Hey Mr B, sounds like a great mission.
Eden will probably be your first stop; you often end up tying up next to a fishing
boat on the wharf and it's a walk up the hill to shop eat and drink. There's sheltered anchorage on the south side of Twofold Bay as well.
I've never been in to Bateman's Bay but they tell me it can be ok for a rest and a shop.
Harbour pass under the bridge and under the Pyrmont bridge to drop anchor
in Blackwattle Bay, across from the Fish
Markets. Free, no ferry
wash, and no hassle. Dinghy
markets and 20 minute walk into the city, or come ashore on the Blackwattle side and walk up the hill to Glebe Point Road for shopping
cafes pubs laundry
, markets on saturday.
Pittwater 10 miles north of Sydney
harbour is big sheltered stretch of water
, lots of nice bays with moorings if you're killing time waiting for weather
, can get busy weekends (lots of stinkboat wash). Church Point, friday arvo under the tree near the ferry
wharf, buy a bottle from the shop and yarn with the liveaboards thereabouts.
NSW north of Pittwater; a lot of your stops will involve bar crossings so careful planning with departure times to get a favourable tide crossing the bar at destinations is needed. Port Stephens an exception, plus if you get a spot, free couple of days on public wharf (look for scales where they weigh gamefish on the end) with easy walk to pubs and shopping
upriver and look for free stick wharf behind the RSL. Pay deposit in club for shower
key, have some beers and a feed for a thanks to the club. Easy walk to shops; good stop.
Yamba is a nice stop, bar is protected from SE by headland so can often get in when other bars are closed. If you're knackered go into Iluka on N side and drop the pick; ferry across to Yamba. Channel in to Yamba bit more involved but with your draft
should be a cinch. There were a couple of free coupla day moorings last time I went in. Watch for tide training walls out from riverbank, they might be invisible at high tide. Can navigate 60 miles upriver to Grafton if you like; great pottering.
Coffs Harbour you can anchor
in outer basin but probably be rolly. Bus to town for shopping. Nothing special IMO.
Southport Bar is totally exposed so don't expect to get in after few days bad weather
. Anchor free in Bums Bay on south arm. Jetski and stinkboat heaven on weekends. Good place to leave. The inside passage
to Moreton Bay is the way to go.
try for spot on pile moorings upriver at Botanic Gardens. Ferry wash from high speed cat ferries might not be too bad for your boat. Bribie Island, N Moreton Bay, anchor free waiting for good weather to get up and cross Wide Bay Bar.
Tin Can Bay nice spot for feed and a shop.
Inside to Hervey Bay is the go.
Bundaberg is easy approach any time. Fuel
and shopping and you could anchor in the basin at Burnett Heads if you don't want to go upriver to Bundy. Anchor free and good dinghy dock
at Bundy if you do go upriver; good shopping pubs.
Pancake Creek good stop for a sleep. In reasonable weather don't need to go in to creek, just anchor round the corner of Bustard Head
Gladstone a long way up the roads and slow if you miss the tide. Long walk to shops. Heavy industry abounds and coal dust rains out the sky. Anchoring
difficult, uncomfortable. Inside passage
through the Narrows to Keppel Bay is an entertaining mission tho.
In stable weather can anchor off Rosslyn Bay and bus to town for shopping.
From here north you're heading into the best of Qld cruising. Island Head Creek sometimes locked up by Services playing wargames, but Percy Islands not much further.
Just a few thoughts for now Mr B.
The Alan Lucas guides are worth the money
for NSW and QLD. If you wanna hang around the Whitsundays 100 Magic Miles is good.
What a great mission, good luck mate. Get round to the Kimberley before they bugger it up; they wanna build a LNG plant 60km north of Broome!
regards from Groover