Celebrating on a boat in Sydney – five places to impress your party guests

Can you feel that?

It’s the party season and it’s fast approaching!

We’ve created a ‘silly season series’ to guide you through your upcoming Christmas plans, whether it’s a rowdy work shindig or a laidback family affair.

In part one of the series, we show you five great spots to take your boat and totally impress your party-goers.

It’s time to show off the best spots to go boating in Sydney and wow those guests… let’s begin!

Bantry Bay

Situated in Garigal National Park in Middle Harbour is tranquil Bantry Bay. This undeveloped deepwater bay is a Sydney Harbour highlight – and a total must for your upcoming seasonal shindig!

If you decide to disembark and explore the surrounding greenery, you’ll find plenty of trails, priceless city views and a substantial sprinkle of sparkling rockpools.

If you decide to walk along Engravings Trail, you’ll also have the pleasure of witnessing a collection of ancient Aboriginal carvings.

Group of friends having fun in the sea while in a boat

Refuge Bay

This small, secluded inlet is surrounded by striking sandstone cliffs making it an absolute world-class anchorage. Sheltered from most conditions, you’ll definitely impress your guests with the spectacular scenery and solid Instagram material!

Refuge Bay has quite a few moorings available. If you head over on a weekday or early on a weekend, you’ll have a chance to score a mooring right in front of the beautiful waterfall where you can experience a swim like no other.

TIP: Refuge Bay is really only accessible by boat, so if you’ve got a Christmas crowd that hasn’t explored much of Sydney, this might be the place to take them for the wow-factor alone.

Beach full of boat and yachts

Milk Beach

Sitting at the base of Hermit Bay in Sydney Harbour National Park is Milk Beach – a Sydney jewel with breathtaking surrounds.

Considered to be one of the Eastern Suburbs’s best-kept secrets, Milk Beach is a great place to impress your party guests and go boating in Sydney.

Backed by the Heritage listed Strickland House, framed by the mansions of Vaucluse and facing a whopper view of the harbour, this is a summer favourite for very good reason.

Flint and Steel

Found on the southern side of Cowan Waters is Flint and Steel beach – a lovely patch of sand and sea. Surrounded by the towering flora and unspoiled nature of Kur-ing-gai National Park, this spot has plenty of room to anchor your boat and let your party-goers revel in the best that boat life has to offer.

TIP: Flint and Steel is close to the entrance of Broken Bay and often picks up the surrounding swell. To ensure a comfortable anchorage, be sure to check the conditions before setting sail.

Hungry Beach

West from Flint and Steel Beach is Hungry Beach. This is another beautiful spot to impress your party guests – plus it’s less affected by the swell of the former.

The striking cliffs make the perfect backdrop for your Christmas celebrations. Plus, you’ll find a group of large caves in the area – no doubt home to the local Aboriginal population many years ago. Hungry Beach is a great place to go boating in Sydney for many reasons, but especially because it showcases such a fascinating slice of our amazing Australian history.

The SMART Boating team can help you find the perfect boat – no matter your needs.

Visit us at the original SMART Boating HQ at Bayview Anchorage Marina and while you’re there, why not check out the amazing Hanse 455 ‘Spectre’?

Contact us to book a test sail today!

SMART Boating has four locations across the east coast – Clontarf Marina, Empire Marina in Bobbin Head, Bayview Anchorage Marina and Hamilton Island Marina in the beautiful Whitsundays.


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