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Lifestyle : Harbour
1HERSA1 S002 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. www.relaxationboathire.com.au Ph (02) 9450 0000 Email: email@example.com Perfect • Hourly Ferry Service Cronulla to Bundeena • Tom Thumb III - daily 3 hour Port Hacking Scenic River Cruises • Gunnamatta morning tea & lunch cruises • Wedding Cruises • Corporate Functions • Christmas Parties • Group Functions CRONULLA AND NATIONAL PARK FERRY CRUISES Public Wharf, Tonkin Street ~ Gunnamatta Bay, Cronulla Ph: 02 9523 2990 | www.cronullaferries.com.au LET US KNOW E O E OU O Australian Government Australian Maritime Safety Authority egistration of 406 MHz distress beacons is compulsory. egister and update your information online anytime. www.amsa.gov.au/beacons 1800 406 406 SCHOOL HOLIDAY SAILING CAMPS Northside Sailing School • Safety first with our experienced instructors • Kids can have fun and learn at the same time • Parental supervision not required • Ongoing program to allow for long term hobby • Flexible program to fit into all schedules The following options are available these holidays: • 3 day Vacation Camp 8 - 10th December • 5 day Vacation Camp 13 - 17th December • 4 or 5 day Santa's Little Helper Vacation Camp 20 - 24th December • 3, 4 or 5 day Vacation Camp 3 - 7th January • 3, 4 or 5 day Vacation Camp 10 - 14th January • 3, 4 or 5 day Vacation Camp 17 - 21st January • 2, 3 or 4 day Vacation Camp 24 - 28th January (excluding Australia Day) For more information and online bookings please visit or our new website: www.northsidesailing.com.au You can also contact our office via phone or email: Ph: 9969 3972 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org SPECIAL OFFER YOU'LL LOVE TO LEARN TO SAIL Try Sailing on Sydney Harbour! 3 hours of Fun $98 and bring a friend free Phone 02 9326 2399 www.pacificsailingschool.com.au A8087-191110 2 HARBOUR Friday, November 19, 2010 smh.com.au A host of aquatic events for you to explore and enjoy Set sail . . . Watsons Bay crowds watch the Sydney to Hobart race start in 2008. Photo: Domino Postiglione Manly Festival of Surfing On now and running until November 21, this surf festival attracts more than 20,000 visitors each year to events and entertainment on The Corso and throughout this famous beachside suburb. The festival features surfing contests, music, art, film and fashion, with exhibitions on surfing history and culture and a chance to meet champions past and present. See manlyfestivalofsurfing.com.au. Painting The Rocks A fascinating glimpse of a Sydney that no longer exists. To preserve for posterity images of Sydney's old colonial foreshore buildings, doomed for demolition after an outbreak of plague in 1900, a group of artists set out to capture the charms of the city's oldest neighbourhood before it was lost forever. The exhibition, presented by the Historic Houses Trust and Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, is at the Museum of Sydney, corner of Bridge and Phillip streets, daily from 9.30am to 5pm except for Christmas Day. See hht.net.au. Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship There's nothing quite like the sight of sails on the harbour. Held on November 27 and 28, this lead-up event for the Sydney to Hobart race is considered the form guide for the great event and attracts many of the best boats and crews to warm up for the ocean and regatta racing season. New for this year's race is a top-gun trophy for the fastest yacht in the regatta. For best observation spots, see ssorc.mhyc.com.au. Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race For 65 years, the main event on the Australian yachting calendar -- the Melbourne Cup of yachting -- has been the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. The 66th race sets off from Nielsen Park in Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day, December 26. From there, after a spectacular farewell out to the heads by craft of all types and sizes, the fleet makes its way south 628 nautical miles to the finish line in the Derwent River, Hobart. Best viewing spots for the start include Lyne Park, Rose Bay, Nielsen Park, Christianson Park, Old South Head Road, Vaucluse, walkways from South Head up to The Gap, Bronte, Coogee, Watsons Bay, North Head and Middle Head. New Year's Eve When Sydney goes off it's a sight never to be forgotten, especially when the iconic Harbour Bridge lights up. If you haven't been there when the bridge ''cries'', do yourself a favour this year. Sydney promises the 2010-11 show will be the biggest and best yet. Organisers, the City of Sydney, ask people gathering on the foreshores this year to wear blue, reflecting the colour and spirit of the harbour and the summer sky. The festivities begin with entertainment on the harbour, followed by the family fireworks and Harbour of Light Parade and, at the stroke of midnight, the spectacular fireworks display. Events run from 5pm to 12.30am, entry is free in most areas. In your harbour guide Top picnic spots Bring a basket to where views to die for are free, from harbour islands to sheltered beaches. Page 3 Working harbour heritage On ships, pilot boats and in other traditional maritime industries, the harbour's workers go about their daily business. Page 4 World's cheapest scenic tour For the price of a ferry ticket, the Parramatta River offers surprising sights and delights. Page 5 By land, sea and air Discover Sydney's waterways by boat, on coastal and urban walks, by seaplane and by getting wet. Pages 6-7 Central coast secret For kayaking, fishing and houseboat holidays, the quiet inland waterways of Brisbane Waters are a hidden treasure. Page 8 Gems of the shire From surfing and canoeing to bushwalking and four-wheel- drive expeditions, Sutherland shire has an impressive range of attractions. Page 9 Dark past, bright future Cockatoo Island, a former prison, has been reborn as a prime events site with million-dollar views. Page 10 Underwater Sydney With a mask and snorkel, discover the marine wonders that reside in Sydney's many dive sites. Page 11 SPECIAL REPORT