Foggy Reef

Wall DiveWall Dive | Boat access

Inside Port Phillip Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Slack Water

Depth: 8 metres (26 feet) to 30 metres (98 feet)

At the very Southern end of the Lonsdale wall system sits Foggy Reef. As you may have guessed this site was named as the fog rolled and this amazing part of the wall was found.

The top of the reef is around 8 metres (26 feet). Swimming North East from the shot you will find the edge wall, dropping over the wall you can descend to around 25 metres (82 feet). From this point if you follow the wall to the south it will curve around to the East.

About 20 metres (66 feet) from where you go over the edge there is a huge old admiralty anchor embedded in the wall. You will need to look carefully though as it is encrusted with the same colourful growth as the wall.

Directly opposite this site lying in the sand are two old cannons. Unfortunately the sand movement in this area means that sometimes the cannons are buried. After you have had a look around, turn back the way you came and follow the wall North for the rest of your dive.

All sections of the wall in this area are heavily encrusted in a big variety of marine invertebrates, including soft coral, gorgonians, and sponges. Check out the amazing overhangs and undercuts for the colourful and prolific growth. It also goes without saying to note the fish and marine life attracted to this terrain.

Foggy Reef is a boat dive for the experienced diver, who must keep both weather and tidal conditions in the forefront of their dive plan. When diving this area always have an exit plan. Many divers have found themselves a long way away from their boat and safety due to poor planning.

Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park

This site lies in the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park. The park is made up of six separate marine areas around the southern end of Port Phillip: Swan Bay, Mud Islands, Point Lonsdale, Point Nepean, Popes Eye, and Portsea Hole.

Thirty-one of the 120 shipwrecks known to have occurred within a 10 nautical mile radius of Port Phillip Heads are thought to be within the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park in Point Lonsdale and Point Nepean.

Aboriginal tradition indicates that the Bellarine Peninsula side of the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park is part of Country of the Wathaurung people, and the Mornington Peninsula side, including Mud Islands, is part of Country of the Boon Wurrung people.

See also, Parks Victoria: Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park,
Park Note: Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park (Adobe PDF | 460.64 KB),
Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park - Map (Adobe PDF | 1.23 MB),
Divers Guide - Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park (Adobe PDF | 7.72 MB),
Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park Identification Booklet (Adobe PDF | 16.34 MB), and
Taxonomic Toolkit for the Marine Life of Port Phillip Bay.

Port Phillip Heads Bathymetry
Port Phillip Heads Bathymetry
Source: Parks Victoria
Point Lonsdale Bathymetry
Point Lonsdale Bathymetry
Source: Parks Victoria
Point Nepean Bathymetry
Point Nepean Bathymetry
Source: Parks Victoria
Popes Eye Bathymetry
Popes Eye Bathymetry
Source: Parks Victoria
Portsea Hole Bathymetry
Portsea Hole Bathymetry
Source: Parks Victoria
Mud Islands Bathymetry
Mud Islands Bathymetry
Source: Parks Victoria

Finding the Foggy Reef

Over the years we've been provided with different GPS marks for the Foggy Reef. The GPS marks we know of in circulation for the Foggy Reef are:

  • Divers Guide - Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park
    Latitude: 38° 17.624′ S   (38.293732° S / 38° 17′ 37.44″ S)
    Longitude: 144° 37.528′ E   (144.625467° E / 144° 37′ 31.68″ E)
  • Geoff Rodda:
    Latitude: 38° 17.629′ S   (38.2938166667° S / 38° 17′ 37.74″ S)
    Longitude: 144° 37.544′ E   (144.625733333° E / 144° 37′ 32.64″ E)

    25 m, bearing 112°, ESE

 

Foggy Reef Location Map

Latitude: 38° 17.624′ S   (38.293732° S / 38° 17′ 37.44″ S)
Longitude: 144° 37.528′ E   (144.625467° E / 144° 37′ 31.68″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-04-01 10:45:18 GMT
Source: Divers Guide - Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park
Nearest Neighbour: The Cave, 35 m, bearing 90°, E
Depth: 8 to 30 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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