Underwater Shipwreck Discovery Trail

The Victorian Underwater Shipwreck Discovery Trail kit from Heritage Victoria was written by Andrea Lomdahl in 1992. It contains introductory pamphlets, historical brochures and dive information sheets with site drawings of 21 historial shipwrecks in Victoria, Australia. There are two pamphlets per shipwreck: one describes the history and construction details of the vessel and, where possible, links the shipwreck into the trail; the second provides information on diving conditions, transits (where available), a description, and plan of the site. The goal for the creation of the trail is to enable the public to access and enjoy these sites.

Qualified divers can explore the wrecks of old wooden clippers, iron steamships and cargo and passenger vessels located along the coast of Victoria on the West Coast Shipwreck Trail, in the Victorian Ships' Graveyard, on Port Phillip Heads Shipwreck Dives, on Port Phillip Wreck Dives and much more. Some of these wreck dives are suitable for beginners, even snorkellers, while other wrecks require the skills and experience of advanced divers.

Here are the ships which make up the trail, with links to dive site information:

Blackbird

Wreck Dive Boat access
Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 43.268′ S   (38.721133° S / 38° 43′ 16.08″ S)
Longitude: 146° 41.902′ E   (146.698367° E / 146° 41′ 54.12″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-02-07 09:06:46 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Clonmel, 3,106 m, bearing 215°, SW
SS Blackbird, Steamship.
Built: Newcastle on Tyne, 1863.
Sunk: 2 Jun 1878.
See the Blackbird dive site page

Casino

Wreck Dive Shore access
Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 44.494′ S   (38.741569° S / 38° 44′ 29.65″ S)
Longitude: 143° 40.855′ E   (143.680918° E / 143° 40′ 51.3″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-05-06 09:12:20 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Grange, 4,034 m, bearing 193°, SSW
Apollo Bay, Bass Strait.
SS Casino, Iron steamship.
Built: Scotland, 1882.
Sunk: 10 July 1932.
Depth: 9 m.
See the Casino dive site page

Coogee

Wreck Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Deep Rated Outside Port Phillip Ships Graveyard Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 18.411′ S   (38.30685° S / 38° 18′ 24.66″ S)
Longitude: 144° 34.306′ E   (144.571767° E / 144° 34′ 18.36″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-05-06 23:05:29 GMT
Source: Packo GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: J5 Yellow Submarine, 520 m, bearing 211°, SSW
SS Coogee, Steam ship, 762 ton.
Built: Sunderland, UK, 1887.
Scuttled: 27 February 1928.
Depth: 28 to 34 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE, Ebb, Flood.
See the Coogee dive site page

Clarence

Wreck Dive Boat access
Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 12.154′ S   (38.20257° S / 38° 12′ 9.25″ S)
Longitude: 144° 43.395′ E   (144.723253° E / 144° 43′ 23.71″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-02-07 09:04:31 GMT
Source: Victorian Government GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Foig a Ballagh, 551 m, bearing 174°, S
Historic shipwreck protected zone.
Permit Required.
Wooden schooner.
Built: Williams River, NSW, 1841.
Sunk: 2 September 1850.
Depth: 5 m.
See the Clarence dive site page

Edinburgh Castle

Wreck Dive Boat access
Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 24.150′ S   (38.4025° S / 38° 24′ 9″ S)
Longitude: 142° 29.580′ E   (142.493° E / 142° 29′ 34.8″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-02-23 22:10:25 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: La Bella, 1,033 m, bearing 258°, WSW
Three masted iron barque.
Built: Glasgow, Scotland, 1863.
Sunk: 15 January 1888.
Depth: 5 m.
See the Edinburgh Castle dive site page

Eliza Ramsden

Wreck Dive Boat access
Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Slack Water Subject to Shipping Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 17.630′ S   (38.293833° S / 38° 17′ 37.8″ S)
Longitude: 144° 40.435′ E   (144.673917° E / 144° 40′ 26.1″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-05-08 10:07:14 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Ramsden Reef, 75 m, bearing 48°, NE
Three masted iron barque, 46m, 515 ton.
Built: Glasgow, Scotland, 1874.
Sunk: 24 July 1875.
Depth: 14 to 22 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.
See the Eliza Ramsden dive site page

