Brisbane Water

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Bream Fishing

Ben Sandman  
Reviewed Nov 2016
The unused oyster leases throughout this system form a prime a hunting ground for big bream. A kayak/canoe provides the best access to effectively fish this shallow area, with most fish coming from water less than knee deep.
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Hardy's Bay Anchorage

Reviewed Mar 2017
Hardy's Bay is a picturesque anchorage located in Brisbane Water just before the Rip Bridge. You can anchor or pickup a pink public mooring for 24 hours. There are two in the bay and one at Ettalong Beach. If the moorings are taken holding is very good in mud. It can be tricky bringing up the anchor once it has dug into the mud. Bouddi National Park is located behind waterfront homes, it has some impressive walking tracks to explore.

Tips on getting in:

The entranced into Brisbane Water is located near Little Box Head, it follows the contour of the land. A strong tidal flow becomes evident as you approach half tide rocks so don't hug the green buoys too closely on a incoming tide. It's a tight turn to starboard after the last green so make sure you have the red in sight as you come around. It’s an easy run in once you are past the red buoy, continue to follow the channel around until you reach a southern cardinal and green beacon, this is entrance into Hardy's Bay & Killcare. It is a very protected anchorage, however, it can get a little choppy when a southerly change blows through.


There is a liquor shop and local store for basic supplies and bins near the jetty. Killcare has a marina for smaller vessels and moorings. Booker Bay (next to the Rip Bridge) also has a marina.

Things to do:

If you feel like stretching your legs there are numerous walks in Bouddi National Park, take some mosquito repellant with you they love new visitors. The Box Head track has spectacular views of the Hawkesbury across to Broken Bay and Lion Island.

Visit one of the local coffee shops for breakfast, keep an eye out for those pesky rainbow lorikeets, they love pinching sugar sachets from the table.

The best time to go ashore is half tide rising. You can leave your dinghy at one of the jetties, be careful your dinghy doesn't get caught under the jetty as the tide rises. Tie the bow and stern so it doesn't move around.

If you walk up the Killcare Road and down Beach Road you will arrive at Putty Beach. Great spot for a swim, meals are available at the Surf Club/Kiosk. If you love walking and made it up Killcare Road try Nukara Ave (access is from the stairs on Araluen Drive).

If your feeling adventurous take a dinghy ride to Ettalong Beach. The beach markets run every Friday & Saturday. There are numerous shops including an IGA. (Note: there is a public mooring in front of Ettalong Beach, it’s more exposed and subject to swell)

Things to watch out for:

Rip Bridge has ‘height restrictions’ for yachts. Refer to your navigation chart.

Strong Southerly Winds in Broken Bay can cause breaking waves at the entrance of the channel at Little Box Head.

Sea planes bring visitors from Sydney and land in the channel (Booker Bay to Hardy's Bay mainly weekends and holidays) . It's interesting watching the sea planes take off and fly over the Rip Bridge.

Ferries run each day to Pittwater, watch out for them in the channels. They have a habit of sneaking up behind you.

Oyster beds are close to the anchorage area.
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Approaching Brisbane Water

Dee Haitch
Reviewed Dec 2015
As can be seen from the photograph, the approach and entry to Brisbane Water - the northern arm of Broken Bay - does present certain challenges. As with any new sailing ground being experienced without local knowledge, the prudent sailor will do so with caution and by making sure that everything possible is in their favour. Brisbane Water is no exception. What follows is primarily for sailing craft, that will normally have less horsepower and deeper draft. It is worth noting here that tidal range 'inside' is only half that shown as the range at Fort Denison. Time-wise, the Rip Bridge will be about 40 minutes later and by the time you get to Gosford it is over two hours behind. What this also means is that there is a tidal overrun at Half Tide Rocks that can be as much as two hours. But of course you would have already checked this on your tide chart, wouldn't you.

Locals will tell horror stories about the dangers of the entrance; as much in an effort to keep strangers out as it is with any genuine concern for their well-being! The simple fact is that treated with respect the entrance can be safely undertaken by any vessel with a reasonable draft “say up to around 1.6 metres or so“ at virtually any state of the tide, day or night. Yachts with a draft of 2.2 metres “or even better“ make the passage without problem close to the top of the tide. As with any entrance, weather can play a vital role and this entrance should be treated with extreme caution or avoided in the presence of any established swell. It is also worth remembering that tidal streams here can be unforgivingly strong, so why not use them to your advantage rather than try to fight them. Always better to prepare in advance; make sure your anchor is ready to drop in the event of an engine failure and having the main up is also not a bad idea for the same reason. You'll also find that any swell will be on your beam on the southern side of Half Tide Rocks so a sheeted-in main will help make your passage more comfortable. For your first passage in, it would be best to choose a smooth day and plan your entrance for about the fourth hour of the flood. If you are towing a dinghy, keep it on a short painter.

The fairway is entered off Little Box Head at approximately 33o 32.280 S and 151o 20.147 E. The channel is well marked and an entering vessel should favour the starboard-hand side of the channel. Quite apart from this being correct procedure, it also offers you the deepest part of the channel and that side of the channel should be favoured for the entire passage in, specifically for that reason. Proceeding up towards Lobster Beach you will note that the rocks on the landward side may seem disconcertingly close. It is not a worry; providing you remain within the marked channel you will find that the bottom shelves very steeply leaving you plenty of water. Conversely, the port-hand side of the channel has sandbanks and it is not uncommon to see channel buoys literally lying on their sides in the sand.
Entrance should be treated with extreme caution
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Whiting and bream fishing

Ben Sandman  
Reviewed Nov 2016
Look for patches of sand among the weedbeds and work surface lures over them. Keep the lure moving and watch as the whiting ‘greyhound’ after it. Keep an eye out for large stingrays when wading the sandflats!
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