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Melbourne Wall Dives

Melbourne Wall Dives by The Scuba Doctor

Once you've made your first wall dive in Melbourne, you'll be hooked. Our coral and sponge covered underwater walls are some of the coolest dive sites, and are filled with sea creatures big and small.

Tucked into the coral and sponge plastered beauty of these vertical reefs are a host of underwater creatures that like to shelter in the nooks, crannies, ledges and small caves that punctuate the drop-off. Turn your attention away from the wall and look out in the blue, where there's the chance of seeing the unexpected — from sharks to large schools of fish. Snapper can often be found in open water.

The most amazing Melbourne wall dives are on the sides of the underwater canyon just inside The Heads entrance to Port Philip. You can view/download a number of charts and surveys of this area in the 'Port Phillip Bay — The Heads' section of our Scuba Diving Downloads page.

Port Phillip Entrance Hydrographic Survey
Port Phillip Entrance Hydrographic Survey | © Port of Melbourne

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

12lb Reef

Wall Dive Boat access
Crayfish Dive Site Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Slack Water
Latitude: 38° 17.093′ S   (38.284883° S / 38° 17′ 5.58″ S)
Longitude: 144° 38.340′ E   (144.639° E / 144° 38′ 20.4″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-17 03:43:34 GMT
Source: Peter Fear GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: The Grotto, 36 m, bearing 136°, SE
Depth: 8 to 20 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.
See the 12lb Reef dive site page

16lb Reef

Wall Dive Boat access
Inside Port Phillip Bay Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Slack Water
Latitude: 38° 17.654′ S   (38.294233° S / 38° 17′ 39.24″ S)
Longitude: 144° 37.478′ E   (144.624633° E / 144° 37′ 28.68″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-15 20:09:04 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Foggy Reef, 92 m, bearing 52°, NE
Depth: 12 to 18 m.
See the 16lb Reef dive site page

Bum Rock

Wall Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Deep Rated Marine Park - No Fishing Wilsons Promontory
Latitude: 39° 6.437′ S   (39.107289° S / 39° 6′ 26.24″ S)
Longitude: 146° 14.166′ E   (146.236105° E / 146° 14′ 9.98″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-03-13 01:16:33 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-13 02:06:21 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Dannevig Island North East, 620 m, bearing 14°, NNE
Depth: 30+ m.
See the Bum Rock dive site page

Captain Nitro Drop Off

Wall Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Crayfish Dive Site Deep Rated Inside Port Phillip Bay Reef Dive Site Slack Water Subject to Shipping Technical Rated
Latitude: 38° 17.330′ S   (38.288833° S / 38° 17′ 19.8″ S)
Longitude: 144° 39.716′ E   (144.661933° E / 144° 39′ 42.96″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-20 07:39:23 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: North Wall, 102 m, bearing 95°, E
Depth: 16 to 60 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.
See the Captain Nitro Drop Off dive site page

Dannevig Island North East

Wall Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Marine Park - No Fishing Wilsons Promontory
Latitude: 39° 6.114′ S   (39.1019° S / 39° 6′ 6.84″ S)
Longitude: 146° 14.276′ E   (146.237933° E / 146° 14′ 16.56″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-03-13 01:46:31 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-13 02:06:21 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Bum Rock, 620 m, bearing 194°, SSW
Depth: 10 to 30 m.
See the Dannevig Island North East dive site page

Devils Drop Off

Wall Dive Boat access
Inside Port Phillip Bay Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Slack Water Technical Rated
Latitude: 38° 17.602′ S   (38.293367° S / 38° 17′ 36.12″ S)
Longitude: 144° 38.658′ E   (144.6443° E / 144° 38′ 39.48″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-16 01:23:40 GMT
Source: Unknown. Believed to be incorrect coordinates.
Nearest Neighbour: The Abyss, 58 m, bearing 307°, NW
Depth: 12 to 55 m.
Dive only on: SWE.
See the Devils Drop Off dive site page

