Wyndham Harbour Marina on Port Phillip has opened its 24/7 fuel dock, a significant useful addition to this boating area, welcomed by yachties, boaties, commercial vessels and Coast Guard services.
“Boaties can now access reliable, competitively-priced fuel, 24/7, including high flow diesel and unleaded to suit all kinds of boats, using credit card or pre-paid card you can purchase from the Marina Office,” explains Marina Manager, Darren Finkelstein.
Along with this opening, the Marina Industries Association (MIA) Chairman Andrew Chapman CMM has presented Clean Marina and Gold Anchor Accreditations to the marina.
Wyndham Harbour boating facilities include 150 wet berths (10-20m and multihull), 24/7 fuel dock, waste pump-out, security patrols and CCTV, sailing school, members lounge, dining options and boat sales and a chandlery. Long term plans are for up to 1,000 boat storage spaces to be provided.
It is centrally located on Port Phillip Bay and offers excellent access to the region’s cruising and fishing grounds. Situated just 16nm from Docklands in the City, a 35-minute run to St Kilda, 9nm to Portarlington and wineries on the Bellarine Peninsula, or 13nm to Sandringham Yacht Club, 20nm to Geelong and right across the Bay from Blairgowrie, Sorrento, Portsea and the Mornington Peninsula, just a 22nm jaunt.
From a safety and convenience perspective, the Werribee Coast Guard is totally on-board with the new fuel facility at Wyndham Harbour Marina. Bruce Lawrence, VF10 Flotilla Commander says having 24/7 fuel available is literally a life saver. “We are berthed at Wyndham Harbour in a berth kindly donated by the marina and we keep the rescue vessel their 80 percent of the time,” he says.
“There are between 600 and 1,000 boats on the bay at any one time. The Coast Guard receives 50 to 60 call outs per year, from racing yachts having navigation issues, to tragic cases of missing people. It’s our duty to provide quick response time to call outs so we need to be able to refuel the boat’s 400L tank quickly.
“Within 10 minutes’ drive from the marina there’s Werribee Open Range Zoo, historic Werribee Mansion and Spa, Shadowfax Winery, golf courses, racecourses and much more. All of our eateries are now open: Ramae’s Café and Lounge, Sam’s Catch Fish N’ Chippery and Ohana Pizza all serving wonderful foods, beer, wine, gelati and fantastic coffee of course,” explained Finkelstein.
MIA Chairman Andrew Chapman said the marina and the associated bayside community development is a credit to its investors. “Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay is now a more complete destination for boaters with Wyndham Harbour filling in the missing part of the jigsaw providing vital marina infrastructure at the northern end of the Bay. Clean Marina and Gold Anchor accreditations were used as part of the development criteria during the marina build.
Just 30 minutes’ drive from the Melbourne CBD, Wyndham Harbour is the only safe harbour between Williamstown and Geelong along the north-western shores of Port Phillip. Once all stages are complete, Wyndham Harbour will be a thriving lifestyle destination for locals and visitors, offering state-of-the-art facilities: 1,000 wet berths and an undercover dry stack for 390 boats, together with service and repair yard, 24/7 fuel dock and a private boat ramp exclusively for marina members and residential community.
Stage one is completed, comprising 150 marina berths, from 10m to 20m, cafés, waterfront apartments and housing for 1,500 residents. “We are looking forward to a ripper of a summer boating season and have berths available for PWC’s up to large yachts,” says Darren.