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
Oh yes to being out and about this time of the year, for cruising. Look at the weather this weekend. Glorious sunny days but last evening rainy, cold, squally. Blech. We spend pretty much every weekend on the boat. Only specific events , family mostly, keep us shore bound. This weekend was one of them and I am mightily pissed off not to be typing this from the cockpit. For me however the changeable weather makes that race more of a trial than I'd willingly go through.
Not knowing how well you know Port Stephens so excuse me stating the bleeding obvious but if you head north get up to the Broughtons. We went out from PS late January this year to Broughton Island for a day. Stayed a week. Gobmsackingly wonderful spot, I know of no better on the NSW coast.
All up Port Stephens can be a tad disappointing really. North Arm Cove is a pleasant spot and our favourite anchorage in PS but thats about it really. Nelson Bay good for bars, shopping and restaurants but they don't do LPG which is a bugger. The marina up at Cromarty Point is the place for that.
Pittwater/Broken Bay has more to offer. If you don't know it well let me know and I'll give you some ideas, same goes for Sydney. Should you make it down here, by all means let me know and we'll meet up.
We may btw still go to Lake Macquarie the weekend before the race and leave the girl up there for a few weeks. Maybe help out the organisers for the race if they need assistance. Just not doing the race itself.