Gabo Island harbour (Gabo Island Lighthouse Reserve)


Gabo Island harbour (Gabo Island Lighthouse Reserve)

Gabo Island Harbour is situated on the western side of the Island in Santa Barbara Bay. Explore the spectacular surrounds at Gabo Island or simply enjoy the clear water of the Bay or just relax on the sandy beach whilst taking in the view of the Howe Range. This harbour area contains an amazing underwater world including marine fish, sea stars and sea anemones. Keep a look out for passing whales, dolphins and seals. Snorkelling is a popular activity in the harbour when conditions are suitable .
Visitor Tips:
Access is restricted to when ocean conditions allow. Be aware of changing weather and sea conditions and be prepared. Maximum vessel weight for mooring at the jetty is 4.5 tonne. Private vessels mooring overnight need to be experienced and well equipped for changing ocean conditions.

How to get there

Gabo Island harbour (Gabo Island Lighthouse Reserve)

Need to know

Gabo Island harbour (Gabo Island Lighthouse Reserve)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • No fires permitted
  • No drones without a permit
  • No firearms allowed
  • Load, weight restrictions
  • No camping
  • No dogs allowed


  • Water hazards
    • Deep water
    • Strong currents
    • Rough Surf
  • Terrain hazards
    • Slippery surface
    • Slippery rocks
  • Other warnings
    • Unpatrolled area

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

Gabo Island accommodation

Parks Victoria is delivering a maintenance program for visitor accommodation on Gabo Island. Work will be undertaken to update electrical wiring, plumbing, masonry, and other general repairs. Accommodation will be closed while the work is completed and is expected to reopen in 2024.

Day visitors can access the island during this time but must adhere to all safety and directional signage.

The accommodation update will be undertaken in consultation with heritage experts and delivered with consideration of all the environmental and cultural heritage sensitivities of this unique site.

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