Wall Dive | Boat access
Depth: 10 m (33 ft) to 60 m (197 ft)
Level: Advanced Open Water and beyond.
Waterloo Bay, North Wall is an awesome boat dive site on the eastern side of Wilsons Promontory. It lies in the Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park facing south-west into Bass Strait.
Waterloo Bay was named by Captain John Lort Stokes in 1842 when he sailed HMS Beagle into the bay on the anniversary of the battle of Waterloo.
The remote Waterloo Bay, North Wall dive site is full of granite boulders up to 10 metres high that provide large swim throughs and overhangs. The opportunity here is to explore 2 kilometres of the North Wall that runs from the point, back towards the North Waterloo Bay Beach. There are also places of interest around the point, and to the north of the point.
In the shallow weed beds Wrasse, Leatherjackets, Cuttlefish, Draughtboard Sharks and Blue Devilfish are common.
In deeper depths large clouds of Barber Perch and some Boarfish hang around near the wall. The rocks are covered in colourful invertebrate life including yellow zoanthids, nudibranchs and sea whips. Seals occasionally visit the site.
This is the sort of dive you can do several times and never get tired of it.
Ideal Conditions: Waterloo Bay, North Wall is best dived with calm seas, no swell and no wind. Light offshore northerly to north-easterly winds may be acceptable. Avoid strong onshore westerly to south-easterly winds. All of the headlands in the are subject to currents, so best dived at slack water. See WillyWeather (Waterloo Bay) 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.
Waterloo Bay, North Wall Location Map
Latitude: 39° 3.881′ S (39.06469° S / 39° 3′ 52.88″ S)
Longitude: 146° 28.264′ E (146.471074° E / 146° 28′ 15.87″ E)
Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2022-04-22 21:27:37 GMT, Last updated: 2022-04-22 22:52:38 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Bare Back Cove, 1,219 m, bearing 19°, NNE
Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park.
Depth: 10 to 60 m.
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.