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.
At Anchor in Yeomans Bay - View through the Porthole
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.
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...
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.
View from the Kiosk, across the courtyard and up to Cowan Creek
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.
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.
Bayview is easily reached from Central Sydney whilst Berowra Waters is only marginally further.
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.
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.