Hit the water this summer



With the sun still out, it’s a great time to get out on the water this month and make the most of what remains of summer. 

North Shore Living looks at the top five boating spots on the North Shore.

Clifton Gardens

This idyllic spot will leave you wondering if you’re even still in Sydney.

Glassy water, a leafy green landscape and a sandy beach will greet you as you approach the picturesque Clifton Gardens in Mosman.

Take a refreshing dip in the water to cool down, then head over to the beach area for a BBQ lunch.

Bring the fishing gear along, too, as there are plenty of yellowtail kingfish, trevally bonito and salmon to be caught. Set up camp on the pier or fish right from the boat - the choice is all yours.

It does get busy on the weekends at Clifton Gardens, but if you’re able to head there during the week, you might just find yours is the only boat around.

Middle Harbour

The picturesque Middle Harbour is a lovely spot to take the boat out.

If you’re after fishing, there’s plenty here. Explore from Balmoral to Roseville, where you’ll discover everything from flathead and bream to king dory and jewfish.

Then head to Bantry Bay for some more good fishing.

For a hearty meal that’s cooked for you, head on over to the Middle Harbour Yacht Club. The bistro overlooking the marina provides a spectacular view while you enjoy your lunch or dinner.

There are a couple of public moorings available, or you can contact the club to organise a temporary berth while you dine.

Bobbin Head

This spot is up in the upper North Shore, but it’s well worth the trip.

The marina is a great place to store the boat - and it’s only a 40-minute drive from Chatswood. There are BBQ facilities and many other amenities to take advantage of before or after your trip out on the water.

Once you’re on board, Bobbin Head is the gateway to some of Sydney’s best anchorages and sandy beaches.

Explore secluded beaches and discover lush locales such as Broken Bay and America Bay.
There are so many great options that are accessible from Bobbin Head.

Cottage Point (access via Bobbin Head)

Cottage Point is another great bet if you’re looking for a scenic spot to take the boat out and spend the day, stay overnight or make a weekend out of it.

Even if you’ve got kitchen facilities on board, who wants to cook anyway? Stop in at the Cottage Point Kiosk for a casual breakfast, or go all out at the fancy Cottage Point Inn.

The Inn also offers sweeping waterfront views, so you can enjoy your meal in style.

Keep in mind that moorings are limited at Cottage Point. America Bay is another option that isn’t too far away if you’re staying for more than a few hours.

Chinamans Beach

Chinamans Beach is a fantastic little spot overlooking Cobblers Bay – a place where you can find luxury super-yachts moored next to small dinghies. 

It can get busy at times, but compared to other popular beaches in the area, it’s usually not too bad.

It’s also located within Middle Harbour, and it’s not far at all from Mosman and other popular North Shore spots, so you can make a day out of visiting multiple locations.

Pull the boat in on a nice warm afternoon and don’t hesitate to jump in for a refreshing dip in the cool water.

Chinamans Beach is also a perfect spot to sit and enjoy a nice lunch, so make sure you pack the picnic basket if you’re visiting.

David Shilovsky, Intern, North Shore Living Magazine

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