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Shortland Bluff

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Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Slack Water

Shortland Bluff
Shortland Bluff | © Phil Watson

Depth: 3 metres (9.8 feet) to 15 metres (49 feet)

Level: Advanced Open Water and beyond.

Shortland Bluff can be found at the end of Hesse Street, Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula. The town of Queenscliff was once known as Shortland Bluff.

The most prominent nearby feature is the famous Black Lighthouse which is one of only a handful in the world that are unpainted black stone. It is the only black lighthouse in the Southern Hemisphere. Also know as the High Lighthouse, it is located inside the historic Fort Queenscliff guarding the entrance to Port Phillip

Shortland Bluff is a sandstone bluff rising some 15 metres (49 feet) above sea level and beyond the Bluff, the sandstone extends east into the bay where, over many thousands of years, it has been sculptured by the strong tides prevalent to the Port Phillip Heads.

Provided you are experienced in currents, diving off the platform around Shortland Bluff beacon while challenging is well worth the effort.

Shortland Bluff is very current prone and is best dived right on a slack water flood. The site is protected from North and West winds.

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

Latitude: 38° 16.447′ S   (38.274112° S / 38° 16′ 26.8″ S)
Longitude: 144° 39.545′ E   (144.659085° E / 144° 39′ 32.71″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-01 03:49:21 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Torpedo Reef, 564 m, bearing 126°, SE
Depth: 3 to 15 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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