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Melbourne Drift Dives

Melbourne Drift Dives by The Scuba Doctor

Drift diving can provide you with some of the most exhilarating dives of your life. Especially in Melbourne where at the right time of the year, the currents can be very strong.

Some Melbourne drift dives are about the thrill of being swept effortlessly along in fast current. Others are about cruising along slowly taking in the spectacular underwater terrain. And in Melbourne, some are about covering an area of the sandy sea bed floor of Port Phillip while gathering a feed of scallops.

Drift diving in Port Philip is a little different to drift diving in other areas of the world because of our strong currents and the amount of boating traffic. Divers are typically split into separate groups depending on numbers and are given a long length of rope, around 50 metres, with a buoy and dive flag attached to one end. The idea is to descend as a group spaced along the line keeping parallel to the current. It sound tricky but it isn't. This is really the easiest form of diving as very little kicking is required or navigation. You just go with the flow! Your air supply lasts longer and the terrain is always changing.

Before you undertake a drift dive in Melbourne, please read our guide to Diving in Melbourne Currents.

Safety Tip: We recommend you read our Boat Diving Safety and Using a Dive Float and Flag pages and use the described Cray/Drift Buoy Line Diver Freedom System when drift diving from a private boat.

Melbourne Drift Dive Site Locations

You can see where the popular Melbourne and Victorian drift dive locations are via our Melbourne Dive Sites Map. The GPS marks for these drift dives are also listed here, plus on our Melbourne Dive Site GPS Marks page.

Here are some Melbourne drift dive sites where you might get to fly underwater.

Artifacts Flood

Drift Dive Boat access
Drift Dive Site Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated
Latitude: 38° 17.995′ S   (38.299917° S / 38° 17′ 59.7″ S)
Longitude: 144° 41.287′ E   (144.688117° E / 144° 41′ 17.22″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-24 00:04:19 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Quarantine Station Reef, 563 m, bearing 221°, SW
See the Artifacts Flood dive site page

Boarfish Reef Drift

Drift Dive Boat access
Crayfish Dive Site Drift Dive Site Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 14.420′ S   (38.240337° S / 38° 14′ 25.21″ S)
Longitude: 144° 42.583′ E   (144.709717° E / 144° 42′ 34.98″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-28 04:59:01 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Mountain Maid, 287 m, bearing 335°, NNW
Depth: 6 to 20 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.
See the Boarfish Reef Drift dive site page

Catch Bag Reef Drift

Drift Dive Boat access
Abalone Dive Site Crayfish Dive Site Drift Dive Site Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 17.144′ S   (38.285733° S / 38° 17′ 8.64″ S)
Longitude: 144° 37.981′ E   (144.633017° E / 144° 37′ 58.86″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-16 00:39:52 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Lonsdale Wall Shallow, 207 m, bearing 265°, W
Depth: 12 to 24 m.
See the Catch Bag Reef Drift dive site page

Cattle Jetty Drift

Drift Dive Boat access
Drift Dive Site Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated
Latitude: 38° 18.095′ S   (38.301583° S / 38° 18′ 5.7″ S)
Longitude: 144° 40.825′ E   (144.680417° E / 144° 40′ 49.5″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-16 23:28:58 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Quarantine Station Reef, 380 m, bearing 128°, SE
Depth: 8 to 18 m.
See the Cattle Jetty Drift dive site page

Geoffs Scallop Hole

Drift Dive Boat access
Drift Dive Site Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Scallops Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 21.549′ S   (38.35915° S / 38° 21′ 32.94″ S)
Longitude: 144° 47.781′ E   (144.79635° E / 144° 47′ 46.86″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-02-17 05:35:16 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-28 04:30:47 GMT
Source: Geoff Rodda GPS
Nearest Neighbour: JLs Scallop Beds, 673 m, bearing 86°, E
Depth: 10 to 17 m.
See the Geoffs Scallop Hole dive site page

JLs Scallop Beds

Drift Dive Boat access
Drift Dive Site Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Scallops Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 21.525′ S   (38.35875° S / 38° 21′ 31.5″ S)
Longitude: 144° 48.243′ E   (144.80405° E / 144° 48′ 14.58″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-02-17 14:09:35 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-28 04:31:21 GMT
Source: John Lawler GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Geoffs Scallop Hole, 673 m, bearing 266°, W
Depth: 10 to 17 m.
See the JLs Scallop Beds dive site page

