Watsons Bay – one of the best anchorages in the north
Reviewed Jun 2016
World renowned Lizard Island is a popular destination for cruising boats. Not just because we can stay for free while the punters at the resort are paying a fortune, but because it is an excellent anchorage. Watson's Bay is on the sheltered northwestern side, offers great holding in sand, and easy, all-tide shore access.
Approach is straight forward, but there are two large coral bommies to avoid in the bay. They effectively close off the southern half of the bay, leaving the northern section and the area outside the bommies for anchoring.
Being at the end of a wind tunnel between hills on the island, the bay can be subject to strong gusts in developed trade wind weather. But except in really windy conditions, it remains calm.
Ashore there is heaps to do - climb to Cook's Look (the place where Captain Cook had a look for clear water), walk over to the lagoon, swim, snorkel over the bommies, visit the Research Station on the southern side of the island, or simply kick back on the beach. Sundowners ashore are almost obligatory, and very popular. If you're up this way, don't miss one of the most secure and comfortable anchorages in FNQ.
One of the most secure and comfortable anchorages in FNQ