Sydney’s top 5 on water gems

When people think about Australia, typically their mind turns to the most popular city, Sydney. Known for its spectacular beaches, picturesque harbour and a massive 32 nautical miles of coastline, Sydney is a boaters paradise. With such a long coastline and so many anchorage it is hard to choose the best beaches to visit.

1. Castle Rock – Castle Rock is the hidden gem of Middle Harbour. Tucked away in a hidden nook, the bay is typically underpopulated and unknown making it a lovely quiet location. The clear, shallow water shines a gorgeous light blue hue, tempting anyone for a dip.

2. Farm Cove – If you are searching for a small bay with unbeatable scenic views of the world renown Opera House and Sydney Harbour bridge Farm Cove is your best bet.

3. Shelly Beach – For anyone travelling to Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Manly is the most popular destination but tucked in the corner of the beach lays one of Sydney’s most precious secret, Shelly Beach. Protected as a marine reserve this is the best place in Sydney to snorkel as it is glowing with colourful coral and marine life. Despite being offshore, the beach is sheltered by headlands making it a calm anchorage, however just off the headland a shallow reef brings a surf break, popular to locals.

4. Pittwater – Pittwater is a highly underrated inland waterway and gateway to the secluded Hawkesbury river just 15 nautical miles north of Sydney Harbour. The rolling hills that scope this scenic bay provide optimal protection. Due to reduced traffic the water is typically left calm and undisturbed, giving Axopar owners the opportunity to test out the power of their Mercury outboards and hit stunning maximum speeds. Cobli’s favourite anchorages in Pittwater is Portuguese Beach. If you are searching for a spot that provides crystal clear water and suits any weather condition, Portuguese is always a go too spot.

5. Palm Beach/ Barrenjoey Head – The most popular tourist attraction in the far north of Sydney is Palm Beach, most known for its picture worthy opportunities from the lighthouse walk. For boaties, being on the entrance to the ocean Palm Beach also provides the opportunity to see wildlife including seals and often dolphins.