St Kilda Boat Ramp is part of the extensive St Kilda Marina complex.

As far as boat ramps go this one can vary in terms of quality.

Fundamentally this is a very good ramp.

However, a lack of ramp maintenance in the past, at times, means it’s not unheard of for algae to make the ramp so slippery that vehicles have on occasion slid right on into the water. Not such an issue for 4WD’s.


St Kilda Boat Ramp Overview

For myself, I’ve never witnessed more than the expected algal growth and have found the ramp to be one of the better ones.

Car parking is extensive and ample for large boat trailers.

The marina area and ramp provide access to reasonably deep hulled larger boats.

So, as you might expect, it’s very popular during the summer snapper season.

The marina also offers protected launching and retrieval of your boat as well as year round dry dock for small boats with the budget to cover it.

Good Snapper Grounds Access

In terms of access to Port Phillip Bay, it gives you good access to snapper grounds and reefs to the west, east and south of St Kilda.

Thus access to snapper feeding grounds is only a short boat ride, with plenty of catches of flathead, calamari, Australian salmon and other bay species.

It can get very busy. Though this is hardly surprising due to its size, ability to launch larger vessels and proximity to Melbourne.

So, launching during the snapper season means getting there early for most folks.

That and a mindset of calm and forbearance for other boaties. “Ramp rage” is a real thing – that’s ugly and spoils a great day out in your boat – and for others.

There’s a large service station next to the marina area.

This sells frozen bait, fuel etc. One of the few servo’s I’d recommend buying bait from, given its huge product turnover.

St Kilda Boat Ramp – Fish Species To Target

Fish Species Quick Info
Australian Salmon
Arripis trutta
All Year Round
Common for schools to move through, chopping up the water before moving on. Can be common during cooler months.
Blue Spotted Flathead
Platycephalus caeruleopunctatus
All Year Round
More commonly caught in warmer months. But can be caught year round in many places.
Flathead
Platycephalus sp
All Year Round
Gummy Shark
Mustelus antarcticus
All Year Round
Larger species are caught in Port Phillip & Western Port during April to July. With the Peak Month considered too be May.
King George whiting
Sillaginodes punctata
November to April
Known to migrate from Victoria to South Australian waters during cooler months.
Pinky Snapper
Chrysophrys auratus
All Year Round. But much more prevalent during warmer months.
This name applies to juvenile specimens of Snapper
Snapper
Chrysophrys auratus
All Year Round. But much more prevalent during warmer months.
Adult specimens often come closer towards shore to feed on reefs during rougher weather in warmer months.
Squid
Sepioteuthis australis
All Year Round.
Best fished when waters are clear with little turbulence. Top times can be during June to September.
Yellowtail kingfish
S. lalandi

*Some fish species vary according to time of year and local environmental conditions.

St Kilda Boat Ramp – Review Summary

While most of the facilities at this boat ramp are pretty good I was pretty put off by the state of the public toilets on the occasions I’ve visited.

Pretty bad – and that’s saying something compared to other Melbourne Boat Ramps that are generally a bit suspect.

The boat ramp, however, is excellent overall.  Though it can get a bit slimy at times.  More of a problem for front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive vehicles.  So be cautious.

Pros

  • Close to Melbourne
  • Two to three boats can launch at a time
  • Extensive Docking Area
  • Calm Launching Conditions
  • Free Trailer Parking
  • Public Toilets
  • Access Port Phillip Bay

Cons

  • Limited Trailer Parking Bays During Peak Season
  • Can be crazy busy busy during summer
  • Toilets (in the area) can be literally overflowing at times
  • Ramp can be slippy on occasion. Take care with regards to sliding.

Features At A Glance

FishabilityFamily FriendlyEnvironment & Pollution
Boat Ramp ConditionTrailer ParkingFish CleaningBoat Cleaning Facilities



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