Premier world class cruising area
Reviewed Jul 2016
Without a doubt, apart from temperature, this is a world class cruising area. Anchorages are everywhere, and unlike the Hawkesbury, north of Sydney there are very few permanent moorings to impede your overnight stays in most areas. Assuming you plan to visit the "Channel" as it is know to the locals or D'Entrecasteaux Channel on the charts, and are arriving from Hobart, you will pass Dennes Point, which is on Bruny Island to the South or Tinderbox which is part of Tasmania to the north.
Cruise ships with 12 m of draft have negotiated the channel, so if you plan your routes, to stay away from a few of the obstructions, your anti-foul will remain unscathed.
There are so many anchorages available, this forum is not the correct place to detail them all. Needless to say, if you check the weather (Channel 1 on VHF for Tasmanian SE waters on the hour and half hour), within one hour sailing you can arrive at a well protected bay.
The north end of the channel becomes quite busy with local boats in summer because it is only 2-3 hours travel from Hobart. I suggest you head to the south end which is a further 3-4 hours. It is more isolated, the water is cleaner, and the scenery and beaches are better. If you have made it to the south end, take time to visit Partridge Island. There is a floating dock to enable you to tie up your dinghy. Just half a mile to the south of this is Butlers Beach, which is idyllic in summer when the sea breeze (From the SW) kicks in.
If you are into shore based dining, you should investigate Peppermint Bay, Port Cygnet, Kermandi Marina, and head up the lower reaches of the Huon River to Franklin to try the restaurants and while in Franklin, visit the Living Boat Trust.
Four miles to the west of Partridge you will discover Port Esperance and the Town of Dover. The local YC has a mooring available for free if you join them for an ale on Friday evenings.
If you have made it to Port Esperance, make sure you take the time to go further south to Southport and on the Recherche Bay. Recherche is the stopping off location prior to heading around the bottom of Tasmanian to visit Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour.
At Recherche, once again there are anchorages to accommodate all wind directions.
An excellent anchorage in any wind only one hour away