Melbourne Shore Dives


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

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.

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. These are probably the best shore diving sites in the whole of Victoria, but can only be accessed when conditions are just right.

Finally, there are some unique dive sites in Westernport Bay. Flinders Pier is a popular choice, especially when you want to take a look at weedy sea dragons.

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.

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Bellarine Peninsula and Corio Bay
— Point Lonsdale to Geelong

Point Lonsdale Wrecks, Buckley's Cave Beach

Depth: 2 to 8 metres

Level: Advanced Open Water and beyond.

The cave at the foot of Point Lonsdale lighthouse is named after William Buckley, an escapee from Sorrento who was reputed to have lived in the cave from 1803 until his return to white civilisation in 1835.

This is the starting point for some very interesting shore dives. Access is not difficult, especially at low water. Access is via the path from the lighthouse, past Buckley's Cave, straight into the water, or out onto the platform.

From here you can explore Mushroom Rock, and the shark gutter. The area is part of the Harold Holt Marine Reserve.

The highlight of these shore dives are the many wrecks that have been hammered onto these reefs from the seaward side. The wrecks of the Glaneuse, George Roper, Black Boy, Holyhead and Gange all lie here abouts.

These shore dives are for experienced divers only. Skill is required to pick the conditions and times the site can be dived. Best to dive at slack water.

See also Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park Notes.

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)

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Point Lonsdale Pier

Depth: 3 to 5 metres

See also Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park Notes.

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)

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The Springs, Lonsdale Bay

Depth: 0 to 5 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Offshore from here is an expanse of shallow reef with good fish life.

As the site is sheltered and has only mild currents, it's often used as a training dive site.

Latitude: 38° 16.450′ S   (38.274171° S / 38° 16′ 27.02″ S)
Longitude: 144° 37.568′ E   (144.626126° E / 144° 37′ 34.05″ E)

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Cottage By The Sea Reef, Lonsdale Bay

Depth: 0 to 9 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Ideal Conditions:
Best dived on high tide, with no wind or Northerlies as surface conditions remain calm.

What To Expect:
One of Melbourne's most well known and best shore dive location on this side of Port Phillip Bay. Abundance of fish life including cuttlefish, crays, sea dragons, etc. The dive site opens up towards the main heads of Port Phillip Bay and is often exposed to ocean swell. On a good day it is an awesome dive with significant cliff faces, bommies and rock formations down to a depth of about 9 metres. It can get a little busy during summer.

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)

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Shortland Bluff

Depth: 3 to 15 metres

Level: Advanced Open Water and beyond.

Provided you are experienced in currents, diving off the platform around Shortland Bluff beacon while challenging is well worth the effort.

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)

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Queenscliff Pier

Depth: 2 to 5 metres

Queenscliff Pier is a popular diver training spot.

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)

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St Leonards Pier and Wreck

Depth: 4 to 6 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Rated as the best pier dive in the area, this dive site is well worth a visit day or night.

There is an unidentified wreck at this dive site that is worth having a look at. See "Site Survey: Unidentified Wreck at St Leonards Pier, St Leonards, Victoria" for more details.

See also St Leonards Surf Cam.

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)

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The Pipelines, Indented Heads

Depth: 1 to 4 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

These pipelines are the water intake for the Great Southern Water onshore abalone farm. They run out about 500 metres towards Governor Reef. The end of the pipelines is marked with a yellow buoy.

Be careful of boats in this area and take a dive flag buoy.

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)

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Dominion Wreck, Indented Head

Depth: 2 to 4 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

The Dominion was sunk in October 1925, together with the Ozone to form a breakwater for the bay.

Head out over the shallow sandy bottom to the Ozone and explore the remains. The remains of the Dominion are about 20 metres north of the Ozone.

The area is popular for dive training and it allows divers to have an interesting wreck dive at the same time.

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)

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Ozone Wreck, Indented Head

Depth: 2 to 4 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

The Ozone was a bay paddle steamer and it was sunk in October 1925, together with the Dominon, to form a breakwater for the bay.

Head out over the shallow sandy bottom to the Ozone and explore the remains. The remains of the Dominion are about 20 metres north of the Ozone.

The area is popular for dive training and it allows divers to have an interesting wreck dive at the same time.

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)

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Steele's Rocks, Portarlington

Depth: 1 to 5 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

There's a small car park and boat ramp, so you can usually park very close to the water. About 50 metres offshore there are rocks sticking out of the water which are surrounded by drop offs and boulders.

