WATER ACCESS ONLY​​​
Tales and Images from Pittwater

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This is a rare and wonderful collection of offshore-life stories. Written by people who live in a world where the only way to get home is by boat, these little slices of history are funny, poignant, poetic and downright classy. Timeless treasures that will be cherished by generations to come, they are the stuff of tomorrow's history and a joy to read.
Susan Duncan: Author of the best selling - Salvation Creek


 I have rarely enjoyed anything as much. It is alive! The entries are written with love, humour, understanding, experience, personal involvement and acceptance of whatever comes. So many reactions were aroused when reading. My moods ranged from robust belly laughs to almost tears. It was full of real people writing with real delight or real compassion about real events happening to real people. I was moved by wonder and surprise and admiration and amusement. I could go on. What a lovely place it must be!
Margaret Symonds: Writer and Critic.




Scotland Island and the Western Foreshores of Pittwater, Sydney is home to a diverse group of people. It is considered a remote-access community but is still part of metropolitan Sydney. The residents, therefore, have a unique perspective on the world.
Water Access Only is an anthology of stories, poems and artwork from this community. 


More than 50 residents have shared their experiences, feelings, thoughts, artwork and photography in this 150-page community collection of what it is like to truly live an offshore life. 

Crossing the narrow stretch of water - sometimes rough and hostile, sometimes calm and inviting - from the mainland by tinny, ferry or water taxi brings a mix of joys, unexpected pleasures and challenges that set our lifestyle apart. Living so close to the water, we are exposed to a rainbow of weather patterns and the rhythm of the tides which give rise to a sense of adventure, of proximity to nature, an appreciation of great beauty.

We juggle children and shopping while balancing among the bounce and spray of waves.  And we invent ingenious ways to haul heavy loads up steep steps and hills. We write we paint, we design, we photograph, sculpt and craft. There are city commuters, artists, writers, desktop publishers, filmmakers, architects, dancers, musicians and thespians - many award-winning, all fascinating. Come and read our stories. 

"I don't know about this business of going to heaven. 
I think I'll just stay at home."
Bob Anderson, Morning Bay


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Photos by the author, Geoff Bullock and a range of other local residents.