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Old 10-03-2013, 15:11   #16
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We will be, probably leaving Pittwater area mid May.

Tonight we are anchored in Blackwattle Bay with an incredible view of the city. Visiting Sydney by boat is a highlight of our travels!
Spend a night at one of the public moorings near Taronga Zoo. Fantastic views of the city, and the sun setting behind the harbour bridge. Some interesting animal calls can be heard too.

You can also anchor in Farm Cove, right next to the opera house and botanical gardens. Not the most comfortable anchorage, due to ferry wakes, but great views.
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Old 10-03-2013, 20:30   #17
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Re: Aussie Aussie Aussie!

If they made Sydney Harbour a now wake Zone it would be perfect, but between working hours the generated chop and swell from all the traffic just adds to the location. The public moorings at Taronga Zoo (Athol Bay) get my vote. I even got caught there during a Sydney Southerly buster, Not protected from the south.
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If you are looking for somewhere quiet in Sydney go to Bantry Bay. It's up past the Spit Bridge. Courtesy moorings there. 5NM from the city as the crow flies but completely isolated from civilization. Great spot.

I also second Lake Macquarie. Public jetties everywhere with water and walking access to shops. We stayed for 5 weeks last year.

Currently on the Gold Coast. Hervey Bay in May. Whitsundays by June/July.

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DTM,

Width isn't a problem at LMQ. We are 7.5m beam and no problems at all.

But the opening bridge gets your attention. Plenty wide enough for the hull, but with a tall mast the gap between the spans when open looks a bit small. No problem of course, just stay in the middle of the channel but we certainly found it "interesting".

Don't let it put you off though. Well worth a visit.

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We got a call from a friend who could take photos from the bridge, so we left Blackwattle and headed for the bridge. We did a series of tacks, avoiding a tanker, some tugs, big ferries, small ferries, fast ferries and other boats, as close to the Opera House as possible. Hope to get a nice photo.
It would be fun to stay in Farm Cove but it's closed while they get ready for the water opera. So we are at the zoo, looking forward to a glass of wine and a beautiful sunset.
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We got a call from a friend who could take photos from the bridge, so we left Blackwattle and headed for the bridge. We did a series of tacks, avoiding a tanker, some tugs, big ferries, small ferries, fast ferries and other boats, as close to the Opera House as possible. Hope to get a nice photo.
It would be fun to stay in Farm Cove but it's closed while they get ready for the water opera. So we are at the zoo, looking forward to a glass of wine and a beautiful sunset.
Hi I spent new years eve acouple of years ago moored at the zoo, a gentle nor east breeze to blow all the smoke from the fireworks back over the city, a really magic night in a fabulous location. But then I am biased because Sydney is home. Enjoy, its compulsory.
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How wide is the passage into Lke Macquarie?

Draft is not our issue but we are 9 metres wide
Just came through the bridge a couple of hours ago. I'd estimate it's around 14-15m wide.

Slack tide at the bridge happens at around 1/2 tide. It's a big lake, with a small entrance, so the level of the lake doesn't change all that much with the tides. Apparently barometric pressure has more influence!

So usually the lake sits around 1/2 tide level.
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Re: Aussie Aussie Aussie!

I thought the OP was asking who was heading North.....

Bugger Lake Macquarie and Sydney.........North starts at the QLD/NSW border......
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How wide is the passage into Lke Macquarie?

Draft is not our issue but we are 9 metres wide
Hi DTM,
you will have no worries entering the lake width wise. Friends have just recently purchased a 47 foot Leopard and had no issues going through the bridge. The tide at the lake turns later then that listed for Swansea heads and you have to allow about two hours for slack water. In a cat you will have no issues what so ever in the chanel. I have noticed over the past years that the population of Cats has increased significantly. We had a 45 foot Fountain Pajot moored near us recently. Many cats come into the Lake on their journeys north and south so I expect it will be a case of first time jitters that will be the only issue that you may incur
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Re: Aussie Aussie Aussie!

Thanks all for the Lake Macquarie info.

We will give it a try. loking forward to a new location.
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Re: Aussie Aussie Aussie!

You are looking for a buddy boat?
I am leaving on 20 April in Noosa to Darwin and on from there to Bali.
Cat Simpson 45. The plan is to take in some sights and islands along the way, but wanting to arrive in Bali 10 June latest.

What are your plans, Jim?

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Hi Ray,

We plan to go to the Louisiades and then around the east side of PNG, Palau, the Philippines to Malaysia.
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Re: Aussie Aussie Aussie!

We plan on doing New Caledonia, with a side trip to Vanuatu (Tanna).
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We plan on doing New Caledonia, with a side trip to Vanuatu (Tanna).
Hope you dont mind paying a fortune for everything, stunning places though and great fishing
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