Originally Posted by tdw
As a Western Islander who is hoping to visit the North and South Islands next year please enlighten me. Where was the pic taken ? That has got to be one of the most beautiful looking anchorages
I've ever seen. Damn, the colour of that water
is gorgeous and the backdrop, wow.
Me and madam are taking the Raven up to Port Stephens (NSW) post Boxing Day. If it's too crowded then we'll probably mooch around the coast for a few weeks, either drift south or head
out to Lord Howe and back. Lord Howe itself will probably not have any vacant moorings but I'm itching to spend a night or two at Middleton Reef even if it will be a tad uncomfortable. Tasmania also an option but maybe too much rushing around required. As you can see we are totally organised and allowing no vacillation.
I'm not a Christmassy type I'm afraid. All hype and bullshit and I'm not much for religion or fireworks. If I have to sit through another Sydney
NewYearsEve ooh aah whiz bang spectacular I'll scream. Made worse by the fact that every other fecker is on holidays and wants to go to the same secluded anchorage as me and me lady friend. I crave solitude and I guess the only place I'll find it post Christmas is out at sea unless the weather is complete crap and then hopefully everyone else will stay at home.
Memo to self - forget your happy pills this morning ?
I'm not really as grouchy an old bugger as the above would indicate, honestly I'm not.
I have been to Middleton Reef twice. 1 week stay each time.
I'm not sure why you would think that it is uncomfortable. I've seen it blow 30kts there. I've had winds from NE through South. The boat never rolled. The anchorage is in deep white sand and holding is very good. It is protected from every direction except a strong NW (which is very rare). You can tuck way back in, in 15-20' of water
There is the clearest water, best coral
and most beautiful fish
that I have seen anywhere.
There are a few specs of sand at low tide and the reef is very exposed. However, care must be taken when exploring the reef. The top coral
is very broken up and hard to walk on.
I haven't anchored at Elizebeth Reef but I did motor
in to the small lagoon
. It's not well protected and very little swinging room. I would consider it a very dangerous place to anchor
. The nice part about Middleton is that you can exit in any conditions. If you found yourself with a NW wind
building in the middle of the night, it would still be easy to get out.
I would consider Middleton Reef a "DO NOT MISS".