Foggy Reef

Wall Dive Boat access
Inside Port Phillip Bay Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Slack Water
Latitude: 38° 17.624′ S   (38.293733° S / 38° 17′ 37.44″ S)
Longitude: 144° 37.528′ E   (144.625467° E / 144° 37′ 31.68″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-16 04:46:07 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: The Cave, 35 m, bearing 90°, E
Depth: 8 to 30 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.
See the Foggy Reef dive site page

Inner Corsair Wall

Wall Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Crayfish Dive Site Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Reef Dive Site Slack Water Technical Rated
Latitude: 38° 18.130′ S   (38.302167° S / 38° 18′ 7.8″ S)
Longitude: 144° 38.344′ E   (144.639067° E / 144° 38′ 20.64″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-16 04:55:00 GMT
Source: Unknown
Nearest Neighbour: Nepean Wall, 177 m, bearing 6°, N
Depth: 10 to 60+ m.
See the Inner Corsair Wall dive site page

Lonsdale Wall

Wall Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Deep Rated Inside Port Phillip Bay Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Slack Water Technical Rated
Latitude: 38° 17.487′ S   (38.29145° S / 38° 17′ 29.22″ S)
Longitude: 144° 37.797′ E   (144.62995° E / 144° 37′ 47.82″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-03-15 22:04:51 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-29 00:03:12 GMT
Source: Packo
Nearest Neighbour: The Mall, 81 m, bearing 38°, NE
Depth: 12 to 38 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.
See the Lonsdale Wall dive site page

Lonsdale Wall Shallow

Wall Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Inside Port Phillip Bay Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Slack Water
Latitude: 38° 17.153′ S   (38.285883° S / 38° 17′ 9.18″ S)
Longitude: 144° 37.839′ E   (144.63065° E / 144° 37′ 50.34″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-15 22:48:09 GMT
Source: VSAG GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Catch Bag Reef Drift, 207 m, bearing 85°, E
Depth: 12 to 25 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.
See the Lonsdale Wall Shallow dive site page

Nepean Wall

Wall Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Crayfish Dive Site Outside Port Phillip Bay Reef Dive Site Slack Water Subject to Shipping Technical Rated
Latitude: 38° 18.035′ S   (38.300583° S / 38° 18′ 2.1″ S)
Longitude: 144° 38.357′ E   (144.639283° E / 144° 38′ 21.42″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-15 00:06:52 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Trimix Corner, 28 m, bearing 338°, NNW
Depth: 18 to 65 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.
See the Nepean Wall dive site page

North Wall

Wall Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Deep Rated Inside Port Phillip Bay Reef Dive Site Slack Water Subject to Shipping Technical Rated
Latitude: 38° 17.335′ S   (38.288917° S / 38° 17′ 20.1″ S)
Longitude: 144° 39.786′ E   (144.6631° E / 144° 39′ 47.16″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-19 23:14:38 GMT
Source: Power House Underwater Club
Nearest Neighbour: Captain Nitro Drop Off, 102 m, bearing 275°, W
Depth: 19 to 60+ m.
See the North Wall dive site page

North Wall Corner

Wall Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Crayfish Dive Site Inside Port Phillip Bay Reef Dive Site Slack Water Technical Rated
Latitude: 38° 17.407′ S   (38.290117° S / 38° 17′ 24.42″ S)
Longitude: 144° 38.010′ E   (144.6335° E / 144° 38′ 0.6″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-15 01:42:48 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: The Swim Through, 36 m, bearing 272°, W
Depth: 22 to 66 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.
See the North Wall Corner dive site page

Olympic Wall

Wall Dive Boat access
Deep Rated Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Slack Water
Latitude: 38° 17.389′ S   (38.289817° S / 38° 17′ 23.34″ S)
Longitude: 144° 39.126′ E   (144.6521° E / 144° 39′ 7.56″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-16 06:35:35 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Knawesome Bommie, 568 m, bearing 39°, NE
Depth: 12 to 18 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.
See the Olympic Wall dive site page

