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Lifestyle : 2010 Sydney International Boatshow
1HERSA1 S017 A50476-240710 Jordons Seafood Restaurant sydney's ultimate in cuisine, culture and lifestyle dining. akeyu ese vation today g oup booki gs w oe022837 The Ultimate Boat Show Dining Venue 197 Harbourside Darling Harbour, www.jordonsrestaurant.com.au 7 Y www.noakes.net.au Phone 02 9925 0306 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Shipyards, slipways, hotels and ferries From specialist marine repairs to waterfront hospitality, the Noakes Group continues to provide all of your maritime needs. Custom Made Boat Mattresses Latex, Pocket Spring, Wool, Cotton, Horse Hair ANY SIZE ANY SHAPE from Rockdale Mattress Factory 610 Princes Hwy Rockdale PH: 9599 0599 www.rockdalemattressfactory.com.au Rescue Tape has moved this year, to stand 148 in Hall 1 Available in 8 colours, come and take advantage of our show specials. Rescue Tape as an official supplier, would like to congratulate Jessica Watson on her successful round the world voyage. Don't be fooled by tapes that don't perform, ask for RESCUE TAPE by name. www.rescuetapeaustralia.com.au for that family getaway, relax in splendid wonders of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Hawkesbury River & Pittwater. The best value for money holiday you may ever have. Boats are easy to drive & we give you as much instruction as you need to make you feel comfortable before you depart. Perfect www.relaxationboathire.com.au Ph (02) 9450 0000 Email: email@example.com The Sydney Morning Herald July 24-25, 2010 17 SPECIAL REPORT SECRET SPOTS PADDY WOOD Waterways workers lift the lid on the most beautiful locations they've seen. The light fantastic . . . sunset at Sugarloaf Bay. Photo: David Lockwood AMAZING SIGHTS TO SEA AMAZING SIGHTS TO SEA F rom diving and yachting to kayaking and whale watching, nobody knows more about the hidden gems to be found on Sydney's waterways than the professionals who travel them daily. Here they share their personal favourites. SHANNON O'BRIEN Owner of Sydney Harbour Kayaks A great kayaking spot is Scotts Creek, out the back of Sugarloaf Bay near Middle Harbour. ''It's one of the harbour's true estuary systems within a mangrove area,'' O'Brien says. The water is too shallow for boats, so you can only navigate it in a kayak. ''It's extremely healthy,'' he says, ''and there is a massive amount of wildlife there, from birds like sea eagles and fairy penguins to sea dragons and lots of fish.'' It's also one of the few areas where you can't see houses. ''You're only about seven kilometres from the CBD but you feel like you're in a complete wilderness area,'' he says. RICHARD NICHOLLS Head of Dive Centre Manly Just over the headland from Manly's Shelly Beach is a little-known scuba-diving spot nicknamed ''shark alley'' by diving guru Nicholls. Divers can reach the spot by boat or by climbing down the cliff face on the eastern side of Shelly Beach car park. ''If there are northerly or north-easterly swells, it can be dangerous,'' he says. ''But on a calm day with a flat sea and westerly winds, it is perfect.'' The spot contains underwater trenches frequented by grey nurse sharks and weedy seadragons. ''Hardly anybody knows about it,'' Nicholls says. ROSS HUNTER Skipper at Game Fishing Charters Hunter has taken celebrities such as Coldplay out on his charter boat. For a spot of quiet fishing he nominates a little-known fishing haunt three nautical miles out from Coogee Beach. Nicknamed Hunter's Hill in fishing circles because Ross and his son, Glenn, fish there so often, the hill is a constant broken reef at a depth of around 30 fathoms (about 55 metres). It consistently produces snapper, kingfish, morwong and, occasionally, salmon. BARRY McGRATH Member of Marine Rescue, Hawkesbury For canoes and kayaks, ''travel along the old Pacific Highway to the Mooney Mooney Creek Bridge,'' Barry says. ''On the southern side of the bridge is a good dirt road. Follow this under the expressway bridge about a kilometre or so to a nice picnic area.'' From here, paddle upstream through Brisbane Water National Park until you reach the shallows of the Mooney Mooney Dam. Paddling downstream will take you under the bridges and a left turn takes you to Piles Creek, ''a delightful place filled with overhanging trees, birds and sandy shallows.'' ANDREW DAVEY Owner of the Hawkesbury River Postman Having operated the Hawkesbury River Postman for over a decade, Andrew Davey knows the river better than most. His favourite spot is a stretch of water called Courangra. ''You can only get there by boat,'' he says. ''It's peaceful and its a location away from everything. It's beautiful with sandstone cliffs on one side and pristine mangroves and shore on the other.'' Starting from Brooklyn, it is the first big bend north of Spencer. ''It's so peaceful, quiet and nothing disturbs you,'' he says. ADAM PARKINSON Wildlife management officer and co-ordinator, Marine Fauna Programs, NSW National Parks For Parkinson, Cape Solander near Kurnell is ''truly one of the breathtaking coastal landscapes in Sydney.'' Located in Botany Bay National Park, the cape is very well-conserved and, come spring, it is filled with flowering plants. Between February and mid-September it's also one of the best locations around Sydney to spot migrating humpback whales. Visitors can access the cape by road -- there is a small car park near the lookout at the end of Cape Solander Drive. GRAHAM FORSAITH Owner of Heads I Win Sailing Yacht skipper Forsaith nominates Bottle and Glass Point near Vaucluse Bay. ''On most days,'' he says, ''the water is so clear you can easily see the bottom and anchoring or borrowing a mooring makes for a peaceful and safe place for lunch, a snooze, or a bit of diving, swimming or fishing.'' He recommends staying away from the nearby blue mooring, as it is used by the police and you could pick up a fine. You can also get to the point via Nelson Park in Vaucluse. ''It's an idyllic spot for a break,'' he says. GARRY LINACRE Rear commodore of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and manager of Navionics Australia Linacre nominates the area around the Sow and Pigs Reef, situated between Georges Head to the west and Camp Cove, Watson's Bay, on the east. Though a well-known spot, the Sow and Pigs has a lesser-known history. Old salts say the Sow and Pigs stood much taller out of the water until British officers used it for target practice with their nine- pound cannons. The Sow and Pigs is also a fantastic fishing spot.
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