Christmas Cove

Christmas Cove
Christmas Cove

General Position:

35 43 S  137 56 E

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

Shelter From:

SW through S to NE


Recently upgraded the cove now has 20 pontoon berths 14 of which are available for short term public hire. Lights were added to the entrance in December 2005, see the Notice to Mariners below. Water, power and pump out available.

The cove is dredged to a minimum depth of 1.5m and fitted with 20 pontoon berths and a ramp.

Cost for an overnight stay is $30 payment by an honour system, fill out a form and put money in the box outside the marina gate at the top of the boat launching ramp.

Berth numbers 02 and 10 are privately owned.

All queries now handled by the council offices, tel: 8553 4500.  Maximum stay is 10 nights.

The township of Penneshaw, a short walk up the hill, has a hotel, store and toilets.
Note: This location is also used to provide the KI terminal for the smaller passenger ferry services to the mainland.

-Oct 2011

Other Comments:

You will need a long power cable for power if you are in an outer berth as there is only one power board with mulitple outlets located at the entrance to the walkway. The same is true of the water supply. I detected a little shoaling just inside the entrance and believe now that the clearance is less than 2.1M as originaly dredged.

Adam Wynn

Jan 09

Rhythm & Blues II visited and moored in Christmas Cove, Penneshore,KI on 29/12/05. Dredged to 2m.
Shops are nearby,the Mobil stn. has some hardware and fishing gear and bait.
To enter, line up the 2 red diamond nav signs.

Don Howell

Dec 05

In strong westerly winds the surge and breakers coming in the narrow entrance would make entry to the cove quite hazardous.

Also lights have been added to the entrance see the Notice to Mariners below:

South Australia – Kangaroo Island – Christmas Cove – Lights established Mariners are advised that the following lights have been established on the breakwaters at the entrance to Christmas Cove:

Western Breakwater in position:

Lat 35 ° 43′.099 South 137 ° 56′.057 East FlG 5secs on a 2m pole 6 metres above HAT.

Eastern Breakwater in position:

Lat 35 ° 43′.085 South 137 ° 56.057 East FlR 5 secs on a 2 metre pole 6 metres above HAT.

Alan Duncan

Dec 05

Charted depth is now around just 1.5m right inside the cove entrance.  Overnight charge is still $30 but the lock has been removed from the gate.

Mike Holmes
SV From Russia With Love

May 2015