Shore Dive | Shore access
Depth: 5 m (16 ft) to 15 m (49 ft)
Level: Advanced Open Water and beyond
Spray Point Caverns lie on the back beaches of Blairgowrie on the Mornington Peninsula facing south-west into Bass Strait. The site should only be dived by experienced divers with plenty of fitness and strength, on very calm days. The spectacular headland of Spray Point provides views over Montforts Beach to the east and Koonya Ocean Beach to the west. The western side of Spray Point, at the western end of Koonya Ocean Beach, is also known as Pelly Point.
The deep undercuts, great overhangs in this area with a feature being the sea caves, known as the 'Caverns', on the eastern side at the tip of Spray Point.
You can venture out to explore the reefs that go a long way offshore. The outer Spray Point Reef is more easily dived by boat in very calm weather. A great crayfish and abalone site.
You can also head east exploring the reefs along the coast towards Montforts Beach.
Spray Point Caverns | © Josh Clark
Location: Blairgowrie, Victoria 3942
MELWAY Ref: Page 167 A3
Parking: There is a small car park at the end of Spray Point Road, Blairgowrie. Before gearing up check out the water. If you see lots of white water, head on home.
Warning: Spray Point Caverns is affected by rips, currents, swell and strong winds, thus can be very dangerous. Always go with a buddy and be extremely careful. Experienced divers and snorkellers only.
Ideal Conditions: To dive here it must be calm with flat seas and very little to no swell. The only acceptable winds are light northerly to north-easterly. Be aware that conditions here can change very quickly. Very little swell (less than 6 ft, with periods of 10s or more) which generally means 3-4 days of northerly to north-easterly winds prior to diving here.
See WillyWeather (Pearses Beach) as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.
Back Beach Warning: Always keep an eye on sea conditions throughout any dive on the Back Beaches of the Mornington Peninsula. Please read the warnings on the web page diving-the-back-beaches before diving or snorkelling this site.
See also, Parks Victoria: Spray Point and
Spray Point Caverns in "Shore Dives of Victoria" by Ian Lewis, 3rd edition pages 116–117.
Divers have the opportunity to catch Abalone at this dive site. Remember your catch bag, legal abalone tool, current Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence, and abalone measure. Please abide by all current fishing regulations if you intend to catch abalone.
Divers have the opportunity to catch Southern Rock Lobster (aka Crayfish) at this dive site. Remember your catch bag, current Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence, rock lobster measure, and cray tags. Once you get back to the dive boat, or shore, make sure you clip the tail and tag your Crayfish as per Fisheries requirements. Please abide by all current fishing regulations if you intend to catch crays. See article-catching-crayfish for practical cray hunting advice from The Scuba Doctor, plus melbourne-cray-dives for a list of other crayfish dive sites near Melbourne. For tips on cooking your Crays, please see article-cooking-crayfish.
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.
Spray Point Caverns Location Map
Latitude: 38° 22.088′ S (38.368125° S / 38° 22′ 5.25″ S)
Longitude: 144° 45.230′ E (144.753832° E / 144° 45′ 13.8″ E)
Datum: WGS84 | Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2012-07-22 09:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2022-04-29 12:54:23 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Koonya Ocean Beach, 550 m, bearing 339°, NNW
Blairgowrie, Back Beaches, Mornington Peninsula.
Depth: 5 to 15 m.
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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.