Sunderland Bay

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Ideal For Snorkelling Open Water Rated Phillip Island Reef Dive Site

Sunderland Bay
Sunderland Bay | © Unknown

Depth: 1 metre (3.3 feet) to 5 metres (16 feet)

Sunderland Bay is a 200 metre wide gap in the basalt bluffs of southern Phillip Island, into which waves from Bass Strait break over extensive reefs and rocks and around a sea stack. This has produced a 300 metre long, south facing beach composed of sand and basalt cobbles.

Waves are lowered to about 0.5 metres by the time they hit the beach, which is steep and narrow, with no bar, but interesting reefs to dive to and explore off the beach. The Sunderland Bay Estate borders the eastern side, with parking available on the eastern bluffs and at the back of the beach, via a gravel road. The western side of the bay is bordered by the 40 metre high Sunderland Bluffs.

Just to the east of Sunderland Bay is Surfies Point where more interesting reef shore dives can be made.

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

Latitude: 38° 30.365′ S   (38.506081° S / 38° 30′ 21.89″ S)
Longitude: 145° 16.293′ E   (145.271548° E / 145° 16′ 17.57″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2019-06-06 20:30:56 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-06 21:09:57 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Surfies Point, 957 m, bearing 111°, ESE
Depth: 1 to 5 m.

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