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Rosebud Reef

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Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site

Rosebud Reef
Rosebud Reef | © Phil Watson

Depth: 4 m (13 ft) to 10 m (33 ft)

Level: Open Water and beyond.

A lovely shallow dive on a very pretty reef situated about a kilometre offshore from Rosebud in Port Phillip, Victoria. The shallow reef runs north-west for about 250 m (820 ft) and rises two or three metres from the seabed in an otherwise sandy oasis.

Lots of small life, including sponges, invertebrates, urchins etc. There is an abundance of fish life that congregate here to feed including Wrasse, Seahorse, and Scallops around the reef area on sand. This, in turn, attracts some lovely harmless sharks predominantly the Wobbie Gongs and the Seven Gills.

Hurricane Wreck and Rosebud Reef from Allie Beckhurst.

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

Finding Rosebud Reef

Over the years we've been provided with different GPS marks for Rosebud Reef. The GPS marks we know of in circulation for Rosebud Reef are:

  • GPS
    Latitude: 38° 20.740′ S   (38.345667° S / 38° 20′ 44.4″ S)
    Longitude: 144° 53.330′ E   (144.888833° E / 144° 53′ 19.8″ E)
  • Dive Victoria:
    Latitude: 38° 20.710′ S   (38.34516667° S / 38° 20′ 42.6″ S)
    Longitude: 144° 52.360′ E   (144.8726667° E / 144° 52′ 21.6″ E)

    1,411 m, bearing 272°, W
  • John Lawler
    Latitude: 38° 20.640′ S   (38.34400186° S / 38° 20′ 38.41″ S)
    Longitude: 144° 53.556′ E   (144.8925984° E / 144° 53′ 33.35″ E)

    377 m, bearing 60°, ENE
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.


Rosebud Reef Location Map

Latitude: 38° 20.740′ S   (38.345667° S / 38° 20′ 44.4″ S)
Longitude: 144° 53.330′ E   (144.888833° E / 144° 53′ 19.8″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 09:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2022-05-08 00:33:55 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Hurricane, 1,572 m, bearing 289°, WNW
Depth: 4 to 10 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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