Freycinet Peninsula

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Freycinet - Schouten's northern anchorages

Lester Gabriel
Deckee Pro  
Reviewed Jan 2017
Last visited in 2015.

There are two anchorages in Schouten Passage sheltered under the granite of Bear Hill & Mt Story.

The eastern bay is formally known as Crocketts Bay, but is also referred to as "Little Gravelly or Bear Hill Bay". Sheltered in ENE through to SSW.

It is reassuring to know that on the other side of the Passage, shelter may be found in NW to E winds at Passage Beach and Bryans Corner.

The only downside is that when the pre-frontal NW freshens, after the front comes through, the wind backs to the SW .... and whilst boats do 'hang on' at Bryans or Moreys, in those conditions, its probably best to retreat to Wineglass, or even run for Spring Bay (Orford / Triabunna) - particularly if nasty weather is expected.

Re the anchorages, there is reef on the southern edge of Crocketts and some of the anchorages are prone to algal weed - which can make anchoring in the dark a tad problematic.

Wineglass and Coles Bay have been reported separately. Coles Bay is fine in settled weather and is great for changing crew / getting some perishables.

Hen and Chicken Bay on the southern side of Schouten is steep to and tight. Have seen fishermen laying in there - but have never dropped the pick there.
The scenery - wow! Great walk up to the top of Bear Hill.
The beaches
Depending on the time of the year, you can be on your own!
The algal weed
Strong westerlies!
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Wineglass Bay Anchorage

Marilyn Graham
Deckee Pro  
Reviewed May 2016
Wineglass Bay offers Shelter from SE to S to NW, swell can be uncomfortable at times. Best and shallower in SW corner of the bay off the end of the beach. In NSW winds it may be better along the beach towards much deeper NW end. There are no facilities here, but you will find walking tracks along the beach, S to Bryans Corner and N to Cape Tourville.
Shelter from SE to S to NW
Swell can be uncomfortable at times
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Coles Bay, Freycinet Peninsula

Marilyn Graham
Deckee Pro  
Reviewed May 2016
Exposed to W to S to SE winds. Holding N side of bay outside the moorings is very poor. S end of Richardsons Beach is better, watch for rock off end of beach. Water is available from a tap near Freycinet Sea Charters, or up the hill at the community hall. In Coles Bay there is a 24hr ATM, provisions and fuel at Coles Bay convenience store. Boat ramp has a dinghy jetty.
Exposed to W to S to SE winds
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Alternative anchorage to Coles Bay with direct access to Hazard Mountain walk

Jack and Jude
Deckee Pro  
Reviewed Mar 2017
Promise Bay, Refuge Island,

42°10.47'S ~ 148°16.42'E

Alternative anchorage to Coles Bay with direct access to Hazard Mountain walk via boardwalk on shore. When entering, watch for three above water rocks between shore and Refuge Island plus another isolated one near point. Night entry unwise.

Anchorage open to west, provides shelter from N thru E to S in 10 m good holding shell/sand/mud.
A place of peace and solitude, usually totally uninhabited.
Better holding than Coles Bay
Open to west
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