Outer Corsair Wall

Wall Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Bay Reef Dive Site Slack Water Subject to Shipping
Latitude: 38° 18.170′ S   (38.302833° S / 38° 18′ 10.2″ S)
Longitude: 144° 38.179′ E   (144.636317° E / 144° 38′ 10.74″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-03 04:55:10 GMT
Source: Unknown
Nearest Neighbour: Rip Bank, 32 m, bearing 5°, N
See the Outer Corsair Wall dive site page

Paradise Wall

Wall Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Inside Port Phillip Bay Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Slack Water Technical Rated
Latitude: 38° 17.447′ S   (38.290783° S / 38° 17′ 26.82″ S)
Longitude: 144° 37.899′ E   (144.63165° E / 144° 37′ 53.94″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2018-01-14 17:14:02 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-16 06:38:18 GMT
Source: Alan Beckhurst GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Party Point, 70 m, bearing 270°, W
Depth: 10 to 30 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.
See the Paradise Wall dive site page

Party Point

Wall Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Deep Rated Inside Port Phillip Bay Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Slack Water Technical Rated
Latitude: 38° 17.447′ S   (38.290783° S / 38° 17′ 26.82″ S)
Longitude: 144° 37.851′ E   (144.63085° E / 144° 37′ 51.06″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-23 02:26:19 GMT
Source: Peter Fear GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: The Mall, 30 m, bearing 248°, WSW
Depth: 12 to 45 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.
See the Party Point dive site page

Portsea Hole

Wall Dive Boat access
Inside Port Phillip Bay Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Slack Water
Latitude: 38° 18.684′ S   (38.3114° S / 38° 18′ 41.04″ S)
Longitude: 144° 42.651′ E   (144.71085° E / 144° 42′ 39.06″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-27 03:31:34 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Portsea Hole Wreck, 36 m, bearing 336°, NNW
Depth: 12 to 33 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.
Mean water temp - summer: 18.4°C.
Mean water temp - winter: 12.5°C.
See the Portsea Hole 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

Ramsbotham Rocks

Wall Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Marine Park - No Fishing Wilsons Promontory
Latitude: 39° 4.279′ S   (39.071317° S / 39° 4′ 16.74″ S)
Longitude: 146° 13.526′ E   (146.225433° E / 146° 13′ 31.56″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-03-13 01:34:36 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-13 02:06:22 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Dannevig Island North East, 3,568 m, bearing 162°, SSE
Depth: 20 to 30 m.
See the Ramsbotham Rocks dive site page

Rip Bank

Wall Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Crayfish Dive Site Outside Port Phillip Bay Reef Dive Site Slack Water Technical Rated
Latitude: 38° 18.153′ S   (38.30255° S / 38° 18′ 9.18″ S)
Longitude: 144° 38.181′ E   (144.63635° E / 144° 38′ 10.86″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-28 04:17:21 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Outer Corsair Wall, 32 m, bearing 185°, S
Depth: 16 to 60 m.
See the Rip Bank dive site page

Skull Rock

Wall Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Deep Rated Marine Park - No Fishing Slack Water Wilsons Promontory
Latitude: 39° 9.433′ S   (39.15722° S / 39° 9′ 25.99″ S)
Longitude: 146° 17.602′ E   (146.293363° E / 146° 17′ 36.11″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-03-13 00:48:32 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-20 07:38:57 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Gulf of Carpentaria, 1,221 m, bearing 2°, N
Depth: 40+ m.
See the Skull Rock dive site page

Spot G

Wall Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Crayfish Dive Site Inside Port Phillip Bay Reef Dive Site Slack Water Technical Rated
Latitude: 38° 17.404′ S   (38.290067° S / 38° 17′ 24.24″ S)
Longitude: 144° 37.977′ E   (144.63295° E / 144° 37′ 58.62″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-16 06:59:38 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: The Swim Through, 12 m, bearing 107°, ESE
Depth: 20 to 40 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.
See the Spot G dive site page

