Originally Posted by scubastu
Quite a few boats anchor at Manly itself. Just in front of the swimming enclosure ( next to the aquarium ). I sometimes see boats there for weeks at a time waiting to head North . Once ashore its a 2min walk to the supermarket, pubs, cafes etc.
Great spot as long as the breeze is in the north. And if it goes south it's just a few minutes to quarantine bay or store beach. Good thing about Manly is it isn't effected by the ferry wakes, even though they stop right there.
Blackwattle/Rozelle bays have easy access to the fishmarkets, Darling harbour is an easy walk, and buses run up glebe road every few minutes. Very calm at night, but your boat gets dirty from the traffic fallout!
We also anchored over near Taronga zoo for a few nights - the view is great. Bit troubled by ferry wakes though, but it settles down at night.
We anchored in Farm cove, in front of the botanical gardens, right next to the opera house. Plenty of ferry wakes till they stop running around midnight. But quite a view. they even put on a fireworks display right in front of us!
If you want to walk around the opera house, the easiest way is to anchor further away, say Rozelle bay, and catch a bus to the city. There's not many places to land a dinghy
near the opera house.