> Powerboat-World.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Newsletters FishingBoating Features Photo Gallery Sail-World Australia Australian Cruising
MarineBusiness-World

 

Sail-World.com : A boatie's guide to the NSW Central Coast

A boatie's guide to the NSW Central Coast

'Terrigal Haven offers easy access to offshore fishing grounds and a ship dive'    NSW Tourism    Click Here to view large photo

Situated halfway between big cousins Sydney and Newcastle, the region known as the NSW Central Coast could also be called boating central.

Its lesser-known waterways are perfect for powercruisers, offering a myriad of beaches and protected anchorages.

There’s Broken Bay and Brisbane Water for big cruisers while Tuggerah Lake and Munmorah Lake further north are shallow havens for trailable runabouts.

For boats looking for offshore fishing or a dive on the newly sunk HMAS Adelaide, there’s an idyllic ocean launching ramp at Terrigal Haven.

Broken Bay, at the mouth of the mighty Hawkesbury River, has a Jurassic Park feel, with eons-old trees and boulders spilling down to the shoreline.

At night an eerie quietness descends and the sky is ablaze with stars. Only the metropolis's glow and a procession of aircraft descending to Sydney's airport betray your close proximity to suburbia.

Some of the main anchorages get crowded during weekends and school holidays as Sydneysiders flee the 'burbs, though midweek you'll generally find only a scattering of craft.

Sleepy Patonga on Broken Bay has some of the best fish and chips on the coast -  NSW Tourism   Click Here to view large photo

Civilisation has its benefits. You can pick up superb fish and chips from Patonga then nip across to nearby Refuge or America Bays for the evening.

A shower under a natural waterfall in Refuge Bay is the perfect start to a new day, along with some crisp bacon on the boat barbie … but be warned, the cheeky kookaburras are known to swoop down and steal meat straight from the hot plate.

Cottage Point marina, on Cowan Creek, sells newspapers and supplies and just upstream there's a waterfront restaurant called Cottage Point Inn that does a roaring trade (seaplanes ferry in diners from Sydney Harbour).

There are ramps at Bobbin Head and Akuna Bay, but if you're travelling south you're better off launching at Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury, where there's a great launching facility.

Brisbane Waters has a mix of residential development, city lights and sandy escapes -  NSW Tourism   Click Here to view large photo

Brisbane Water surrounds the city of Gosford, though early surveyors referred to it as ‘the north arm of the Hawkesbury’. The entrance is dicey because of shifting sands. You have to hug the Lobster Beach shoreline until reaching Little Box Head.

The channel winds 5.5 nautical miles to the main broadwater, branching off to Woy Woy and Empire Bay. It's not long before you find excellent marina facilities at Ettalong, Hardy's Bay and Booker Bay. Then you pass beneath the Rip Bridge, named because the tide flows through a narrow rock channel at up to six knots.

Brisbane Water is perfect for pleasure boating, as attested by the large number of moored craft. Gosford Boat Harbour has visitor berths, a public jetty and a ramp.

The Entrance on Tuggerah Lake is renowned for its flock of pelicans -  NSW Tourism   Click Here to view large photo

Tuggerah Lakes has copped bad press in recent years because the growth of housing is pressuring the delicate ecological balance. But a more picturesque place than The Entrance, home to a zillion pelicans, would be hard to find.

The waters are renowned for being benign. Indeed in the '80s a sailing catamaran syndicate set up camp on Tuggerah Lake to pursue the world speed sailing record, attracted by the promise of strong winds and flat water.

Tuggerah Lake joins Budgewoi Lake, then slightly further north is Munmorah Lake, a sand-lined waterway favoured by tinnie fishermen.

With such a range of waterways all so close together, it could take you a lifetime of weekends to do justice to the place.




by Mark Rothfield

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.powerboat-world.com/index.cfm?nid=85971

7:52 PM Fri 15 Jul 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Power Boat News





Predictwind helps you pick the best time to depart by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,






























Understanding the Ocean's role in Greenland Glacier melt by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI),


Dangerous conditions for boating on entire NSW Coast by Transport Roads and Maritme Services,


Revealing report on Search for American yacht Nina released *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,












AYSS PacificNet/Tahiti voted a success! by Asia Pacific Superyachts,














Dangerous conditions forecast for NSW boaters by Roads and Maritime Services,


APSNZ appoints Duthie Lidgard as new MD
Whale freed from rope at Byron Bay
Tidal current installations will increase boating hazards
Dangerous conditions for NSW coastal boaters from Thursday
World premieres and national debuts for Sydney International Boat Show
Marine Auctions experiencing rising tide of interest *Feature
Tags reveal Chilean devil rays are among ocean's deepest divers
Auckland On Water Boat Show to hold world record attempt
Zodiac at Sydney International Boat Show 2014 – Australian
Gold Coast International Marine Expo - Exhibitor space filling fast
Ceramic coated exhaust manifolds reduce engine bay temps on superboat
Reminder of safe distance requirements for whales
Changes to Australian bass closed season
Fusion achieves industry-wide acceptance of FUSION-Link
BSE Brisbane Slipways open for business as normal
Honda’s everywhere at Sydney International Boat Show!
Fifth round of XCAT World Powerboat Series moves to China
Sly 43 - Making her Australian premier
Maritimo full of confidence following recent wins
Australia event cements its position as hosting 'the' marina party
Up close and personal with whales on the Gold Coast   
SA Marina Day encourages South Australians to enjoy their marinas   
Southport Yacht Club raffle: Dusit Thani, BRIG Falcon, Marriott stay   
Enjoy the whale spectacle, just keep your distance   
The Dinghy Nav Light Solution- a brilliantly dumb idea   
Extension granted for salvage of a paddle steamer on the Murray River   
Sydney International Boat Show set to embrace new location   
Thermal imaging helping bulk carriers avoid collisions in port and in   
Third CYCA Solas Trusts grant to Australian Volunteer Coast Guard   
CruiseCraft adds Explorer 595 Hard Top   
Severe weather warnings prompt reminder to boat owners   
Be won over by the new Azimut 50   
Predictwind unlocks more features on free accounts   
Tammy Wolf and Mercury's Formula 2 Powerboat on to Divisional Champion   
Monaco Yacht Show 2014 - the biggest superyacht show ever   
Biggest Display ever and 18 launches at SIBS   
Gold Coast International Marine Expo helps Sailability grant FREEDOM   
Exhibitors heat up for Cannes Yachting Festival   
Benetti 108 tri-deck Tradition Supreme will launch in Cannes   
St Kitts open for superyacht business   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png   http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW PBW
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT