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Melbourne Shore Dives

Melbourne Shore Dives by The Scuba Doctor

With two large bays and an ocean coastline nearby, Melbourne always has plenty of magnificent shore diving and snorkelling locations on offer regardless of the weather conditions and season.

It all starts on the Bellarine Peninsula and Corio Bay, south of Melbourne on the Western side of Port Phillip Bay. Cottage By The Sea Reef, in Lonsdale Bay, is a great shore dive.

Melbourne's popular beaches and marine protected areas along the shores and 260 kilometres (162 miles) coastline of Port Phillip Bay have many great wonders to be found by intrepid snorkellers and scuba divers. The natural beauty and local marine life to be found is simply amazing.

South of Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula, more than 100 different species of nudibranchs have been sighted under Blairgowrie Pier. You'll more than likely come across seahorses at Rye Pier and weedy sea dragons at Portsea Pier.


"Who would believe.. this is Melbourne!" by David Bryant, SeaPics

Experienced and adventurous divers can also check out the rugged shores of Melbourne's Back Beaches on the Nepean Peninsula, where the land meets the often wild seas of Bass Strait. Diamond Bay and others are probably the best shore diving sites in the whole of Victoria, but can only be accessed when conditions are just right. See also, Diving the Back Beaches.

Finally, there are some unique dive sites in Western Port. Flinders Pier is a popular choice, especially when you want to take a look at weedy sea dragons. See also, Weedy Seadragons Melbourne.

Such a wide variety of dive locations and so many choices. And it's all cheaply accessible by scuba diving or snorkelling at these great shore dive sites close to Melbourne.

Contact us on 03 5985 1700 for further information including recommendations for appropriate dive sites according to weather conditions.

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The shore dives on this page are divided up into sections, the same way as in the reference book 'Shore Dives of Victoria'.


 

Bellarine Peninsula and Corio Bay
— Point Lonsdale to Geelong

Buckleys Cave

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 17.562′ S   (38.292699° S / 38° 17′ 33.72″ S)
Longitude: 144° 36.844′ E   (144.614067° E / 144° 36′ 50.64″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-01 03:10:14 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Glaneuse, 146 m, bearing 249°, WSW
Depth: 2 to 10 m.
See the Buckleys Cave dive site page

Point Lonsdale Kelp Forest

Reef Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 17.578′ S   (38.292968° S / 38° 17′ 34.68″ S)
Longitude: 144° 36.973′ E   (144.616213° E / 144° 36′ 58.37″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-01 02:34:33 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Point Lonsdale Jetty, 148 m, bearing 358°, N
Depth: 3 to 5 m.
See the Point Lonsdale Kelp Forest dive site page

Point Lonsdale Jetty

Pier Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Marine Park - No Fishing Night Dive Site Open Water Rated
Latitude: 38° 17.498′ S   (38.291637° S / 38° 17′ 29.89″ S)
Longitude: 144° 36.970′ E   (144.616169° E / 144° 36′ 58.21″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-28 08:16:54 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Point Lonsdale Kelp Forest, 148 m, bearing 178°, S
Depth: 3 to 5 m.
See the Point Lonsdale Jetty dive site page

The Springs, Lonsdale Bay

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 16.565′ S   (38.276083° S / 38° 16′ 33.9″ S)
Longitude: 144° 37.212′ E   (144.6202° E / 144° 37′ 12.72″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-29 00:07:41 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Lonsdale Wall Shallow, 1,421 m, bearing 140°, SE
Depth: 0 to 5 m.
See the The Springs, Lonsdale Bay dive site page

Cottage By The Sea Reef

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 16.341′ S   (38.272352° S / 38° 16′ 20.47″ S)
Longitude: 144° 38.990′ E   (144.649837° E / 144° 38′ 59.41″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-01 03:29:17 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Shortland Bluff, 831 m, bearing 103°, ESE
Depth: 0 to 10 m.
See the Cottage By The Sea Reef dive site page

Shortland Bluff

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Slack Water
Latitude: 38° 16.447′ S   (38.274112° S / 38° 16′ 26.8″ S)
Longitude: 144° 39.545′ E   (144.659085° E / 144° 39′ 32.71″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-01 03:49:21 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Torpedo Reef, 564 m, bearing 126°, SE
Depth: 3 to 15 m.
See the Shortland Bluff dive site page

Queenscliff Pier

Pier Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated
Latitude: 38° 16.029′ S   (38.26715° S / 38° 16′ 1.74″ S)
Longitude: 144° 40.021′ E   (144.667014° E / 144° 40′ 1.25″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-30 15:25:48 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Sponge Garden Drift, 878 m, bearing 184°, S
Depth: 2 to 8 m.
See the Queenscliff Pier dive site page

St Leonards Pier

Pier Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 10.213′ S   (38.170223° S / 38° 10′ 12.8″ S)
Longitude: 144° 43.246′ E   (144.720771° E / 144° 43′ 14.78″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-01 04:16:19 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: The Pipelines, Indented Head, 2,350 m, bearing 352°, N
Depth: 4 to 6 m.
See the St Leonards Pier dive site page

The Pipelines, Indented Head

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 8.956′ S   (38.14926° S / 38° 8′ 57.34″ S)
Longitude: 144° 43.040′ E   (144.717334° E / 144° 43′ 2.4″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-01 04:34:43 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Ozone, 1,173 m, bearing 343°, NNW
Depth: 1 to 4 m.
See the The Pipelines, Indented Head dive site page

Dominion

Wreck Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 8.342′ S   (38.139037° S / 38° 8′ 20.53″ S)
Longitude: 144° 42.810′ E   (144.713507° E / 144° 42′ 48.63″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-01 04:47:44 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Ozone, 13 m, bearing 142°, SE
Wooden barque/lighter.
Built: Quebec, Canada.
Sunk: 1925.
Depth: 2 to 4 m.
See the Dominion dive site page

