Boarfish Reef

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Boarfish Reef
Boarfish Reef | © Phil Watson

Depth: 10 metres (33 feet) to 22 metres (72 feet)

Situated in the famous Sponge Gardens, Boarfish Reef lies approximately halfway between Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale near Victory Bight in Port Phillip. It starts in approximately 10 metres of water and gradually increases in depth to around 22 metres in a system of interesting rock formations and overhangs and swim-throughs.

Boarfish Reef, by Jane Headley.

The reef provides protection and homes to a multitude of colourful growth, fish, and marine life. Commonly seen are the spectacular Blue Devil fish, Crayfish, curious Leather Jackets, nudibranchs, mosaic sea stars, yellow sea spiders and of course Boarfish. On occasion, Port Jackson Sharks have been sighted snoozing in groups or singularly under rock ledges.

Near the southern end of the reef, in 10 metres of water wedged upright, is a large 4 metre Admiralty anchor encrusted with marine growth. On the northern tip of the reef, a large sponge garden extends for approximately 400 metres. One of the most popular dive sites and always enjoyable.

Divers have the opportunity to catch crayfish (Southern Rock Lobster) at this dive site. Remember your catch bag, current Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence, rock lobster measure, and cray tags. Please abide by all current fishing regulations if you intend to catch crays. See How To Catch Crayfish for practical cray hunting advice from The Scuba Doctor.

Finding Boarfish Reef

Over the years we've been provided with many GPS marks for Boarfish Reef. The GPS marks we know of in circulation for Boarfish Reef are:

  • GPS:
    Latitude: 38° 17.111′ N   (38.285183° N / 38° 17′ 6.66″ N)
    Longitude: 144° 38.301′ E   (144.63835° E / 144° 38′ 18.06″ E)
  • Geoff Rodda 2:
    Latitude: 38° 17.064′ S   (38.2844° S / 38° 17′ 3.84″ S)
    Longitude: 144° 38.304′ E   (144.6384° E / 144° 38′ 18.24″ E)

    87 m, bearing 2°, N
  • Geoff Rodda 3:
    Latitude: 38° 17.053′ S   (38.2842167° S / 38° 17′ 3.18″ S)
    Longitude: 144° 38.450′ E   (144.6408333° E / 144° 38′ 27″ E)

    242 m, bearing 63°, ENE
  • Geoff Rodda 4:
    Latitude: 38° 16.996′ S   (38.2832667° S / 38° 16′ 59.76″ S)
    Longitude: 144° 38.223′ E   (144.63705° E / 144° 38′ 13.38″ E)

    241 m, bearing 331°, NNW


Boarfish Reef Location Map

Latitude: 38° 17.111′ S   (38.285183° S / 38° 17′ 6.66″ S)
Longitude: 144° 38.301′ E   (144.63835° E / 144° 38′ 18.06″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-04-04 14:44:05 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: 12lb Reef, 66 m, bearing 59°, ENE
Victory Bight, Port Phillip.
Depth: 10 to 22 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.

DISCLAIMER: No claim is made by The Scuba Doctor as to the accuracy of the dive site coordinates listed here. Should anyone decide to use these GPS marks to locate and dive on a site, they do so entirely at their own risk. Always verify against other sources.

The marks come from numerous sources including commercial operators, independent dive clubs, reference works, and active divers. Some are known to be accurate, while others may not be. Some GPS marks may even have come from maps using the AGD66 datum, and thus may need be converted to the WGS84 datum. To distinguish between the possible accuracy of the dive site marks, we've tried to give each mark a source of GPS, Google Earth, or unknown.

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