Pier Dive | Shore access
Depth: 2 m (6.56 ft) to 5 m (16 ft)
Level: Open Water and beyond.
Portarlington Pier on the Bellarine Peninsula is best dived at high tide for extra depth under the pier. The sheltered, sandy site makes a nice night dive. You'll probably spend most of your time exploring the outer wall, but beware of fishing lines and take a good dive knife.
Don't forget to check out the artificial reefs 40 to 70 metres seaward of Portarlington Pier's rock wall section. As they are more than 30 metres away from the pier, you can go spearfishing on them.
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Protected from southerly winds. See WillyWeather (Portarlington Pier) as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.
The artificial Port Phillip Shore Reefs were installed with the aim of improving recreational fishing opportunities for shore based anglers. The reefs are in a water depth of between 3 to 4.5 metres.
The shore based artificial reefs are:
Each reef consists of 99 hollow dome shaped reef modules of different sizes arranged in three reef complexes of 33 reef modules each. The reef modules range between 170 and 340 kg in weight and 50 to 60 cm height, and have numerous external openings to allow movement of currents and fish through the modules.
See also, VFA: Shore Based Reefs.
Spearfishing is illegal within 30 metres of any pier or jetty and in Marine National Parks. See Spearfishing Laws.
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.
Portarlington Pier Location Map
Latitude: 38° 6.752′ S (38.112541° S / 38° 6′ 45.15″ S)
Longitude: 144° 39.109′ E (144.651819° E / 144° 39′ 6.55″ E)
Datum: WGS84 | Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2012-07-22 09:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2022-03-22 14:08:30 GMT
Nearest Neighbour: Steeles Rocks, Portarlington, 1,175 m, bearing 87°, E
Depth: 2 to 5 m.
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