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
, 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.
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.
Seek and ye shall find....