Reef Dive | Boat access
Depth: 5 m (16 ft) to 10 m (33 ft)
Level: Open Water and beyond.
Winds from the south to east are ideal for this dive site. See WillyWeather (Fishermans Beach) as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.
What To Expect:
In Mornington, Linley Point Reef at Fisherman's Beach Boat Ramp is a nice shore dive site. Once in if you follow round the point keeping the reef on your left you will find some nice life. If you swim out towards the marker pylon (northish) you will get a little more depth. Drops off to a depth of around 10 metres. Linley Point Reef is a series of boulders and slabs.
You're likely to see some goat fish, lots of starfish and sea stars, crabs, lots of sea urchins and little critters like the shrimp and some other small fish. Some seahorses and small cuttlefish have also been seen there. Plenty of boulders and weed, so some nice crevices to check out.
Make sure you're careful of boat and PWC (jet ski) traffic operating from the Fisherman's Beach boat ramp. Take a float and dive flag with you. There are sometimes a few fisherman on the point, so keep in mind their lines and you may want to take a dive knife and/or line cutter just in case.
Entry/Exit: Safer to enter over the rocks at the Western end of the Fisherman's Beach boat ramp area. Some divers prefer to walk down the boat ramp, but be careful as it can be slippery, You need to do a day inspection before tackling it at night.
Best to go out along the North side of the reef. Then return along the South side. From the boat ramp, head out towards the marker post.
When exiting you can go the same way you entered, or swim into the beach. If you're doing the latter make sure you swim on the surface (preferably with a flag or SMB!), so that you are seen by boats as you'll have to very carefully cross the boat channel by the ramp.
Parking: There isn't any parking at the boat ramp car park but plenty in the dirt car parks at the top of the beach, or in nearby streets. There are toilet facilities further down the beach and a cafe across the road.
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.
Fishermans Beach and Point Linley Reef Location Map
Latitude: 38° 13.596′ S (38.226605° S / 38° 13′ 35.78″ S)
Longitude: 145° 1.548′ E (145.025807° E / 145° 1′ 32.91″ E)
Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 09:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2022-03-22 15:36:14 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Marina Cove, 116 m, bearing 152°, SSE
Mornington, Mornington Peninsula, Port Phillip.
Depth: 5 to 10 m.
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