occupy each bank respectively. The bar is deep and accessible in most weather conditions. Numerous boating facilities exist in the Forster Boat Harbour and at Tuncurry. Crowdy Head Crowdy Head, 24 miles north of Forster Tuncurry, is a safe little harbour that is well protected in all weathers. It is a small fishing port and is earning itself a reputation as being a very convenient refuelling stop as an alternative to Coffs Harbour. Fuel and provisions are available from the Fishing Cooperative.
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