Reef Dive | Shore access
Depth: 2 m (6.56 ft) to 10 m (33 ft)
Level: Advanced Open Water and beyond.
Back Beach, Potters Hill Road lies to the south east of San Remo facing south into Bass Strait. The best diving here is around the two headlands separated by the cobble bay.
There are a lot of reef platforms running parallel to the shorline to explore. The low sandstone reef forms into ridges and long gutters. The thick kelp is a haven for plenty of fish and abalone. You need to be careful at this dive site as conditions can change very quickly.
Ideal Conditions: The site faces south so is best dived after several days of still weather or northerly winds. Always keep an eye out for sudden swells. Best at high tide, whenever it is safe to do so. See WillyWeather (Back Beach) as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.
Parking: Potters Hill Road heads south and terminates at a nice car park on the buff above Back Beach. From there is a track down to the beach.
Entry/Exit: Enter and exit off of the sandy Back Beach to the west of the cobble bay.
Location: San Remo, Victoria 3925
The Potters Hill Road leads straight to the bluffs above Back Beach and provides foot access to the beach. The beach is backed by steep, grassy, 20 to 30 metre high bluffs. It faces south and receives waves averaging less than 1 metre in height as they are reduced by refraction around Cape Woolamai on Phillip Island. Back Beach is backed by a low, grassy foredune and minute swamp, and is bordered by small headlands. Back Beach has attached bars cut by rips against the headlands and rocks.
There is some confusion as to what this dive site is called.
A sign in the car park says "Back Beach, Potters Hill Road".
Beachsafe has it as Back Beach.
There is another "Back Beach" nearby in San Remo, which is a bit confusing.
Google Maps calls it Bore Beach.
Ian Lewis in "Shore Dives of Victoria" calls it Shelley Beach, San Remo, see 3rd edition, page 142.
Marine Life Network lists it as "Shelley Beach, San Remo".
Beachsafe has a "Shelly Beach" further east at Kilcunda 3995.
Divers have the opportunity to catch Abalone at this dive site. Remember your catch bag, legal abalone tool, current Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence, and abalone measure. Please abide by all current fishing regulations if you intend to catch abalone.
Bass Strait Warning: Always keep an eye on sea conditions throughout any shore or boat dive in Bass Strait on Victoria's coastline. Please read the warnings on the web page diving-in-bass-strait before diving or snorkelling this site.
Traditional Owners — This dive site is in the traditional Country of the Boon Wurrung / Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation. This truly ancient Country includes parts of Port Phillip, from the Werribee River in the north-west, down to Wilson's Promontory in the south-east, including the Mornington Peninsula, French Island and Phillip Island, plus Western Port. We wish to acknowledge the Boon Wurrung as Traditional Owners. We pay respect to their Ancestors and their Elders, past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Bunjil the Creator Spirit of this beautiful land, who travels as an eagle, and Waarn, who protects the waterways and travels as a crow, and thank them for continuing to watch over this Country today and beyond.
Back Beach, Potters Hill Road Location Map
Latitude: 38° 32.152′ S (38.535871° S / 38° 32′ 9.14″ S)
Longitude: 145° 23.223′ E (145.387049° E / 145° 23′ 13.38″ E)
Datum: WGS84 | Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2022-03-13 21:39:25 GMT, Last updated: 2022-03-13 23:58:51 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: San Remo Jetty, 2,579 m, bearing 311°, NW
Depth: 2 to 10 m.
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