Ozone

Wreck Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 8.348′ S   (38.13913° S / 38° 8′ 20.87″ S)
Longitude: 144° 42.816′ E   (144.713598° E / 144° 42′ 48.95″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-01 04:50:19 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Dominion, 13 m, bearing 322°, NW
Bay steamer.
Built: Glasgow, 1886.
Sunk: 1925.
Depth: 2 to 4 m.
See the Ozone dive site page

Steeles Rocks, Portarlington

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 6.727′ S   (38.112111° S / 38° 6′ 43.6″ S)
Longitude: 144° 39.915′ E   (144.665242° E / 144° 39′ 54.87″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-01 04:58:22 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Portarlington Pier, 1,175 m, bearing 267°, W
Depth: 1 to 5 m.
See the Steeles Rocks, Portarlington dive site page

Portarlington Pier

Pier Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 6.752′ S   (38.112541° S / 38° 6′ 45.15″ S)
Longitude: 144° 39.109′ E   (144.651819° E / 144° 39′ 6.55″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-01 05:02:39 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Steeles Rocks, Portarlington, 1,175 m, bearing 87°, E
Depth: 2 to 5 m.
See the Portarlington Pier dive site page

Clifton Springs Piers

Pier Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated
Latitude: 38° 9.164′ S   (38.152728° S / 38° 9′ 9.82″ S)
Longitude: 144° 33.760′ E   (144.562667° E / 144° 33′ 45.6″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-01 05:06:59 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Portarlington Pier, 8,987 m, bearing 60°, ENE
Depth: 2 to 5 m.
See the Clifton Springs Piers dive site page

Geelong Baths

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated
Latitude: 38° 8.797′ S   (38.146614° S / 38° 8′ 47.81″ S)
Longitude: 144° 22.392′ E   (144.373192° E / 144° 22′ 23.49″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-01 05:14:25 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Lightning, 843 m, bearing 302°, WNW
Depth: 2 to 5 m.
See the Geelong Baths dive site page

Lightning

Wreck Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 8.550′ S   (38.1425° S / 38° 8′ 33″ S)
Longitude: 144° 21.906′ E   (144.3651° E / 144° 21′ 54.36″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-01 05:22:14 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Cunningham Pier, Geelong, 266 m, bearing 276°, W
Sailing vessel.
Built: 1854.
Lost: 31/10/1869.
Depth: 2 to 5 m.
See the Lightning dive site page

Cunningham Pier, Geelong

Pier Dive Shore access
Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated
Latitude: 38° 8.534′ S   (38.142239° S / 38° 8′ 32.06″ S)
Longitude: 144° 21.725′ E   (144.362077° E / 144° 21′ 43.48″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-01 05:23:27 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Lightning, 266 m, bearing 96°, E
Depth: 3 to 10 m.
See the Cunningham Pier, Geelong dive site page

Rippleside Pier, Geelong

Pier Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated
Latitude: 38° 7.598′ S   (38.126633° S / 38° 7′ 35.88″ S)
Longitude: 144° 21.482′ E   (144.358035° E / 144° 21′ 28.93″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-30 08:09:02 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Cunningham Pier, Geelong, 1,771 m, bearing 168°, SSE
Depth: 1 to 5 m.
See the Rippleside Pier, Geelong dive site page

 

Port Phillip Bay
— Point Cooke to Point Nepean

Point Cooke Beach

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Marine Park - No Fishing Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 37° 55.781′ S   (37.929684° S / 37° 55′ 46.86″ S)
Longitude: 144° 46.367′ E   (144.772791° E / 144° 46′ 22.05″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-27 05:17:43 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Diana, Point Cooke, 1,510 m, bearing 91°, E
Depth: 2 to 5 m.
See the Point Cooke Beach dive site page

Altona Pier

Pier Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 37° 52.384′ S   (37.873071° S / 37° 52′ 23.06″ S)
Longitude: 144° 49.812′ E   (144.830199° E / 144° 49′ 48.72″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-26 07:04:15 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Seaholme Reef, Altona, 1,447 m, bearing 67°, ENE
Depth: 1 to 5 m.
See the Altona Pier dive site page

Seaholme Reef, Altona

Reef Dive Shore access
Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 37° 52.090′ S   (37.868162° S / 37° 52′ 5.38″ S)
Longitude: 144° 50.728′ E   (144.845464° E / 144° 50′ 43.67″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-30 15:10:01 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Altona Pier, 1,447 m, bearing 247°, WSW
Depth: 2 to 5 m.
See the Seaholme Reef, Altona dive site page

The Jawbone, Williamstown

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Marine Park - No Fishing Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 37° 52.037′ S   (37.86729° S / 37° 52′ 2.24″ S)
Longitude: 144° 53.021′ E   (144.883681° E / 144° 53′ 1.25″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-27 05:05:59 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Williamstown Beach Breakwater, 505 m, bearing 102°, ESE
Depth: 2 to 6 m.
See the The Jawbone, Williamstown dive site page

Williamstown Beach Breakwater

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 37° 52.097′ S   (37.868282° S / 37° 52′ 5.82″ S)
Longitude: 144° 53.358′ E   (144.889295° E / 144° 53′ 21.46″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-28 23:14:09 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: The Jawbone, Williamstown, 505 m, bearing 282°, WNW
Depth: 2 to 5 m.
See the Williamstown Beach Breakwater dive site page

Point Gellibrand

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 37° 52.283′ S   (37.871381° S / 37° 52′ 16.97″ S)
Longitude: 144° 54.308′ E   (144.90514° E / 144° 54′ 18.5″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-30 07:00:11 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Gem Pier, 1,113 m, bearing 2°, N
Depth: 2 to 5 m.
See the Point Gellibrand dive site page

Gem Pier

Pier Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 37° 51.683′ S   (37.861378° S / 37° 51′ 40.96″ S)
Longitude: 144° 54.337′ E   (144.905623° E / 144° 54′ 20.24″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-30 04:12:43 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Point Gellibrand, 1,113 m, bearing 182°, S
Depth: 1 to 5 m.
See the Gem Pier dive site page

Melbourne Aquarium

Other Shore access
Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated
Latitude: 37° 49.264′ S   (37.821061° S / 37° 49′ 15.82″ S)
Longitude: 144° 57.489′ E   (144.958158° E / 144° 57′ 29.37″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-01 05:34:10 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Kerford Road Pier, 3,255 m, bearing 191°, S
Depth: 4 to 7 m.
See the Melbourne Aquarium dive site page

Kerford Road Pier

Pier Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated
Latitude: 37° 50.985′ S   (37.849746° S / 37° 50′ 59.09″ S)
Longitude: 144° 57.045′ E   (144.950752° E / 144° 57′ 2.71″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-30 00:04:28 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: St Kilda Pier, 2,276 m, bearing 136°, SE
Depth: 2 to 5 m.
See the Kerford Road Pier dive site page

St Kilda Pier

Pier Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated
Latitude: 37° 51.871′ S   (37.864512° S / 37° 51′ 52.24″ S)
Longitude: 144° 58.122′ E   (144.968698° E / 144° 58′ 7.31″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-01 05:42:24 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Kerford Road Pier, 2,276 m, bearing 316°, NW
Depth: 4 to 8 m.
See the St Kilda Pier dive site page

Brighton Pier

Pier Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 37° 54.523′ S   (37.908713° S / 37° 54′ 31.37″ S)
Longitude: 144° 58.941′ E   (144.982345° E / 144° 58′ 56.44″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-28 08:53:25 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: South Road Reefs and Bommie, 2,301 m, bearing 164°, SSE
Depth: 2 to 8 m.
See the Brighton Pier dive site page

South Road Reefs and Bommie

Reef Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 37° 55.722′ S   (37.928703° S / 37° 55′ 43.33″ S)
Longitude: 144° 59.349′ E   (144.989143° E / 144° 59′ 20.91″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-01 05:48:57 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Francis Henty, 1,522 m, bearing 169°, S
Depth: 2 to 6 m.
See the South Road Reefs and Bommie dive site page

Sandringham Pier Breakwater

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 37° 56.682′ S   (37.944705° S / 37° 56′ 40.94″ S)
Longitude: 144° 59.669′ E   (144.99449° E / 144° 59′ 40.16″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-29 08:33:57 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: J7 Submarine, 101 m, bearing 268°, W
Depth: 0 to 6 m.
See the Sandringham Pier Breakwater dive site page

Francis Henty

Wreck Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 37° 56.529′ S   (37.942158° S / 37° 56′ 31.77″ S)
Longitude: 144° 59.540′ E   (144.992334° E / 144° 59′ 32.4″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-29 08:31:04 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: J7 Submarine, 298 m, bearing 162°, SSE
Cable layer, steamer hulk.
Built: Renfrew, Scotland, 1889.
Sunk: 1949.
Depth: 3 to 4 m.
See the Francis Henty dive site page

J7 Submarine

Wreck Dive Shore access
Inside Port Phillip Bay Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 37° 56.683′ S   (37.944722° S / 37° 56′ 41″ S)
Longitude: 144° 59.600′ E   (144.993333° E / 144° 59′ 36″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-23 02:17:08 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Sandringham Pier Breakwater, 101 m, bearing 88°, E
J-Class Submarine, 1820 ton.
Built: Dyfed, Wales, 1916.
Scuttled: 6 August 1930.
See the J7 Submarine dive site page

Black Rock Jetty, Half Moon Bay

Pier Dive Shore access
Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 37° 58.158′ S   (37.969295° S / 37° 58′ 9.46″ S)
Longitude: 145° 0.590′ E   (145.009838° E / 145° 0′ 35.42″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-01 06:01:56 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Cerberus, 274 m, bearing 321°, NW
Depth: 2 to 8 m.
See the Black Rock Jetty, Half Moon Bay dive site page

Cerberus

Wreck Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 37° 58.043′ S   (37.967382° S / 37° 58′ 2.58″ S)
Longitude: 145° 0.473′ E   (145.007876° E / 145° 0′ 28.35″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-03 04:58:43 GMT
Source: Victorian Government GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Black Rock Jetty, Half Moon Bay, 274 m, bearing 141°, SE
Historic shipwreck protected zone.
Permit Required.
ex HMVS Cerberus, Iron monitor.
Built: Jarrow-on-Tyne, Britain, 1867.
Sunk: 2 September 1926.
Depth: 7 m.
See the Cerberus dive site page

Ricketts Point

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Marine Park - No Fishing Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 37° 59.662′ S   (37.994362° S / 37° 59′ 39.7″ S)
Longitude: 145° 1.861′ E   (145.031022° E / 145° 1′ 51.68″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-02 02:41:30 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Table Rock Reef, 690 m, bearing 111°, ESE
Depth: 2 to 8 m.
See the Ricketts Point dive site page

Table Rock Reef

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Marine Park - No Fishing Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 37° 59.798′ S   (37.996632° S / 37° 59′ 47.88″ S)
Longitude: 145° 2.301′ E   (145.038355° E / 145° 2′ 18.08″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-02 02:50:02 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Ricketts Point, 690 m, bearing 291°, WNW
Depth: 3 to 6 m.
See the Table Rock Reef dive site page

Keefers Boatyard

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated
Latitude: 37° 59.475′ S   (37.991244° S / 37° 59′ 28.48″ S)
Longitude: 145° 2.594′ E   (145.043226° E / 145° 2′ 35.61″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-02 02:53:53 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Table Rock Reef, 736 m, bearing 215°, SW
Depth: 0 to 6 m.
See the Keefers Boatyard dive site page

Mordialloc Pier

Pier Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated
Latitude: 38° 0.742′ S   (38.01236° S / 38° 0′ 44.5″ S)
Longitude: 145° 5.004′ E   (145.083405° E / 145° 5′ 0.26″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-05 07:30:38 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Aspendale Rec Reef, 2,704 m, bearing 192°, SSW
Depth: 2 to 6 m.
See the Mordialloc Pier dive site page

Frankston Pier

Pier Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 8.730′ S   (38.145497° S / 38° 8′ 43.79″ S)
Longitude: 145° 6.778′ E   (145.112969° E / 145° 6′ 46.69″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-05 05:44:09 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Frankston Reef, Olivers Hill, 1,330 m, bearing 211°, SSW
Depth: 3 to 6 m.
See the Frankston Pier dive site page

Frankston Reef, Olivers Hill

Reef Dive Shore access
Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 9.342′ S   (38.155693° S / 38° 9′ 20.49″ S)
Longitude: 145° 6.302′ E   (145.105026° E / 145° 6′ 18.09″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-02 02:57:48 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Frankston Pier, 1,330 m, bearing 31°, NNE
Depth: 2 to 6 m.
See the Frankston Reef, Olivers Hill dive site page

Pelican Point Reef, Daveys Bay

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 9.733′ S   (38.162214° S / 38° 9′ 43.97″ S)
Longitude: 145° 5.441′ E   (145.090685° E / 145° 5′ 26.47″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-02 03:06:42 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Beacon Reef, Daveys Bay, 291 m, bearing 234°, SW
Depth: 3 to 5 m.
See the Pelican Point Reef, Daveys Bay dive site page

Beacon Reef, Daveys Bay

Reef Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 9.824′ S   (38.163739° S / 38° 9′ 49.46″ S)
Longitude: 145° 5.279′ E   (145.087985° E / 145° 5′ 16.75″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-05 04:44:40 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Pelican Point Reef, Daveys Bay, 291 m, bearing 54°, NE
Depth: 3 to 5 m.
See the Beacon Reef, Daveys Bay dive site page

Ranelagh Beach

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 10.683′ S   (38.178046° S / 38° 10′ 40.97″ S)
Longitude: 145° 4.582′ E   (145.076362° E / 145° 4′ 34.9″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-02 03:09:21 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Beacon Reef, Daveys Bay, 1,888 m, bearing 32°, NNE
Depth: 0 to 6 m.
See the Ranelagh Beach dive site page

Mornington Pier

Pier Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated
Latitude: 38° 12.761′ S   (38.212684° S / 38° 12′ 45.66″ S)
Longitude: 145° 2.016′ E   (145.033593° E / 145° 2′ 0.93″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-10 05:32:03 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Schnapper Point, Mornington Pier, 96 m, bearing 263°, W
Depth: 1 to 10 m.
See the Mornington Pier dive site page

Schnapper Point, Mornington Pier

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 12.767′ S   (38.212777° S / 38° 12′ 46″ S)
Longitude: 145° 1.950′ E   (145.032496° E / 145° 1′ 56.99″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-10 05:33:47 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Mornington Pier, 96 m, bearing 83°, E
Depth: 10 m.
See the Schnapper Point, Mornington Pier dive site page

Royal Beach

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 13.066′ S   (38.217763° S / 38° 13′ 3.95″ S)
Longitude: 145° 1.987′ E   (145.033114° E / 145° 1′ 59.21″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-30 14:38:20 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Schnapper Point, Mornington Pier, 557 m, bearing 354°, N
Depth: 10 m.
See the Royal Beach dive site page

Fishermans Beach and Point Linley Reef

Reef Dive Boat access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 13.596′ S   (38.226605° S / 38° 13′ 35.78″ S)
Longitude: 145° 1.548′ E   (145.025807° E / 145° 1′ 32.91″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-02 03:24:21 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Marina Cove, 116 m, bearing 152°, SSE
Depth: 5 to 10 m.
See the Fishermans Beach and Point Linley Reef dive site page

Marina Cove

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 13.652′ S   (38.227535° S / 38° 13′ 39.13″ S)
Longitude: 145° 1.585′ E   (145.026413° E / 145° 1′ 35.09″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-02 03:25:53 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Fishermans Beach and Point Linley Reef, 116 m, bearing 332°, NNW
Depth: 2 to 8 m.
See the Marina Cove dive site page

Mount Martha, Deakin Drive

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 16.518′ S   (38.275304° S / 38° 16′ 31.09″ S)
Longitude: 145° 0.063′ E   (145.001056° E / 145° 0′ 3.8″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-02 04:09:13 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Mount Martha, Hearn Road, 822 m, bearing 217°, SW
Depth: 3 to 5 m.
See the Mount Martha, Deakin Drive dive site page

Mount Martha, Hearn Road

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 16.871′ S   (38.281183° S / 38° 16′ 52.26″ S)
Longitude: 144° 59.720′ E   (144.995338° E / 144° 59′ 43.22″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-02 04:13:33 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Mount Martha, Deakin Drive, 822 m, bearing 37°, NE
Depth: 3 to 5 m.
See the Mount Martha, Hearn Road dive site page

Mount Martha, Burdoo Way

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 17.274′ S   (38.287897° S / 38° 17′ 16.43″ S)
Longitude: 144° 59.454′ E   (144.990894° E / 144° 59′ 27.22″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-02 04:18:41 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Mount Martha, Stanley Crescent, 638 m, bearing 218°, SW
Depth: 3 to 5 m.
See the Mount Martha, Burdoo Way dive site page

Mount Martha, Stanley Crescent

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 17.544′ S   (38.292395° S / 38° 17′ 32.62″ S)
Longitude: 144° 59.182′ E   (144.986362° E / 144° 59′ 10.9″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-02 04:24:24 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Mount Martha, Ian Road, 318 m, bearing 211°, SSW
Depth: 3 to 5 m.
See the Mount Martha, Stanley Crescent dive site page

Mount Martha, Ian Road

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 17.690′ S   (38.294837° S / 38° 17′ 41.41″ S)
Longitude: 144° 59.068′ E   (144.984464° E / 144° 59′ 4.07″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-02 04:29:16 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Mount Martha, Stanley Crescent, 318 m, bearing 31°, NNE
Depth: 3 to 5 m.
See the Mount Martha, Ian Road dive site page

Cicada

Wreck Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 19.519′ S   (38.325313° S / 38° 19′ 31.13″ S)
Longitude: 144° 58.524′ E   (144.975392° E / 144° 58′ 31.41″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-06-16 07:23:42 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-16 07:43:14 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Dromana Pier, 1,177 m, bearing 231°, SW
Cicada, Sailing Ketch.
Built: 1877.
Sunk: 9 August 1922.
Depth: 1 to 3 m.
See the Cicada dive site page

Dromana Pier

Pier Dive Shore access
Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated
Latitude: 38° 19.914′ S   (38.331906° S / 38° 19′ 54.86″ S)
Longitude: 144° 57.890′ E   (144.964837° E / 144° 57′ 53.41″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-16 07:25:31 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Cicada, 1,177 m, bearing 51°, NE
Depth: 3 to 10 m.
See the Dromana Pier dive site page

Rosebud Pier

Pier Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated
Latitude: 38° 21.037′ S   (38.350613° S / 38° 21′ 2.21″ S)
Longitude: 144° 54.445′ E   (144.90742° E / 144° 54′ 26.71″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-05 05:54:53 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Rosebud Reef, 1,712 m, bearing 288°, WNW
Depth: 6 to 8 m.
See the Rosebud Pier dive site page

Rye Pier

Pier Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated
Latitude: 38° 21.968′ S   (38.366125° S / 38° 21′ 58.05″ S)
Longitude: 144° 49.378′ E   (144.822961° E / 144° 49′ 22.66″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-10 04:00:57 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Eivion, 114 m, bearing 154°, SSE
Depth: 1 to 6 m.
See the Rye Pier dive site page

Eivion

Wreck Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 22.023′ S   (38.36705° S / 38° 22′ 1.38″ S)
Longitude: 144° 49.412′ E   (144.823533° E / 144° 49′ 24.72″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-10 04:03:32 GMT
Source: Heritage Victoria
Nearest Neighbour: Rye Pier, 114 m, bearing 334°, NNW
Wooden Sailing Ketch.
Built: 1888.
Sunk: 1918.
Depth: 3 m.
See the Eivion dive site page

Blairgowrie Pier

Pier Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated
Latitude: 38° 21.407′ S   (38.356778° S / 38° 21′ 24.4″ S)
Longitude: 144° 46.416′ E   (144.773597° E / 144° 46′ 24.95″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-20 06:01:13 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Geoffs Scallop Hole, 2,001 m, bearing 97°, E
Depth: 2 to 7 m.
See the Blairgowrie Pier dive site page

Sorrento Pier

Pier Dive Shore access
Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated
Latitude: 38° 20.141′ S   (38.335677° S / 38° 20′ 8.44″ S)
Longitude: 144° 44.753′ E   (144.745887° E / 144° 44′ 45.19″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-05 06:02:04 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Sorrento Boat Moorings, 262 m, bearing 323°, NW
Depth: 1 to 7 m.
See the Sorrento Pier dive site page

Sorrento Boat Moorings

Shore Dive Shore access
Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated
Latitude: 38° 20.027′ S   (38.333778° S / 38° 20′ 1.6″ S)
Longitude: 144° 44.647′ E   (144.744111° E / 144° 44′ 38.8″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-29 07:28:36 GMT
Source: Google Earth. Approximate location only.
Nearest Neighbour: Sorrento Pier, 262 m, bearing 143°, SE
Depth: 2 to 15 m.
See the Sorrento Boat Moorings dive site page

Point Franklin Reef

Reef Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 19.104′ S   (38.318393° S / 38° 19′ 6.21″ S)
Longitude: 144° 43.166′ E   (144.719436° E / 144° 43′ 9.97″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-30 06:51:27 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Portsea Pier East Reef, 252 m, bearing 302°, WNW
Depth: 1 to 15 m.
See the Point Franklin Reef dive site page

Portsea Pier

Pier Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated
Latitude: 38° 19.107′ S   (38.318444° S / 38° 19′ 6.4″ S)
Longitude: 144° 42.803′ E   (144.713389° E / 144° 42′ 48.2″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-10 04:21:46 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Portsea Cray Reef, 178 m, bearing 45°, NE
Depth: 1 to 7 m.
See the Portsea Pier dive site page

Quarantine Station

Shore Dive Shore access
Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Slack Water
Latitude: 38° 18.712′ S   (38.311874° S / 38° 18′ 42.75″ S)
Longitude: 144° 41.715′ E   (144.695252° E / 144° 41′ 42.91″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-31 02:31:56 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Quarantine Station Anchor, 574 m, bearing 14°, NNE
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.
See the Quarantine Station dive site page

Nepean Bay

Reef Dive Boat access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Bay Marine Park - No Fishing Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 18.287′ S   (38.30479° S / 38° 18′ 17.24″ S)
Longitude: 144° 39.680′ E   (144.661325° E / 144° 39′ 40.77″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-29 00:47:44 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Empress of the Sea, 450 m, bearing 347°, NNW
Depth: 1 to 12 m.
See the Nepean Bay dive site page

 

Back Beaches and Cape Schank
— Point Nepean to Cape Schank

Probably the best shore diving in the whole of Victoria is diving the Back Beaches of the Nepean Peninsula. These dive sites are exposed to the seas of Bass Strait and the ocean swells which has resulted in a heavily eroded underwater landscape full of caves, tunnels, gullies, swim throughs and canyons crammed with oceanic fish and marine life. You'll find a range of fish hiding within this environment like wrasse, parrot fish, whiting, abalone, rays, wobegongs, port jackon sharks and more! There is also a lot of kelp cover around these areas.

However the swell, storms, massive waves and fierce rips make these sites highly dangerous for divers except in rare flat conditions. But as all of the local divers know, when the conditions are right, the diving is magnificent!

But these are tough dive sites not for the average diver, with real problems and serious consequences if you get it wrong. Don't underestimate the problems that lie in wait, or overestimate your own abilities when diving the Back Beaches.

Winds: Diving the Back Beaches is generally only possible after several days of no winds, or several days of prolonged northerly winds. These conditions flatten out the swells.

Tides: Make all of your entries on Low Tide, or 1 to 2 hours before Low Tide. Tidal ranges on the Back Beaches are in the order of several metres. Low Tide exposes the entry and exit rock platforms you need to use.

Surf and Swells: Looking at any of the Back Beach dive sites when the surf is pounding in should convince you to forget it and head for the calmer waters of Port Phillip Bay. Even on days when it seems the surf and swell is low, watch the sea for at least 20-30 minutes to see what happens.

Rips: All of the Back Beach dive site are rip prone. Swimmers and divers have been drowned at these sites. Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt died in wild surf conditions at Cheviot Beach on 17 December 1967. Be aware of rips in relation to your planned dive route and make sure you surface several times during the dive to make sure you're still on course.

Platforms and Exits: The limestone platforms of the Back Beach dive sites are separated by gullies which are usually the most protected entry and exit points. Before you begin your dive, locate a few exit point options just in case conditions change while you are underwater. Always return to shore with plenty of air in reserve. It could be vital if you experience difficult conditions while exiting, or get tangled in the kelp.

See also, Diving the Back Beaches.

Sierra Nevada

Wreck Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 19.790′ S   (38.329833° S / 38° 19′ 47.4″ S)
Longitude: 144° 41.250′ E   (144.6875° E / 144° 41′ 15″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-02 06:49:42 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Norwester, 278 m, bearing 106°, ESE
Iron hulled, two deck, three masted ship, 1523 ton.
Built: Southampton, England, 1877.
Sunk: 9 May 1900.
Depth: 3 to 7 m.
See the Sierra Nevada dive site page

London Bridge

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 19.783′ S   (38.329723° S / 38° 19′ 47″ S)
Longitude: 144° 41.515′ E   (144.691916° E / 144° 41′ 30.9″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-31 01:38:02 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Norwester, 151 m, bearing 232°, SW
Depth: 5 to 7 m.
See the London Bridge dive site page

Sorrento Back Beach

Reef Dive Shore access
Abalone Dive Site Crayfish Dive Site Ideal For Snorkelling Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 20.757′ S   (38.345956° S / 38° 20′ 45.44″ S)
Longitude: 144° 43.619′ E   (144.726981° E / 144° 43′ 37.13″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-27 03:27:09 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: St Pauls Rock, 946 m, bearing 138°, SE
Depth: 6 to 20 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE, Ebb, Flood.
See the Sorrento Back Beach dive site page

St Pauls Rock

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 21.138′ S   (38.352292° S / 38° 21′ 8.25″ S)
Longitude: 144° 44.053′ E   (144.734219° E / 144° 44′ 3.19″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-31 01:43:52 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Jubilee Point, 361 m, bearing 157°, SSE
Depth: 1 to 6 m.
See the St Pauls Rock dive site page

Jubilee Point

Reef Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Ideal For Snorkelling Outside Port Phillip Bay Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 21.317′ S   (38.355278° S / 38° 21′ 19″ S)
Longitude: 144° 44.150′ E   (144.735833° E / 144° 44′ 9″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-31 02:29:00 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: St Pauls Rock, 361 m, bearing 337°, NNW
Depth: 5 to 10 m.
See the Jubilee Point dive site page

Diamond Bay

Shore Dive Shore access
Abalone Dive Site Advanced Open Water Rated Crayfish Dive Site Ideal For Snorkelling Outside Port Phillip Bay Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 21.246′ S   (38.354105° S / 38° 21′ 14.78″ S)
Longitude: 144° 44.534′ E   (144.742234° E / 144° 44′ 32.04″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-31 01:31:53 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Jubilee Point, 573 m, bearing 256°, WSW
Depth: 1 to 10 m.
See the Diamond Bay dive site page

Spray Point Caverns

Shore Dive Shore access
Abalone Dive Site Advanced Open Water Rated Crayfish Dive Site Ideal For Snorkelling Outside Port Phillip Bay Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 22.088′ S   (38.368125° S / 38° 22′ 5.25″ S)
Longitude: 144° 45.230′ E   (144.753832° E / 144° 45′ 13.8″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-31 01:50:41 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Bridgewater Bay, 1,319 m, bearing 120°, ESE
Depth: 5 to 15 m.
See the Spray Point Caverns dive site page

Bridgewater Bay

Shore Dive Shore access
Advanced Open Water Rated Ideal For Snorkelling Outside Port Phillip Bay Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 22.446′ S   (38.374098° S / 38° 22′ 26.75″ S)
Longitude: 144° 46.014′ E   (144.766899° E / 144° 46′ 0.84″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-02 07:07:20 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Pearses Beach, 919 m, bearing 139°, SE
Depth: 4 to 8 m.
See the Bridgewater Bay dive site page

Pearses Beach

Shore Dive Shore access
Advanced Open Water Rated Ideal For Snorkelling Outside Port Phillip Bay Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 22.824′ S   (38.380396° S / 38° 22′ 49.43″ S)
Longitude: 144° 46.423′ E   (144.773723° E / 144° 46′ 25.4″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-31 02:00:39 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Bridgewater Bay, 919 m, bearing 319°, NW
Depth: 3 to 10 m.
See the Pearses Beach dive site page

Number Sixteen

Shore Dive Shore access
Advanced Open Water Rated Ideal For Snorkelling Outside Port Phillip Bay Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 23.567′ S   (38.392783° S / 38° 23′ 34.02″ S)
Longitude: 144° 47.369′ E   (144.789483° E / 144° 47′ 22.14″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-31 00:59:39 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Craigburn, 373 m, bearing 238°, WSW
Depth: 5 m.
See the Number Sixteen dive site page

Cape Schanck West

Shore Dive Shore access
Advanced Open Water Rated Ideal For Snorkelling Outside Port Phillip Bay Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 29.762′ S   (38.496031° S / 38° 29′ 45.71″ S)
Longitude: 144° 53.165′ E   (144.886081° E / 144° 53′ 9.89″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-28 09:10:46 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Cape Schanck Cray Reef, 2,924 m, bearing 327°, NNW
Depth: 1 to 7 m.
See the Cape Schanck West dive site page

 

Flinders and Western Port
— Flinders to Hastings

The Blowhole

Shore Dive Shore access
Advanced Open Water Rated Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Western Port Bay Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 29.101′ S   (38.485013° S / 38° 29′ 6.05″ S)
Longitude: 144° 59.434′ E   (144.990563° E / 144° 59′ 26.03″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-02 07:36:15 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Mushroom Reef, 2,290 m, bearing 80°, E
Depth: 3 to 11 m.
See the The Blowhole dive site page

Mushroom Reef

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Western Port Bay Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 28.894′ S   (38.48157° S / 38° 28′ 53.65″ S)
Longitude: 145° 0.990′ E   (145.016506° E / 145° 0′ 59.42″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2018-01-18 00:11:17 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-02 07:49:40 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Flinders Back Beach, 238 m, bearing 142°, SE
Depth: 6 to 8 m.
See the Mushroom Reef dive site page

Flinders Back Beach

Shore Dive Shore access
Advanced Open Water Rated Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Western Port Bay Marine Park - No Fishing Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 28.996′ S   (38.483266° S / 38° 28′ 59.76″ S)
Longitude: 145° 1.090′ E   (145.018169° E / 145° 1′ 5.41″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-02 08:12:17 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Mushroom Reef, 238 m, bearing 322°, NW
Depth: 4 to 8 m.
See the Flinders Back Beach dive site page

Flinders Pier

Pier Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Western Port Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated
Latitude: 38° 28.534′ S   (38.475562° S / 38° 28′ 32.02″ S)
Longitude: 145° 1.624′ E   (145.027069° E / 145° 1′ 37.45″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-10 05:04:31 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Mushroom Reef, 1,137 m, bearing 233°, SW
Depth: 1 to 6 m.
See the Flinders Pier dive site page

Point Leo

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Western Port Bay Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 25.651′ S   (38.427513° S / 38° 25′ 39.05″ S)
Longitude: 145° 4.549′ E   (145.075815° E / 145° 4′ 32.93″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-30 07:15:45 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Balnarring Reef, 4,681 m, bearing 45°, NE
Depth: 3 to 8 m.
See the Point Leo dive site page

Balnarring Reef

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Western Port Bay Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 23.896′ S   (38.398267° S / 38° 23′ 53.76″ S)
Longitude: 145° 6.867′ E   (145.114458° E / 145° 6′ 52.05″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-05-04 01:55:19 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-05 05:34:56 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Point Leo, 4,681 m, bearing 225°, SW
Depth: 3 to 8 m.
See the Balnarring Reef dive site page

Stony Point Pier

Pier Dive Shore access
Advanced Open Water Rated Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Western Port Bay Slack Water
Latitude: 38° 22.331′ S   (38.372175° S / 38° 22′ 19.83″ S)
Longitude: 145° 13.471′ E   (145.224516° E / 145° 13′ 28.26″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-29 04:59:14 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Tankerton Jetty, 4,204 m, bearing 106°, ESE
Depth: 5 to 9 m.
See the Stony Point Pier dive site page

Tankerton Jetty

Pier Dive Shore access
Inside Western Port Bay Open Water Rated
Latitude: 38° 22.988′ S   (38.383141° S / 38° 22′ 59.31″ S)
Longitude: 145° 16.241′ E   (145.270675° E / 145° 16′ 14.43″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-05-04 03:47:20 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-29 04:58:39 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Stony Point Pier, 4,204 m, bearing 286°, WNW
Depth: 3 to 8 m.
See the Tankerton Jetty dive site page

Hastings Pier

Pier Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Western Port Bay Night Dive Site Open Water Rated
Latitude: 38° 18.491′ S   (38.308187° S / 38° 18′ 29.47″ S)
Longitude: 145° 11.944′ E   (145.199073° E / 145° 11′ 56.66″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-29 05:06:04 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Stony Point Pier, 7,453 m, bearing 162°, SSE
Depth: 3 to 5 m.
See the Hastings Pier dive site page

Corinella Jetty

Pier Dive Shore access
Advanced Open Water Rated Inside Western Port Bay Slack Water
Latitude: 38° 24.419′ S   (38.406989° S / 38° 24′ 25.16″ S)
Longitude: 145° 25.343′ E   (145.422375° E / 145° 25′ 20.55″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-05-04 04:20:40 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-29 05:06:34 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Minah, 11,936 m, bearing 228°, SW
Depth: 3 to 8 m.
See the Corinella Jetty dive site page

 

San Remo and Phillip Island

San Remo Jetty

Pier Dive Shore access
Advanced Open Water Rated Drift Dive Site Inside Western Port Bay Slack Water
Latitude: 38° 31.234′ S   (38.520561° S / 38° 31′ 14.02″ S)
Longitude: 145° 21.887′ E   (145.364778° E / 145° 21′ 53.2″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-05-05 01:30:24 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-29 05:14:52 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: San Remo Bridge, 220 m, bearing 352°, N
Depth: 3 to 8 m.
See the San Remo Jetty 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

Newhaven Jetty

Pier Dive Shore access
Advanced Open Water Rated Inside Western Port Bay Phillip Island Slack Water
Latitude: 38° 30.945′ S   (38.515746° S / 38° 30′ 56.69″ S)
Longitude: 145° 21.871′ E   (145.364519° E / 145° 21′ 52.27″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-05-05 03:28:22 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-29 05:13:27 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: San Remo Bridge, 318 m, bearing 181°, S
Depth: 2 to 10 m.
See the Newhaven Jetty dive site page

