Q.Are there places in marinas where you can tie up the dingy and leave it safely for a day (or two) while anchored or moored outside the marina?
Comment: I don't know about the rest of the world but Sydney
sometimes feels like dinghy
theft central. That said I've only had a pair of new oars stolen, but I've spoken to a few owners who have had dinghys stolen. I always lock my dinghy
and oars together, have it's name permanently inscribed (not the same as the big boat) and don't have anything worth stealing anyway. I've been told that what thieves really like is outboard
motors, seemingly the bigger ones are more highly prized. My biggest worry is some drunk who just wants to get home.
Q.How long can you be anchored before they'll move you along? Can vary a bit. Technically 3 days, but I've not heard of it being strictly enforced. At the moment things are really tight and boats seem to be anchoring
all over the place for as long as they like. It's before an election so they may crack down or they may not. Blackwattle and Rozelle Bays are favourite cruiser anchoring spots and they look full. There are a few "pink" public moorings that are available for 24 hours, but some seem to stretch this. If your boat looks really spiffy and no one complains how are they to know?
Q.Are there temporary moorings available at marinas?
Comment. Many slipways and marinas in Sydney
moorings to rent. Mostly it's on a monthly basis, but the smaller operators may let you stay for a few days.
Q.Are there docks where you can tie up your boat for the day (or two)?
Comment. There are, but in Sydney be prepared to be separated from an arm and a leg.
Q.What are the rules about anchoring along unpopulated areas of the coast?
Comment. In general anchoring is permitted in NSW waters, subject to a multitude of restrictions (Naval base, sea grass, penguins...). The NSW Maritime website
has much information. In particular they sell large and small scale maps that are accepted by them. These maps show many of the restricted areas.
At the moment in Sydney there are a large number of cruising boats waiting for the end of the cyclone season before going north, and a large marina and mooring field has closed for redevelopment. It's chockers...