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)

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Portarlington Pier

Artificial reef at Portarlington Pier
Portarlington Pier

Depth: 2 to 5 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Best done at high tide for extra depth under the pier. The sheltered, sandy site makes a nice night dive. You'll probably spend most of your time exploring the outer wall, but beware of fishing lines and take a good dive knife.

Don't forget to check out the artificial reef 40 to 70 metres seaward of Portarlington Pier's rock wall section.

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)

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Clifton Springs Piers

Depth: 2 to 5 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

There are three pier ruins in this area. To the west is Drysdale Jetty. In the middle are the ruins of a pier with old swimming baths at the end. To the east are the ruins of the very long Old Clifton Springs Jetty.

Bottle hunting here is popular but requires skill not to stir up the sand and sediment. Seahorses, nudibranchs, stingrays and pipefish can be found at these piers.

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)

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Geelong Baths / Swimming Enclosures

Depth: 2 to 5 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Ideal Conditions:
High tide gives extra depth under the walkway.

What To Expect:
Flathead, old wives, moonlighters etc. can be seen on the silty bottom.

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)

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Lightning

Depth: 2 to 5 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

The wreck of the sailing clipper ship Lightning.

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)

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Cunningham Pier, Geelong

Depth: 3 to 10 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

In the central harbour area of Geelong there is Cunningham Pier, the remains of Steampacket Wharf, the remains of Yarra Pier, and the wreck of the sailing clipper ship Lightning.

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)

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Rippleside Pier, Geelong

Depth: 1 to 5 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

There is no public access to Rippleside Pier, so you need to make your entry and exit from the northern end of Rippleside Beach. Go directly to and from the pier, and stay under the pier during your dive.

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)

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Port Phillip Bay
— Point Cooke to Point Nepean

Point Cooke Beach

Depth: 2 to 5 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Situated on the sheltered rocky shores of north-western Port Phillip Bay, Point Cooke Beach is located within the Point Cooke Marine Sanctuary. A narrow sandy beach separates the land from the sea.

Beneath the water prickly sea urchins are abundant near crevices, while the more exposed sections of the rock support a range of life that includes masses of tubeworms, carpets of anemones and turfs of tufting coralline and filamentous algae. In darker corners, sponges grow plentifully while the Southern Blennies hide in the crevices. Small sharks and skates patrol the surrounding eelgrass beds and muddy seafloor.

Diving and snorkelling sites at Point Cooke include two heritage listed shipwrecks - Henrietta and Diana. Many small fish and invertebrates can be seen on the rocky reef.

See also Point Cooke Marine Sanctuary Park Notes.

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)

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Altona Pier

Artificial reef at Altona Pier
Altona Pier

Depth: 1 to 4 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Probably better as a snorkelling site.

Don't forget to check out the artificial reef 40 to 65 metres seaward of Altona Pier.

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)

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Seaholme Reef, Altona

Depth: 2 to 5 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

East of Altona Pier lies Seaholme Reef (also known as Wise's Reef) with many big boulders.

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)

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The Jawbone, Williamstown

Depth: 2 to 5 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

West of the beach at Williamstown is a small promontory known as 'The Jawbone'. The eastern side of Jawbone is dominated by basalt boulders with encrusting worms and mussels. Numerous sea-stars and crabs inhabit the crevices, while shrimps and small fish dart amongst the weeds.

This site is located within the Jawbone Marine Sanctuary, which is the most northern marine sanctuary in Port Phillip Bay.

See also Jawbone Marine Sanctuary Park Notes, and
Jawbone Marine Sanctuary Care Group.

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)

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Williamstown Beach Breakwater, Williamstown

Depth: 2 to 5 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Many divers do basic training here as it is a safe, flat and sandy area good for day and night dives. Entry is off the beach and the best sea life is along the breakwater towards the deeper end. Good conditions in most winds except south. Watch out for boats and carry a dive flag.

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)

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Point Gellibrand, Williamstown

Depth: 2 to 5 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Along the Port Phillip Bay side of Williamstown the shoreline is a continuous series of rock ledges and outcrops. Initially shallow and rocky underfoot the bottom slowly deepens out into a broad area of reef. There is a good quantity of fish life out here including some very big colourful nudibranchs. It can be a very rewarding area for macro photography very close to the city.

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)

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Altona Pier, Hobson's Bay

Depth: 5 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Altona Pier runs out over shallow water almost to the end where the sandy bottom finally deepens to 5 metres or so. Good for both day and night diving with lots of sand dwellers and small fish. The pylons are covered in muscles and at the end of the pier there lies a supermarket trolly. An excellent training ground for new divers close to the city.

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)

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Gem Pier, Williamstown

Depth: 5 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Gem Pier is one of Victoria's oldest marine constructions. The visibility is usually pretty dirty and with fine mud on the bottom you need to stay at least a metre above it.

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)

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Melbourne Aquarium

Depth: 4 to 7 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

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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)

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Kerford Road Pier

Depth: 2 to 5 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

The piers of Port Melbourne interrupt the sandy beaches and these man made structures create interesting habitat for marine plants and animals.

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)

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St Kilda Pier

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)

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Brighton Pier and Brighton Sea Baths

Depth: 2 to 8 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

This site is a good, safe controlled training area excellent for divers just getting into the sport. Head out past the Brighton Baths and across the sandy flats along the southern edge rock wall.

Best dived midweek, or as a night dive, when the car parking is easier.

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)

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South Road Reefs and Bommie

Depth: 2 to 6 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Ideal Conditions:
The site is fine on a northerly, but avoid westerlies and southerlies. Better conditions usually prevail in Summer and Autumn.

Car Parking:
Drive down South Road until you reach the beach, cross the railway lines and turn left and park in the car park immediately on your right.

What To Expect:
This is an excellent dive site for both night and day and very close to the Melbourne city centre. The entry point is straight off the steps from the car park. The inner reef is quite shallow so watch out for stingrays.

Following a line straight out from the steps you will find a series of ridges and undercuts leading out to the bommie at 4 metres. Living on the bommie and surrounding reef are sea urchins, stingrays, snapper, seahorses and the occasional octopus.

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)

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Sandringham Pier Breakwater

Depth: 0 to 6 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

The Sandringham Pier is a good spot for a shallow day or night dive. The pier itself is the best entry point for all divers.

Just around the end of the rocky breakwater itself lies the hulk of the cable layer Francis Henty in 3 to 5 metres of water.

The HMAS J7 is a J-class submarine that was scuttled at Sandringham in August 1930 to form a breakwater. Because she swung around and sunk in the wrong direction, she eventually became incorporated into subsequent moorings.

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)

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Black Rock Jetty, Half Moon Bay

Depth: 2 to 8 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

This is a good site for new divers. Around the Black Rock Jetty are small leather jackets, star fish, gobbleguts and the occasional seahorse. Half Moon Bay is the small sandy shallow area to the left of the car park. It is an excellent night dive especially in spring when the phosphorescence is at its brightest. At night you can find octopus, flathead and bull rays. Avoid during a southerly as the area can get quite choppy.

Also worth a note is the wreck of the HMVS Cerberus warship. Divers are now banned from the wreck as it is too dangerous, so please keep a distance away. The guns from the warship lie on the sandy bottom nearby.

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)

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Rickett's Point, Beaumaris

Depth: 2 to 8 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Ideal Conditions:
Best dived in anything but a southerly. Just before high tide will give the clearest water.

What To Expect:
Rickett's Point is a 115 hectare marine sanctuary located at Black Rock on the Eastern side of Port Phillip Bay.

Rickett's Point has easy access to a wide shallow reef. This is a great site for beginners and night dive enthusiasts. There are a number of separate dive sites along the cliffy foreshore. It's so close to the city, thus very convenient for those living in Melbourne. Great for getting back in the water, a night dive after work, or just an excuse to get wet!

The fish life is quite varied. Snapper, flathead, octopus and stingrays are seen here on a regular basis.

Entry is slightly west of the lookout via the beach below. Best direction to head is southeast towards the boat beacon to take you onto the edge of the reef. If you head further round the cliff it will take you to Table Rock (about 4-5 m of water), you can follow it right round to the sea wall if you like. Just make sure you have enough air. The surface swim back is much harder then underwater.

If you park across the road, be careful crossing the road in all you gear as the cars come past very quickly. Always take a dive flag!

See also Ricketts Point Marine National Park Notes, and
Marine Care Ricketts Point.

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)

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Table Rock Reef, Beaumaris

Depth: 3 to 6 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

See also Ricketts Point Marine National Park Notes.

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)

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Keefer's Boatyard, Beaumaris

Depth: 0 to 6 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

An interesting dive, especially for the scrounge diver as there are bits and pieces in the area of the old Keefer's Boatyard jetty and the nearby Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron jetty.

