Wall Dive | Boat access
Depth: 15 m (49 ft) to 50 m (164 ft)
Level: Advanced Open Water and beyond.
The Playground (aka The Maze) is a great place to see crayfish that is situated right in the middle of the shipping channel just outside Port Phillip Heads on Rip Bank. The location of this dive site makes it only suitable for experienced divers. The Rip Bank is a wall that runs east to west with deeper water to the north and as such is only suitable to dive on the end of the incoming or flood tide.
This dive starts at 15 metres, which is at the top of the wall, and as you proceed over the drop-off it bottoms out at about 50 metres, while varying in topography as you descend and reach your desired depth. With small caves and over hangs the fish life is abundant. It's considered one of the prettiest dives in the Port Phillip.
The Rip & Tides Warning: Always keep an eye on sea conditions throughout any shore or boat dive within "The Rip" (aka "The Heads"). This is a dangerous stretch of water, where Bass Straight meets Port Phillip, which has claimed many ships and lives. Please read the warnings on the web page diving-the-rip before diving or snorkelling this site.
This site lies in the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park. The park is made up of six separate marine areas around the southern end of Port Phillip: Swan Bay, Mud Islands, Point Lonsdale, Point Nepean, Popes Eye, and Portsea Hole.
Thirty-one of the 120 shipwrecks known to have occurred within a 10 nautical mile radius of Port Phillip Heads are thought to be within the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park in Point Lonsdale and Point Nepean.
Aboriginal tradition indicates that the Bellarine Peninsula side of the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park is part of Country of the Wathaurung people, and the Mornington Peninsula side, including Mud Islands, is part of Country of the Boon Wurrung people.
See also, Parks Victoria: Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park,
Park Note: Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park,
Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park - Map,
Divers Guide - Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park,
Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park Identification Booklet, and
Taxonomic Toolkit for the Marine Life of Port Phillip Bay.
You are not permitted to carry a spear gun while snorkelling or scuba diving in Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park.
We have another GPS Mark for The Playground, outside The Heads south-west of Entrance Deep.
Source: Dive Victoria:
Latitude: 38° 17.840′ S (38.29733333° S / 38° 17′ 50.4″ S)
Longitude: 144° 37.752′ E (144.6292° E / 144° 37′ 45.12″ E)
842 m, bearing 173°, S
It would be interesting for someone to check it out and report back to us what, if anything, is there.
Traditional Owners — This dive site is in the traditional Country of the Wathaurong (Wadda-Warrung) people of the Kulin Nation. This truly ancient Country includes the coastline of Port Phillip, from the Werribee River in the north-east, the Bellarine Peninsula, and down to Cape Otway in the south-west. We wish to acknowledge the Wathaurong 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.
The Playground Location Map
Latitude: 38° 17.389′ S (38.289817° S / 38° 17′ 23.34″ S)
Longitude: 144° 37.684′ E (144.628067° E / 144° 37′ 41.04″ E)
Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 09:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2022-05-08 03:27:28 GMT
Nearest Neighbour: The Other Playground, 107 m, bearing 35°, NE
Depth: 15 to 50 m.
Dive only on: SWF.
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.