Surfies Point

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Open Water Rated Phillip Island Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 30.553′ S   (38.509221° S / 38° 30′ 33.2″ S)
Longitude: 145° 16.907′ E   (145.281787° E / 145° 16′ 54.43″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-06-06 20:49:55 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-06 21:06:13 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Sunderland Bay, 957 m, bearing 291°, WNW
Depth: 1 to 5 m.
See the Surfies Point dive site page

Sunderland Bay

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Open Water Rated Phillip Island Reef Dive Site
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.
See the Sunderland Bay dive site page

Smiths Beach

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Open Water Rated Phillip Island Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 30.413′ S   (38.506883° S / 38° 30′ 24.78″ S)
Longitude: 145° 15.581′ E   (145.259683° E / 145° 15′ 34.86″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-06-09 02:50:05 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-09 03:04:18 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Sunderland Bay, 1,036 m, bearing 85°, E
Depth: 2 to 14 m.
See the Smiths Beach dive site page

Cunningham Bay

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Open Water Rated Phillip Island Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 30.486′ S   (38.5081° S / 38° 30′ 29.16″ S)
Longitude: 145° 14.395′ E   (145.239917° E / 145° 14′ 23.7″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-06-09 03:50:39 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-09 03:59:48 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: George Kermode, 1,442 m, bearing 162°, SSE
Depth: 2 to 12 m.
See the Cunningham Bay dive site page

Berrys Reef

Shore Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Open Water Rated Phillip Island Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 31.035′ S   (38.51725° S / 38° 31′ 2.1″ S)
Longitude: 145° 12.070′ E   (145.201167° E / 145° 12′ 4.2″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-06-09 05:56:19 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-09 06:56:16 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Pyramid Rock, 2,205 m, bearing 123°, ESE
Depth: 2 to 12 m.
See the Berrys Reef dive site page

Pyramid Rock

Wall Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Open Water Rated Phillip Island Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 31.692′ S   (38.5282° S / 38° 31′ 41.52″ S)
Longitude: 145° 13.338′ E   (145.2223° E / 145° 13′ 20.28″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-06-09 06:52:31 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-09 06:56:17 GMT
Source: Google earth
Nearest Neighbour: George Kermode, 2,135 m, bearing 66°, ENE
Depth: 2 to 15 m.
See the Pyramid Rock dive site page

Speke

Wreck Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Open Water Rated Phillip Island Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 30.879′ S   (38.514643° S / 38° 30′ 52.71″ S)
Longitude: 145° 10.504′ E   (145.175064° E / 145° 10′ 30.23″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-05-04 07:46:57 GMT, Last updated: 2019-06-10 03:21:41 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Kitty Miller Bay, 597 m, bearing 321°, NW
Three Masted Steel Sailing Ship.
Built: Milford Haven, Wales, 1891.
Sunk: 24 February 1906.
Depth: 0 to 26 m.
See the Speke dive site page

Other Resources

Some of the books that will help you to get to know what scuba diving is on offer in Melbourne include:

Melbourne Down Under

Melbourne Down Under by Sheree Marris
Melbourne Down Under
© Sheree Marris

"Melbourne Down Under
The Jewels of Port Phillip Bay"
Author: Sheree Marris
Published: Sheree Marris
ISBN: 9780980774009

Sheree Marris, a former Young Australian of the Year (Environment) and award-winning aquatic scientist, reveals the city's best kept secret, Port Phillip Bay - a stunning marine environment with colour and diversity to rival any tropical reef. Vibrant sponge gardens, towering forests of kelp, fish that fly, birds that swim and dragons that sparkle like jewels, are some of the treasures you can expect to find.

Starring the fabulous marine environments of:

  • Mornington Peninsula Shire
  • City of Greater Geelong
  • Hobsons Bay City Council
  • Wyndham City
  • Frankston City
  • City of Port Phillip
  • Borough of Queenscliff
  • Bayside

Shore Dives of Victoria

Bass Strait is a 200 kilometres (124 miles) "funnel" for the great Southern Ocean as it surges through between Victoria and Tasmania to join the Pacific Ocean to the east. Along the Victorian coastline of Bass Strait, scuba divers can choose from more than 120 shore dives, giving an outstanding variety of experiences:

  • capes and headlands
  • major bays
  • dozens of offshore reefs (limestone, sandstone and basalt)
  • a great variety of temperate marine life (including abalone and crayfish)
  • easily accessible jetties and piers
  • shipwrecks and hulks
  • sea caves, blowholes, some tricky drifts
  • many safe night dives and introductory day sites for newly qualified divers to enjoy developing their dive skills
Shore Dives of Victoria by Ian Lewis
Shore Dives of Victoria
© Ian Lewis

There is much to learn and enjoy as you shore dive Victoria's coastline.

The best reference book on these shore dives is:
"Shore Dives of Victoria"
Author: Ian Lewis
Published: 2008 by Oceans Enterprises
ISBN: 9780958665780

This book is a comprehensive guide to over 120 scuba diving and snorkelling dive sites accessible from shore along the Victorian coast, with maps and charts.

Acknowledgements

A resource such as this doesn't get built without the support, assistance or inspiration from plenty of other divers along the way. We'd like to acknowledge the following divers in particular: Ian Lewis, Peter Stone, Sheree Marris, Andrew Newton, Peter Fuller, John Gaskell, Christopher Smith, Evan Coker, Brendan Edwards, Alan Beckhurst, Mary Malloy, David Bryant, Scott Grimster, Michael Mallis, Phil Watson, David Reinhard, John Lawler and Lloyd Borrett. Plus the staff and customers of The Scuba Doctor.

Melbourne Shore Dive Locations

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

Spearfishing is illegal within 30 metres of any pier or jetty and in Marine National Parks. See Spearfishing Laws.

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