World record holder and d’Albora Action Project ambassador Lisa Blair has put together some of her favourite itineraries up and down the East Coast of New South Wales.
Lisa has designed these itineraries as a mix of sailing adventure, sightseeing and relaxation. With each itinerary including berthing suggestions at various d’Albora locations.

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Weekend on the Hawkesbury:
Stay 1 night at d’Albora Akuna Bay.

Day 1: Start your trip in Sydney and sail up to Barrenjoey headland (20nm), Barrenjoey has a nice anchorage in shallow water just inside the bay on the southern edge in front of Palm Beach which is a great stop for lunch.
Then make your way to Akuna Bay, 13nm up river along Cowan creek and through the picturesque Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Stay for the night at d’Albora Akuna Bay. SHED Bar + Restaurant located at the marina is the perfect spot for dinner. SHED offers a relaxed dining experience with a contemporary twist.

Day 2:  Sail from Akuna Bay to Refuge Cove/ America Bay off Cowan Creek (7 nm) for lunch. Before you head off, stop via the SHED provedore to pick up your supplies for the day.
There are 4 public moorings in this bay and a great waterfall in the SW corner off a little beach, its a nice place to enjoy lunch before heading back to Sydney. If these moorings are taken another option is to travel to Patagonia Beach and anchor for lunch.
From Refuge Cove the passage to Sydney is 27nm and a great afternoon passage.

Note:  Be sure to stay 1nm offshore to ensure you safely clear long reef which sits offshore 5nm into your journey.
During your open water passage, you will often see dolphins and in whale season keep your eyes out for the many migrating whales.  Barrenjoey Headland is clearly identified by the Barrenjoey Lighthouse, be advised there are some tidal over falls at the entrance.

Long Weekend From Sydney:
Stay 3 nights at d’Albora Akuna Bay.

Day 1: Start your trip in Sydney and sail up to Barrenjoey headland (20nm), Barrenjoey has a nice anchorage in shallow water just inside the bay on the southern edge in front of Palm Beach which is a great stop for lunch.
Then make your way to Akuna Bay, 13nm up river along Cowan creek and through the picturesque Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Stay for the night at d’Albora Akuna Bay. SHED Bar + Restaurant located at the marina is the perfect spot for dinner. SHED offers a relaxed dining experience with a contemporary twist.

Day 2:  Sail from Akuna Bay to Jerusalem Bay (along Cowan creek). In Jerusalem Bay you will find Pinta Bay, it is regarded as one of the gems of the region as a picturesque place to stay and holds 4 public moorings. For the adventurous there is a nice walk from Jerusalem Bay to Cowan Railway Station. The walk is about a 4km round trip and takes about 2.5 hours, some sections are steep and there is some rough ground but is a lovely walk through gentle bush land.
Head back to d’Albora Akuna Bay for dinner at SHED or pick up some takeaway options and eat back on board.

Day 3: Spend the day cruising around the Hawkesbury River.
Several options in the Hawkesbury River, Lisa recommends anchoring off Wobby Beach (great holding in a NE blow).  There is a great waterfall ashore (especially after rain), you can tender across to Dangar Island and enjoy an afternoon at the Bowling Club, the Danger Island Coffee Shop also has a great reputation for good coffee.

In Westerly winds an alternative anchorage is Dead Horse Bay.  The Anglers Rest at Brooklyn has some great pub meals, there is also a public dock and a public swimming pool.
Note: check for hanging cables across between Danger Island (at a height of 26m) and the mainland on the western side, also be mindful of fast running currents.

Day 4: Passage back to Sydney. The trip from the Hawkesbury to Sydney is around 30nm, so you might like to stop at Brisk Bay for lunch in front of Patonga Beach (N/W coverage) or duck into Little Pittwater on the South shore.

Nelson Bay to Sydney: (6 day passage)
Stay 2 nights at d’Albora Nelson Bay
Stay 2 nights at d’Albora Akuna Bay

Day 1:  Setting sail from d’Albora Nelson Bay, explore North Arm Cove on the Port Stephens Great Lakes.  This bay is known for its picturesque views and you are often visited by dolphins, its a great spot for lunch and a swim.
After cruising Port Stephens berth at d’Albora Nelson Bay and check out Blueys Restaurant and Bar at the marina for dinner.

