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Old 07-07-2014, 20:41   #1
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Cruising the Australian East coast

Hi all,
Last Xmas partner Lyn and I cruised Meltemi from Melbourne to Hobart via the Eastern Bass Strait islands. An excellent month long trip. The yacht is now safely tied up in Prince of Wales Bay in the Derwent River.
Soon we plan to return taking the boat to the Gippsland Lakes (where I can access a free berth) before heading north towards Port Stephens during and after Xmas.
We have previously delivered the yacht from Sydney to Melbourne when we purchased her but only stopped in Eden for a night..
Any tips on anchorages/points of interest between Gabo Island and Newcastle appreciated.
Likely only the two of us for most of the trip. Other crew may arrive in time. If not see you later.
thanks.
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Old 07-07-2014, 22:37   #2
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Hi, Ian and Lyn, You can pretty much day hop till you leave Tasmania. (We've done the Hobart to Qld trips about 10 times, just so's you know.) Alan Lucas' "Cruising the NSW Coast book will show you all the places you might go in. After Gabo, the first stopping place is just above Green Cape, and reputed to be rolly with east in the swell, then Eden. We usually go to Eden, mainly for stores and to see friends. In Twofold Bay, one waits for the weather to come right, or if it's still good, it's just a stopover. No depth issues for you at 2.5 m. (We draw 2.2.)

Have gone in Narooma. Not recommended. Have anchored at Broulee Is., and it was good. Our next stop would be Jervis Bay, a really good National Park. From there, depending on wnd strength, you can get to Port Hacking's Gibbon Beach, if it's light airs, or clear to Pittwater/Broken Bay, where there is another lovely national park.

That'll get you started, anyway, and if you stop in Sydney, visit Boat Books and pick up a copy of Alan's book. They're going to be scarce as hens' teeth, soon.

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P.S. We've been in most of the places we can get with out draft, so PM us - either Jim or me - if you want to know about somewhere in particular. For overnight stops, we prefer not to go up the rivers, and I (not so much Jim) prefer the open roadstead type of anchorages for ease of early morning departures.

PPS: The trip up the Clarence to Grafton is a pretty one.
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Old 07-07-2014, 23:06   #3
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Thanks. I have Alan's book. Very useful. I'll keep you posted on the trip North
we did the island hopping exercise on the way South. Great trip
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Hi Sandy Beaches,

Ian, after Pittwater don't miss Lake MacQuarie. The entrance has been dredged and is going to be dredged again later this year making Xmas into the lake a lot easier.
Much to see and do in the lake and is close to good transport and amenities. Lots restaurants and parks ,water and fuel.
Once in Pt Stephens its a nice day trip to Broughton Island.
Let us know when your up.
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Old 08-07-2014, 03:04   #5
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The entrance to Pittwater is becoming silted. Keep way over to starboard. I draw 2.0m and have touched on a low tide.

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Hi, Ian and Lyn, You can pretty much day hop till you leave Tasmania. (We've done the Hobart to Qld trips about 10 times, just so's you know.) Alan Lucas' "Cruising the NSW Coast book will show you all the places you might go in. After Gabo, the first stopping place is just above Green Cape, and reputed to be rolly with east in the swell, then Eden. We usually go to Eden, mainly for stores and to see friends. In Twofold Bay, one waits for the weather to come right, or if it's still good, it's just a stopover. No depth issues for you at 2.5 m. (We draw 2.2.)

Have gone in Narooma. Not recommended. Have anchored at Broulee Is., and it was good. Our next stop would be Jervis Bay, a really good National Park. From there, depending on wnd strength, you can get to Port Hacking's Gibbon Beach, if it's light airs, or clear to Pittwater/Broken Bay, where there is another lovely national park.

That'll get you started, anyway, and if you stop in Sydney, visit Boat Books and pick up a copy of Alan's book. They're going to be scarce as hens' teeth, soon.

Ann

P.S. We've been in most of the places we can get with out draft, so PM us - either Jim or me - if you want to know about somewhere in particular. For overnight stops, we prefer not to go up the rivers, and I (not so much Jim) prefer the open roadstead type of anchorages for ease of early morning departures.

PPS: The trip up the Clarence to Grafton is a pretty one.
I know this is off topic but with all your experience along the coast of Australia Id love to hear from some Aussies on the Kaz II incident. What's the consensus Down Under? Do you believe the coroners report?

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PS i am new to this forum. If it's been discussed before can you lead me to the thread.
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The entrance to Pittwater is becoming silted. Keep way over to starboard. I draw 2.0m and have touched on a low tide.

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If you simply note and follow the portside channel markers off of the Basin you will have no trouble... at least we don't and we draw 2.2 m.

The charts for the area seem correct in our experience.

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Wikipedia has an entry.

Some lessons there for all of us.
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Wikipedia has an entry.

Some lessons there for all of us.
Thanks.... Read all that info when I searched the internet. But it still would be nice to hear from some Aussies that have sailed in that area? If it was two guys going overboard, maybe but three???

Then again, **** happens....

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PS i am new to this forum. If it's been discussed before can you lead me to the thread.
It has been discussed in several threads. Here is one of them
Yachtsmen 'died in freak accident'

Others can be found going to the drop down search menu (near the top of every page) and using the "Google Custom search" option. This really the only search function that works well of this forum.
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Thanks, will check it out....

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