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Lifestyle : Harbour
1HERSA1 S006 DON'T SAIL WITHOUT IT Whether it's a cruiser or canoe, tinny or trawler, the best place to reach Sydney's boating enthusiasts is by advertising in the Boating section of The Sydney Morning Herald. To place your advertisement call 9282 1151. ENJOY SAFE BOATING www.bia.org.au Ph: 02 9438 2077 For employment in the marine industry visit www.bia.org.au and click on 'Employment ... Jobs Vacant/Jobs Wanted' For boating weather, log onto www.bom.gov.au/marine Boating Industry Association At night, it is a completely different world on the water. Slow down and keep a good lookout. Make sure you have the correct navigational lights visible between sunset and sunrise and at times of reduced visibility. BE BRIGHT, THINK SAFETY AT NIGHT CHECK THE WEATHER Always check the weather before and during boating. Weather reports are readily available. Log onto www.bom.gov.au or call NSW Maritime on 13 12 56 for up-to-date reports. A marine band radio helps you keep in touch with weather updates. Out on the water monitor the weather reports regularly, especially if changes are predicted. ENJOY SAFE BOATING www.bia.org.au Ph: 02 9438 2077 For employment in the marine industry visit www.bia.org.au and click on 'Employment ... Jobs Vacant/Jobs Wanted'. For boating weather, log onto www.bom.gov.au/marine. Boating Industry Association IF IN DOUBT, DON'T GO OUT 6 HARBOUR Friday, November 19, 2010 The S Sydney's wildlife is best enjoyed from one of the many walks that span the foreshore. Emerald city's reward It's hard not to be impressed by Sydney's spectacular waterways, writes Matthew Benns. Sydney's breathtaking waterways are open to everyone. They can be explored by boat, from the air, by foot or even by simply getting wet. The legendary writer Mark Twain perhaps expressed it best when he described the harbour as ''the darling of Sydney and the wonder of the world''. And Twain missed much of what was on offer. He famously caught the Manly ferry, did not think much of the beach and caught the next ferry back. Of course, if he had walked down the Corso to the ocean beach, he might have been a little more impressed. Twain's bronze plaque now adorns the writers' walk at Circular Quay. He should have known it always pays to look a little further, explore a little deeper. Sydney's waterways have plenty to offer even to those who count the shimmering waters as their backyard. Twain had one thing right: the best introduction to Sydney is to take the Manly ferry from Circular Quay. It is the cheapest way to get an overview of the city highlights, from the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, past Taronga Zoo, across the heads and into Manly. For the lucky ones, it has even come with a free whale-watching sideshow. It is not the only way. There are formal cruises with guides, afternoon teas, champagne dinners and even chartered yachts, whose skippers will take you for a twilight cruise before mooring in a secluded cove and leaving you alone for the night with a romantic seafood dinner for two. For speed freaks and adrenalin junkies, there are high-speed jet boats that spin soaked thrill-seekers around in 360-degree turns and make sure they hit every single bump and ripple in the water. By contrast, there are plenty of places, such as at The Spit, Manly and Balmoral, where it is possible to hire kayaks and take a quiet, gentle paddle away from the busy thoroughfares to the harbour's undiscovered inlets and beaches. Another option is to hire a water taxi and take it out to one of the islands in the middle of the harbour. A picnic on Shark Island, alone in the middle of a city, can be a stunning experience. There are other islands served by ferries, including Cockatoo and historic Fort Denison. Both are rich in convict history. It is also possible to camp overnight or stay in the heritage houses on Cockatoo Island, where you can contrast the isolation of the water with the bright lights of the bustling city, within sight but seemingly a different life away. Sydney has an abundance of wildlife. It is best enjoyed from one of the many walks that span the foreshore. For a quick jaunt, take the 1.5-kilometre heritage walk from Rose Bay to Vaucluse, or amble from Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay. And if you want to join the lycra-clad power walkers, then the stunning Bondi to Bronte and Coogee walk offers 4.5 kilometres of breathtaking ocean scenery. The 10-kilometre Manly Scenic Walkway can take a day if you start at The Spit and stop off for a cooling swim at Washaway Beach or Forty Baskets Beach. The path takes you through a water's-edge environment that includes dense native bush, subtropical rainforest and rugged cliffs. Once you get to Manly, there are plenty of waterfront cafes and bars where you can refresh yourself. If that has whetted your appetite, then contemplate the stupendous 100-kilometre Great Coastal Walk, which covers the cliff tops from Barrenjoey in the north to Royal National Park in the south. It takes seven days and encompasses all the great beaches, from Palm Beach to Cronulla. It can be done in a one-week hit or broken up into chunks for locals looking for a series of days out. For those wishing to see what Sydney was like when Captain Cook discovered it, the new Burrawang Walk has been established at the site where the crew of the Endeavour first encountered Aborigines in 1770 at Kurnell, in Sydney's south. The 30-minute walk through Kamay Botany Bay National Park has been regenerated to give visitors an idea of how the area was before colonial settlement. And to gain an idea of life after colonial settlement, there is no better place than The Rocks. Saved from developers in the 1970s, historic pubs such as The Fortune of War and the restaurant Phillip's Foote offer a great atmosphere, while the rooftop beer garden of the Glenmore Hotel has spectacular water views. Just along the soon-to-be- redeveloped Hungry Mile are the bright lights of Darling Harbour, which offers a great day out for the SPECIAL REPORT