Reef Dive | Boat access
Depth: 1 m (3.28 ft) to 8 m (26 ft)
Level: Open Water and beyond.
Seal Gully is aptly named after the Australian Fur Seals that often camp at this spot when not hauled out on the drying section of Beware Reef. This site lies immediately to the south-east of the drying reef.
It is a large crack in the rock about 6 metres deep that runs to the south for over 50 metres before broadening out into deeper water at its southern end. This is a beautiful dive for small groups as the space on hand does not allow for much manoeuvring by the diver.
The top lip of the gully is covered in cray weed and bull kelp so it is better to dive within the confines of the gully where the real action is. The two walls of the gully are teeming with invertebrate life: Jewell anemones, zoanthids, soft and hard corals, hydroids, bryzoan, sponges, and nudibranchs to name but a few.
The younger seals will always be inquisitive and will often come and take a look to check you out, so be ready with the camera for that special shot. Even though this is one of the shallowest dives, this site can be prone to extreme currents and heavy surges, so both divers and skippers of boats be aware of the conditions before entering the water. Seals are protected by law.
This dive site lies in the Beware Reef Marine Sanctuary which is a challenging place to dive, please take care.
Beware Reef Marine Sanctuary encompasses a series of pinnacles of granite rock rising 30 metres off the sea floor, with only a small section at its northern extremity rising some two metres above sea level. This underwater mountain range runs for just over one kilometre to the south-east from the drying part of the reef, and the marine sanctuary that protects this unique reef covers an area of 220 hectares. The reef lies five kilometres to the south-east of Cape Conran and about three kilometres offshore from the beach at Yeerung River.
Dive sites at Beware Reef Marine Sanctuary include:
There are many other great sites for the inquisitive diver to explore here.
There is a boat ramp at West Cape, Cape Conran which is suitable for most vessels up to six metres and a 4WD is normally required for launch and retrieval. The ramp can be inundated with sand and kelp for short periods of time. Due to the shallow angle of the ramp, low tides can be difficult to launch and retrieve vessels.
The boat launch site is exposed to westerly/ south-westerly winds and ocean swells. Calm sea conditions with light northerly winds and higher tides is ideal.
From the boat ramp at West Cape, avoid 'prop rock' which is about 50 metres directly out from the ramp and very shallow at low tide, and head south until you round the cape. Once clear of the cape head in an easterly direction for about 4 kilometres. The exposed section of Beware Reef is visible on a clear day once you clear the tip of Cape Conran. Often whitewater can be seen breaking on the exposed reef before the bare rock itself is sighted.
Beware Reef Marine Sanctuary Boundaries
NW corner of sanctuary
Latitude: 37° 48.883′ S (37.81472222° S / 37° 48′ 53″ S)
Longitude: 148° 46.700′ E (148.77833333° E / 148° 46′ 42″ E)
NE corner of sanctuary
Latitude: 37° 48.867′ S (37.81444444° S / 37° 48′ 52″ S)
Longitude: 148° 47.717′ E (148.79527778° E / 148° 47′ 43″ E)
SW corner of sanctuary
Latitude: 37° 49.683′ S (37.82805556° S / 37° 49′ 41″ S)
Longitude: 148° 46.717′ E (148.77861111° E / 148° 46′ 43″ E)
SE corner of sanctuary
Latitude: 37° 49.667′ S (37.82777778° S / 37° 49′ 40″ S)
Longitude: 148° 47.733′ E (148.79555556° E / 148° 47′ 44″ E)
See also, Parks Victoria: Beware Reef Marine Sanctuary,
Park Note: Beware Reef Marine Sanctuary,
Facebook: Friends of Beware Reef Marine Sanctuary,
Beware Reef Marine Sanctuary Divers Guide, and
Beware Reef Marine Sanctuary Identification Booklet Third Edition.
You are not permitted to carry a spear gun while snorkelling or scuba diving in Beware Reef Marine Sanctuary.
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.
Traditional Owners — This dive site does not lie in the acknowledged traditional Country of any first peoples of Australia.
Seal Gully Location Map
Latitude: 37° 49.174′ S (37.819567° S / 37° 49′ 10.44″ S)
Longitude: 148° 47.158′ E (148.785967° E / 148° 47′ 9.48″ E)
Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2020-07-17 05:38:52 GMT, Last updated: 2021-07-17 00:27:24 GMT
Source: Beware Reef Marine Sanctuary Divers Guide
Nearest Neighbour: Auckland, 170 m, bearing 278°, W
Depth: 1 to 8 m.
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