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Sydney Harbour Attractions - FAQ's

  • Can we sleep on the yacht whilst at Darling Harbour?

    Yes this is OK at Cockle Bay Marina but is unavailable at our base at the Festival Pontoon, National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour.

  • Are there any dangers to watch out for on the Harbour?

    There are minimal dangers on Sydney Harbour. It is a naturally deep water port.

    There is one reef towards the Sydney Heads called 'Sow & Pigs' but it is well marked with four cardinal marks. Simply steer well clear.

    As for depth, the Harbour is a flooded valley with quite steep sides giving good clearance.

    You need to keep a look out for ferries, they have priority. The circular Quay area is always busy, you need to pass it.

  • Can you help us with a suggested itinerary?

    Absolutely! We will provide you with up to date weather forecasts, suggestions on where to go and drop anchor.

    Provide a 24hr assistance contact and facilitate re-fuel and water stops.

  • Are there any other restaurants we can visit?

    Yes, plenty. However, it will require that you drop anchor and either row ashore or take a water taxi. The best selection can be found at Cockle Bay Marina.

    Also try The Spit at Middle Harbour with restaurants such as Skiffies, Orso, Middle Harbour Yacht Club, the Sydney Fish Markets, Woolloomoolloo Bay, Watsons Bay and Manly Cove.


  • Where is a good spot to drop anchor?

    Sydney Harbour has many good anchorages, some of which can be quiet secluded and away from the crowds.

    Suitable anchorages are detailed in the operation manual on board each yacht. In general, when the wind blows from the north the best anchorages include: Athol Bay, next to Taronga Zoo, Store Beach & Quarantine Beach near North Head, Camp Cove, Castle Rock Beach and Bantry Bay in Middle Harbour. When the wind blows from the south: Balls Head Bay, S