Reef Dive | Shore access
Depth: 1 m (3.28 ft) to 9 m (30 ft)
Level: Open Water and beyond.
Point Roadknight, South (aka Point Roadknight Beach) is a diving and snorkelling site with many interesting options on the southern side of Point Roadknight at Anglesea off the Great Ocean Road (B100) on Victoria's Surf Coast facing south into Bass Strait. Point Roadknight and its reef protrude 500 metres to the east and protects Anglesea Bay from the force of the south-westerly swells and storms in Bass Strait.
At Point Roadknight, the coast turns 180° and runs due west for 4 km, before finally swinging to the south in the lee of Urquhart Bluff. In the vicinity of the point, calcarenite reefs dominate, and right on the point is the 100 metres long, south facing Point Roadnight Beach. Beyond this beach, the shoreline continues west uninterrupted to Urquhart Bluff. At Point Roadknight there are beach access tracks on the point and off Melba Parade. Both the southern and northern beaches receive waves averaging 1.3 m, which combine with the fine sand to build a double bar system along the main beach. Rips cut the inner bar every 400 metres and there are more widely spaced rips on the outer bar. The outer bar only breaks during bigger seas.
Point Roadknight, South is the better diving and snorkelling area at Point Roadknight. However, conditions need to be flat and calm to enter at beach marker 96W. From the beach, head out from the southeastern edge of the main rock platform. Here you'll find a mixture of low limestone blocs and sandy channels. Further out you'll find limestone reefs with plenty of marine life in the nooks and crannies.
You can also head east towards the tip of Point Roadknight and explore the limestone reefs, gullies and ledges there in 2–3 metres of waters.
Location: Angelsea, Victoria 3230
MELWAY Ref: Page 514 D12
Beach Marker: 96W
Parking: When heading south from Anglesea on the Great Ocean Road (B100), turn left onto Third Avenue which becomes Eighth Avenue and follow it south-east until it intersects with Melba Parade. Here you'll find a parking area which is good for diving from both the southern and north-eastern side of Point Roadknight. Before gearing up check out the water. If you see lots of white water, head on home.
Entry/Exit: Gear up and walk down the ramp to the beach. Walk onto the rock shelf and as far east as you want to go. Enter the water via the rock shelf.
Warning: This is a highly hazardous area dominated by strong rips. Always go with a buddy and be extremely careful. Experienced divers and snorkellers only. If conditions at Point Roadknight, North look a bit marginal, then consider switching to the more sheltered Point Roadknight, North site.
Ideal Conditions: Only attempt to dive or snorkel here if conditions are very calm with little wind, flat seas, and no swell. Point Roadnight Beach faces south, so is best dived with light offshore north-westerly to north-easterly winds. Point Roadnight Beach has a strong, permanent rip against the reefs. See WillyWeather (Point Roadnight Beach) 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.
See also Point Roadknight in "Shore Dives of Victoria" by Ian Lewis, 3rd edition page 35.
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 Roadknight, South Location Map
Latitude: 38° 25.762′ S (38.429367° S / 38° 25′ 45.72″ S)
Longitude: 144° 10.761′ E (144.179358° E / 144° 10′ 45.69″ E)
Datum: WGS84 | Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2022-04-05 15:49:36 GMT, Last updated: 2022-04-06 14:48:07 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Point Roadknight, North, 473 m, bearing 67°, ENE
Anglesea, Surf Coast.
Depth: 1 to 9 m.
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