Notice to Mariners No. 349 of 2023

Port of Gippsland Lakes Bullock Island Channel Bridge Widening Works Complete, Exclusion Zone Removed

DATE:  24th August 2023


Mariners are advised that, following the completion of the Bullock Island bridge replacement works, the temporary “No Boating Zone” between the Fishing Club and the Gippsland Ports Depot in Bullock Island Channel, Lakes Entrance has been removed. The area will revert back to a 5-knot zone and small vessels and paddle craft will once again be able to transit between North Arm and Cunninghame Arm under the bridge.

Accordingly, the buoys and special mark at the following locations have been removed:


Latitude Longitude
No Boating buoy west 37° 52.971′ S 147° 58.210′ E
No Boating Buoy east 37° 53.007′ S 147° 58.372′ E
Special mark No 2 37° 53.014′ S 147° 58.365′ E

Chart Datum GDA94.

Vessel operators are reminded that the area is subject to a 5-knot speed limit at all times. The channel is shallow, narrow and height restricted. The maximum clearance under the bridge is 1.9m at LAT (Lowest Astronomical Tide) and is therefore only suitable for small vessels.

Vessel operators are advised to continue to use the main channel where possible and only to use the Bullock Island Channel when weather or traffic conditions in the main channel present a safety risk.

Chart Affected:  


Publications affected:

Gippsland Ports Waterways Online available at

Further Notice:

No further notice will be issued.


David Ashworth

Assistant Harbour Master

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