There is likely to be small boat and dinghy traffic at this dive site, so tow a dive flag.

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)

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Mordialloc Pier

Depth: 4 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

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)

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Frankston Pier

Artificial reef at Frankston Pier
Frankston Pier

Depth: 3 to 6 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Ideal Conditions:
Easterly winds and high tide.

What To Expect:
Entry points could be either lower landing, but if your taking the first lower landing option be prepared for some shallow depths initially (the possibility of crawling over sand banks). You may also have to do a short snorkel before you get some depth.

There's quite a bit of growth, both weed and sponges. Some natural and not so natural reef if common under Frankston pier like trolleys, tyres and random bits and pieces. None the less this creates homes for some Globe fish, crabs, rays, seahorses, 11 arm star fish and sea biscuits.

You'll find the most marine life if you stay under or very close to Frankston Pier. Not a huge amount of fish life but interesting and worth doing still. Nice one for on the way home from the Mornington Peninsula, or something a little closer to the city.

Don't forget to check out the artificial reef about 40 metres seaward of Frankston Pier.

There can be a bit of boat traffic around particularly in summer so be sure to take a dive flag. A small knife to cut line is always a good idea too and there is usually fisherman around.

Plenty of parking, though a walk involved. There is a small cafe close by and plenty a small drive away! Toilet blocks are around.

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)

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Frankston Reef, Olivers Hill

Depth: 2 to 6 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

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)

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Pelican Point Reef, Davey Bay

Depth: 3 to 5 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

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)

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Beacon Reef, Davey Bay

Depth: 3 to 5 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

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)

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Ranelagh Beach, Mount Eliza

Level: Open Water and beyond.

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)

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Mornington Pier and Harbour

Depth: 3 to 10 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Ideal Conditions:
South to east winds and high tide.

What To Expect:
A whole variety of fish life here. Including old wives, globe fish, crabs, seahorses, starfish, squid, gurnards and other pylon dwelling creatures.

The best entry point is via a giant stride off the wall by the car park. Alternatively you can lower your dive gear onto the stone ledge of the small boat inlet.

The best exit point is via the stone ledge. Get your gear onto the ledge. Climb onto the ledge and get your gear onto the top of the wall. Then climb the wall. It's easier if you work together with your dive buddy. Some divers prefer to climb one of the high ladders.

Make when making your way to the pier from the entry/exit points it's best to swim on the surface, ideally with an SMB, as there can be quite a bit of boat traffic.

Do be mindful here of the fisherman. There are usually a lot of them and the lines are littered everywhere. Be sure to take a knife just in case.

This is a great site for both day and night diving! The deepest of the piers on the Mornington Peninsula and well worth a visit. Depths can reach 10 metre out the end.

There is also a nice reef to the left of the pier you can follow along. To access it enter as you would for the pier and dive along the pier until the point the new structure starts. Cross through the pier here and you can follow a small reef along the edge of Snapper Point.

There are cafe and toilet facilities at Mornington Pier.

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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)

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Schnapper Point, Mornington

Depth: 10 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Always great for rays, seahorses and giant cuttlefish.

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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)

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Royal Beach, Mornington

Depth: 10 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Access is down a short scrambly sloped track opposite the end of Canterbury Street. Off the beach there is a wide rubble and rock strewn sea floor with small fish and crustaceans. A good beginner's dive.

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)

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Point Linley Reef, Mornington

Perfect dive for beginners!

Depth: 10 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Ideal Conditions:
Winds from the south to east are ideal for this dive site.

What To Expect:
Best entry point is at the end of the car park at the boat ramp. Easiest to climb over a few rock, pop your fins on then swim over to the edge of the reef.

Once in if you follow round the point keeping the reef on your left you will find some nice life. If you swim out towards the marker pylon (northish) you will get a little more depth.

You're likely to see some goat fish, lots of starfish and sea stars, crabs, lots of sea urchins and little critters like the shrimp and some other small fish. Some seahorses and small cuttlefish have also been seen there. Plenty of boulders and weed, so some nice crevices to check out.

Make sure you're careful of boats and PWC's (jet skis). Take a dive flag with you. there are sometimes a few fisherman on the point, so keep in mind their lines and you may want to take a knife just in case.

When exiting you can go the same way you entered, or swim into the beach. If you're doing the latter make sure you swim on the surface (preferably with a flag or SMB!), so that you are seen by boats as you'll have to very carefully cross the boat channel by the ramp.

There isn't any parking at the boat ramp car park, but plenty in the dirt car parks at the top of the beach or in nearby streets. There are toilet facilities further down the beach and a cafe across the road.

This could be a perfect little team up dive with Mornington Pier and Snapper Point.

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)

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Marina Cove, Mornington

Depth: 2 to 8 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

A boulder strewn sea floor deepens gradually from 2 to 8 metres heading out from the shore. Small fish life and crustaceans.

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)

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Deakin Drive, Mount Martha Cliffs

Depth: 3 to 5 metres

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)

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Hearn Road, Mount Martha Cliffs

Depth: 3 to 5 metres

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)

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Burdoo Way, Mount Martha Cliffs

Depth: 3 to 5 metres

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)

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Stanley Crescent, Mount Martha Cliffs

Depth: 3 to 5 metres

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)

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Ian Road, Mount Martha Cliffs

Depth: 3 to 5 metres

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)

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Dromana Pier

Depth: 3 to 10 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Dromana Pier lies in quiet shallow water, which means depending on the tide as you may have to do a side-roll entry. If you Snorkel directly straight out of the pier for about 200 metres you will come across the pylons of the old jetty. At the end of these pylons there are some rail wheels they are recovered in sea weed now but even now still recognisable. For the fish life you can see fiddler rays, nudibranchs, leather jackets, stingrays, bay trout and a whole lot more.

Best place to find the deadly Blue Ring Octopus - don't touch them.

This is a nice short pier and can be great for training around.

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)

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Rosebud Pier

Level: Open Water and beyond.

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)

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Rye Pier

Depth: 3 to 5 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Ideal Conditions:
Southerly winds and hight tide. Though high tide is ideal, you are able to dive it on any tide.

What To Expect:
This is an excellent day and night dive site with max depth at around 5 metres. Entry can either be from the lower landing, or straight off the beach. Straight off the beach means crossing a large sandbank.

Rye Pier is full of life and different every dive. Many juvenile marine life forms are found here as well as plenty of stingrays, spider crabs, squid and octopus. Seals often come in to Rye Pier from the seal colony on the Channel Marker.

The pylons are encrusted with marine growth so make sure to stop and have a good look around these. Also take your time to have a look in the tyres, as there are usually plenty of small critters hiding in there, often including some cleaner shrimp willing to give you a manicure.

Watch out for fishing lines and carry a knife just in case. It's advised to stay between the pylons to avoid them. There is also Elsa's Reef, a small artificial reef about 50 metres north from the end of Rye Pier. There is a sign and pickets leading to Elsa's Reef from the middle of the arm of the pier at the end that runs east. There is usually a large octopus hiding in the box and juvenile fish around. Nice for something different! Be careful when venturing from the pier as boats and jet skis are quite often above. Make sure you take a flag or SMB with you if you head that way.

There is also the wreck of the Eivion to the east, in about 3 metres. It can be spotted from up on the pier (about half way) as a dark patch. It is often home to many nudibranchs and rays. You can find shrimp and a variety of small fish. Something nice to change things up or to head to on a second dive.

You can exit from the lower landing, but often a shore exit is nice as there is plenty to be seen south of the lower landing. Usually where we find many of the very cute seahorses.

Be sure to take out a dive flag as there is often boat traffic. Over the summer holidays be very careful of PWC's (jet skis) as they come in very close to the pier and very quickly (despite rules and regulations). There is also often a para-sailing boat that comes in and out and moors to the lower landing. Be careful when entering and surfacing!

Plenty of foods options here, plus a toilet block, and in winter plenty of car parks.

Rye Pier is also close to The Scuba Doctor Dive Shop. So please drop in and catch up with us before and/or after your dive.

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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)

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Blairgowrie Pier

The Best Pier Dive in Victoria!

Depth: 2 to 7 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Ideal Conditions: Similar to Portsea and Rye, southerly winds are the best no matter the strength. High tide will give you a bit more depth and hopefully some clean water. It's a little more protected here, so is sometimes chosen other the other piers for this reason.

Car Parking:
There are two free car parking areas available.

The best place to park is in the Lower Car Park, down the bottom of the cliffs, along the road leading into the yacht club, behind the bathing boxes. The yacht club people often try to claim this area as their own, but it's actually a public car park, so tell them to sod off!

