Top 5 Boating Spots



With school holidays continuing and the sun out, it’s the perfect time to head out on to the water. Peninsula Living takes a look at the Top 5 Boating Spots in the upper Northern Beaches.

Camping/picnic at The Basin

Not too far from either Newport, Bayview or Palm Beach, The Basin is a great spot to visit on a day out on the water, or spend a couple of nights camping. 

With swimming, walking, BBQ and camping facilities on offer, there’s plenty of activities for the whole family to do. If that’s still not enough fun, bring along the kayak or canoe so there’s even more to do.

There is space to anchor your boat in the sheltered bay opposite the picnic area and campground free of charge.

So, get out on to the water this month and head down to The Basin for some family fun in the sun.

Morning Bay

Just 20 minutes from Bayview Marina and also accessible from Newport and Palm Beach, Morning Bay is a beautiful part of the world.

The view south towards Scotland Island is fantastic, and it is a secluded area.

It’s a great spot to take the kids, with the shallow water away from the water’s edge perfect for splashing and swimming around. There are also fallen trees and a creek bed for the kids to explore.

If you’re looking for a family-friendly spot with good access from a Pittwater marina, look no further than Morning Bay.

Refuge Bay

If you’re looking for a relaxing spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, Refuge Bay is the perfect solution.

Set in wilderness that is reminiscent of a national park, you won’t find much company at this secluded location.

On the southern side, you’ll find a waterfall that flows year-round, as well as a lovely little beach.

It’s also protected from wind, which makes it perfect for overnight and weekend trips away.

You’ll definitely be quoting The Castle when you lay your eyes on the resplendent Refuge Bay.

Cottage Point

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.

Flint and Steel Beach

This beach is located north of White Horse Beach, near the entrance of the Hawkesbury. Access from Palm Beach is quick and easy, but it’s not too close to Bayview or Newport.

Not a terribly populated spot, especially compared to others in Pittwater, it’s a nice place to escape and enjoy a bit of peace and quiet.

It’s a lovely spot to stop off for a swim and a walk on the beach before enjoying lunch on a day trip as you head west towards Cottage Point or America Bay, but is not really suited to overnights, as it can be uncomfortable in anything other than calm conditions.

There’s plenty of room to anchor off the beach but keep in mind it is very much tide affected.

David Shilovsky, Intern, Peninsula Living Magazine

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