The choice of anchorages depends on how long you make your days runs, or if you like to go overnight on the favourable breezes.
We often decide about 5 in the afternoon whether we want to go through the night or duck in at the next port. Usually don't stop for the day before 3.
Going northbound, from Sydney
, we would anchor
in the Hunter
, although the marina in Newcastle is quite nice, if you prefer marinas
, if we hadn't made it to Broughton Is. (But of course, you could duck into Pt. Stephens, which has both N and S wind
anchorages) as well as a public dock
, some moorings, and a marina.
Forster-Tuncurry is a possible stop, but it has to work
with the tides, as do Pt. Maquarie, which has a tricky entrance, but also a lot of impounded water
behind it, too, as does Camden Haven, but all are interesting to visit. In S'ly winds, we've anchored off Cape Hawke peninsula, if we wanted a break. This, in a way, is something you have to decide based on whether, like a racing
sailor, you want to sail whatever the weather
gods give you, or whether you want to put energy into saving energy and making things easy on the boat. If it is your first time at sea, you may find the boat develops leaks
(or indeed, other problems) once out of flat water
. One way to look at it is where would you duck in for repairs
? Anywhere that still has a fishing
fleet will have something.
and Pt. Stephens, there are also two public moorings two places I am aware of: 2 in Towlers (or Morning) Bay, Pittwater, and 2 on the seaward
side of the bridge into Lake Macquarie.
Next, going north are Trial Bay (southerly), and the Macleay R., if your draft
is shallow enough, followed by Coff's Hbr. (the marina is closed, still, but you can anchor
out), the Clarence river, anchor in Iluka or marina in Yamba, and then, on to Byron Bay (Southerly wind
anchorage), and into Southport the next day.
There are other places to stop, and the trip up the Clarence is very pretty. It is really a very individualized issue, and it is your and your crew's preferences which should govern your decisions, not what Jim and I do, which might not be at all to your taste. A small example, is we prefer to anchor out, not use marinas
; and I have decided that I don't like to wait for the tides of the barred harbors, so we prefer open roadsteads that we can leave when we want, but be warned, they can be rolly, particularly Byron Bay if the southerly quits.
By the way, Sapient Sue is off on a Bass St. crossing, but I will be around for a while here before we start south, and of course there are many others who will have input.