Avoid Point and Avoid Bay were so named by Captain Flinders because of the numerous dangers to navigation in the vicinity. In winter, when northwesterly gales are common, the bay is very exposed and becomes extremely dangerous, but in summer it provides a good anchorage in southwesterly to easterly winds.
Before attempting to enter the bay, a close study should be made of chart AUS 342 and a course laid to pass well clear of all dangers. Entry from the north is easy, with Black Rocks providing a useful mark. When approaching from the south, more care is needed because of the rocks in the vicinity of Price Island and Golden Island. (Note that Golden Island, which is the one closest to the mainland, is not named on the chart.) Particular note should be taken of a rock which lies one mile west of Avoid Point. This is the one most likely to cause concern, but as it breaks in quite light weather it is easily avoided. The two rocks between Price Island and Golden Island are more dangerous, as they do not break in all conditions. When they do break, they do so heavily. If there is any doubt about the vessel's position relative to these rocks the passage between the islands should not be attempted. When a sizeable SE swell is running it breaks for some distance from the extremities of Golden Island and Price Island and it is recommended that the passage between the islands should only be used in light weather.
|Golden Island and the reef which nearly joins it to the mainland, seen near low tide.|
|Avoid Point anchorage, seen from the east. A reef runs north from the most distant point.|
After heavy weather from any point west of southwest the swell comes over the reef and the anchorage is subject to rolling. The holding is good, with plenty of clear sand.