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Ideal For Snorkelling Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Slack Water Wilsons Promontory

Pillar Point, South
Pillar Point, South

Depth: 2 m (6.56 ft) to 10 m (33 ft)

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Pillar Point, South is an interesting diving and snorkelling site located close to Tidal River, at the north-western end of Norman Bay, on the western side of Wilsons Promontory. This dive site is suitable for both snorkelling and scuba diving from the shore or boat. While this area is close to the Tidal River camp ground, it's still a stiff walk in full scuba gear.

Pillar Point separates Norman Bay to the south, from Leonard Bay and Squeaky Beach to the north, and lies in the Wilson Promontory Marine Park. It has boulders sloping down to a sandy bottom at a depth of 10 metres.

Diving and Snorkelling at Pillar Point, South

For a shore entry you walk from Tidal River to the the northern end of Norman Bay Beach. You head out into the water staying parallel to the rocks on the southern side of Pillar Point. About 200 metres back from the tip of Pillar Point is a sheer rock face on shore, and this marks an interesting spot.

This dive is about exploring the southern side of Pillar Point. Underwater the rocks form many small caves and hollows before reaching sand a short distance from the shore. Be aware that there can be strong surge and currents away from the shoreline, especially at the tip of Pillar Point.

There is plenty of fish life as well as small marine invertebrates.

Ideal Conditions: Pillar Point, South is best dived with calm seas, no swell and no wind. Light offshore north-easterly to south-easterly winds may be acceptable. Avoid diving with moderate to strong onshore south-westerly to north-westerly winds. Because of the sometimes strong currents, Pillar Point, South is best dived at slack water. See WillyWeather (Pillar Point) as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.

Bass Strait Warning: Always keep an eye on sea conditions throughout any shore or boat dive in Bass Strait on Victoria's coastline. Please read the warnings on the web page diving-in-bass-strait before diving or snorkelling this site.

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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.

 

Pillar Point, South Location Map

Latitude: 39° 2.310′ S   (39.038493° S / 39° 2′ 18.57″ S)
Longitude: 146° 18.452′ E   (146.307528° E / 146° 18′ 27.1″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2019-03-14 11:26:11 GMT, Last updated: 2022-04-23 17:23:01 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Pillar Point Bommie, 255 m, bearing 221°, SW
Wilsons Promontory Marine Park.
Depth: 2 to 10 m.



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