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Fishing Boat | Max Depth: 12 m (39 ft)

Level: Open Water and beyond.

The Saxon is an old fishing boat sunk offshore from Portland North in Portland Bay to form an artificial dive reef. The Saxon is still relatively intact.

Diving the Saxon Shipwreck and Reef

The wreck of the fishing boat Saxon has attracted Sweep, Weedfish, Weedy Seadragons, Wobbegongs, Ling, Cod, Bullseyes, Perch, Morwong, Boarfish and Wrasse. The surrounding Saxon Reef has interesting swim throughs and overhangs.

The site varies in depth from 8 m (26 ft) to 12 m (39 ft).

Location: Portland, Victoria 3305

Ideal Conditions: Best dived in good conditions with a low swell with light north-westerly to north-easterly winds. See WillyWeather (Portland North) as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.

Boat Launching: Access is by boat from the Portland Harbour, Lee Breakwater Road North Ramp or the Portland Harbour, Lee Breakwater Road South Ramp. The GPS mark should be right on, but use your sounder in the general area to locate the wreck.

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Gunditjmara country
Gunditjmara country

Traditional Owners — This dive site is in the traditional Country of the Gunditjmara people of far south-western Victoria which continues over the state border into a small part of south-east South Australia and is bordered by the Glenelg River to the west and the Wannon River in the north. This truly ancient Country extends 100 metres out to sea from low tide and also includes Deen Maar (aka Lady Julia Percy Island) where the Gunditjmara believe the spirits of their dead travel to wait to be reborn. We wish to acknowledge the Gunditjmara as Traditional Owners. We pay respect to their Ancestors and their Elders, past, present and emerging.


Saxon Location Map

Latitude: 38° 18.892′ S   (38.314867° S / 38° 18′ 53.52″ S)
Longitude: 141° 37.422′ E   (141.6237° E / 141° 37′ 25.32″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2021-06-21 11:41:26 GMT, Last updated: 2022-05-24 19:11:48 GMT
Source: Marine Life Network
Nearest Neighbour: Whalers Reef, 2,539 m, bearing 199°, SSW
Fishing Boat.
Portland Bay, Discovery Coast.
Depth: 12 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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