Victoria, Australia

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Victoria Cruising Guide

An online cruising guide for yachts sailing to Victoria.

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Capital: Melbourne
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37°48.5′S, 144°57.5′E
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Local chartlet


Originally part of New South Wales, Victoria became a separate British colony in 1851, the same year that gold was discovered in Ballarat. This triggered the one of the world's largest gold rushes and within ten years the population of Victoria increased from 76,000 to 540,000. At 227,600 sq km Victoria is only slightly smaller than the UK.

Cruising the region

Coastal Victoria is essentially unspoiled due to the vast reserves and marine parklands administered by Parks Victoria. While this ensures protection of the environment, cruisers should be aware that these facilites are meant to be used and explored, albeit with sensitivity to the natural habitat of the flora, fauna and marine life thus protected.

Along most of the coastline you are more likely to find caravan parks than condominiums, and cruisers may find that they can negotiate the use of communal showers and washing facilities by simply asking the management and paying a small fee.

The various coastal islands, particularly those between Inverloch and Port Albert, often form part of environmentally protected zones, and permission should be sought before camping, or in some cases even landing, on them. There is no fee for doing so (if allowed) but Parks Victoria like to keep track of movements and traffic volumes in the area.

Climate & Weather

Corner Inlet to Gabo Island, 1900 - click for larger view

Navigation Charts

Australian Hydrographic Service
AU240140 Australia South Coast - Cape Martin to Cape Howe (1:1500000)

Special Navigation Notes

Local Radio Nets

Ham Radio

2011/05/27 22:55 VK3PG 7068.3 PACTOR I/II/III Public QF22JC
2011/05/27 22:55 VK3PG 7098.5 PACTOR I/II/III Public QF22JC
2011/05/27 22:55 VK3PG 10140.0 PACTOR I/II/III Public QF22JC
2011/05/27 22:55 VK3PG 14127.5 PACTOR I/II/III Public QF22JC
2011/05/27 22:55 VK3PG 18126.5 PACTOR I/II/III Public QF22JC

Also see World Cruiser's Nets

Arrival/Departure procedures

See Australia

Immigration and Customs

See Australia

Health and Security

No specific warnings

Ports & Popular Cruising Stops

Australian Customs will process private yachts at all ports of entry.

Routes/Passages to/from Victoria

Offshore Islands

Victoria has 184 islands off her coast. The most popular, and populous, are French and Phillip Islands.

Western Port Islands

Wilsons Promontory Islands

  • Anser Island
  • Great Glennie Island
  • Norman Island
  • Snake Island

Bass Strait Islands (Tasmania)

  • Cape Barren Island
  • Curtis Island
  • Flinders Island — Furneaux Group.
  • Hogan Island
  • Kent Group (Deal, Dover and Erith Islands) — National Park and Marine protected area.
  • King Island — Dairy Farming mainly. Renowned for high quality produce, especially cheese.
  • Rodondo Island Group (includes East and West Moncoeur Islands)
  • Sister Islands — Sheep grazing, muttonbirds. Part of a marine sanctuary.

See Tasmania for a more complete list.


Victoria is served by a network of country and interstate train services from Spencer Street Station (Melbourne), as well as interstate and international air services from two major airports at Avalon and Tullamarine. Local bus services are also relatively plentiful.

References & Publications

Publications, Guides, etc.

Cruiser's Friends

See each region

Forum Discussions

List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)

External Links

Personal Notes

Personal experiences?

  • The majority of Victoria's population is centered in the bayside city of Melbourne, with main arterial roads leading out in four directions. These go to south-eastern NSW via the coast (Princes Hwy), Sydney via Benalla (Hume Hwy), Adelaide via Geelong (Hamilton Hwy) and Mildura via Bendigo (Calder Hwy). --Haiqu 21:52, 25 May 2011 (BST)

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