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Old 20-04-2011, 23:10   #1
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Sydney Harbour: Places to Anchor

Hi we are sailing into Sydney harbour tomorrow for 2 days and was wondering if anyone can reconmend places to anchor for some sightseeing and then overnight stay before we go further north,

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Old 20-04-2011, 23:21   #2
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Re: sydney harbour places to anchor?

For just day or two?
Depends on the wind -
1. hang a strboard turn from the heads and stay off the Quarrantine station near Manly. Can catch the ferry into town.
2. Straight in and anchor just down from the Spit Bridge. Access to buses at Spit Marina and Yacht club
3. Travel up harbour, under the bridge and head into bay on starboard. Access to ferry and buses easy.
4. Hang a port inside the heads and stay at first bay. Great beach, bus to city.
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Old 20-04-2011, 23:59   #3
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Thanks, just sailing up past jervis bay at the moment,
I think the kids want to see darling harbour area and a bit of the opera house,
Told them it looks good from the water but they want to walk around it.
Souund like good spots to pull up,

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Re: Sydney Harbour: Places to Anchor

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.
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Re: Sydney Harbour: Places to Anchor

So many places, so little time.

Directly West of Manly wharf off the aquarium where you get an easy walk to surf, shops, pubs, restaurants. If the wind comes up from the south, motor across to Cobbler's Beach on the NW side of Middle Head. The best view of the lot is from the corner beach on the W side of Bradley's Head. There is a public wharf at the fish market which is open every day. If the wharf is full head a little W, anchor in Blackwattle Bay and row across - it works up the appetite. If your boat is small, try the far top end of Mosman Bay past the wharf. Access only at high tide. Go under the Spit Bridge where there are lots of bays. There are several good waterfront restaurants at The Spit. Bridge opening times here
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There are good bars at MHYC near Spit Bridge, CYC in Rushcutters Bay, Drummoyne YC just N from Birkenhead Marina, Manly Skiffies to starbord as you approach Manly Wharf.

There's plenty more but that'll do for Easter.
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Re: Sydney Harbour: Places to Anchor

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Thanks, just sailing up past jervis bay at the moment,
I think the kids want to see darling harbour area and a bit of the opera house,
Told them it looks good from the water but they want to walk around it.
Souund like good spots to pull up,

Regards dirk
You can't anchor off the Opera House. The cops will go beresque.

Darling Harbour has a public wharf but it is stinkboats only. The easiest way to get to Darling Harbour is to take the train from the fish market. The station is directly E from the back of the market. Alternatively, you could walk which takes about 20 mins. As another alternative you could motor by dinghy from Blackwattle Bay, 30 mins maybe ?

Anyone know if there is a public wharf at the Maritime Museum ?
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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.
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Thanks everyone,you make these things easy.
Wish we had more time after all the suggestions,
I think we will go for Manly day one wind dependant and then Rozelle bay which looks good day 2 on sat when shops and Darling Harbour will be more active.
Just checked and our mast at 21 meters will easily clear under anzac bridge,

Thanks again Sydney
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Re: Sydney Harbour: Places to Anchor

Dont forget Sugarloaf and Bantry Bays on the other side of the Spit Bridge.
People often anchor off Balmoral Beach as well.
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I imagine the fuel prices fir diesel are about the same all over the harbour?
We have had no wind from Melb so need to take on 400 litres to refill.
Was thinking Baileys? Or Rushcutters bay 24 hr fuel.
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