Colo river Cruise Feb 19/20

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Colo river Cruise Feb 19/20

Postby Lindsey » Sat Jan 29, 2011 4:01 pm

Come and join our motoring cruise (no heeling except perhaps when the tide is low!) on this picturesque inland waterway on the outskirts of Sydney.
How to get there
From Sydney (Centre/South), proceed “up the Windsor Road” (Route 40) until you get to the (right hand) turnoff for Pitt Town & Wisemans Ferry (Pitt Town Road- 65). Follow this road past Cattai State Recreation Area and Riverside Oaks Golf Club until you reach Sackville Road (on left). Follow this road until you reach the (right hand) turnoff for Lower Portland- River Road. Follow this until you see Dargle Ski Park on left (no. 312).
Launching
Dargle Ski Park has a good double concrete ramp and plenty of room for parking. I have arranged with them that we can launch and leave cars & trailers in safety over the weekend for $20 per boat. None of the other ramps are recommended.
Our planned itinerary is as follows:
Fri 18th If you plan to arrive the night before, that’s fine, but better to sleep on the trailer, in parking area behind ramp, if you do launch moor up or down the river a bit not right next to ramp.
Saturday 19th
Launch & motor downstream to the Colo River mouth on port side after the ferry. Do not cross over the ferry cables if it is moving, cross in the centre while it is at the bank. Motor up the Colo River under the bridge (clearance 10.3m), then round a few bends to our beach lunch stop.
The Colo can be very shallow in spots so we will proceed to our planned evening stop after lunch before the tide falls too much. (See below for tide details). Our planned overnight stop is on a big sand bank just before the Putty Road bridge. Last cruise to this location we made it to the overnight stop with no problems in about 2 hours.
There are no facilities, so bring everything you need. The Careel BBQ & lamp will be available. It is a great swimming spot, with a rope to swing into the water for the kids. (Just ask Kate!)
Sunday 20th
Motor back down the Colo river, stopping for lunch at a spot TBA (either in the Colo or Hawkesbury). The scenery is very pretty and there are some early settlement buildings to be seen. Then back to Dargle to retrieve & journey home.
Tides
The Hawkesbury and Colo are tidal, with a range of approx. 1m. At the mouth of the Colo the tide is later than Fort Denison as follows- High 3 hrs 45 min, Low 4 hrs. This means the local highs & lows are approx:
Day Low High
Sat 19th 07.25 13.31
20.13
Sun 20th 02.05
08.17 14.20

Handy Maps and Reading Material
Maps of the area will be available at the launch ramp. However you can also consult:
Waterways Map 9C, The Upper Hawkesbury http://www.maritime.nsw.gov.au/docs/map ... _front.pdf
Cruising Guide to the Hawkesbury - J&J Powell, pp. 40,41, 76
Sydney to Central Coast Waterways Guide – A Lucas

Cruise Captains: Lindsey & Kate O’Hagan ph. 02 9624 2314 mob. 0419 609777

Starlight Express
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Colo cruise

Postby Starlight Express » Sun Jan 30, 2011 6:27 pm

Thanks Lindsey,
can't wait! Cheers, Mick Janine and kids

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Postby maxm » Sun Jan 30, 2011 7:19 pm

Hoping the boat is out of the repairers before then (I ain't holding my breath - a one week job has already stretched to two - and that was after waiting about 4 months for him to take it on!). It's way past time she hit the water again.
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Postby Pete C » Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:33 pm

We are looking forward to this one as well.
It will be great to see you on the cruise Max.


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Postby maxm » Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:11 pm

Don't forget this one! Looks to be glorious conditions in a beautiful, isolated location.

The weather should be perfect for swimming in the river. Or take a lilo and drift with the current. It's pretty fierce so it should take you quite a distance. We'd planned to do that on the Saturday afternoon... with the time delay in high tide, I think (from memory) you could set off around 3pm to catch the last hour of the incoming tide upstream and then come back on the outgoing tide to be back in time for a late-ish happy hour. Or just go with the kids for a swing off the rope and a swim.

What better way to chill out!?
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