Melbourne Boat Launching Ramps
APOLLO BAY (Victoria)
Location: Via Great Ocean Road about 2 1/2 hrs drive west
Facilities: break wall (all weather), concrete jetties, smooth concrete dual lanes
BLACK ROCK BOAT RAMP
Location: Located off Beach Rd. on the foreshore of Black
Access: An average ramp which is exposed when the winds come from the North-west to the South-west. Width of the ramp is 5m.
The least depth of approach is about 0.3m, so it is best to launch between half flood to half ebb. Max size boat to launch here would be about 6m.
Facilities: This is a single concrete ramp. There is a jetty beside the ramp. Cafe within 100m of ramp.
Parking: Lots of parking but is very popular so you need to get there very early.
Fees: There is a parking fee.
FISHERMANS BEACH MORNINGTON
Location: Follow the esplanade, south of Mornington about
Access: Double Ramp with no mooring Jetty. dangerous in west winds, otherwise ok. Fine for vessels to 5.5m but fairly shallow. Short channel to clear water with submerged reef either side. Quite busy in peak season (Oct to March)
Parking: Inadequate except during winter or periods of high wind.
Fees: if any, $10.00 to park or $110.00 per year.
NEWHAVEN BOAT RAMP
Location: End of Cleeland Street, Newhaven, Phillip Island.
Access: The two lane ramp has a gradient of 1:19. The ramp is useable on all tides, however care needs to be exercised on the lowest tides as the channel is very narrow. The strong tidal currents through The Narrows can cause problems as you leave and approach the boat ramp.
Facilities: No wash down facilities are available due to water restrictions.
Parking: The sealed car-park is quite roomy.
Fees: You must purchase a boat ramp permit from the
newsagent in Forest Avenue:
OCEAN GROVE BOAT RAMP
Location: End of Gutheridge Street, Ocean Grove.
Access: Gives boats up to around 6 metres good access to the Barwon River as well as outside through Barwon Heads if weather permits (EXPERIENCE IS A MUST). The ramp is useable on all tides, however care needs to be exercised on the lowest tides as it is possible to reverse the trailer over the edge of the ramp.
Facilities: There is a floating pontoon for easy unloading, however no wash down facilities are available.
Parking: The car-park is quite roomy.
PATTERSON RIVER BOAT RAMP
Location: End of Launching Way, off McLeod Road, Carrum.
Access: Located at the end of Launching Way in Carrum, this is Melbourne's premier boat launching facility onto Port Phillip Bay.
Facilities: It has 4 Concrete ramps each with 2 lanes. The shop has fuel, bait, ice, tackle, coffees, pies and snacks.
Parking: The car-park is quite roomy.
Fees: Not Known
QUEENSCLIFF BOAT RAMP
Location: End of the main street at Queenscliff
Access: This is an excellent double ramp. It is fully protected and has two jetties either side of the ramp. The shallowest it gets is approx 0.8m and can cater for boats up to 7m. The ramp gives access to both sheltered waters within Port Phillip Bay, and Port Phillip Heads.
Parking: There is heaps of parking.
Facilities: Two wash down facilities, toilets.
Fees: Parking fee of $6 for 24 hours.
RYE BOAT RAMP
Location: Entrance from Point Nepean Road, west of Rye Jetty and Dundas Street.
Access: The ramp gives access to both sheltered waters within Port Phillip Bay, and Port Phillip Heads.
SCHNAPPER POINT MORNINGTON
Location: The road to the pier and ramp is accessible easily
from either the Esplanade or Nepean Highway. The road to the pier
and ramp is a continuation of Main Street, which is marked by the
collection of fast food outlets (McDonalds, Pizza Hut, KFC, Hungry
Jacks, Red Rooster) at the intersections of Main Street and Nepean
Access: This ramp is deeper and has more parking than the nearest ramp at Fishermans Beach, for the same price. On holiday periods it may pay to plan launch and retrieval outside peak times.
Facilities: There is a lovely swimming beach known as Mother's Beach right next to the ramp and of course the main pier and smaller jetties, yacht club, cafe, washing facilities and a large park at the top of the hill with extensive playgrounds for the kids, and of course the shops on Main St.
Parking: Ample parking is normally available, with car/trailer parks near the ramp and car parks closer to the pier.
Fees: Daily- $10, Annual- $110. These fees include launching, retrieving and parking. Parking officers patrol this section.
SORRENTO BOAT RAMP
Location: From Melbourne, follow the Nepean Highway onto the
Point Nepean Rd. The entrance to the boat ramp is on the right and clearly marked.
Access: It is a steep, three lane, all weather, all tides boat ramp exposed to northerly winds. The max. size boat to launch would be about 7m.
Diving: The dive boats usually pull up down on the lowest level. Divers pull up there to gear up and load up the boats. Then divers park their cars up in the very top car park and come back down via the steps. The dive boat cars and trailers have three parking areas they can use.
Facilities: There are jetties either side of the ramp. The ramp is 6m wide and has a least depth approach of 0.3m. There are toilets at the top of the steps in the picnic area.
Parking: It has good parking facilities. Three parking areas for vehicles with boat trailers, plus a parking area for cars only. Don't park cars in a boat trailer parking area as you're likely to get fined if you do.
Fees: None Known.