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Flinders Pier

Pier DivePier Dive | Shore access

Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Western Port Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated

Depth: 1 metre (3.3 feet) to 6 metres (20 feet)

Flinders Pier is the Weedy Seadragon Capital of the World!

Flinders Pier
Flinders Pier
© Unknown

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Ideal Conditions:
Flinders Pier is the perfect alternative when Port Phillip Bay is blown up with northerlies. It's protected from these winds and is best dived on high tide. There is very little depth at low tide.

What To Expect:
Flinders Pier (aka Flinders Jetty) is located near the township of Flinders just inside Western Port at the point where Western Port meets Bass Strait, on the eastern side of the Mornington Peninsula. Along with Blairgowrie Pier, Flinders Pier would be one of the most popular shore dives in the state. It's famous for the resident population of Weedy Sea Dragons.

Weedy Seadragon, Flinders Pier
Weedy Seadragon, Flinders Pier
© Sam Glenn Smith
  
Weedy Seadragon, Flinders Pier
Weedy Seadragon, Flinders Pier
© Sam Glenn Smith
Weedy Sea Dragon (Fizzy), Flinders Pier
Weedy Sea Dragon (Fizzy), Flinders Pier
© Sam Glenn Smith

The BBC Natural History Film Unit spent three weeks at Flinders Pier in January 2016 to get footage of Weedy Seadragons for Episode 5, Green Seas, of the BBC Blue Planet II documentary series. There are dozens of them here, and during the right season you might see the males carrying eggs around.

It's not uncommon to encounter Australian Fur Seals at Flinders Pier. They like to play with you by swimming straight at you, which is spooky in low viz. There are also large Stingrays that circle the pier. Leafy Seadragons have been spotted here by a couple of people (and photographed) but this is a very rare find.

Giant Australian Cuttlefish (Sepia Apama), Flinders Pier
Giant Australian Cuttlefish, Flinders Pier
© Sam Glenn Smith
  
Cowfish, Flinders Pier
Cowfish, Flinders Pier
© Sam Glenn Smith
Leatherjacket, Flinders Pier
Leatherjacket, Flinders Pier
© Sam Glenn Smith

Many species of marine life can be found under Flinders Pier, not just the Weedy Sea Dragons. You will often find cuttlefish, large smooth rays and eagle rays, crabs and plenty of other little fish and critters. You'll can also see a Banjo shark or two. Visibility is generally quite good and can make for some excellent underwater photography opportunities.


"Into the Dragon's Lair", a short video featuring the Weedy Seadragons of Flinders Pier by Sheree Marris author of Melbourne Down Under.

Flinders Pier is quite a bit different to the piers on the Mornington Peninsula. It has a grass bottom with plenty of colour, sponges and life on the pylons too, which is a bit of a change to the sandy bottom of the Port Phillip Bay pier dives. This is why is such a perfect home for the Weedy's and why they are everywhere here!


Finders Pier Dive | Credit: David Bryant, Seapics

Flinders Pier Dive Site Map
Flinders Pier Dive Site Map | © The Scuba Doctor

Weather Required: All winds other than strong E or NE winds. If the ocean is rough, there most likely will be surge and poor viz. High tide is better as tide movement is 1.5 metres. Best dived at slack water, or on an incoming Western Port tide. The viz will be best when there has been no recent rain.

See WillyWeather as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide. Flinders Pier is often a perfect alternative when Port Phillip Bay isn't its best.

Entry/Exit: It is a long pier with many ladders and step platforms to allow for easy entry/exit points. Entry is easiest from the lower landing, that at high tide can be often covered by water. You can also come in from the shore.

Exit can be either shore, or the same as the entry, which again at high tide is covered and makes it easy to get up. You can avoid ladders and swim right onto it and stand right up!

Facilities: There are public toilet facilities at Flinders Pier and a cafe is up the road. There is however not a dive shop in the immediate area, so if you're planning a double dive make sure you have adequate air before you head there. The Scuba Doctor dive shop in Rye is a scenic, half hour dive from Flinders Pier. Still close enough if you've forgotten a fin or weight belt, or want an extended interval and an air fill!

Nearby Bass Park offers barbeques, walking trails and a playground.

Safety First: As usual on pier dives there will be fisherman so make sure you have a knife handy for any snags or a tangled squid jig or two. A dive flag is also a must so others know you're there. There is often a few boats around so be careful of those and mindful when surfacing.

More information...

Flinders Map
Flinders Map | © Parks Victoria

Latitude: 38° 28.534′ S   (38.475562° S / 38° 28′ 32.02″ S)
Longitude: 145° 1.624′ E   (145.027069° E / 145° 1′ 37.45″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-10 05:04:31 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Mushroom Reef, 1,137 m, bearing 233°, SW
Depth: 1 to 6 m.



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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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