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by Carole Liivrand (subscribe)
I love to explore & share my experiences and photographs with others on the off-chance that they too get a buzz out of simple things at their own back door. www.instagram.com/photoopportunity/
Published January 25th 2014
Live like the rich and famous for very little
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View From Cottage Point Kiosk

In less than an hour you could be floating in a world of peace and tranquillity.

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Floating Down Smiths Creek


There's no need to pack bags, buy air tickets, or line up with hordes of people at the airport to fly to an exotic Pacific Island. Just head 35 kms north of Sydney and float around the waterways bordered by Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and Sydney's Northern Beaches.

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At Anchor in Yeomans Bay - View through the Porthole


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Yachts, House Boats, Catamarans, Powerboats - the everchanging scene


If you're a boat owner, you already know about these wonderful waterways and bays. But, if you don't own a boat, you don't have to miss out.

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Coming into Pittwater from Cowan Creek - Lion Island and Barrenjoey Head in Background


The choices range from inexpensive, to affordable to costly. If you share with friends, the daily rate becomes more attractive.

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Special Mark Indicating Anchoring Guidelines


Do as little or as much as you wish. The type of boat you have or hire and the amount of time you allocate for this getaway will determine where you go. The weather will also influence your plans.

There are hundreds of square kilometres of waterways. Experience rather than see is my advice - don't try to cover too much in one holiday. Find a nice bay, drop the anchor, have a swim and relax. You can be really decadent and have coffee, ice creams, newspapers and seafood delivered to your boat. There are services in both Pittwater and Cowan Creek..

Getting There:
Arrive by Seaplane, Ferry, Private Boat or simply drive. Once you have arrived, land-based and boating adventures abound.

Boat Hire:
Cottage Point, Bobbin Head and Akuna Bay can be reached by motor vehicle. The other bays on Cowan creek can only be accessed either by boat or walking track.
For more information on this area...

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Approaching Cottage Point Kiosk


There are a few places to hire boats: Cottage Point Kiosk offers day hire and as much instruction as you need to get you out and boating quickly. They also sell fabulous food and anything else you might want to take with you, including wine, water, newspapers and ice.

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View from the Kiosk, across the courtyard and up to Cowan Creek


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The Kiosk flanked by boats at anchor, many of which are Halvorsens


Empire Marinas at Bobbin Head also offer day hire and have a small cafe for takeaway goodies. At the time of writing, there were no boat hire services at Akuna Bay, although there is a modern, well appointed Marina for those with their own vessel.

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Fuel and Ice Readily Available


For overnight and longer term hire, people coming from the northwest may choose to hire from Relaxation Boat Hire at Berowra Waters. They have a wide selection of comfortable boats which can be taken up to Cowan Creek and into Pittwater.

Offering similar power boats as well as yachts is the Bayview based Skipper-A-Clipper .

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View from Palm Beach


Bayview is easily reached from Central Sydney whilst Berowra Waters is only marginally further.

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Access only by Boat


At good skipper always carries a good map, in marine terms better known as a Chart. These are very important as they tell you everything you need to know about navigating the waterways. Good marine maps are available from NSW Roads and Maritime.

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The Wharf at Palm Beach


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Ferry from Palm Beach to The Basin


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Come by Ferry from Palm Beach, or private dinghy & enjoy a picnic


Landlubbers Day Out
For a casual, get-amongst it experience, visit Cottage Point Kiosk . I keep going back for their Thai-Style Mussels; they never disappoint.

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Thai Style Mussels


On the same point, at the Junction of Cowan and Coal and Candle Creeks is the well known Cottage Point Inn . The food is great, the view just as good, and the passing parade of boats and seaplanes will not disappoint.

A little further down the road is Akuna Bay Marina. Here you can wander along the docks watching boats come and go while you stop in for a meal at the Driftwood Cafe .

Driving on from Akuna Bay, you pass Church Point to Mona Vale and join Barrenjoey Road which will take you as far as Palm Beach, where it ends.

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If all else fails, take a (water) taxi


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Towing our Dinghy & Kayakers riding in our wake


All of this is so close to home for so many Sydney-siders yet I know many who have not ventured here yet. Maybe a few Must Do suggestions from the visit NSW people might be a first step.
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When: Year Round - Summer, Autum & Spring recommended
Where: Cowan Creek, Coal & Candle Creek, & Pittwater
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