The Plateau

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Advanced Open Water Rated Crayfish Dive Site Deep Rated Inside Port Phillip Reef Dive Site Slack Water Subject to Shipping Technical Rated

Depth: 20 metres (66 feet) to 45 metres (148 feet)

The Plateau is a reef dive in the middle of the Port Phillip Heads. The Plateau is a huge rocky platform in around the 16 metre range, winding its way around the edge of this platform is the Entrance Deep. This is the deepest water in Victoria, originally part of the River Yarra. Depths at the bottom of this area are between 40 metres and 103 metres.

The slack water period here is short, hard to pick, and the currents a little unpredictable. Then of course there is the problem of the dive site being in the shipping channel. Diving is only possible when sea conditions, the tide, and shipping allow. Despite all of that this area is awesome with some fantastic rock formations sheltering an amazing array of sea life.

Crayfish Dive Site
Crayfish Dive Site | © Ian Scholey

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 How To Catch 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 How To Cook Crayfish.


The Plateau Location Map

Latitude: 38° 17.621′ S   (38.293683° S / 38° 17′ 37.26″ S)
Longitude: 144° 37.976′ E   (144.632933° E / 144° 37′ 58.56″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-16 02:50:48 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: 65 Metre Hole, 310 m, bearing 13°, NNE
Depth: 20 to 45 m.
Dive only on: SWE.

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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