Robe Entrance Channel

General Position:

37 09.6 S  139 45.2 E

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

Shelter From:

From South West through East to North


The anchorage is just to the South East of the breakwater. There are two moorings but they are in constant use by cray boats. The holding is good on a sandy bottom. This spot is very exposed in North Westerly wearther. You can also tie up inside the channel leading to the inner harbour. The depth in the channel is 2.1m but a bar forms at the entrance which can reduce the depth to 1.5m if it has not been recently dredged. The inner harbour is not reccommended unless refuelling.The recently installed pontoons are all too shallow for most keel boats. Contact the Assistant Harbour Master,  Michael on 0429 799 614. New charges for staying on the pontoons are:

$40/ 1st night
$20/ night thereafter

Great care should be exercised if approaching this anchorage at night as there are many hazards on the way in and the leading lights are very weak and often hard to see.


Robe is a very attractive town with every facility for visiting yachts. The Robe Yacht Club has recently completed its clubrooms and they can provide toilets and showers. Fuel and water are available inside the harbour, go to the council office just up from the harbour to make arrangements. The town itself has many good restaurants and pubs, a big supermarket and a lot of charm.

Other Comments:

For boats requiring deeper water and all round protection the new marina at Cape Jaffa is a better option. It is a lot more isolated though and has limited facilities.

Adam Wynn

30 Oct 2011