Notes on Anchorages


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Important note on anchor types for SA conditions


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The information included on this site has been gained from many sources, including published material - guides, charts, books, the Squadron Quarterly, notes from skippers, transcripts of presentations, etc - material downloaded from the internet - and the personal experiences of the compilers. Where appropriate and possible, references have been acknowledged.

All GPS coordinates use the WGS84 datum.


Caution is required when using the current Aus 345 and 780 as positions taken from the chart and entered as waypoints may be up to 1/2 nm in error.

The following extract from correspondence with C-Map explains the situation:

"With regards to AUS 345 and AUS 780, I have been informed by the Hydrographic Office that these charts were based on the old Clarke referencing system and as such are not as reliable as the current referencing systems. This problem is magnified when trying to navigate at fine scales or in near shore areas. On the up side, the problems in these areas have been acknowledged and I m told that plans are underway to re-chart a lot of the area."

Wind Direction and Shelter

The wind directions indicated in these anchorage notes shows those directions from which shelter can be obtained in strong winds.


Important note on accuracy of GPS and GPS standards


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South Australia

St Vincent Gulf East
Blanche Point
  Holdfast Shores
Port Adelaide
Rapid Bay
Second Valley
St Vincent Gulf West
Black Point
  Port Vincent

Troubridge Island
The Cutter Patch

Southern York Peninsula Althorpe Island
West Cape
Kangaroo Island N E
American River
Christmas Cove
Island Beach
Kingscote 2
Beatrice Islets
Kangaroo Island N W
Boxing Bay
  De Mole River
  Emu Bay
Kangaroo Beach
  King George Beach
  Knob Point

Mares Tail

  Marsden Point

Snellings Beach

  Snug Cove
  Western River Cove
Spencer Gulf S E
Spencer Gulf S W

McLaren Point


Memory Cove


Port Lincoln


Shag Cove

  Sir Joseph Banks Group
  Taylor Island

Thistle Island Snug Cove

  Thistle Island Mittler's Cove

Thistle Island Whaler's Bay

Upper Spencer Gulf
Arno Bay
  Port Augusta
  Port Pirie
  Port Victoria
  Wardang Island
West Coast

Avoid Bay

Coffin Bay
South East Coast
Port McDonnell
  Victor Harbour


Apollo Bay


Port Fairy