Cruising the NSW South Coast

Cruising the NSW South Coast is an eye opening experience. The natural beauty, at times rugged, and secluded anchorages offer a different vantage of Australia's coastline compared to traveling by road.

Starting at Eden, there are some beautiful protected bays in Twofold Bay. Boydtown Beach is one such anchorage. Protected from south east to south west winds, the water is crystal clear with a clean sand seabed.

Another favorite is East Boyd Bay, just behind the wood chip wharf in the southerly part of Twofold Bay. Hiding from east to south westerly winds there is ample room here to anchor. Both anchorages require a tender and outboard to make the trip to the fishing wharf which is walking distance to Eden shops.

Cruising north from Eden it is quite possible to run head on into a current traveling north to south which will slow progress. Local advice is to stay close to shore to avoid the full impact of this current.

Heading north along the NSW coast, Bermagui offers the cruiser great facilities with the recently finished fishing co-op building which offers restaurants overlooking the harbor, and excellent amenities. With all facilities within walking distance, Bermagui is hard to pass by.

Cruising closer to Sydney is Jervis Bay. Jervis Bay has many attractions including bush walking in the national park, dolphins, whale watching, and safe anchors.

One safe anchorage is at Darling Road, at the southern end of Jervis Bay. There are several public moorings that are sheltered from east to south westerly winds. Walking tracks give good access to excellent vantage points for photo opportunities.

There are additional public moorings at the northern end of Jervis Bay at Callala Bay, as well as Huskisson Beach. The latter eases the process of restocking the boat for the next part of the cruise.

A short sail north from Jervis Bay is a quiet haven at Greenwell Point. A wide, slow moving body of water moves down the Crookhaven River. Anchoring is excellent with nearby access to basic necessities via tender.

Popular with day trippers, Greenwell Point attractions many for fishing, both in the river and those adventurous enough to cross the bar and venture out into water water in the Tasman Sea. Greenwell Point was very easy to stay anchored at, and justifies a return visit when passing by next.

Source by Peter Stroud

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