Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ll know that I’m on a sojourn to the UK.
I’ve been getting reacquainted with my old home, travelling around the land, revisiting places from a former life. On other trips, it didn’t seem so important but on this visit, it feels like I need to do so.
With this craving to wander, I visited the west of Wales and Ceredigion county, where coastal paths were hiked, inland waterways photographed and the region’s estuaries viewed from afar. At North Devon and Cornwall, I returned to the holiday destinations of my youth: to Bude, Croyde, Woolacombe and Saunton Sands.
It’s not surprising that most of my route has taken me close to the shoreline because I’ve lived by the ocean for the last eight years and the pull of the water has always been strong.
But it’s as if I’m trying to find locations similar to Sydney’s own beaches and waterfronts that I now call home.
Is it mission impossible or plain unfair?
Sydney is a showy, sparkly affair with deep blue bays and harbours, golden sands and an unrelenting sun. The British coast is a much different animal with close knit coastal communities, ancient port towns, tidal waterways and slightly less sun.
There are similarities, especially in matters of lifestyle, and there is a shared passion for being out on the water.
Walking around the coastal communities of Australia and the UK, you sense a desire among the local people to be out on the water. To get away from it all. To be free of the land.
Back when I first arrived in Sydney, I learned to sail at one of the nearby clubs and it was a sublime, memorable experience. Exhilarating? Yes. At times unnerving? Absolutely. Would I do it again? Without a doubt.
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Because for the first time, I discovered what it meant to be removed of restriction, able to travel where the mood took you, wherever, whenever.
Back in England and watching the locals out on the water reminds me of those early sailing experiences and the boating lifestyle you can have here and there – and I think I want more.
Sailing in Sydney is a unique experience to be treasured by those who get the opportunity to do it.
I’d argue that the best way to see the city and surrounds is by boat, with coastal routes and inland rivers offering plenty of options to escape and simply meander along, while taking in the beautiful scenery.
And the temperate climate means the city has great sailing all year round.
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From renowned Rushcutters Bay and The Spit in Sydney to pristine Akuna Bay on the Hawkesbury, there are countless places of tranquillity and beauty across the wider Sydney area in which a lifestyle on the water can be enjoyed – by boat, on a cruise, ferry, sailboat, yacht or kayak.
The options are endless.
Sydney really is the capital of the Australian sailing world and the Aussie passion for watersports make this ‘city by the water’ a superb destination for experiencing this kind of lifestyle.
In celebration of all things water-based, Sydney’s premier boat event, the Sydney International Boat Show, kicks off in a couple of weeks.
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d’Albora Marinas, one of Australia’s largest marina groups and a business local to where I live, will feature at the show. Offering everything mooring-related from innovative rack-and-stack facilities to swing moorings and premium floating berths, d’Albora are based at Akuna Bay and The Spit, but also at other locations in New South Wales and Victoria, including Nelson Bay and Victoria Harbour.
I’ll be reviewing the show in a few week’s time to try to find out more about a boating lifestyle on the water in Sydney and whether it can offer a realistic alternative to the routine life on land that you or I might be more accustomed to.
Have you ever considered spending more time on the water? Or have you sailed on Sydney harbour? Let me know what you think below.