Reef Dive | Boat access
Depth: 5 m (16 ft) to 50 m (164 ft)
Level: Advanced Open Water and beyond.
South Point is an interesting diving and snorkelling site at the southern end of Wilsons Promontory, facing south into the often wild seas of Bass Strait, It's located within the Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park. It's a very rewarding dive site for adventurous divers and snorkellers.
South Point is an exposed location which offers a shallow bay on the western side that's an easy dive or snorkel on weed-covered boulders. There is much flotsam and shipwreck debris in the area and some interesting small photographic subjects.
If you head south from the tip of South Point the terrain quickly descends to 50 metres deep.
Ideal Conditions: South Point is best dived with calm seas, no swell and no wind. Light offshore south-westerly to westerly winds may be acceptable. Avoid diving with moderate to strong onshore south-easterly to south-westerly winds. Because of the depths that can be reached here, plus the sometimes strong currents, Fenwick Bight is best dived at slack water. See WillyWeather (South Point) as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.
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.
This site lies in Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park, Victoria's largest marine sanctuary. There is a huge diversity of marine life within the waters at the Prom. Brilliantly coloured fish are present such as the Red Velvetfish, Eastern Blue Groper and Wrasse as well as Leafy Seadragons and schools of Barber Perch. Intertidal molluscs such as limpets and snails, as well as anemones, brittlestars and seastars, are also common within the waters.
Divers will experience fascinating sponge gardens which consist of a techni-coloured assemblage of sponges, sea tulips, sea whips, lace corals and seafans. Octopus emerge at night whilst sharks and rays roam the sandy areas.
The offshore islands support many colonies of fur seals and oceanic birds such as Little Penguins, Fairy Prions, Silver Gulls and Pacific Gulls.
You are not permitted to carry a spear gun while snorkelling or scuba diving in Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park.
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.
South Point Location Map
Latitude: 39° 8.179′ S (39.136317° S / 39° 8′ 10.74″ S)
Longitude: 146° 22.393′ E (146.373218° E / 146° 22′ 23.58″ E)
Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2022-04-23 09:47:14 GMT, Last updated: 2022-04-23 10:00:21 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Fenwick Bight, 1,336 m, bearing 65°, ENE
Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park.
Depth: 5 to 50 m.
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