The second parking area is the Upper Car Park, off Nepean Highway, just south of the pier, overlooking the marina. After gearing up, there are two sets of stairs down to the site. The Northern stairs in the upper car park have difficult access to the marina walk ways. We suggest you take the Eastern stairs on the far right which give better access to the walk ways. It saves you ducking under the pier and is slightly shorter - which all counts when your carrying so much gear.

What To Expect: Blairgowrie Pier is part of the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron safe boat harbour and marina. There is a floating wall protecting the marina and the dive area.

Once down on Blairgowrie Pier, head for the lower landing about 180 metres, or two-thirds of the way out. A giant stride entry from this landing entry is easiest, but a shore entry is also a possibility. Once in the water try to get under the pier fairly quickly as boats often moor to the landing.

There are quite a few safety concerns here as it is a yacht squadron marina. But the place to be is under the pier itself, so if you stay there you should be fine. This diver information safety sheet sums up the guidelines:
Blairgowrie Jetty Diver Safety Information (Adobe PDF | 144.45 KB)

Never swim beneath the berths and always keep a watchful eye for boats should you head out from under Blairgowrie Pier. Also be mindful of the slip which is on the outside of the pier and berthing areas. If you're not going to stay under the pier, always take a dive flag and make yourself visible on the surface to boats. There are always boats around, particularly on the weekend. It's ideal to stay beneath the pier whenever you can. Besides, that's where the interesting stuff is anyway.

Blairgowrie Pier is known for its nudibranchs! More than a hundred different species have been identified under Blairgowrie Pier. You will most times find several kinds in a variety of sizes and colours. Check out the Blairgowrie Nudibranchs group page on Facebook.

Blairgowrie Pier is also known for spider crabs. Each year from April through July thousands of spider crabs migrate along the ocean floor to cool, shallow waters. When the water temperature drops, things heat up as the spider crabs molt their shells and the mating season begins. As the crowd together for protection from predators like stingrays, seals and sharks, they sometimes begin to pile up in stacks around a metre high. It's quite a slight for divers. Rye Pier is also a place where this phenomenon can be seen.

But there is more to this site than nudi's and spider crabs. You'll find seahorses, box fish, large stingrays, decorator crabs, stargazers, invertebrate, goat fish, blennies, and a whole lot of colour.

Blairgowrie Pier has steel cladding to protect the yachts in the marina from waves and currents. This also makes for a protected dive site and a great home to lots of sponges and marine animals. Although the bottom is sandy, the pylons and this cladding are covered in colour and life. Along the left hand arm of the pier there is also a bit of a wall, which again is there to protect the yachts. It runs from the surface to about half way down and makes for bit of a wall dive on a pier.

If you slow down and take your time, you're bound to find so much life on Blairgowrie Pier. There are always comments about the colour and the protection from current makes this site a nice easy dive. Best dived at slack (the period where the tide is not running), if the tide is running through you will feel it perpendicular to the pier. Please try to stay one metre off of the bottom, and don't touch, bump into, or fin kick the pylons or wall.

The marina beth area is a marine reserve and no take zone, though the fishermen on the pier seem to ignore this.

A very interesting and different dive to most piers. If you stay under the pier you shouldn't be troubled by the many fisherman here. But it's still recommended to take a knife just in case.

Blairgowrie Pier is also close to The Scuba Doctor Dive Shop. So please drop in and catch up with us before and/or after your dive.

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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)

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Sorrento Pier

One of the best night dives in Melbourne.

Depth: 7 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Ideal Conditions:
Your also going to want to dive here as close to slack water as possible because of how close Sorrento Pier is to a channel. It gets quite a lot of current. The dive site is very prone to strong currents, so plan ahead.

What To Expect:
Wait until the ferry stops for the day (usually 8:30 pm), then head straight out from where the ferry docks. You can dive under the pier but your likely to find the most interesting stuff on the pylons of the ferry terminal. That's why it's a must to make sure all the ferries have finished for the day!

Not often dived because of the restrictions and conditions required, but well worth it if you can get there for the night dive!

You need a permit to dive off the pier so it's a good idea to do a shore entry. You'll find weedy sea-dragons and great macro life also large Colony of Sponges over the pier's pylons. You may come across some old wives, flat head, squid, sometimes an eel and plenty of nudibranchs.

