Windsurfing, Kitesurfing & Wingsurfing in Victoria, Australia
Victoria is located in the SE corner of Australia and is home to Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne.
Much of the coastline is pretty rugged and uninviting for wind sports enthusiasts however there are a number of bays, inlets & lakes (and some inland) that are ideal for windsurfers, kitersurfers and wingsurfers.
For those that love to ride waves large & small there are endless possibilities. Some of the most popular spots being Point Leo on the Mornington Peninsula, Point Danger at Torquay, Woolamai at Philip Island and Sandy Point beach.
The main season for wind sports in Victoria is from October to April however this largely depends on the water temperatures.
Port Philip Bay usually warms up far quicker than the ocean beaches making it more paletable at either end of the season.
The sea breeze around Victoria is predominantly from the south to south west. So the air is cooler and more dense from this direction.
It is possible to sail all year round in Victoria however outside of the seabreeze season winds can be blustery and very strong, generally driven by strom cycles.
The Sailing Spots
The most concentration of windsurfing, kitesurfing and wingsurfing takes place at varous locations around Port Philip Bay near Melbourne.
The bay offers good bump-and-jump and foiling conditions and to a lesser degree some flat-water-blasting spots in the right wind directions. Being basically a round shape, the bay offers good sailing somewhere in every wind direction.
To the east of Melbourne along the coast, some of the most popular spots include Anderson’s Inlet at Inverloch (about 1.5 hours drive from Melbourne) where you will find plenty of flat water blasting & speed sailing and a little further to the west is the renowned speed sailing spot of Sandy Point (about 2.5 hours drive from Melbourne) in shallow inlet near Wilson’s Promontory.
To the west, Swan Bay and Lake Connewarre on the Bellarine Peninsula offer great flat water / speed sailing options (but are no good for foiling due to being very shallow). For waves, Point Danger at Torquay is a popular destination.
Inland sailing can be less relaiable due the fickle winds however on the right day it can be awesome. Some inlake lakes in Victoria suited to windsports include Lake Boga (near Swanhill), Lake Bolac & Lake Colac in western vic & Lake Burrumbeet (near Ballarat).