The Cave

Wall Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Deep Rated Inside Port Phillip Bay Marine Park - No Fishing Slack Water Technical Rated
Latitude: 38° 17.624′ S   (38.293733° S / 38° 17′ 37.44″ S)
Longitude: 144° 37.552′ E   (144.625867° E / 144° 37′ 33.12″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-16 02:35:49 GMT
Source: Peter Fear GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Foggy Reef, 35 m, bearing 270°, W
Depth: 22 to 60 m.
See the The Cave dive site page

The Far Side

Wall Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Crayfish Dive Site Inside Port Phillip Bay Reef Dive Site Slack Water Subject to Shipping Technical Rated
Latitude: 38° 17.434′ S   (38.290567° S / 38° 17′ 26.04″ S)
Longitude: 144° 39.891′ E   (144.66485° E / 144° 39′ 53.46″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-20 07:39:24 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: North Wall, 239 m, bearing 320°, NW
Depth: 20 to 60 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.
See the The Far Side dive site page

The Links

Wall Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Crayfish Dive Site Inside Port Phillip Bay Reef Dive Site Slack Water Subject to Shipping
Latitude: 38° 17.376′ S   (38.2896° S / 38° 17′ 22.56″ S)
Longitude: 144° 38.272′ E   (144.637867° E / 144° 38′ 16.32″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-16 02:40:27 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Toms Cave, 24 m, bearing 242°, WSW
Depth: 18 to 60 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.
See the The Links dive site page

The Mall

Wall Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Deep Rated Inside Port Phillip Bay Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Slack Water Technical Rated
Latitude: 38° 17.453′ S   (38.290883° S / 38° 17′ 27.18″ S)
Longitude: 144° 37.832′ E   (144.630533° E / 144° 37′ 49.92″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-16 02:41:54 GMT
Source: Peter Fear GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Party Point, 30 m, bearing 68°, ENE
Depth: 15 to 45 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.
See the The Mall dive site page

The Other Playground

Wall Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Deep Rated Inside Port Phillip Bay Marine Park - No Fishing Reef Dive Site Slack Water Subject to Shipping Technical Rated
Latitude: 38° 17.342′ S   (38.289033° S / 38° 17′ 20.52″ S)
Longitude: 144° 37.727′ E   (144.628783° E / 144° 37′ 43.62″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-15 02:48:21 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: The Playground, 107 m, bearing 215°, SW
See the The Other Playground dive site page

The Playground

Wall Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Deep Rated Inside Port Phillip Bay Marine Park - No Fishing Reef Dive Site Slack Water Subject to Shipping Technical Rated
Latitude: 38° 17.389′ S   (38.289817° S / 38° 17′ 23.34″ S)
Longitude: 144° 37.684′ E   (144.628067° E / 144° 37′ 41.04″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-16 02:51:41 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: The Other Playground, 107 m, bearing 35°, NE
Depth: 15 to 50 m.
Dive only on: SWF.
See the The Playground dive site page

Total of 29 dive sites.


DISCLAIMER: No claim is made by The Scuba Doctor as to the accuracy of the dive site coordinates listed here. Should anyone decide to use these GPS marks to locate and dive on a site, they do so entirely at their own risk. Always verify against other sources.

The marks come from numerous sources including commercial operators, independent dive clubs, reference works, and active divers. Some are known to be accurate, while others may not be. Some GPS marks may even have come from maps using the AGD66 datum, and thus may need be converted to the WGS84 datum. To distinguish between the possible accuracy of the dive site marks, we've tried to give each mark a source of GPS, Google Earth, or unknown.

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

GPS latitude explained


Scuba Doctor Dive Map KML File

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

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


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

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

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