Shelter from All directions
Indicative Anchoring Position
33° 13.58’S 134° 40.50’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.
Venus Bay is a large and mostly shallow bay located about 25 miles north of Elliston. The area of most interest to keelboats is close to the entrance, and has excellent all weather shelter, a jetty, and a small township where most supplies are available. The entrance requires care as a strong tidal current exists. The recommended anchorage is north of the jetty in a small area with shoals on three sides.
Exploration of the greater part of the bay is best done by dinghy.
Excellent notes covering entry, communications and anchoring have been prepared by the Venus Bay VMR, and these can be accessed from the following link. VMR Venus Bay SA – Notes on Communications, Entry and Anchorage
In addition, the VMR has also prepared excellent and very comprehensive notes on coastal cruising on the West Coast both east and west of Venus Bay, and should be read by anyone planning to cruise in this area. They can be found using this link. VMR Venus Bay SA – Notes for Coastal Cruising East or West of Venus Bay