You may also find old bottles here. It is quite popular for divers to forage here for marble ones. Because of the sand movement and the ferry it often uncovers more bottles. Sorrento Pier was once popular with old bay steamers and visitors who would drop and throw empties from the pier. A good area to find bottles is often east of the ferry terminal.

There is a large car park here which makes it easy to get a park in winter. Ii's always busy in summer. There is a large range of cafes and pubs on the main street of Sorrento and public toilets in the car park.

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)

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Sorrento Boat Moorings

Depth: 2 to 15 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

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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)

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Point Franklin Reef, Portsea

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Ideal Conditions:
Best at slack water, but experienced divers often work out the tides and tidal flows and plan a drift dive. tide times for Point Franklin are about 30 minutes behind the Rip / Heads times.

Running out from Point Franklin is a reef that reaches 15 metres in depth about 200 metres out from shore.

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)

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Portsea Pier

Depth: 2 to 7 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Ideal Conditions:
Southerly winds and high tide. Be mindful that since the channel dredging there can be a fair bit of surge if the site is dived during a running tide.

What To Expect:
This pier is one of the most dived in Melbourne. Great for training (very busy in the summer months) and always an abundance of marine life. Very popular for seeing Weedy Sea Dragons!

All sorts of interesting creatures from, small crabs and stars to the occasional blue ring octopus, shrimp, guppies and blennies on the pylons. On the bend in the pier schools of goat fish, weedy seadragons, sea hares and nudibranchs.

Portsea Pier is great for night dives.

Suggested entry is a giant stride from the lower landing, though a shore entry it easy enough too.

Be mindful of the boat traffic here, it can often be quite hectic, particularly in summer. Never swim in the inside area of the pier for this reason. There are several exits, including the shore, back up the ladder on the lower landing, or if your up for it, a climb up any of the ladders along the pier, though they aren't short!

If you're around for a second dive here, there is also Portsea Reef about 50 metres to the west of the pier. Here you will young fish and little schooling fish, along with some small critters.

Many divers that have gone out on boat dives with the charter operators that utilise Portsea Pier, when they get back like to drop in for a pier or reef dive to use up their remaining air.

The site is ideal for multiple dives due to the surrounding facilities. There are toilets located in the park just before the pier, as well as BBQs and cafes.

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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)

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Quarantine Station, Portsea

Level: Open Water and beyond.

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)

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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.

London Bridge

Depth: 5 to 7 metres

Level: Advanced Open Water and beyond

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)

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Sorrento Back Beach

Depth: to 9 metres

Level: Advanced Open Water and beyond

Ideal Conditions:
Read the warning at the beginning of this section before diving this site, so you'll be properly prepared.

What To Expect:
The three main dive sites at Sorrento Back Beach are:

  1. the platforms by the headland,
  2. a reasonable snorkel southwards out to the areas around Darby Rock, or
  3. after a 10-15 minute walk around the coastline to the west, the enclosed gullies at Sphinx Rock.

The walk at Sorrento Back Beach is slightly easier then many of the other back beach dives. Though during the summer months it gets really busy as lots of families bring down the kids to swim in the large artificial rock pool. Go early to get a decent park!

Be sure to always take a dive flag and a knife. You might also want to take a catch bag down here too! Be sure to always carry a measuring device too as the rangers have been known to join you in the water as well as wait on shore.

It is recommended to dive here the first time with someone who is familiar with the area and has dived here before. And to be aware of the walks involved. It's not for the unfit!

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)

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Saint Paul's Rock, St Paul's Road

Depth: 5 to 6 metres

Level: Advanced Open Water and beyond

St Paul's Rock is west of the small beach and has a nice swim through tunnel running underneath.

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)

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Jubilee Point, St Paul's Road

Depth: 5 to 6 metres

Level: Advanced Open Water and beyond

Jubilee Point is on the eastern side of the bay.

Latitude: 38° 21.317′ S   (38.355278° S / 38° 21′ 19″ S)
Longitude: 144° 44.150′ E   (144.735833° E / 144° 44′ 9″ E)

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Diamond Bay, Diamond Bay Road

Depth: 4 to 10 metres

Level: Advanced Open Water and beyond

Ideal Conditions:
As an ocean beach Diamond Bay is affected by rips, currents, swell and strong winds and can be very dangerous. To dive here there must be very little to no swell and if any winds, a northerly. Be aware that conditions here can change very quickly also.

