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Old 04-02-2013, 07:33   #16
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Re: Buying bulk food/supplies

Walmart Superstore is the way to go.
But also find a wholesale food service supermarket where they will let you purchase either because its open to the public or you use your international boat papers. Their specialty is bulk brands, commercial establishment brands and commercial package sizes.
The normal products are not much cheaper than Walmart but things like bulk toilet paper that's thin, therefor great for marine heads, is available in bulk prices.
Herbs in bulk containers in the resturant mixes, not the home kitchen crap, for example, the herbs de Provence contain real lavender where the supermarkets have no lavender at all.
Extra virgin olive oil comes in big cans and won't break the bank.
Etc etc etc.

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Old 04-02-2013, 08:12   #17
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Ohh - the bulk herbs recommendation is great.

I thought the larger containers were 'cheaper fill'.

Will look into these ASAP.

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Old 10-11-2013, 00:18   #18
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Re: Buying Bulk Food/Supplies

When you get to Oz, we have only recently had a few Costco stores open, mostly in Victoria (melbourne) so the main supermarkets are still Woolworths, Coles and Aldi.

The trick is finding them in close proximity to a dock or anchorage!

In Sydney, Blackwattle Bay in Sydney harbour is one place visiting boats anchor out, off the waterside park on the Glebe side, and the Sydney Fish Market is on the other side.

Better still, the weekly green grocer/farmers market - Paddy's Market - takes place in the Haymarket about a 10min walk from the dinghy dock at the fish market, and the main supermarkets are also a 15min walk away in the huge Broadway shopping mall, across Wentworth Park and up Bay St.

Great eateries are found all the way along Glebe Pt Rd, parallel with the bay, but vary from exxy to moderate. Good food, good coffee a short walk away.

If anchoring in Botany Bay, and not during a southerly, off Little Bay is a good spot for a shopping trip, as the local buses run right to the shoreline where you can beach at the Little Bay Sailing Club, and get the bus back in to Kingsford and Randwick, where there are numerous el cheapo Asian grocers, due to the high proportion of Asian students at the nearby University of NSW.

Drummoyne, up river from the Sydney Harbour Bridge has a marina, but you can anchor nearby and dinghy in to the major shopping centre on the waterfront.

In Pittwater, a similar situation exists at Church Point, the most southerly point in the bay, where the bus service meets the local water ferries, and is a 5min ride to Mona Vale shopping centre where all the supermarkets and a wide variety of specialty shops are within easy walking distance.

If you're in Pittwater, check out the Bistro at the RMYC, where you can dock the dinghy if visiting the resataurant for a blow-out for reasonable dollars. It's a 'licensed club' so you need to be 'signed in' but that's easily done at the top main entrance, and especially easy if you have reciprocal membership.

And from Pittwater all the secure anchorages and waterways of the Hawkesbury estuary are open to you. Check 'em out.

A good tip is to Google 'Woolworths' supermarkets (and/or Coles) as they are usually anchor tenants in large-ish malls in the regional port towns up and down (and around) the coast, and are often a short walk/ride from the nearest anchorage.

In Port Macquarie, for example, heading slightly up river from the main town is Settlement City supermarket, which has Woolies as the anchor tenant, and is on the water not far from the Yacht Club and Marina. Beach the dinghy on the concrete apron and you are a 20yard walk from the supermarket itself, plus numerous coffee shops.

Local knowledge is invaluable, but Oz has NOTHING like the type and quantity of 'bunker' food suppliers that the US has. And almost invariably, the 'el cheapo' supermarkets are miles from the water and on a 'local knowledge only' basis.

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