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While the winds swirl about Pittwater in the most mysterious
of ways, sailors enjoy the challenge. A day rarely passes
without a race of some kind. For motorboaters, the
western shore along Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is the main
Besides the verdant bush, some truly dramatic sandstone bluffs
look down at the gently heaving anchorages. And it’s here that you
soon come to the realisation that you’ve escaped Sydney’s hubbub.
Pittwater isn’t far and you can voyage from the harbour in as
little as 40 minutes. But it does have a personality of its own and
a microclimate that has led to a new local weather-forecasting
website for boaters. See http://pittwaterweather.com/Barrenjoey/.
And make a weekend of it.
Bay view to Church Point: The boat traffic from the marinas
makes this stretch more of a
departure than destination point.
That said, Blue Pearl Bayview
Thai Waterfront Restaurant above
Bayview Anchorage is good for
some spice. Or catch the flathead
and blue swimmer crabs from
among the moorings and cook your own aboard instead.
McCarrs Creek to Woody Point: The creek can cater for a
Huck Finn-type creek adventure in your kayak or tender. Although
the mouth is strewn with moorings, the upper reaches alongside
the picnic grounds are a pleasant diversion and the fishing from
a drifting boat can be great. This time of year, Aussie bass and
estuary perch jump on lures. Do release them.
The Island: The boat-only-accessible communities of Scotland
Island, Elvina and Lovett bays form the backbone of the Pittwater.
Prominent artists and writers rub fenders with the knockabout
commuters. Salvation Creek and A Life on Pittwater by author Susan
Duncan are inspiring books that might make you consider an
estuary change. There’s good bushwalking in the area via the
Elvina trail and a waterfall if you know where to look.
Morning Bay: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park takes hold
with towering sandstone bluffs, angophoras growing in impossible
places, flowering native bush, sea eagles and whistling kits on
the wing. As Morning Bay faces, it catches the sun. Add a faint
westerly zephyr and your cockpit will be sun-drenched for breakfast.
Mid-week or during the off-season there are plenty or moorings
to spare in Towlers Bay, a great night anchorage with a Tarzan
rope ashore. Nearby newly named Treharne Cove is an alternate
anchorage inside the no-wash zone.
Longnose Point to
Soldiers Point: Outside the
no-wash zone, but fantastic
prospects for staging long
lunches. Portuguese Beach
is a great day anchorage,
with a good hold, room to
spread a blanket and kick a ball,
and a deep fishing hole about
200-metres from the shore.
Wallabies bound about the bush
as goannas and kookas raid your
hamper. Fishing for kingfish is
brilliant off Longnose, Taylors
and Stokes points using local squid bait.
Coasters Retreat: Pittwater’s favourite anchorage has
everything for the family boater including oodles of club moorings
that you can borrow (don’t leave your boat unattended); protection
from all but strong north-easterly
winds; an abundance of fish and
squid; and safe swimming behind
the shark net at The Basin, where
there is camping perfect for the
kids. Crowds are down now and
the calm has been restored. Do
a woodfired barbecue lunch and
grab a macchiato from the vending
Currawong Beach to West Head: There are shelving
sandbanks and ferry wharves to avoid but room to anchor at the
northern ends on the beaches, where you can nudge in to shore
in your tender, enjoy a peaceful picnic and a safe swim.
Resolute Beach: Tight and exposed to wake and large ocean
swells, but a wonderful lunch setting, with swimming over a clean
sandy bottom reminiscent of the tropics. Best during the morning
and a light seabreeze so the back of your boat faces the shore.
Mind the submerged boulders.
Palm Beach to Snapperman Beach: The corner of Barrenjoey
is a well-protected anchorage during howling sea breezes in just
two metres of water covered in seagrass. Drop anchor over the
sandy patches and take the tender or kayak to shore for breakfasts
and lunches at The Boathouse near the seaplane base.
At Palm Beach proper, you can grab a mooring from Gonsalves
Boat Shed or Palm Beach Marine and head to shore in your tender
for fine dining, the deli, fish and chips, a burger, coffee, grog, club
grub and more. Myra the fetching ferry will deliver you from The
Basin to Palm Beach if you want a break from your boat. Or run-up
the fire trial behind the shower block instead.
ON THE WATER
with David Lockwood
Lunch at Portuguese Beach.
Hanse yacht race.
Cruising the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Family dinghy sailing in
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