GARDEN ISLAND FISHING & AQUATIC ASSOCIATION (INC.)


VISITORS INFORMATION AND GUIDELINES

The Garden Island Fishing & Aquatic Association is an incorporated body originally established to manage and protect the interests and property of the cottage owners on the North End of the Island.

Today GIFAA manages the public recreational moorings located in Herring and Pig Trough Bay under the Recreational Moorings Management Policy (2005). The Association is the authorised manager on behalf of the RAN.

Our aims are to preserve public access, the environment and the facilities that we enjoy today.

There are three Public Picnic Areas with BBQ’s and toilet facilities located at Herring Bay, Pig Trough Bay and Buchanan Bay. The site of Captain Stirling’s first settlement at Cliff Head can also be visited to view the original well and memorial lookout.

GENERAL RULES AND RESPONSIBILITIES FOR VISITORS

  1. Public access to Garden Island is via private boat only
  2. Access is prohibited to Closed Naval Waters and Prohibited areas on land
  3. Access is from sunrise to sunset – camping overnight is not permitted
  4. Lighting fires and portable BBQ use is prohibited (free gas BBQ’s are located at each picnic area)
  5. Please take rubbish with you
  6. All native animals and plants are protected
  7. No animals (including pet dogs) or plants are to be brought onto the island
  8. All heritage items and structures are protected, visitors are not permitted to damage, alter or remove any items
  9. Only use the toilet facilities provided
  10. Do not feed the wildlife
  11. Sand boards are prohibited
  12. Jet skis and spear fishing implements are prohibited in Naval Waters
  13. Fishing must comply with all state regulations, limits and licensing. Further information can be obtained from WA Department of Fisheries (www.fish.wa.gov.au)

NAVIGATION AND MOORING RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Speed Limits – there is an 8 knot speed limit in the two entrance channels into Herring Bay and a 5 knot limit in the mooring areas in both Herring and Pig Trough Bay
  2. Anchoring is discouraged within seagrass meadow areas
  3. Anchoring is prohibited in navigational channels and within 50m of a registered mooring
  4. Beach anchoring is only permitted during daylight hours, vessels must not be onshore overnight
  5. Tenders left on moorings are not to be used without approval from the owner
  6. The rafting of vessels under any circumstances is prohibited in Naval Waters
  7. Vessels over 13m are not permitted to enter Herring Bay
  8. The use of generators is only allowed between 7AM and 9PM
  9. Music should be kept to acceptable levels and lights not shined into other vessels
  10. Casual use of moorings is allowed but the visitor must vacate if the Primary/Authorised User arrives
  11. Anti social behaviour will not be tolerated
  12. All vessels entering Naval Waters must hold current registration and carry comprehensive insurance

IT IS REQUESTED THAT ALL MEMBERS AND MOORING USERS ASSIST IN MAINTAINING AND IMPLEMENTING THESE RULES