Altona Boat Ramp

Ramp Overview Altona boat ramp is a great place to launch a boat. Be it a fishing boat, tinny or even kayak.  Excellent bay access to some…

Ramp Overview

Altona boat ramp is a great place to launch a boat.

Be it a fishing boat, tinny or even kayak. 

Excellent bay access to some equally excellent fishing areas.

It’s a good location for people located in the Western, Northern and even North Eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

Accessible via the Western Ring Road and the Westgate Freeway.

Is Altona Ramp Free?

Yes, it is now. As of October 2019 boat ramp launching and car parking is free at Altona. This is in keeping with the Victorian Government’s fee-free boat ramps policy.

Launching from Altona boat ramp gives you access to the Yarra estuary, Hobson’s Bay as well as the wider Port Phillip area.

Altona Boat Ramp
Altona Boat Ramp

The ramp is well maintained and there are plenty of facilities nearby.

Altona Boat Ramp Camera

You can check out the boat ramp webcam for Altona by clicking here.

The webcam is a great way to see conditions, how busy the ramp is as well as how full the carpark is.

Altona Boat Ramp Fishing

Some good boat fishing is to be had three or four hundred meters offshore directly south from the Altona ramp.  You’ll often see boats anchored off there targetting Whiting.

Species such as Whiting, flathead and pinky snapper turn up regularly in catches. While schools of Australian Salmon often make their way through the area.

I’d consider a paternoster rig* – even from your boat. This gives you the opportunity to keep your bait above the weeds. While allowing for bait “cocktails” to see what works that day.

In keeping with my recommendations on all boat ramps, I do not recommend fishing on or in close proximity to boaties launching or retrieving boats. In Altona, you’ve got such a variety of great landbased spots anyway. Like the pier, the beach etc.

My reasoning here is that it’s risky for the person fishing, the boat owner and the general public.

There’s enough room in the world not to crowd out each other.  Courtesy goes a long way.

So – it stands the reason we should give the boaties, whether they’re fisho’s or not, the same respect we wish for.  Give them some room!

One of the things that bug me with Altona Pier is the way Jet Skis buzz your line on the pier.  People who do this are not only breaking the law, risking their license (if this kind of rider actually bothers getting a license) and the safety of the public.  But they’re completely stupid idiots, too.  Not all Jet Ski drivers are like this. Not even most.  But the twits seem to have made their purpose in life – to try and overshadow the good guys.

Note that the Altona Ramp can get pretty busy during peak fishing season (October to March.) Especially on weekends and public holidays. In fact it’s so popular there’s overflow carparks that operate during this period. Both adjoining the main carpark and outside on the street.

That means it’s not uncommon for tempers to flare resulting in “ramp rage.”

Ramp rage is truly pathetic and un-Australian. Don’t let it spoil your day out. Being considerate and courteous of fellow boaties. Help out newbies (we were all new once!!)

Kayak Launching From Altona Boat Ramp

With regards to launching Kayaks. If you’re going to use the Altona ramp please don’t leave your Kayak on the ramp while you run off and grab the gear. It’s guaranteed to make people mad!

Frothing at the mouth, incredibly mad!

You can launch from the boat ramp. But if you’d prefer to avoid the hustle and bustle, especially over the peak season, then launching from some of the beach areas (where it is permitted to do so) is my preference.

Address

Address: Altona Boat Ramp, Altona Road, Seaholme VIC, Australia
Lat: -37.8656914
Lng: 144.8479772
Proximity: 18.2 km from Melbourne GPO

Location Review & Rating


Pros

  • Close To Melbourne Four boats can launch at a time
  • Excellent Docking Area Generally Calm Launching Conditions
  • Free Trailer Parking Free Non-Trailer Car Parking
  • Access Port Phillip Bay, Hobsons Bay and Docklands

Cons

  • Can be "Ramp Rage" central. 
  • Gets pretty busy in the warmer months.
  • The council could do a bit better on the toilet maintenance side of things.

Review Overview

Boat Ramp Condition
Public Toilets
Trailer Parking
Fish Cleaning
Boat Cleaning Facilities

Summary

This is an excellent boat ramp.  Plenty of toilets (not always as clean as I'd like, but they are maintained) and plenty of parking.  Both trailers and regular cars.

There are two overflow parking areas for use during the silly season (over summer and public holidays.)

The Altona Boat Ramp gives you excellent access to some great whiting fishing grounds to the south of the ramp.

Full access to deeper waters of Port Phillip Bay for snapper and gummies.  With easy access to Hobson's Bay and Docklands.

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Dave
Dave

G'day!

I'm Dave, I live and fish in and around Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
When it comes to fishing I love going out to land-based fishing spots, heading out in the tinny (aka an Aluminum Boat) and kayak fishing.

I've been fishing since I was a teen. Beginning way back in the 1970s. It was a hobby I picked up myself as my family certainly had no interest. Making me the black sheep! My favourite fish is Flathead and Snapper. Though I'm partial to Flake (Gummy Shark) and Calamari too! While I enjoy fishing for freshwater species like Redfin and Murray Cod I prefer eating saltwater species. They're just so mouth-wateringly tasty!

I love writing about some of my favourite Melbourne Fishing Spots while fishing around Victoria. As well as the tackle I use and test.
If you see me while you're out fishing say "G' day" - I'll be the one in a bush hat.

When I'm not fishing I'm working on my websites, such as Getfished, or writing computer software (my profession.)

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