Point Lonsdale Light

Reef DiveReef Dive | Shore access

Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Slack Water

Depth: 1 metre (3.3 feet) to 5 metres (16 feet)

Level: Snorkelling, Open Water and beyond.

Point Lonsdale Light is one of the more accessible sites for the beginner snorkeler. It is accessed from the Lighthouse car park, and lies between the Inner Lonsdale Reef and the pier to the north. When the tide is out you can access this site along the beach between these two points.

Do not attempt this dive with the incoming tide washing in over the Point Lonsdale Reef, as you will be easily swept away.

The sea floor here is covered in a large variety of sea weeds dominated by Sea Nymph (Amphibolus antarctica), thus giving much shelter to the many juvenile fish and a large and varied invertebrate population. In summer, quite a few juvenile Blue Groper make this site their home, as well as Blue-throat Wrasse, Moonlighters, Scalyfin and Magpie Morwong. The invertebrates most often seen, are juvenile Abalone, Biscuit Stars, Triton Shells and Chitons.

The water is nearly always very clear, so if you have an underwater camera, and you are a snorkeler, this is your spot to dive.

See WillyWeather as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.

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.

See also, Parks Victoria: Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park,
Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park - Map (PDF 1.4 MB),
Divers Guide - Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park (Adobe PDF | 7.72 MB), and
Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park Identification Booklet (Adobe PDF | 16.34 MB).

Latitude: 38° 17.508′ S   (38.2918° S / 38° 17′ 30.48″ S)
Longitude: 144° 36.947′ E   (144.615782° E / 144° 36′ 56.82″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2020-07-16 08:05:11 GMT, Last updated: 2020-07-16 08:17:05 GMT
Source: Divers Guide - Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park
Nearest Neighbour: Point Lonsdale Jetty, 38 m, bearing 61°, ENE
Depth: 1 to 5 m.

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