Shelter from S – W – NW
Indicative Anchoring Position
35° 02.4’S 136° 11.7’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.
Waterhouse Bay is located at the south-eastern end of Thistle Island, and is seldom visited as it is totally exposed to the prevailing SE winds in the summer cruising season.
The indicative anchoring position is in the northern end of the bay and is one of the few anchorages in this area which provides shelter in northerlies and north-westerlies. The southern end of the bay provides protection from southerlies, but is nowhere near as comfortable as Whalers Bay which is only a few miles away.
There are exposed rocks near the northern and southern ends of the bay, and the bottom is rocky in several places. However, it is not hard to find good sandy patches in which to anchor, and the holding is good.
Shore access is not good. There is a considerable shore break and much of the shore line is rocky.