West Bay – Iconic cruising stop, can be a shocker
Reviewed Mar 2016
West Bay on Middle Percy, the home of the famous A-frame yachties shelter, has become a must-do stop for Queensland coastal cruisers. The blinding white sand beach, palm trees, hammock and yachting memorabilia combine to entice people from all over the world.
But the West Bay anchorage gives little shelter from the persistent swell wrapping round the island. In calm weather it is lovely - good holding in sand, scenic, and handy to the shore. Anchor anywhere with enough depth, although the best spot is towards the northern end of the bay, near the entrance to the lagoon.
In developed SE trade wind weather it can be truly horrible, and I'd suggest trying one of the other anchorages in the area for over-nighting. This is one of those anchorages that, if you get calm weather, you should stay as long as you can - because it is unlikely to happen again! (Unless of course, you are sailing out of the usual tradewind season)
The island is well worth an extended visit, with its combination of history, scenery, and the laid-back ambience of the A-frame. The perfectly clear night sky here has witnessed many a memorable beach barbecue and the A-frame has hosted countless yachtie sundowners. Don't miss it if the weather is good.
A must-do stop for Queensland coastal cruisers
Truly horrible in SE trade wind weather