Altona Pier

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Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site

Altona Pier
Altona Pier
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Depth: 1 metre (3.3 feet) to 5 metres (16 feet)

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Location: Altona
MELWAY Ref: Page 54 H11

Altona Pier, in Hobson's Bay, runs out over shallow water almost to the end where the sandy bottom finally deepens to 5 metres or so. Good for both day and night diving with lots of sand dwellers and small fish.

The pylons are covered in muscles and at the end of the pier there lies a supermarket trolly. An excellent training ground for new divers close to the city of Melbourne.

Artificial reef at Altona Pier
Altona Pier

Fairly boring site with not much to see. Entry is best done with a back roll off the lower landing as it is very shallow.

The pier is very sandy and has a black muck towards the end. Marine life, what little of it is there, is very skittish. Puffers and fish like that around the pier. The most interesting sea creatures are found as statues at the start of the pier.

Probably better as a snorkelling site.

Don't forget to check out the artificial reef 40 to 65 metres seaward of Altona Pier. The reef consists of 99 hollow dome shaped reef modules of different sizes arranged in three reef complexes of 33 reef modules each. The reef modules range between 170 and 340 kg in weight and 50 to 60 cm height, and have numerous external openings to allow movement of currents and fish through the modules.

Weather Required: N, NE, NW and W winds should be ok, or light S, SW and E winds. Not sure if it is affected by rain.

See WillyWeather as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.

Access: Short walk from carpark near beach. Carpark is busy in summer.

Facilities: Free parking, toilets, lots of shops, park with benches to eat.

Latitude: 37° 52.384′ S   (37.873071° S / 37° 52′ 23.06″ S)
Longitude: 144° 49.812′ E   (144.830199° E / 144° 49′ 48.72″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-26 07:04:15 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Seaholme Reef, Altona, 1,447 m, bearing 67°, ENE
Depth: 1 to 5 m.

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