The Australian Adventurer – A Scenic Guide to Sailing across Victoria
The thrill of streaming across a crystal clear lake or a gentle bay is what makes sailing such an enjoyable pastime. For decades now, Victorians have hooked up their boat trailer, driven to the nearest and best body of water and gleefully tore about atop the water. Victoria has a wide array of bodies of water, and all of them are good for boating at anything from a beginner’s level to a master’s level. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to buy your first dinghy or attempting to find a Fountaine Pajot for sale, these waterways will be gently calling your name until you are cruising their surfaces effortlessly.
Port Phillip Bay
To start off with, we’ve picked the obvious choice for a sailor’s dream.
The “inland ocean” itself, Port Phillip Bay, is the largest Bay in Australia, and it lends itself well to the sport of sailing. With a large area of water to navigate your way around, many docks and ports to stop at, and countless other friendly sailors careening about with a grin on their faces, Port Phillip Bay is the choice of sailing spot for almost all Melburnian sailors. As this is part of the ocean, water conditions can vary based on climate, which means that a larger vessel is preferable to help with stability in the occasional choppy water instance.
From the formidable Port Phillip Bay, many rivers shoot off.
There are some that are large enough to sail on, such as the Yarra and the Maribyrnong. These two allow you to take your watercraft on a journey to more suburban settings, further from the hustle and bustle of an ocean bay. A good goal to set your sights on is Herring Island, located 40 minutes up the Yarra and wonderful for scenery and art-aficionados. The island is only accessible via boat, making it a nice quiet national park to visit.
Western Port is, funnily enough, located to the east of Port Phillip Bay, and happens to be the second largest bay in Australia. Aside from the fact that Victorians clearly get all the sailing fun, Western Port is also home to two large islands, French Island and Phillip Island.
Both islands boast national parks, and French Island happens to have one of the densest populations of koalas in Australia. Phillip Island is much more populous than French Island, and is accessible by way of a man-made bridge, making it less tranquil than the aforementioned French Island.
The Gippsland Lakes are famous across Victoria, as they are enormous (with an area of 420 square kilometres) lakes, several of which are interconnected with small rivers. Sailing room abounds here, and anything from small fishing dinghies and speed boats all the way up to luxury catamarans and yachts are able to comfortably manoeuvre these waterways. With many towns on all sides of these lakes, you won’t be short on places to stop for a land-based rest either, and short and long term berthing is available.
Last, but certainly not least, is Lake Eildon.
One of the largest inland freshwater lakes in Victoria, Lake Eildon is located northeast of Melbourne and has 500 km of shoreline housing shops and entertainment destinations. Lake Eildon also has seven hundred houseboats that permanently reside on the water there, making fuel far from a problem at any given area.
These are the areas of Victoria that makes boating so enjoyable, and these lakes, rivers, and bays are reason enough to get your vessel ready to go and explore some water this summer.
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Images credit (under CCL) by order: Port Phillip Bay