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Chimney Rock

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Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Reef Dive Site

Chimney Rock
Chimney Rock | © Phil Watson

Depth: 24 m (79 ft)

Chimney Rock, off Barwon Heads, is a swiss cheese of reef with lots of marine life. It's a weird rock reef area with ledges, overhangs, windows and holes with a sort of chimney hole in the top and an old cray pot under it. It is part of a reef full of similar Swiss cheese rocks.

The site is reasonably shallow and suitable for open water divers as well.

There are plenty of archways covered with zoanthids, sea fans on the walls and plenty of fish around.

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.

Finding Chimney Rock

We're using AB's GPS mark:
Latitude: 38° 18.089′ S   (38.301483° S / 38° 18′ 5.34″ S)
Longitude: 144° 30.198′ E   (144.5033° E / 144° 30′ 11.88″ E)

which marks the reef, not the chimney in particular. Best try not to shot on the reef as there is a good chance the shot will go down into the Swiss cheese and get stuck. And half the fun is finding the chimney!

Black Rock Underwater Diving Group (BRUDG) have the GPS mark for this site as:
Latitude: 38° 18.079′ S   (38.30131667° S / 38° 18′ 4.74″ S)
Longitude: 144° 30.184′ E   (144.50306667° E / 144° 30′ 11.04″ E)

28 m, bearing 312°, NW

Wathaurong (Wadda-Warrung) country
Wathaurong (Wadda-Warrung) country

Traditional Owners — This dive site is in the traditional Country of the Wathaurong (Wadda-Warrung) people of the Kulin Nation. This truly ancient Country includes the coastline of Port Phillip, from the Werribee River in the north-east, the Bellarine Peninsula, and down to Cape Otway in the south-west. We wish to acknowledge the Wathaurong 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.


Chimney Rock Location Map

Latitude: 38° 18.089′ S   (38.301483° S / 38° 18′ 5.34″ S)
Longitude: 144° 30.198′ E   (144.5033° E / 144° 30′ 11.88″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2018-01-12 11:30:00 GMT, Last updated: 2022-04-06 15:40:40 GMT
Source: Allie Bechurst GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Earl Of Charlemont, 994 m, bearing 325°, NW
Depth: 24 m.

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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