Reef Dive | Shore access
Depth: 1 m (3.28 ft) to 5 m (16 ft)
Level: Snorkelling, Open Water and beyond.
Point Lonsdale Light is one of the more accessible sites for beginner snorkellers. 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.
Location: Point Lonsdale, Victoria 3225
MELWAY Ref: Page 499 J6
Beach Marker: 1B
See WillyWeather (Port Phillip Heads) as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.
The Rip & Tides Warning: Always keep an eye on sea conditions throughout any shore or boat dive within "The Rip" (aka "The Heads"). This is a dangerous stretch of water, where Bass Straight meets Port Phillip, which has claimed many ships and lives. Please read the warnings on the web page diving-the-rip before diving or snorkelling this site.
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,
Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park - Map,
Divers Guide - Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park,
Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park Identification Booklet, and
Taxonomic Toolkit for the Marine Life of Port Phillip Bay.
You are not permitted to carry a spear gun while snorkelling or scuba diving in Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park.
Traditional Owners — This dive site is in the traditional Country of the Wathaurong (Wadda-Warrung) people of the Kulin Nation. This truly ancient Country includes the coastline of Port Phillip, from the Werribee River in the north-east, the Bellarine Peninsula, and down to Cape Otway in the south-west. We wish to acknowledge the Wathaurong 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 Lonsdale Light Location Map
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 | Get directions
Added: 2020-07-16 16:05:11 GMT, Last updated: 2022-04-06 19:36:01 GMT
Source: Divers Guide - Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park
Nearest Neighbour: Point Lonsdale Jetty, 38 m, bearing 61°, ENE
Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park.
Point Lonsdale, Bellarine Peninsula.
Depth: 1 to 5 m.
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