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tdw 09-18-2009 12:13 AM

Cruising Guides - Australia
New South Wales the NSW Coast - Alan Lucas

Eastern Queensland - Notably the Great Barrier Reef. the Coral Coast - Alan Lucas Magic Miles - David Colfett Curtis Coast - Noel Patrick Troppo - Haynes and Mulvany

Gulf Country of Qld, Northern Territory and Western Australia Australia Cruising - Fremantle Sailing Club Territory Coast Cruising Guide - John Knight

Tasmanian Anchorage Guide - Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania
Cruising Tasmania - J Bettingham Moore
Cruising Southern Tasmania - Cruising Yacht Club Tasmania


South Australia

(coming soon)

Unless otherwise noted, images are from Boat Books (Australia) web site who would stock all of the guides mentioned. For overseas buyers you could also try Boat Books New Zealand. I've used them a few times and found their online mail order service to be quite efficient and being Kiwis they are a friendly mob as well.

Boat Books Australia

Boat Books NZ (SW Pacific Cruising Guides) List

This list is compiled from my library and posted suggestions. As suggestions come in I'll add them to this list. All cruising guides seem to have their limitations. You take the author's advice at your own peril.

St Anna 09-18-2009 05:45 AM

Hiya TDW.

OK, my 2 cents worth. (& they dont make 2c anymore). I dont have the latest or anywhere near the latest editions.

Patricks book is wonderful but some of the mud maps have the wrong scale or perspective.

Lucas is good - but you need the updates. Some of his bar/river crossing in far NQ are now quite wrong but you wouldnt go blindly anyway

Colfelds book is great. Some credit should be due to Harry Smith (the CO of the diggers at Long tan and a great sailor) who was a co-surveyor for the book.

NT cruising guide - by Knight is way out of date but nowhere near as poor as some of the charts. Need a good echo sounder and polarized eyeballs!

All these guides are the stuff that dreams are made of - plot and plan and then go. We did (7 years ago)

tdw 09-18-2009 04:28 PM

St Anna, Hello to you too.

Thanks for the comments. While I'm trying to avoid posting links I will to Lucas cos your are quite right.

I'm hoping that people with more local knowledge and/or experience than I have will post comments re the guides. I'm sure that world wide many guides soon lose accuracy after publication, especially in a place like Oz where shifting bars are a common problem. so the warning re Lucas Qld is apt.

Guides for places like the NT are sadly few and far between. I have a list and will update for other areas in due course. I'll also be including miscellaneous publications.


TD.....drool ? DROOL ? well I never......though occasionally I might slobber a tad.....:p

St Anna 09-18-2009 04:45 PM

Yah. Lucas is the guru, but he cannot physically sail to all places to see the changes every year, so he relies on notices to mariners and other peoples second hand advice.

When my gang of friends were 'plotting' my progress, they were using Lucas' guide to see for example where Morris Island was ( when I radioed in)

Knights book has suffered a similar fate. If you look at some of the charts, they were first surveyed in 1880, and addended by aerial recon in 1945. Things are different now eg WGS84.

Ilenart 09-19-2009 08:35 AM


the Fremantle Sailing Club publishes the West Australian Cruising Guide. It was updated last year so it is pretty accurate. Covers the whole West Australian coast.

Can be purchased direct from the FSC, below is the website.


tdw 09-20-2009 05:25 PM

Thanks again people. I'll try and get a more comrpehensive list together this week. WACG is on it.

Remember that the list is not meant to be gospel and I hope that it will be continually updates.

Will make it as ticky in due course.

I guess Australia will always suffer to some extent simply because of our low population and vast coastline.'s the boat selling going ?

Omatako 10-05-2009 01:32 AM

As far as New Zealand goes, the one guide that most visitors and even locals will find really useful is the Coastal Cruising Handbook. This covers the east coast of the North Island pretty much north of Auckland and the out-lying islands off that part of the coast.

This handbook covers virtually every meter of the coastline and includes every possible anchorage and many that I wouldn't sleep in. It is pretty comprehensive.

Other volumes that I have used are

(courtesy and
(also courtesy ;) )

Notably these covers are not the same as the ones we have (mine are on the boat and not within my immediate grasp) so I'm guessing that they're new editions. That would be good news because the copies that we have were of some use but were quite out-dated when it came to real detail (shops, chandlers, availability of stuff, some political issues, etc)

tdw 10-05-2009 01:36 AM

Thanks for that. I get onto it this week and get it stickied.

St Anna 10-29-2009 10:10 PM

tdw 10-30-2009 03:20 AM


Originally Posted by St Anna (Post 536787)

Nice, very nice. Love the kitten.

Where's that ?

Did you go into Gove ? Passed through there in the late seventies. Can't begin to wonder how it's changed since then. (Transitting Thursday Island to Darwin). Same re changes applies to TI and Darwin.

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