Between 34 25 – 34 38S and 135 13- 135 28E
Note: approx. only.
Coffin Bay, Port Douglas, Mt Dutton Bay and Kellidie Bay form one of the most attractive cruising areas in South Australia. Its entire southern coast is national park; its waters are sheltered, its fishing good and there are local sources for essential supplies. However only vessels with a draft of less than 1.5 metres or so are able to pass over the bar into Port Douglas without hindrance at almost any time, while those with greater draft will often have to wait outside, in Coffin Bay proper, for a suitable state of the tide; and for those without intimate local knowledge, a daylight passage is essential. But for all vessels able to access them, the protected waters of Port Douglas and its several Bays are a cruising holiday delight. Trailer yachts can, of course, reach many places that are inaccessible to fixed-keel boats and do not have to get there by sea.
Coffin Bay proper:
Two main anchorages, at Farm Beach and at Seasick Bay.
General position 34 30S/135 23E
Anchorage is 1/4-1/2 nm east of the Pt. Douglas entrance beacon (No1 Starboard – Fl 3s 9.4m 6.8nm).
General position 34 25.5S/135 13E
Anchor in a small cove NE of the Point Sir Isaac lighthouse. A respite anchorage, used only as circumstances dictate.
In addition, anchoring anywhere off the coast from Point Sir Isaac to Longnose Point is possible in suitable weather. The bottom is all sand and good holding, but the water is shallow for a long way out and there are one or two lumps or spits that should be avoided!
There are many alternatives available once across the bar and into Port Douglas. They are reached by a channel through drying sand flats and great caution must be exercised, especially in the first 5 nm between beacon G1 to beacon R8. At the time of writing, May 2005, the channel between the entrance and the township had three particularly shallow stretches very close to the course line: the area between the first and second entrance beacons; the area between and around the port and starboard beacons north-west of Crinolin Point; and around the township of Coffin Bay, the Town Jetty and Yacht Club Jetty.
Shelter all round.
General Position 34 34.3S/135 20E
Mount Dutton Bay
Shelter SE through N to SW