Are you planning to set sail around Australia soon? We’re jealous! We understand that in every voyage, safety needs to be a priority.
Australia has a vast coastline with many river mouths that vary in size, depth, sand movement and accessibility. Here are a few examples of 7 river mouths in Australia that are generally considered safe to enter by boat in 2023:
1. Sydney Harbour: This is one of the largest natural harbours in the world, with several protected bays and inlets that provide shelter from the open ocean. It is well-marked and maintained, making it relatively safe to navigate, even for larger vessels.
2. Gippsland Lakes: This is a vast system of lakes, rivers and lagoons in eastern Victoria that is sheltered from the open ocean. It is a popular boating destination with several well-marked channels and plenty of sheltered anchorages.
3. Swan River: This is a large estuary that flows through the city of Perth in Western Australia. It is well protected from the ocean and has several marinas and anchorages for boats all sizes.
4. Port Phillip Bay: This is a large, sheltered bay in Victoria that provides safe access to Melbourne and the surrounding area. It has several well-marked channels and plenty of sheltered anchorages, making it very popular for boaters.
5. Darwin Harbour: This large, deep natural harbour is in the Northern Territory and provides safe access to the Timor Sea. It is well-marked and maintained, making it safe to navigate for experiences boaters.
6. Brisbane River Mouth: This is a well-maintained channel that is regularly dredged, making it relatively safe to navigate even for larger vessels. However, it can be subject to strong tidal currents and should be approached with caution.
7. Gold Coast Seaway: This is a man-made channel that provides safe access to the ocean for boats in the Gold Cast area. It is well-maintained and protected by rock walls that help reduce the impact of waves and currents.
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