Tasmanian Anchorage Guide

The Tasmanian Anchorage Guide (TAG for short) is published by The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania to enable passage planning and to provide details of possible shelter usable by small craft cruising on the Tasmanian coast. The information is provided as a guide only and is intended for use in conjunction with the Australian Pilot, Australian charts and other cruising publications.

The TAG was originally prepared for participants in the Van Diemen’s Land Circumnavigation cruises that are conducted by The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania every two or three years. It is still used for this purpose.

Many individuals have contributed to the TAG. It combines several hundred person/years of knowledge and experience of cruising the Tasmanian coast. It continues to be a cooperative work-in-progress and is subject to continuous improvement as new information or a new need arises. Comments and criticisms are welcome – especially if they can be used to enhance the Guide to make it more useful. Although every effort has been made to check the accuracy of the details, the RYCT, as well as TAG editors and authors, do not imply or accept any responsibility for the accuracy, authenticity or validity of the TAG’s contents.

First prepared in 1992 as a set of photocopied sheets, the TAG is now published as a robustly bound A4 size book of some 170 pages. The 6th Edition  is available from the RYCT at the address given below.

The TAG has 7 sections and a detailed index that cover the Tasmanian coast starting from Hobart and traversing the coast in an anticlockwise direction – in the same direction as the Van Diemens Land Circumnavigation cruises. Mud-maps of most anchorages and cruising areas are included adjacent to their descriptions.


1 – General information about cruising in Tasmanian waters.
2 – Hobart to Low Head via the East Coast.
3 – The Furneaux Group (including Deal Island)
4 – Tamar River to Hunter Island (including King Island)
5 – Hunter Passage to Macquarie Harbour (including the Gordon River)
6 – Cape Sorell to Recherche Bay (including Port Davey)
7 – Recherche Bay to Hobart (via D’Entrecasteaux Channel)

A copy of the Tasmanian Anchorage Guide has a recommended retail price of $75.00 ($70.00 to RYCT members) plus postage. Wholesale prices are negotiable for bulk purchases of more than 10 copies.  You can BUY ONLINE from our store.