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Old 19-02-2012, 12:06   #31
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I am getting so excited..... we are getting ready at the moment to set off from Melbourne and head north..... we should be ready mid March

What recomendations / advise have you got for us,

We have an Olympic 40 and there is two of us.

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Hi oz,

When you're sailing up NSW south coast, here are my tips, must do's Eden, Bermaguie, lunch stop at montegue island, then Moruya River, Batemans Bay (watch the bar at bb, high tide entry and exit.) Jervis Bay, and Greenwell Point.

Must avoids Ulladulla & Wollongong Harbours. If you want more information just ask, I've surfed and sailed this coast most of my life.

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Old 19-02-2012, 14:57   #32
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Re: Australia: What a Beautiful Place to Cruise

Thanks very much Glenn, why avoid Ulladula and Wollongong, no particular reason just interested in knowing
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Old 20-02-2012, 03:03   #33
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I actually live in Ulladulla, and grew up in the gong. So I have nothing against the towns. Ulladulla Harbour not yacht friendly, no room, or tie up at tuna wharf and run by arrogant fish co-op who will want to charge you $50 per night with no facilities, and still have to put up with the moaning and complaints from fishing boat crews about you being there. Wollongong not as bad but not much room, and having to move at all hours of the night, to pacify fishing trawlers.
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Old 20-02-2012, 03:37   #34
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Thanks Glenn, I was interested in the reasons why stay away and fair enough reasons they are, so I appreciated you mentioning them as I wouldnt have known otherwise.

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Old 22-02-2012, 08:01   #35
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Re: Australia: What a Beautiful Place to Cruise

Hello
perhaps I can get some advice here. Our boat is currently in Brisbane and we will be going to Darwin for the Indonesia rally. Assuming we have 10 to 12 weeks to get from B to D, what is the best way to apportion them? Travel at approximately the same speed the whole time? Skip large chunks of coast that are not as interesting so as to have more time in other spots? What are the real highlight areas - assuming this is a one-time visit to Oz?

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Old 24-02-2012, 02:35   #36
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Re: Australia: What a Beautiful Place to Cruise

We will be liveaboard on our Lagoon 420 in and around Sydney from March 7 onwards.

Look us up if you are in the area.


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Old 24-02-2012, 12:49   #37
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We are in Brisbane now and will be heading north only I think.
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Re: Australia: What a Beautiful Place to Cruise

You guys really have me drooling! I'm sitting here in Colorado - really a beautiful place but not exactly a boating mecca and bloody cold right now - waiting for the residence permits to come through in order to take my wife and move to Gold Coast, Queensland! Keep telling me how wonderful a place Oz is for getting on the water!
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Re: Australia: What a Beautiful Place to Cruise

Gold Coast doesnt look much different to Florida from where I'm sitting and at least in Florida you have cheap housing, cheap boats and the Caribbean near by.
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Quite right - I grew up in Miami and my first impression of Gold Coast was how familiar it looked (except for driving on the 'wrong' side). But Gold Coast is where I have a job waiting as soon as the Department of Immigration and Citizenship tells me I can go. In the meantime, Cat Man Do, enjoy Florida and the Caribbean!
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In the meantime, Cat Man Do, enjoy Florida and the Caribbean!
I wish
I am stuck in Australia where most everything is far more expensive
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We will be liveaboard on our Lagoon 420 in and around Sydney from March 7 onwards.

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Hi As time goes by !
Do you know where abouts will be ? we will probably spend 3-4 weeks in sydney but we are looking for a reasonably priced mooring or maybe just dropping anchor somewhere
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Re: Australia - What a Beautiful Place to Cruise

I reckon that the gold coast is THE worst place to sail. It's shallow, narrow chanelled and very busy at the weekend. Most people run aground sometime because the sand banks shift all the time. Moreton bay( Brisbane) is by far the better choice if you are deep keeled. I have lived on or near the gold coast for 20 years, and before that spent 17 years on Pittwater, north of Sydney, and there is no comparison between the two for sailing pleasure.

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Ozmate,

Initially at Rushcutters Bay. Picking up our Lagoon there 6 March.


Our previous boat As Time Goes By a Seawind 1000XL is there also.


We will be staying in Sydney at least until Easter. Might go to Pittwater/Hawkesbury for a few days but we won't be far away.

Marinas tend to be expensive, but there are plenty of anchorages.
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Ozmate,

Initially at Rushcutters Bay. Picking up our Lagoon there 6 March.


Our previous boat As Time Goes By a Seawind 1000XL is there also.


We will be staying in Sydney at least until Easter. Might go to Pittwater/Hawkesbury for a few days but we won't be far away.

Marinas tend to be expensive, but there are plenty of anchorages.
OK, we will keep an eye for you and please do the same, our plans is to have the boat ready around mid march departing Melbourne taking our time going up north.

Our boat is an Olympic 40 called Bravado.

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