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Lady Face Point

Reef Dive Reef Dive | Boat access Boat access

Abalone Dive Site Advanced Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Reef Dive Site

Depth: 3 m (9.84 ft) to 25 m (82 ft)

Level: Advanced Open Water and beyond.

The Lady Face Point dive site area lies on the southern coast of the Mornington Peninsula towards Cape Schanck from Flinders. The headland is off the old bluestone quarry and separates Simmons Bay (to the west) and Cairns Bay (to the east). It's usually impossible to approach the inshore reefs here due to the persistent swell and its reflection from the surrounding vertical cliff faces. But when the conditions are just right it's an awesome area to dive.

Heading west from Flinders towards Cape Schanck you pass some spectacular and rugged scenery with towering basalt cliffs, blowholes and coastal stacks. Be sure to give West Head and Bismark Reef a wide berth, as swell builds up over these shallow reefs on even the calmest days. Passing The Blowhole you'll come to the majestic Lady Face Point.

Lady Face Point offers excellent diving down to 25 metres, though if the conditions are really calm you can take advantage and stay shallow on the inshore reefs 5–10 metres deep. After finding a suitable reef edge on the depth sounder, drop in and descend to 10 metres. The wall here is rich in grey soft coral and yellow gorgonians. The gutter below is carpeted in Black-lipped Abalone and Green-lipped Abalone.

Ledges shelter Southern Blue Devil, Moonlighters, and Conger Eels whilst Bluethroat Wrasse, various Leatherjackets, Sergent Baker, Magpie Perch, and Old Wives cruise along the walls and gutters, keeping a wary eye on you. Above your head, Longfin Pike (aka Yellowfin Pike) and Snook (up to a metere long) patrol midwater, as Herring Cale, Dusky Morwong and occasional cat shark rummage around in the kelp on the reef plateau.

Peering into the dark gloom of a ledge you might realise that the little sticks pointing and waving at you are crayfish antennae! You can see dozens of Southern Rock Lobster (aka Crayfish) in these ledges, often in groups of 5–8, but they are juveniles and although fascinating to watch, you will have to wait until they've grown bigger, by which time it seems they will have moved elsewhere.

The Lady Face Point area certainly warrants many dives as there are plenty of different reefs to explore.

Location: Flinders, Victoria 3929
MELWAY Ref: Page 260 E12

Entry/Exit: Access is by boat from the Flinders Boat Ramp in Western Port. Best to keep the dive boat live rather than anchor.

Ideal Conditions: If the swell is anything greater than 1 metre you should be looking for a deeper dive site offshore. For this dive site, you need absolutely perfect conditions with no wind, no waves and no swell. The sites face south, so any wind needs to be light offshore north-westerlies to north-easterlies. See WillyWeather (Simmons Bay) as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.

Acknowledgement: We'd like to thank Alan Wiggs whose article "One Perfect Day" in "Sportdiving Magazine" provided most the information you see above. See One Perfect Day by Alan Wiggs

Abalone Dive Site
Abalone Dive Site
© Mark Norman, Museum Victoria

Divers have the opportunity to catch Abalone at this dive site. Remember your catch bag, legal abalone tool, current Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence, and abalone measure. Please abide by all current fishing regulations if you intend to catch abalone.

See article-catching-abalone for practical abalone hunting advice from The Scuba Doctor, plus melbourne-abalone-dives for a list of other Abalone dive sites near Melbourne.

Back Beach Warning: Always keep an eye on sea conditions throughout any dive on the Back Beaches of the Mornington Peninsula. Please read the warnings on the web page diving-the-back-beaches before diving or snorkelling this site.

Boon Wurrung / Bunurong country
Boon Wurrung / Bunurong country

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.


Lady Face Point Location Map

Latitude: 38° 29.428′ S   (38.49047° S / 38° 29′ 25.69″ S)
Longitude: 144° 58.235′ E   (144.970583° E / 144° 58′ 14.1″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2022-04-05 10:06:43 GMT, Last updated: 2022-04-05 10:13:56 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: The Blowhole, Flinders, 1,842 m, bearing 70°, ENE
Flinders, Mornington Peninsula.
Depth: 3 to 25 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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