On arriving in 1788 with the First Fleet Captain
Phillip said: a harbour in which a thousand sail of the line may ride in the most perfect security.
It is surprising that so very few international cruisers sail into
Sydney Harbour, the most amazing harbour in the world.
There are two designated International Anchorages and two others worth particular note, and then a myriad bays, bites and roadsteads to rest awhile in (al)most perfect security
Blackwattle Bay is the main International Anchorage
33 52 20.688 S 151 11 08.337 E
A short dinghy ride to the Fish
Markets with 40 or so seafood resturants, green grocers, ice etc 33 52 23.183 S 151 11 27.767 E
Supermarket up the road from Blackwattle Bay at 33° 53.016'S 151° 11.593'E walk up, taxi back
From the fish markets walk over the pedestrain bridge over Darling Harbour and you are right in the city of Sydney. its a short walk.
The other International Anchorage and if you have a dog on board you may have to say here. Balls Head
33 50 42.147 S 151 11 50.552 E I dont like that anchorage as its miles from anywhere.
The best tourist anchorage, and this one no one believes is an anchorgae is Farm Cove right next to the Opera House sourrounded by the Botanic Gardens. Rearly will you find another boat in there. Ferries go past but it quietens down at night. This is one of the worlds unmissable anchorages.
33 51 34.878 S 151 13 08.966 E
Store Bay completely surrounded by bush, this anchorage has no road access and is the treasure of locals. Its just north of North Head
33 48 40.995 S 151 17 18.899 E Only go on weekends if you want to meet LOTS of locals! And get there early friday because its gets packed from lunchtime. Dinghy to Little Manly beach to go into Manly 33 48 24.561 S 151 17 10.110 E
On a quiet summer night there is none better than the open roadstead by Shark Island. Have a cocktail as you watch the suun set behind the Harbour Bridge and Opera House 33 51 38.721 S 151 15 25.787 E some larger boats, super yachts etc stay here for weeks. Either North or South of Shark Island is fine. go where the view is best.
And the really realy special moment to be in Sydney Harbour is New Years Eve. It sounds like its going to be hell on water
but everyone is happy and friendly just grab a great spot off Garden Island 33 51 27.772 S 151 13 27.125 E and the photo
below is what you will see.
Enjoy Sydney. Its the most amazing city in the world. I love it. Its my city and its my home and I miss it terribly.