Fishermans Bay

Sydney, New South Wales


Wanda in the large crescent-shaped bay of 'Cronulla’ is one of Sydney’s best wave spots. It can get really big when lines of southerly swell roll freely into the bay. Strong NE wind brings cross to cross-off conditions for great jumping and waveriding with wind from the left. You can sail out to 'Voodoo Reef’ at the bay’s northern point in SE, or do a downwinder to Boat Harbour – also a good option in west or southerly winds, accessible from Captain Cook Drive via the 4x4 training course. Most of the spots south of the city centre are within the expanse of Botany Bay. The area’s basically an industrial estate with an airport, container port and refinery, but there are a couple of nice places and the locals love the flat water. Kurnell on the south bank is the windiest place in Sydney because of its flat topography, making almost all wind directions sailable. In contrast, Towra is unusual as it can only be sailed out to, which gives it some exclusivity in the big city. Dolls Point, Frenchies, First Groyne, Brighton-Le-Sands, and Kyeemagh all lie on the sandy west bank of Botany Bay. The conditions are broadly similar, although Kyeemagh is by far the busiest. In NE, windsurfers can ride as close as 20m from the runway in the mirror-flat conditions, but kiters have to stay 2.2km away! The wind’s usually a bit lighter on Sydney’s northern beaches, but at least there are waves. Like the city beaches, Manly Beach is off-limits between October and March because of the numerous beachgoers, but it’s a still an option in winter – and a kilometre offshore the outer reef 'Queenscliff Bombora’ awakes in 3m swell. Dee Why Beach is OK in summer but only outside the flagged bathing zones. Despite paid parking, there are plenty of break-ins, so don’t risk leaving anything in the car! In Long Reef ('Longy’) various reefs produce nice ramps for jumping and a turn or two per ride in either wind direction. The point of the peninsula hosts two decent reef-breaks: ButterBox suits SE and NE winds, while Little Makaha offers a clean right to ride in southerly winds. Both spots are dangerously rocky and can only be reached from Longy or Fishermans Bay – a popular little bay with sandy beaches. Be careful at low tide as there’s a small reef right in front of the car park. And keep off the grass by the golf course; it’s a landing strip for hang-gliders! Collaroy is usually an ocean slalom spot with shorebreak in summer, but it can go off in large winter swell. Nearby it’s mainly kiters in South Narrabeen while North Narrabeen is surfers only. The further north you go, the greener and lusher the landscape becomes as the wave heights increase. Rocks and gusty wind make Mona Vale a bit tricky, but Newy offers superb waveriding. It can get logo to mast-high over the reef on a good day, but it’s experts only as there are a couple of rocks in the water and the gusty wind near the beach can be trouble for kiters. Palm Beach on West Head is a beautiful spot for soul sessions. Winter W-SW offers flat water on the inside, just watch out for the seaplanes! In light winds, walk the scenic path to the lighthouse on the point.
Kite and Windsurfing Guide
Beide Spots sind wegen der Felsen gefährlich und nur von Longy oder Fishermans Bay aus zu erreichen.
Both spots are dangerously rocky and can only be reached from Longy or Fishermans Bay – a popular little bay with sandy beaches.