Day 2: Blueys is open for breakfast and a nice place to start the day over looking the marina. Set sail to Fingle Bay (located just outside of Port Stephens) and anchor for lunch.
From Fingle Bay the journey to Newcastle is 30nm, it’s a great afternoon sail with long sandy beach views.  Weather permitting a nice spot to anchor is at Horseshoe Beach (best in Southerly winds), another spot to anchor is Fern Bay at the northern end.

Day 3: Spend the day sailing from Newcastle to Hardy’s Bay about 60nm. hardy’s bay is located in front of Tarrow Beach off Box Head in Broken Bay. This area has some good fishing spots and is sheltered in NE winds.

Day 4:  From Hardy’s Bay its time to sail to d’Albora Akuna Bay. On your way to the marina, while sailing on the Hawkesbury, Lisa recommends anchoring off Wobby Beach (great holding in a NE blow).  There is a great waterfall ashore (especially after rain), you can tender across to Dangar Island and enjoy an afternoon at the Bowling Club, the Danger Island Coffee Shop also has a great reputation for good coffee.
Note: check for hanging cables across between Danger Island at a height of 26 meters and the Mainland on the western side and be mindful of fast running currents.

Day 5: Sail from Akuna Bay to Jerusalem Bay (along Cowan creek). In Jerusalem Bay you will find Pinta Bay, it is regarded as one of the gems of the region as a picturesque place to stay and holds 4 public moorings. For the adventurous there is a nice walk from Jerusalem Bay to Cowan Railway Station. The walk is about a 4km round trip and takes about 2.5 hours, some sections are steep and there is some rough ground but is a lovely walk through gentle bush land.
Head back to d’Albora Akuna Bay for dinner at SHED or pick up some takeaway options and eat back on board.

Day 6:  Start your day with Breakfast at SHED and then set sail to Barrenjoey Headland (10nm).  Anchor in the lee of the headland in front of Palm Beach. There is a lovely long white sandy beach and it is also the location where Home and Away is filmed.
Finish the day and your journey by sailing Barrenjoey to Sydney (20nm). d’Albora Marinas has three locations on Sydney Harbour to berth for the night.

Sydney to Melbourne: (6 day passage)

Day 1: Sydney to Jervis Bay (100nm).  This is a good day’s passage and is well rewarded with breathtaking landscapes of open beaches and National Parks.  There are a variety of options to choose from for shelter with public moorings and anchoring locations.

Day 2: Jervis Bay to Batemans Bay (60nm), there are many options to anchor when you arrive. There is also good holding in bays to the North and South of Batemans Bay in all N/W/S wind directions.

Day 3: Batemans Bay to Twofold Bay, Eden (100 nm).  Another long run and if you have S or SW winds you can find other anchorage along the way to break up the passage.  When you arrive in Eden, there are some good anchoring options, if you require supplies you can moor on the jetty and walk into town. Eden is a seafarers town, welcoming people who often assist stricken yachts in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Day 4-5:  From Eden there are not many options for keel draft vessels but if you sail overnight you can aim for Deal Island (250nm).  Expect lots of traffic on route as you cross main shipping lanes.   Deal Island is often talked about as the best island to visit in the Bass Straight and boasts clear waters and white sandy beaches.  There is a great lighthouse walk and a museum to visit as well.

Day 5:  Deal Island to Refuge Cove on Wilsons Promontory (65 nm).  A great bolt hole for bad weather and offers some lovely landscapes and bush walks.

Day 6: Refuge Cove to Phillip Bay Melbourne (100 nm).  Great sailing but be sure to time your arrival with the tides as you can encounter strong currents at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay.

On arrival, stay in the heart of Melbourne at one of the two d’Albora Marinas’. d’Albora Victoria Harbour and Pier 35 have a variety of berthing options depending on the size of your vessel. After a long trip sailing freshen up with the first class marina facilities and enjoy a well-deserved shower.