Spring Victoria – Great Fishing Locations 2020

Boat Ramps Melbourne & Victoria

There are a number of public boat ramps around Melbourne and the wider area of Victoria.  These are located on the bays and inlets as well as freshwater lakes and rivers. In 2019 the Victorian government moved to remove all fees from public boat ramps…

There are a number of public boat ramps around Melbourne and the wider area of Victoria.  These are located on the bays and inlets as well as freshwater lakes and rivers.

In 2019 the Victorian government moved to remove all fees from public boat ramps and associated vehicle and trailer parking.

In addition, funding is planned to be set aside for the redevelopment of public boat ramps where required as well as a commitment to allocate more funding for ongoing maintenance.

See the Boat Ramps Melbourne & Victoria FAQ


8 Great Boat Ramp Located In Victoria



Lake Nagambie Boat Ramp

Lake Nagambie Boat Ramp

September 22, 2020
Lake Nagambie Boat Ramp was rebuilt in recent years. It's a concrete ramp in excellent condition. Providing great access to the Lake by launching in the Goulburn River. Also providing excellent access to navigate upstream for fishing and sightseeing. It's an easy ramp to launch from for small to medium sized tinny's and shallow draft boats.




Portarlington Holiday Park Boat Ramp

Portarlington Holiday Park Boat Ramp

September 3, 2020
The Portarlington Holiday Park Boat Ramp is provided for the caravan and camping patrons. I’ve not personally launched from this ramp.  However, reports from those




Fishing Altona Pier

Altona Boat Ramp

October 4, 2020
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





Portarlington Point Richards Boat Ramp

Point Richards Boat Ramp Portarlington

September 3, 2020
Ramp Overview The Point Richards Boat Ramp Portarlington is located just outside of Corio Bay, directly onto Port Phillip Bay. While now free to use,




Werribee South Boatramp Fishing

Werribee South Boat Ramp

September 4, 2020
Ramp Overview At the time of writing, boaties are calling on assistance to have the Werribee South Boat Ramp repaired. Technically there are six boat




St Kilda Boat Ramp

St Kilda Boat Ramp

September 3, 2020
Ramp Overview St Kilda Boat Ramp is part of the extensive St Kilda Marina complex. As far as boat ramps go it can vary in





boat ramp newport

Williamstown Boat Ramp

September 3, 2020
Ramp Overview Williamstown Boat Ramp is one of the better boat ramps in Melbourne, having relatively recently been upgraded. It's located in the same location




mordialloc boat ramp

Mordialloc Boat Ramp

September 3, 2020
The Mordialloc Boat Ramp provides small craft access to Port Phillip Bay (often affectionately known by the acronym PPB).




Boat Ramps Melbourne & Victoria FAQ

Do you have to pay fees to use boat ramps in Victoria?

As of October 2019, public boat ramps are free to use.  Some private boat ramps may charge a fee at their discretion.
Note that associated public parking for vehicles with boat trailers is also free.
Vehicles using the parking without a trailer may be subject to parking fines as the areas are designated for boat trailer usage. Where car-parks are separately designated for non-trailer parking fees may apply in those areas.

What is ramp etiquette when launching a boat?

Boat “ramp etiquette” is anything that makes it easier for all persons launching boats.  It ensures quicker launches and retrieves through consideration and use of some very simple rules.

Etiquette includes:

Do all pre-launch preparation in the parking area, not on the boat ramp. This includes placing bung into position.  Folding up rigging such as biminis.  Loading equipment such as fishing gear, bait, coolers, safety equipment into the boat.

Removing any straps, ropes, ratchet tie-downs etc in the parking area.  But – keeping winch and safety chain attached so the boat cannot fall off the trailer. Ensuring any dock lines (ropes for securing boat) are easy to access and use immediately – and are secured to the boat.

Practising backing of the trailer – before turning up at boat ramp.
Being helpful to newbies.  Any fool can laugh at another’s inexperience.  But a true Aussie boaty or fisho will lend a hand.

Moving boat to mooring area after removal from the trailer as quickly as possible.
Drive the car and empty trailer off the ramp area and into the parking area as soon as possible.
Retrieval is the reverse of launching.

Be aware that boats coming into the ramp take precedence over boats launching from the ramp.

Be aware of children when backing.  While they should be their parents’ responsibility the fact is their safety becomes yours – and children are unpredictable.

Keep tow vehicle speed down.  Backing down fast proves only one thing – you’re reckless, but not necessarily bright.
Try and keep the tow vehicles back wheels out of the water. Getting stuck on the ramp is not fun.

When backing please remove children, dogs and other passengers out of the tow vehicle.  Cars do end up in the water.  When they do they tend to go under fast.  Getting passengers out of the car quickly becomes life-threatening.

I carry a 1kg bag of kitty litter in the tow vehicle. The gritty sandy kind, not the recycled newspaper kind. This can help give you traction if you find your wheels are slipping. Even if you have a four-wheel drive.

When is it safe to take out my boat and fish Victoria?

Victoria’s bays and ocean nearly all face into the Southern Ocean and the Bass Strait. The weather conditions can and do change quite suddenly. You can read our Safe Boating Guide for Victorian Waters for details on boat size and wave heights.

For this reason, it’s essential you not only check the weather and coastal weather conditions in advance, but you also need to check them while you’re out on the water.
Port Phillip and Western Port Bays are prone to sudden and extreme changes, too. This is due to the weather influences mentioned above and to their relative shallowness. While Western Port does offer some protection from conditions in locations behind French Island care needs to still be taken.

Port Phillip Bay, on the other hand, can be more extreme at times. It’s considered to be the largest inland sea in the southern hemisphere. It is shallow and wide. This results in extreme wave heights, often beyond those forecasted.

Because the bay is almost a complete circle conditions vary across its diameter. Conditions at Werribee, for example, maybe calm when the wind is blowing from the West. But choppy at the same time if you are out off Mordialloc of Frankston with the same wind direction and speed.

This is because to the west that wind is coming from the shore, whereas on the other side of the bay it’s blowing across the bay. Increasing wave activity.

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.
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