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ON THE WATER
with David Lockwood
With 18 new courtesy moorings recently
dispatched on Sydney Harbour,
bringing the total to 45 or so, it’s
Destination Sydney for locals and visiting
It took a week or so of boating to put the
45-plus Sydney courtesy moorings to the test.
The recent addition of 18 new moorings has
created a fantastic opportunity for locals and
visiting boaters to experience Sydney Harbour
without worr ying about anchoring.
With spring in the air, we performed a
mooring crawl from the upper dormitories in
Middle Harbour through to the best beach
locations flushed by the tides, to the new
boltholes with moorings to the parking spots
in front of famous eateries.
Here’s our take on Destination Sydney
starting during an anticlockwise voyage from
Bantry Bay to Athol Bay, along the Eastern
Suburbs, to end up at Manly Cove.
1. Bantry Bay (8): A unique setting with
the old ammunition sheds and a perfect
dormitory during summer’s northeasters
and in the winter sun. One of a kind. All
2. Sugarloaf Bay (4): More protected than
Bantry in southerly and westerly winds
with the stirring sunsets over Castle Cove,
friendly ducks and good fishing. Any
3. The Spit (2): Leave your boat off d’Albora
Marinas and take the tender into the
awarded Ormeggio eatery and Chiosoco
on-deck café with boat-menu available.
Good summer dining option.
4. Parriwi (4): In the no-wash zone and a
tender ride or paddleboard from beautiful
Chinamen’s Beach and the sprawling
parkland, Middle Harbour Yacht Club and
The Spit. Protected in winter.
5. Balmoral (3): Eat street in ‘Mozzman’ with
Bathers Pavilion, the Public Dining Room
and La Republicca doing ever ything from
soufflés to crème brûlées. Also takeaways,
bottle shop and events like Shakespeare
in the Park. Escape southerly busters.
5. Chowder Bay (1): Will be keenly contested
given the 7am Sunday opening time of
Baccino café in the beach corner and
Ripples above overlooking the lovely bay.
Lots of boat traffic and light onshore winds
6. Taylor’s Bay: Tucked into the western
corner behind Bradleys Head, with great
protection and sun. Still some wake from
the passing ferries out yonder. Good winter
hang and inner-city accessible paddle spot
by day. Protection from westerlies.
7. Athol Bay (5): The best mooring spot to
see the sunset over the harbour icons.
Listen to the seals bark on dusk. Rocky
but stirring views. Protected from summer
8. McMahon’s Point West (1): Not yet
explored but it’s going to be rocky and with
great views of the bridge and city with the
lights on at night. Worth a shot at cocktail
9. Rose Bay (4): Impressive set-up off the
sandy Florida-like flats in the corner of the
bay. Seaplanes buz z by and some wake,
but a great spot to paddle, fish and learn
to sail. Haute cuisine to haute couture
ashore. Southerly protection.
10. Hermit Bay (2): Another stirring viewing
site looking straight back down the guts of
Port Jackson to the ‘Coathanger’. Always
rocky but with a neat park ashore for picnics
around Milk Beach. Best for sundowners
in a summer northeaster.
11. Nielsen Park (1): Surf’s up. Or when it
is cracking along the reef at this famous
harbour break, you could try putting your
trailerboat on the mooring and paddling
in. Rocky, sure, but a great beach and
swimming and diving area. A lunch spot
rather than on-deck hang.
12. Vaucluse Bay (1): Tucked in behind Bottle
and Glass, but still pretty rocky. A good spot
nevertheless in summer when you want to
escape the sea breezes. Dive around the
rocks and take the tender to near Watsons
Bay. Day play.
13. Watsons Bay (1): The mooring is well
offshore, but yachties and big boats can set
down crew on the wharf and then take the
tender into the beach for famous fish and
chips, a swim and cold beer. Iconic hang
during long summer sunsets. DUI hotspot.
14. Camp Cove (1): Ever ything from a kiosk
ashore and great swimming to night diving
on the reef below and just hanging out.
Protected from sea breezes, but not boat
15. Quarantine Beach (3): Nice clean oceanic
water, great swimming, paddling and
diving, and a ver y inviting beach. Protected
from south to northeast winds. Café, coffee,
restaurant and bar ashore. We have fallen
out of our bunk when beam-on to Manly
Ferry wake at night here, but a great day
16. Manly Cove (5): Grab a mooring, take the
tender to shore, and do dinner at Hugos at
Manly Wharf overlooking your craft. Shop
in Manly on weekends, provision via Aldi
on the wharf, and have a body surf. An
important roadstead for cruising yachties
from Pittwater and afar. Some ferry wake
and exposed in southerly winds. But like
a millpond in summer nor’easters. Great
The 18 new courtesy moorings on Sydney
Harbour are funded by our boat licences and
registration fees. Plans are afoot to rollout more
courtesy moorings in other Sydney and state
waterways. Be mindful of the mooring locations,
don’t run over their ropes, abide by the 24-hour
restriction and, above all, enjoy. h
Destination Sydney Harbour
Grab a mooring
in Manly Cove
and do dinner
Quarantine Beach has the cleanest water in
Sydney Harbour and a restaurant and bar.
Bantry Bay is unique and the author’s
favourite dormitory in Sydney Harbour.
Balmoral has three new moorings giving
access to fine dining ashore.
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