Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay from Mariners Lookout

General Position:

38 45.39 S. 143 40.66 E

Note: approx. only. Do not use as an anchoring point on your GPS.

Shelter From:

All Directions


When approaching Apollo Bay watch out for Henty Reef. There are also large beds of kelp near the entrance. There is a new marina in the harbour but it is often fully occupied.( See recent comments from Alan Duncan below).

The harbour has a good depth with at least 3.5 meters of water at the wharf at low tide. The entrance silts up but is dredged.

You can tie up at the wharf on the starboard side after entering the harbour. A fee is payable, contact the Harbour Master on:
(03) 5237 6548


A very attractive town which provides a convenient stop over when travelling to Tasmania or the eastern states. It can be reached in a day’s sail from Port Fairy and in summer months one can day sail from here to King Island.

The town itself has every facility. Several pubs, good shopping, fine restaurants and a slipway. There is even a golf course between the town and the shore.

A public toilet and showers are available just below the fishermen’s coop. Alternatively hot showers can be negotiated with one of the many motels on the foreshore.

Fuel and water are available from the wharf , contact the fisherman’s coop overlooking the harbour.

-July 2005

Other Comments:

The entrance to the harbour faces north and can be dangerous to enter with an easterly swell. It silts up, particularly on the east side of the entrance and is currently dredged every few weeks. (See photo)
We touched the bottom by following the leads in a boat that draws 1.8 M a couple of hours after low tide.
A local advised us not to use the leads – “They lead you astray” His advice was to line up the gully of Wild Dog Creek behind the boat with the boat ramp in the harbour.
A new marina was constructed in Dec 08 but all berths and T heads are currently in use. Visitors can tie up to the wharf immediiately west of the marina for $3.80 per night.
Showers and toilets between 0800 and 1730 are in a transportable next to the slipway.

Alan Duncan RSAYS

March 2008

I have been to Apollo Bay on a number of occasions ,but never at night,.We had great trouble finding the entrance to the fisherman’s harbour with the llights of the town behind the rather dim flashing entrance beacon. As there was quite a swell and it was a very black night, it was quite disconcerting……

Care needs to be taken when entering this harbour in easterly weather . Seas can break across the relatively narrow entrance.

David Harris

Squadron Quarterly
Sept 2005