Avoid Bay

Shelter from      E – SE – S

Indicative Anchoring Position

34° 40.0’S   135° 20.1’E

Note.    Indicative anchoring positions are for reference only and should not be used as waypoints.  The best position for anchoring depends on many factors including vessel draft, tide, and forecast wind.

Despite its rather ominous name, Avoid Bay is an excellent anchorage, and is the first available stop when heading west from Spencer Gulf. The best anchoring position is in the south of the bay where a reef extending north from the headland provides some protection from westerly swell. A few permanent moorings have been placed here, but finding a clear position to anchor is not difficult. The bottom is rocky close to the beach, so anchoring in the vicinity of the moorings advisable.

The bottom in the recommended position is sand and the holding excellent. Shore access is easy and some worthwhile walks ashore are possible.

An alternative anchoring position, which is useful in northerly conditions, is in the northern part of the bay, about 9 miles from the southern anchorage and well past the prominent black rocks. The indicative anchoring position is 34° 33.0’S 135° 13.5’E.