JLs Scallop Drift

Drift Dive Boat access
Drift Dive Site Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Scallops Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 20.238′ S   (38.3373° S / 38° 20′ 14.28″ S)
Longitude: 144° 51.091′ E   (144.851517° E / 144° 51′ 5.46″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-02-17 13:53:57 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-28 04:31:04 GMT
Source: John Lawler GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Rye Scallop Drift, 450 m, bearing 343°, NNW
Depth: 15 m.
See the JLs Scallop Drift dive site page

Kelp Beds Reef Drift

Drift Dive Boat access
Abalone Dive Site Crayfish Dive Site Drift Dive Site Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 17.008′ S   (38.283469° S / 38° 17′ 0.49″ S)
Longitude: 144° 39.584′ E   (144.659729° E / 144° 39′ 35.02″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-15 08:31:29 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Hot Spot, 275 m, bearing 39°, NE
Depth: 10 to 21 m.
Dive only on: Flood.
See the Kelp Beds Reef Drift dive site page

Quarantine Station Reef

Drift Dive Boat access
Drift Dive Site Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 18.222′ S   (38.3037° S / 38° 18′ 13.32″ S)
Longitude: 144° 41.030′ E   (144.683833° E / 144° 41′ 1.8″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-15 08:37:29 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Cattle Jetty Drift, 380 m, bearing 308°, NW
Depth: 12 to 22 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.
See the Quarantine Station Reef dive site page

Rye Scallop Beds

Drift Dive Boat access
Drift Dive Site Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Scallops Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 20.812′ S   (38.346867° S / 38° 20′ 48.72″ S)
Longitude: 144° 47.684′ E   (144.794733° E / 144° 47′ 41.04″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-02-17 14:16:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-28 04:26:20 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Geoffs Scallop Hole, 1,373 m, bearing 174°, S
Depth: 10 to 17 m.
See the Rye Scallop Beds dive site page

Rye Scallop Drift

Drift Dive Boat access
Drift Dive Site Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Scallops Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 20.005′ S   (38.333417° S / 38° 20′ 0.3″ S)
Longitude: 144° 51.003′ E   (144.85005° E / 144° 51′ 0.18″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-28 04:25:54 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: JLs Scallop Drift, 450 m, bearing 163°, SSE
Depth: 15 m.
See the Rye Scallop Drift dive site page

San Remo Bridge

Drift Dive Shore access
Advanced Open Water Rated Drift Dive Site Inside Western Port Bay Slack Water
Latitude: 38° 31.116′ S   (38.518605° S / 38° 31′ 6.98″ S)
Longitude: 145° 21.866′ E   (145.364429° E / 145° 21′ 51.94″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-05-05 02:36:27 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-29 05:14:24 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: San Remo Jetty, 220 m, bearing 172°, S
Depth: 3 to 13 m.
See the San Remo Bridge dive site page

Sponge Garden Drift

Drift Dive Boat access
Drift Dive Site Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 16.501′ S   (38.275017° S / 38° 16′ 30.06″ S)
Longitude: 144° 39.971′ E   (144.666183° E / 144° 39′ 58.26″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-15 08:34:26 GMT
Source: Peter Fear GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Torpedo Reef, 286 m, bearing 215°, SW
Depth: 12 to 20 m.
Dive only on: Ebb.
See the Sponge Garden Drift dive site page

Total of 13 dive sites.


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.

If you don't understand the differences between the different ways coordinates are given, plus how different datum come into play, you might find the article GPS Conversions by Lloyd Borrett a useful read. It describes the problems associated with locating dive sites using a GPS receiver.

GPS latitude explained


Scuba Doctor Dive Map KML File

In the true spirit of making it easy to obtain, utilise and share the information for non-commercial purposes, you can now Download/view the Scuba Doctor Dive Map GPS Marks (KML file | 250.79 KB | 16-Jun-2019) in the Keyhole Markup Language (KML) file format used to display geographic data in an Earth browser such as Google Earth and Google Maps.

Some marine GPS units can import the information from a KML file. For others you can use use a file translate program (e.g. GPSBabel) to convert the KML file into an import file format (e.g. GPX) supported by your GPS unit.


Please Help Us To Correct GPS Marks and Add More Melbourne Dive Sites

If you have have information about other dive sites you'd be happy to see added to the information available here, or any corrections and/or updates to the diving site GPS marks listed here, please feel free to Contact Us. See also, Dive Site Help.

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