Steve Pizzati's Top Boating Destinations
Whether it was last week or thirty years ago, anyone with a boat remembers that almost giddy feeling of buying your very first one and then getting out onto the water for your first day of open water freedom. And no matter how often you’ve done it since, that feeling of planning a day of boating fun is still met with similar levels of excitement to your very first. And it’s not just boat owners - since boating should never be done alone, this social activity is met with great anticipation by everyone else invited, young or old. After all, the thrill and adventure are the exact reasons we buy boats in the first place, isn’t it?
But the truth about boating is that their sporadic use means that they’re often left untouched for months at a time before needing to spring into action and power us with no fuss at a moment’s notice. All this from a vehicle that often spends its life in one of the most corrosive environments – salt water. This infrequent use coupled with harsh elements mean that the electrical system of a boat is subjected to extra hardship compared to other vehicles such as cars and motorbikes. No wonder they sometimes let us down. And when they do, that excitement often turns to instant disappointment, making you question the wisdom of buying your boat in the first place!
As always, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure and that’s where the team at Battery World come into play. They can help you to choose from a vast array of marine batteries plus help you keep them in a ready-at-a-moments-notice state, with preventative maintenance steps you can take so you don’t risk ruining that wonderful boating excitement for yourself or your eager guests.
So, this summer make sure you take the time to visit a local battery expert from Battery World before heading out into the bays or ocean. You’re not going to want to spoil your day visiting these beautiful places with a dodgy battery….
NSW – Broken Bay and the Hawkesbury mouth
Sydney Harbour is one of the most beautiful natural harbours on earth, but its huge commercial traffic means you often spend more time looking out for criss-crossing ferries than enjoying the view. But just north of Sydney harbour is Broken Bay – the mouth of the Hawkesbury River. It has a vast number of bays and inlets that even the locals haven’t managed to explore entirely. And while you’re investigating the endless coves and beaches you can dine at some of the finest restaurants in Australia that are only reachable by boat, like the famous Berowra Waters inn.
Victoria – Gippsland Lakes
The Gippsland lakes are a vast network of brackish lakes that form the mixing area between Bass strait and the many of the snow fed rivers that flow from the Victorian Alpine country and it’s the largest inland waterway in the southern hemisphere. From the massive Lake Wellington to the countless islands and coves there’s bound to be a perfect spot that you can anchor, go for a swim, drop a line, or even watch the famous bioluminescent plankton swirl around your boat.
Tasmania – Gordon River
If you’re a yachtie, then Tasmania’s non-stop breezes and beautiful coastline is just about the perfect location. But for a more tranquil, almost pre-historic adventure, the Gordon River on the Tasmania’s west coast offers an experience like no other in Australia.
Setting off from the historic town of Strahan, the entrance to the Gordon River is in Macquarie Harbour, a beautiful location that also takes in the lighthouse that marks the opening to the Southern Ocean known Hell’s gate lighthouse.
Once on the Gordon River proper you can meander through the lush cool rainforests that typify the west coast of Tasmania and spend days exploring an environment that you’ll swear time has forgotten.
South Australia – Murray River
The mighty Murray! Easily the most famous river in the country and with good reason!
It’s the holiday destination for millions of Australians each year because there’s just so much to see and do and there’s just so much of it! Whether it’s swimming in a billabong, fishing for delicious Murray cod, powering around corners on a ski boat or just people watching the countless house boats you could back for decades and not see it all.
Best of all, the number of food and wine locations basing themselves on the Murray means that a top-quality meal or brilliant drop is never far away.
Queensland – Whitsundays
I know it’s a cliché and that every tourism campaign for Australia ever created has featured it but it’s world famous for a reason!
Every time I go back, I find something new like the resorts and restaurants that have been rebuilt since cyclone Debbie in 2017 but I also can’t resist going back to the classics like snorkelling around Hook Island.
Add to the fact that it is home to the Great Barrier Reef – one of the world’s most iconic destinations.