Jack and Jude will be adding plenty of anchorages for Queensland later down the track.
Until then, Jon and Sue on the catamaran SY Ocelot have kindly supplied their anchorages from a voyage they made north up the coast en-route for the 2006 Darwin – Indonesia race.


Disclaimer: While we always try to provide useful information, we can take no responsibility for its accuracy or usefulness. Prudent mariners will always navigate using all means at their disposal, and will not rely on electronic navigation.

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We remember sailing along the Australia coast fondly – it was some of the best sailing we’ve ever done. We sort of flew up the Queensland coast as we were feeling late to get to Darwin in time for the 2006 Darwin-Indonesia Rally.

So we sailed 1,370 nautical miles from Brisbane to Seisia (on the west side of the York Peninsula) in only 28 sailing days, for an average of just under 50nm/day. Luckily, once we got to the Percy Isles, the SE trades started blowing with a vengeance, so it wasn’t hard to clock up some impressive daily runs, as we only did 2 overnight sails in all that distance.

The table below lists all 32 anchorages we visited on our way from Brisbane to Darwin.
Depths are in feet, distances are in nautical miles, latitudes are all south, and longitudes are all east. As always, if you have questions or comments, please contact us – we’d love to hear from you!
To see details and in-depth comments of the anchorage links go to:

15 MayTangalooma Wrecks20′ sand2827º09.7153º22.1Interesting but a bit of surgePhoto
16 MayMooloolaba10′ mud3526º40.6153º08.4Protected but can be crowdedPhoto
24 MayDouble Island Pt.15′ poor5725º56.5153º10.1Rock in entrance from southPhoto
25 MayGary’s Anchorage13′ mud2625º37.8152º58.4Inside Fraser IslandPhoto
27 MaySouth White Cliffs30′1025º31.5152º58.2Creep up shallow channelPhoto
28 MayMoon Point15′ sand2325º10.6153º01.6Beautiful long beachPhoto
30 MayGreat Keppel Island10′ sand15023º09.7150º57.3Very prettyPhoto
1 JunePort Clinton25′ sand4422º32.9150º45.5Under Mt. FlindersPhoto
2 JuneIsland Head Creek15′ mud2022º21.6150º38.6Several anchorages shoal quicklyPhoto
3 JuneNE Percy Island35′5121º39.2150º20.1Delightful anchoragePhoto
4 JuneScawfell Island30′6620º51.8149º35.6Very prettyPhoto
5 JuneThomas Island27′3520º32.5149º06.5Great sailing windsPhoto
6 JuneAirlie Beachmooring3020º15.5148.42.4Pick up friend’s mooringPhoto
10 JuneTownsville15′ mud13019º14.6146º49.6Marinas also availablePhoto
12 JuneHinchinbrook Island20′7218º14.0146º15.0Shepherd Bay on north sidePhoto
13 JuneMourilyan Harbor25′ mud4117º36.4146º07.5Up Moresby RiverPhoto
14 JuneCairns27′ mud5816º55.2145º47.1Tidal, crowded, not too securePhoto
15 JuneLow Islesmooring3716º22.9145º33.83 public moorings availablePhoto
16 JuneHope Islandsmooring4015º43.7145º27.42 public moorings availablePhoto
17 JuneLizard Island8′ sand6714º39.8145º27.1Very nicePhoto
22 JuneFlinders Island25′8314º10.6144º13.8Fast sail, caught 2 fish, fed fleetPhoto
23 JuneMorris Island20′ sand5713º29.5143º43.3Watch for reefs, shipsPhoto
24 JuneCape Weymouth18′6112º35.6143º25.4“I have no memory of this place”Photo
25 JuneMargaret Bay10′ sand4211º57.6143º12.4Lobster fishermen!Photo
27 JuneEscape River15′ mud7110º58.0142º40.9Lots of pearl farms, 13′ min @ LWPhoto
28 JuneSeisia25′ sand3610º50.9142º21.9Delightful outpost, shopsPhoto
3 JulyMarchinbar, Wessels20′ sand33911º04.5136º43.8Beautiful, desertedPhoto
7 JulyMalay Bay15′ sand23311º21.8132º52.9ProtectedPhoto
8 JulyPort Essington30′5711º08.8132º08.8Rolly, Nice ranger stationPhoto
9 JulyBerkeley Bay20′711º14.0132º11.4Better protectedPhoto
10 JulyAlcaro Bay, Cape Don20′3611º17.5131º47.9Great river to explorePhoto
11 JulyFannie Bay, Darwin22′9712º25.7130º49.4Huge tides, marinas, fuel, suppliesPhoto