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Freediving (or free-diving) is a form of underwater diving that relies on a diver's ability to hold his or her breath until resurfacing rather than on the use of a breathing apparatus such as scuba gear. Freediving equipment often differs from Scuba Diving and Snorkelling equipment in its design and materials.

Some freediving gear works well for other water sports, such as freediving masks and bi-fins. Other freediving equipment, such as monofins, work only for freediving.

Remember, that no equipment is mandatory for freediving, but some gear may be needed for specific freediving disciplines, or for diver comfort. The Scuba Doctor has available a wide range of masks, fins, suits, computers and other equipment designed to cater to the special needs of freedivers.

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Point Gellibrand

Shore Dive Shore Dive | Shore access Shore access

Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Sea Urchin Dive Site Spearfishing Site

Point Gellibrand
Point Gellibrand | © Phil Watson

Depth: 2 m (6.56 ft) to 5 m (16 ft)

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Along the Port Phillip side of Williamstown the shoreline is a continuous series of rock ledges and outcrops. The Point Gellibrand rock pools, Battery Road, Williamstown, are initially shallow and rocky underfoot, but the bottom slowly deepens out into a broad area of reef. There is a good quantity of fish life out here including some very big colourful nudibranchs. It can be a very rewarding area for macro photography very close to the city of Melbourne.

Free parking at either end of Battery Road. The car park at the playground is closest to accessing the rock pools. This site is also known as Bunbury Rockpools.

Sea Urchin Dive Site
Sea Urchin Dive Site
© Julian Finn, Museum Victoria

Divers have the opportunity to catch Sea Urchin at this dive site. Remember your catch bag, dive gloves and Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence. Please abide by all current fishing regulations if you intend to catch Sea Urchin.

See article-catching-sea-urchin for practical Sea Urchin catching advice from The Scuba Doctor, and melbourne-sea-urchin-dives for other dive sites where you can catch Sea Urchin near Melbourne.

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.

 

Point Gellibrand Location Map

Latitude: 37° 52.283′ S   (37.871381° S / 37° 52′ 16.97″ S)
Longitude: 144° 54.308′ E   (144.90514° E / 144° 54′ 18.5″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2012-07-22 09:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2022-05-03 16:34:38 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Albert William, 465 m, bearing 100°, E
Williamstown, Port Phillip.
Depth: 2 to 5 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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