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The Port Philip Environment

Melbourne is situated at the top of Port Phillip Bay, with 2,000sq kilometres of deep open water unaffected by tide or geographical features, regular sea breezes averaging 15 knots, summer water temperature of 20°C and daily air temperature between 25°C and 30°C.

Arguably the worlds best waterway for sailing, Port Philip is host to a variety of marine and ecological environments, unique to the area and of great significance to Australia’s natural diversity. Studies show that Port Phillip is a dynamic and self-sustaining ecosystem which is healthier and cleaner than comparable bays near large cities. Every year millions of people enjoy its vast coastline, world-class swimming beaches and coastal parks, and all within easy reach of central Melbourne.

Marine reserves dot the Bay and have been set aside to safeguard important marine habitats and species, significant natural features, cultural heritage and aesthetic values. Links are provided below to details on the Marine National Parks and Sanctuaries located close to the sailing areas and we encourage you pay them a visit.

Marine National Parks and Sanctuaries

Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary – located just off Beaumaris between Parkdale and Black Rock Yacht Clubs.

Jawbone Marine Sanctuary - located at Williamstown near the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria

Point Cooke Marine Sanctuary and Point Cook Coastal Park – located in the Bay’s North West corner, 25 minutes from the city centre.

Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park and Mornington Peninsula National Park
– located at the southern end of Port Phillip Bay, close to the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club and the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron.

Port Philip – general information

Marine National Parks and Sanctuaries summary and map

Sail Melbourne is supported by Parks Victoria, the manager of our parks and waterways. Please respect the environment and help keep sailing the eco-friendly sport that it is.

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