Bommie Dive | Boat access
Depth: 8 m (26 ft) to 20 m (66 ft)
Level: Open Water and beyond.
McKechnie Craig Bommie includes 100 ha of reef area between Boulder Point (aka Bluenose) and House Reef (a large reef platform with the solitary house on the cliff above) on Victoria's Discovery Coast. When locals think of The Crags, they usually have in mind McKechnie Craig Bommie rather than the "car park" Crags (which are found a further 3 km to the north-west).
At Cape Reamur, the coast swings to the north-west and begins the 50 km long, sweeping arc that becomes Portland Bay.
McKechnies Craigs Bommie sits in the southern portion and rises to within a few metres of the surface. The entire south-west edge of the reef complex is bounded by a sand edge ranging from 8 metres at the northern end to 20 metres south of the bommie.
The extent and variety of diving here has to be seen to be believed. Bare tumbled boulders along the deeper sand edge, through to thick stands of kelp and cray weed. The location has been a huge contributor to the commercial abalone catch for many decades.
McKechnie Craig Bommie is reached by boat heading out from the Port Fairy, Griffiths Street Boat Ramp.
McKechnie Craig Bommie is exposed to the westerly winds and waves. Best dived with a low swell. See WillyWeather (Cape Reamur) as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.
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.
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.
Traditional Owners — This dive site is in the traditional Country of the Eastern Maar people of south-western Victoria between the Shaw and Eumerella Rivers and from Yambuk in the south to beyond Lake Linlithgow in the north. This truly ancient Country extends as far north as Ararat and encompasses the coastal townships of Port Fairy in the west, Warrnambool, Peterborough, Port Campbell, Apollo Bay, Lorne, and Airies Inlet in the east, including the Great Ocean Road area. It also stretches 100 metres out to sea from low tide and therefore includes the iconic Twelve Apostles. "Eastern Maar" is a name adopted by the people who identify as Maar, Eastern Gunditjmara, Tjap Wurrung, Peek Whurrong, Kirrae Whurrung, Kuurn Kopan Noot and/or Yarro waetch (Tooram Tribe) amongst others. We wish to acknowledge the Eastern Maar as Traditional Owners. We pay respect to their Ancestors and their Elders, past, present and emerging.
McKechnie Craig Bommie Location Map
Latitude: 38° 23.322′ S (38.388699° S / 38° 23′ 19.32″ S)
Longitude: 142° 8.206′ E (142.136766° E / 142° 8′ 12.36″ E)
Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2021-07-24 23:32:48 GMT, Last updated: 2022-05-20 06:47:53 GMT
Source: GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Boulder Point Reef, 400 m, bearing 202°, SSW
Depth: 8 to 20 m.
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