What To Expect:
First off to get to this dive site, which is amazing and not often dived, there is a bit of a walk. Over sand dunes and down stairs, so this may not be for everyone, but if you have a good set of legs on you it is well worth it. It's about 130 m from the car park with the last 50 m consisting of stairs and a walk across the soft sand of the beach.

It has many rock ledges and overhangs, kelp beds, reefs and small walls. In these is a variety of life including the odd crayfish! You'll also find old wives, boarfish, abalone, and schooling fish.

Another thing to be mindful is of the visibility, it can change quite quickly with the swell as its a sandy bottom. It advisable to go with someone who has been before also to come to the surface to check conditions and for navigational purposes every once in a while.

Now you can walk straight in from the stairs though you'll probably find more and avoid just looking at sand if you head over to side and swim towards either point. Once you get about half way along the bay is where the dive really starts and also begins to deepen. You'll find some bommies and kelp forest just before the point on the right hand side - the direction usually taken.

If you're lucky enough to dive here on the right day everyone will be jealous. There aren't many facilities here so make sure you have everything you need including dive flag, knife, SMB and possibly a catch bag!

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)

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Spray Point Caverns, Spray Point Road

Depth: 5 to 15 metres

Level: Advanced Open Water and beyond

Should only be dived by experienced divers with plenty of fitness and strength, even on calm days.

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)

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Bridgewater Bay / St John's Wood Road

Depth: 4 to 8 metres

Level: Advanced Open Water and beyond

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)

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Pearse's Beach, Pearse's Road

Depth: 3 to 10 metres

Level: Advanced Open Water and beyond

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)

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Number Sixteen

Depth: 5 metres

Level: Advanced Open Water and beyond

Reach by driving down the coastal extension of Canterbury Jetty Road to the car park.

To the west of the beach there is a series of ledges and gullies dropping off a wide platform, and access is straight off the edge.

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)

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Cape Schank West

Depth: 4 to 7 metres

Level: Advanced Open Water and beyond

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)

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Flinders and Westernport Bay
— Flinders to Hastings

The Blowhole

Depth: 3 to 11 metres

Level: Advanced Open Water and beyond

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)

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Flinders Back Beach

Depth: 4 to 8 metres

Level: Advanced Open Water and beyond

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)

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Point Leo

Depth: 3 to 8 metres

Level: Advanced Open Water and beyond

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)

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Flinders Pier

Depth: 3 to 6 metres

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Ideal Conditions:
Flinders Pier is the perfect alternative when the bay is blown up with northerly's. Its protected from these winds and is best done on high tide. There is very little depth at low tide.

What To Expect:
Along with Blairgowrie Pier, Flinders Pier would be one of the most popular shore dives in the state. Mainly because of its population of the Weedy Sea dragons that it's now famous for. It is located just inside Westernport Bay. Because of this it offers a perfect alternative when Port Phillip Bay isn't its best.


"Into the Dragon's Lair", a short video featuring the Weedy Seadragons of Flinders Pier by Sheree Marris author of Melbourne Down Under.

Flinders Pier is quite a bit different to the piers on the Mornington Peninsula. It's a grass bottom with plenty of colour, sponges and life on the pylons too, which is a bit of a change to the sand bottom of the Port Phillip Bay pier dives. This is why is such a perfect home for the Weedy's and why they are everywhere here!

It is a long jetty with many ladders and step platforms to allow for easy entry/exit points. Entry is easiest from the lower landing, that at high tide can be often covered by water. Exit can be either shore or the same as the entry which again at high tide is covered and makes it easy to get up. You can avoid ladders and swim right onto it and stand right up!

Many species of marine life can be found under Flinders Pier including but not limited to obviously to the weedy sea dragon. You will often find cuttlefish, large smooth rays and eagle rays, crabs and plenty of other little fish and critters. You'll often also see a Banjo shark or two. Visibility is generally quite good and can make for some excellent underwater photography opportunities.

There are toilet facilities here and cafe is up the road. There is however not a dive shop in the immediate area, so if your planning a double dive make sure you have adequate air before you head down. Rye is a short half an hour dive from there. Still close enough if you've forgotten a fin or weight belt or want an extended interval and an air fill!

As usual on piers there will be fisherman so make sure you have a knife handy for any snags or a tangled squid jig or two. A dive flag is also a must so others know you're there. There is often a few boats around so be careful of those and mindful when surfacing.

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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)

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Stony Point Pier

Depth: 5 to 9 metres

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)

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Hastings Pier and Hulk

Depth: 3 to 5 metres

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)

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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.

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