Best spots to anchor this summer in Australia

Summer is the perfect time to cruise the beautiful Australian coastlines we’re lucky enough to call home. This week, we’re blogging our favourite spots to anchor during the summer months. If you have a spot you’d like to share with our boating community, please leave a comment in the section below, or hit us up on our Facebook page.

  1. Rottnest Island – WA

Rotto is well known to WA locals, with many jumping on the ferry and heading over for a sun-drenched holiday amongst Quokkas (small marsupials that love to eat your leftovers) and during the later months, Schoolies (try to avoid November if you can).

There are plenty of bays to anchor in, and each is perfect for casting a line, swimming, snorkeling, or just taking in the laid back vibes of Island life. It takes from 30 minutes to an hour to get there, depending on where you depart from and what kind of boat you’re operating.

The Rottnest Island Authority manages visiting vessels, just phone (08) 9432 9111 to let them know your plans. There’s also a small admission fee, which contributes to conservation and upkeep of the Rottnest Island Reserve.

  1. Milk Beach – NSW

Milk Beach is one of those spots only locals and well-researched travelers are in the know about. Just 7-kilometres East North East of Sydney, this isolated beach offers pristine waters for snorkeling, away from the hubbub of Sydney Harbour.

Yes, you can get there by public transport, but the best way to explore Milk Beach is off a boat. Head there on New Years Eve and take in the epic fire works display off Sydney Harbour (it’s still free to moor there on this popular evening).

One reason why Milk Beach is so quiet is because it isn’t easy to get to. But it’s certainly worth the journey, with million dollar views, and great opportunities to fish, kayak, snorkel and swim. Go there this summer for your own slice of paradise right by the big smoke.

  1. Moreton Bay – QLD

Moreton Bay’s turquoise waters and pristine white sands are absolutely breathtaking. The bay itself stretches for around 60 miles, from Moreton Island all the way to Gold Coast Broadwater. Along the way you’ll see plenty of wildlife including dolphins, dugongs and whales.

The infamous Tangalooma Wrecks sits on the eastern side of the bay, while Redcliffe and Sandgate marinas are on the same side as the mainland. The bay begins to narrow along the south side, where you pass through the stunning Brisbane River; a sight unto itself.

There’s great fishing South of the Brisbane River mouth, especially around the island of Green, Stradbroke, St Helena and Peel.  The labyrinth like waterway winds through Brisbane, and then eventually heads towards anchorages and marines along the Gold Coast. Simply stunning.

Safety first

Okay, we don’t actually want you to have to make a claim, because this usually means something has gone wrong along your boating adventure. That’s why we can’t leave this post without reminding everyone to always remain on your vessel, even when your anchored in paradise.

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