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Easter Bommie

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Advanced Open Water Rated Crayfish Dive Site Inside Port Phillip Slack Water Subject to Shipping

Depth: 16 m (52 ft) to 27 m (89 ft)

At the very northern end of the Lonsdale reef system in Port Phillip lies Easter Bommie, also known as Sue's Grotto. No one really knows where the name originated, but everyone who has dived it knows it is a wonderful dive. Only diveable at slack water, the top is in around 16 metres on the Northern edge of the Bommie. Swimming North from the top, you will drop over the edge and you can descend to a maximum depth at the sandy base to around 27 metres. You can then follow the wall around to either the south-east or the south-west.

Crayfish are abundant in the south-east. On a sunny day the light reflects from the sandy base making this site great for photography. Not dived as often as many other sites, so rather special. A great dive with lots of colourful soft corals and sponges and fans.

Crayfish Dive Site
Crayfish Dive Site | © Ian Scholey

Divers have the opportunity to catch Southern Rock Lobster (aka Crayfish) at this dive site. Remember your catch bag, current Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence, rock lobster measure, and cray tags. Once you get back to the dive boat, or shore, make sure you clip the tail and tag your Crayfish as per Fisheries requirements. Please abide by all current fishing regulations if you intend to catch crays. See article-catching-crayfish for practical cray hunting advice from The Scuba Doctor, plus melbourne-cray-dives for a list of other crayfish dive sites near Melbourne. For tips on cooking your Crays, please see article-cooking-crayfish.

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.

 

Easter Bommie Location Map

Latitude: 38° 17.017′ S   (38.283617° S / 38° 17′ 1.02″ S)
Longitude: 144° 38.611′ E   (144.643517° E / 144° 38′ 36.66″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 09:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2022-03-27 17:03:52 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Jims Hole, 49 m, bearing 168°, SSE
Depth: 16 to 27 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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