Party Point

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

Depth: 12 metres (39 feet) to 45 metres (148 feet)

Party Point is located on the Lonsdale side of Port Phillip Heads, and is a dive site on the Lonsdale Wall which extends for 1 km, therefore providing many different dives. An almost vertical drop characterises the Party Point dive site as the wall extends out to form a large point.

As you descend there is a slight step-out every 6 to 9 metres, and behind each step-out there is a huge overhang, which is easy to swim through. These overhangs support an enormous variety of fish including the spectacular Blue Devils, soft corals, sponges and other invertebrate life.

Party Point is a slack water dive, that is not in the shipping channel. Care still must be taken to ensure all divers are aware of the state of the tide, and their exit strategy at the end of the tide. While technical divers can reach a depth of 45 metres at Party Point, there is plenty for an Open Water rated diver to see down to 18 metres, and for an Advanced Open Water rated diver to see down to 30 metres.

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

 

Party Point Location Map

Latitude: 38° 17.447′ S   (38.290782° S / 38° 17′ 26.82″ S)
Longitude: 144° 37.851′ E   (144.63085° E / 144° 37′ 51.06″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-01-18 01:39:18 GMT
Source: Divers Guide - Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park
Nearest Neighbour: The Mall, 30 m, bearing 247°, WSW
Depth: 12 to 45 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.



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