Empress of the Sea

Wreck Dive Boat access
Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 18.050′ S   (38.300833° S / 38° 18′ 3″ S)
Longitude: 144° 39.613′ E   (144.660217° E / 144° 39′ 36.78″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-02-07 09:15:04 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Nepean Bay Inner East - Radar, 395 m, bearing 196°, SSW
Three masted square rigged wooden clipper, 2200 ton.
Built: Boston, Massachusetts, 1853.
Sunk: 19 December 1861.
Depth: 5 to 7 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE, Flood.
See the Empress of the Sea dive site page

Falls of Halladale

Wreck Dive Boat access
Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 36.500′ S   (38.608333° S / 38° 36′ 30″ S)
Longitude: 142° 51.500′ E   (142.858333° E / 142° 51′ 30″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-02-23 22:17:43 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Schomberg, 2,603 m, bearing 110°, ESE
Four masted iron barque.
Built: Greenock, Scotland, 1886.
Sunk: 14 November 1908.
Depth 14 m.
See the Falls of Halladale dive site page

Fiji

Wreck Dive Boat access
Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 45.750′ S   (38.7625° S / 38° 45′ 45″ S)
Longitude: 143° 13.500′ E   (143.225° E / 143° 13′ 30″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-02-23 22:25:10 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Loch Ard, 18,186 m, bearing 312°, NW
Three masted iron barque.
Built: Belfast, Ireland, 1875.
Sunk: 6 September 1891.
Depth: 7 m.
See the Fiji dive site page

George Roper

Wreck Dive Shore access
Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 17.700′ S   (38.295° S / 38° 17′ 42″ S)
Longitude: 144° 36.901′ E   (144.615017° E / 144° 36′ 54.06″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-03-22 02:25:17 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Holyhead, 31 m, bearing 152°, SSE
Port Phillip Heads.
Four masted iron barque, 2033 ton.
Built: Liverpool, England, 1882.
Dive only on: SWE, Ebb.
Sunk: 4 July 1883.
Depth: 4 to 6 m.
See the George Roper dive site page

Holyhead

Wreck Dive Shore access
Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 17.715′ S   (38.29525° S / 38° 17′ 42.9″ S)
Longitude: 144° 36.911′ E   (144.615183° E / 144° 36′ 54.66″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-03-22 02:27:23 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: George Roper, 31 m, bearing 332°, NNW
Port Phillip Heads.
Four masted iron barque, 2237 ton.
Built: Liverpool, England, 1889.
Sunk: 12 February 1890.
Depth: 6 to 10 m.
Dive only on: SWE, Ebb.
See the Holyhead dive site page

Hurricane

Wreck Dive Boat access
Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Scallops Dive Site Slack Water Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 20.463′ S   (38.34105° S / 38° 20′ 27.78″ S)
Longitude: 144° 52.308′ E   (144.8718° E / 144° 52′ 18.48″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-05-09 14:29:25 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Rosebud Reef, 1,572 m, bearing 109°, ESE
Capel Sound, Port Phillip.
Three masted iron clipper, 1200 ton.
Built: Glasgow, Scotland, 1853.
Sunk: 22 April 1869.
Depth: 8 to 12 m.
See the Hurricane dive site page

J4 26m Submarine

Wreck Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 17.979′ S   (38.299657° S / 38° 17′ 58.77″ S)
Longitude: 144° 33.820′ E   (144.563673° E / 144° 33′ 49.22″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-05-07 18:14:34 GMT
Source: Book - Victoria's Ships' Graveyard GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Sub Reef, 440 m, bearing 95°, E
J-Class Submarine, 1820 ton.
Built: Portsmouth, UK, 1915/1916.
Scuttled: 28 April 1927.
Depth: 19 to 28 m.
See the J4 26m Submarine dive site page

Joanna

Wreck Dive Boat access
Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Slack Water Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 12.478′ S   (38.20796° S / 38° 12′ 28.66″ S)
Longitude: 144° 43.806′ E   (144.730102° E / 144° 43′ 48.37″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-02-07 14:23:08 GMT
Source: Victorian Government GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Foig a Ballagh, 550 m, bearing 275°, W
Historic shipwreck protected zone.
Permit Required.
Wooden sailing schooner.
Built: Rye, Victoria, 1856.
Sunk: 9 July 1857.
Depth: 4 to 7 m.
See the Joanna dive site page

