We are heading out for a cruise from Lake Macquarie up to Newcastle on the Weekend of the 15th and then were thinking of heading north to Port Stephens or South to Pittwater and Sydney for a few weeks. Not sure which way to go yet but if we head south I'll give you a heads up. I love it on the water this time of year, Great days and cool but not really cold nights.
Just for the info of people thinking of coming into the lake there have been many yachts coming in and out of the lake with 6ft draft no problems at all. There is a current working party (yes another one) putting together another proposal to keep the channel permanently dredged to three metres at low tide. This would be greatly beneficial not only to all boaters but many business's on the shores of the lake. Would you beleive that Tugerah lakes has a proper dredge to keep the lake open to keep the fisherman happy yet the lake is not navigatable from the lake to the sea. (For our overseas friends Tugerah lakes is north of Sydney but south of Lake Macqarie. It is a shallow lake with a large surface area mainly used for small off the beach catamarans, runabouts and ski boats. No large craft utilise the lake due to its depth and no access to the ocean.)
If you would love to see the channel to Lake Macquarie continually dredged so that all boaters could visit our wonderful lake please go to the following website and put forward your thoughts Swansea Channel Framework | A Sustainable Framework for Navigation in Swansea Channel NSW
Greg and Sue
Southerly Miss (formerly Chicquita)
Lake Macquarie NSW
Land Down Under