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Clifton Springs, Short Pier

Shore Dive Shore Dive | Shore access Shore access

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

Clifton Springs Short Pier
Clifton Springs Short Pier | © Unknown

Depth: 1 m (3.28 ft) to 4 m (13 ft)

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Clifton Springs, Short Pier is a delightful shore dive, also suitable for snorkelers, on the eastern side of the Clifton Springs Boat Harbour. The waters are generally calm and sheltered and it's a nice night dive site. It's a shallow dive, best done at high tide. Best to use a dive float with dive flag.

There are three pier ruins in this area near Clifton Springs on the Bellarine Peninsula in Port Phillip. To the west are the ruins of the old Short Pier near the boat harbour. In the middle are the ruins of the old Salt Water Bath Pier which had swimming baths at the end. To the east are the ruins of the old (Long) Steamship Pier.

Bottle hunting here is popular but requires skill not to stir up the sand and sediment. Seahorses, nudibranchs, stingrays and pipefish can be found here.


Clifton Springs Night Dive from Allie Beckhurst on Vimeo.

Location: Clifton Springs
MELWAY Ref: Page 456 E5

Ideal Conditions: Best at high tide. Protected from southerly winds. See WillyWeather (Clifton Springs) as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.

Clifton Springs, Short Pier Dive Sie Map
Clifton Springs, Short Pier Dive Sie Map | © The Scuba Doctor

Clifton Springs, Short Pier History

Clifton Springs  Bath House and Pier
Clifton Springs Bath House and Pier
© State Library Victoria

The remains of the Clifton Springs Short Pier (aka Drysdale Jetty) are located near the existing boat harbour. It is assumed this was the first pier at Clifton Springs. The Short Pier is currently listed on the Victorian Heritage Inventory (H7821-0049).

See also, Heritage Council Victoria: Former Mineral Springs, Clifton Springs, and
Heritage Council Victoria: Short Pier, Clifton Springs.

Spearfishing is illegal within 30 metres of any pier or jetty and in Marine National Parks. See Spearfishing Laws.

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.

 

Clifton Springs, Short Pier Location Map

Latitude: 38° 9.307′ S   (38.155123° S / 38° 9′ 18.44″ S)
Longitude: 144° 33.047′ E   (144.55079° E / 144° 33′ 2.84″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2021-01-31 11:18:17 GMT, Last updated: 2022-03-22 14:13:33 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Clifton Springs Piers, 1,018 m, bearing 76°, ENE
Bellarine Peninsula.
Depth: 1 to 4 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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