Not much between Sydney
and Jervis Bay.
Jervis Bay has a number of anchorages
depending on where the wind
is coming from
Ulladulla is easy to get into when calm but fisho's sometimes not friendly
Eden is good - the jetty is good if it is calm or a northerly but stay away if it is south westerly. You can provision here. If it is blowy East Ben Boyd (behind the explosives pier) is good in almost anything but a bit far from town. Wait here for the right weather window, it is most important for the trip across "the paddock" to Wilsons Prom which can be a painful experience if you get caught up in a SW'er. Talk with VMR there and as well as the BOM forecast
, ask for the Platforms forecast
, it is very good but I think they only read it out on request
The Kent Group is beautiful and good shelter although East Cove on Deal Island is not particularly good holding, West Cove on Erith Island is better. Go for a walk up to the lighthouse.
Refuge Cove on Wilson Prom is also beautiful and bomb proof in SW'ers, swelly in anything from the east.
Melbourne is a long haul if you have no need to stop, a long way to the heads and then 30nm up the bay. If you do go there watch the tides at the heads, it is important to go through either slack water
(3 hours after high or low tide) or if neceesary on a flood, but if you do this watch out, the current
can run 6 knots so steering
can be an issue. Because of the current
don't even bother to try on an ebb particularly with any wind
from the southern sector. Call Melbourne VTS (Vessel Traffic Services) and they will advise of any commercial
vessels entering or leaving.
Apollo Bay is a good stop as long as there is not big swell, which makes the entrance bit risky, depth
shouldn't be a problem in a Cat, nice little town
I would give Warranbool a miss, lots of rocks, shallow, very rolly in any sort of swell and a fair hike into town
Port Fairy is a good stop, up the Moyne River, very sheltered and a very pretty town. Shallow on about the first bend but shouldn't worry you
Portand is an all weather commercial
port, not attractive but good shelter if you need it.
After that my knowledge runs out