St Kilda Boat Ramp

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AddressSt Kilda Boat Ramp
Lat/Lng-37.874047, 144.976427
Distance7.0 km from Melbourne
Current Temp8.6 °C- Stable - Station: Melbourne
Barometer1003.0 hPa - Stable
WindE-SE - 3 km/h
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St Kilda Boat Ramp Overview

St Kilda Boat RampRamp Overview

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.

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. As such it’s very popular during the summer snapper season.

While the marina offers protected launching and retrieval of your boat.

 

 

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 SpeciesQuick Info
Australian-Salmon
Australian Salmon
Season: All Year Round
Seasonal Note: Common for schools to move through, chopping up the water before moving on. Can be common during cooler months.
Suggested Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid Hoods, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets

Black Bream
Season: All Year Round
Seasonal Note: Can become less active during Winter. Activity picking up late August. Active during warmer months.
Suggested Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Crabs, Earthworms, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Whitebait

Flathead
Season: All Year Round
Seasonal Note:
Suggested Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets

Mullet
Season: All Year Round
Seasonal Note: Can sometimes be the only game in town during cooler weather.
Suggested Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Earthworms, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Squid Tentacles

Pinky Snapper
Season: All Year Round. But much more prevalent during warmer months.
Seasonal Note: October through to March.
Suggested Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Pilchards, Pipis, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets

Snapper
Season: Later September to end of March.
Seasonal Note: Adult specimens often come closer towards shore to feed on reefs during rougher weather.
Suggested Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Crabs, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid, Squid Hoods, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets

Squid
Season: All Year Round.
Seasonal Note: Best fished when waters are clear with little turbulence. Top times can be during June to September.
Suggested Bait: Squid Jig - artificial or with a bait such as minnow, whitebait, bluebait, pilchard or prawn.

Whiting
Season: November to April
Seasonal Note: Known to migrate from Victoria to South Australia during cooler months.
Suggested Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait
*Some fish species vary according to time of year and local environmental conditions.


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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 can be literally overflowing at times

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