La Bella

Wreck Dive Boat access
Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 24.258′ S   (38.4043° S / 38° 24′ 15.48″ S)
Longitude: 142° 28.882′ E   (142.481367° E / 142° 28′ 52.92″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-02-23 22:08:45 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Edinburgh Castle, 1,033 m, bearing 78°, ENE
Four masted barquentine sailing ship.
Depth: 13 m.
See the La Bella dive site page

Loch Ard

Wreck Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Marine Park - No Fishing Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 39.060′ S   (38.651° S / 38° 39′ 3.6″ S)
Longitude: 143° 4.300′ E   (143.071667° E / 143° 4′ 18″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-05-05 10:10:26 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Newfield, 14,124 m, bearing 281°, W
Square-rigged iron clipper sailing ship.
Built: Glasgow, 1873.
Sunk: 1 June 1878.
Depth: 25 m.
See the Loch Ard dive site page

Mountain Maid

Wreck Dive Boat access
Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 14.310′ S   (38.2385° S / 38° 14′ 18.6″ S)
Longitude: 144° 42.446′ E   (144.707433° E / 144° 42′ 26.76″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-02-07 14:27:46 GMT
Source: Getunder Dive Club
Nearest Neighbour: Will O the Wisp, 641 m, bearing 238°, WSW
Wooden hulled 2 masted Brigantine.
Built: Dundee, 1841.
Sunk: 24 September 1856.
Depth: 5 to 8 m.
See the Mountain Maid dive site page

Schomberg

Wreck Dive Boat access
Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 37.000′ S   (38.616667° S / 38° 37′ 0″ S)
Longitude: 142° 53.180′ E   (142.886333° E / 142° 53′ 10.8″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-02-23 22:19:17 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Newfield, 2,455 m, bearing 112°, ESE
Three masted wooden clipper.
Built: 1855.
Sunk: 1855.
Depth: 9 m.
See the Schomberg dive site page

Victoria Tower

Wreck Dive Shore access
Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 18.971′ S   (38.316183° S / 38° 18′ 58.26″ S)
Longitude: 144° 22.002′ E   (144.3667° E / 144° 22′ 0.12″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-02-26 10:19:03 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Torquay Offshore Artificial Reef, 2,295 m, bearing 168°, SSE
Three masted iron hulled clipper, 1563 ton.
Sunk: 1869.
Depth: 8 m.
See the Victoria Tower dive site page

Wauchope

Wreck Dive Boat access
Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Slack Water Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 19.598′ S   (38.326633° S / 38° 19′ 35.88″ S)
Longitude: 144° 44.792′ E   (144.746533° E / 144° 44′ 47.52″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-02-17 15:05:40 GMT
Source: Book - Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip Heads GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Sorrento Boat Moorings, 822 m, bearing 194°, SSW
SS Wauchope, Wooden steamship, 269 ton.
Sunk: 1 August 1919.
Depth: 0 to 4 m.
See the Wauchope dive site page

William Salthouse

Wreck Dive Boat access
Inside Port Phillip Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Slack Water Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 16.334′ S   (38.272233° S / 38° 16′ 20.04″ S)
Longitude: 144° 42.387′ E   (144.70645° E / 144° 42′ 23.22″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-04-04 08:16:18 GMT
Source: Packo GPS 2013
Nearest Neighbour: Popes Eye Anchor Farm, 798 m, bearing 239°, WSW
Historic shipwreck protected zone.
Permit Required.
Three masted, brig trading ship, 251 ton.
Sunk: 27 November 1841.
Depth: 8 to 12 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.
See the William Salthouse dive site page

Warning: Any shipwreck or shipwreck relic that is 75 years or older is protected by legislation. Other items of maritime heritage 75 years or older are also protected by legislation. Activities such as digging for bottles, coins or other artefacts that involve the disturbance of archaeological sites may be in breach of the legislation, and penalties may apply. The legislation requires the mandatory reporting to Heritage Victoria as soon as practicable of any archaeological site that is identified. See Maritime heritage. Anyone with information about looting or stolen artefacts should call Heritage Victoria on (03) 7022 6390, or send an email to heritage.victoria@delwp.vic.gov.au.

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