Shelter from NE – E – S
Indicative Anchoring Position
34° 56.0’S 136° 05.4’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.
It is not clear how Snug Cove was named because it is neither snug nor a cove (unlike its Kangaroo Island namesake), but it is nevertheless a useful anchorage, although not particularly scenic. It is located south-west of Observatory Point which is a low and sandy stretch of coast off the northern tip of Thistle Island.
An underwater reef extends about one mile west of Observatory Point, and the anchorage must be approached from the western side. The anchoring location is well off-shore because the cove is very shallow. The bottom is patchy weed and the holding is good. Shore access requires a long dinghy ride, and the available beach area is quite small as most of the coast consists of low cliffs.