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Wilsons Promontory Dives

Wilsons Promontory Dives

Wilsons Promontory, Victoria is a peninsula that forms the southernmost part of the Australian mainland.

Wilsons Promontory National Park, also known locally as 'The Prom', contains the largest coastal wilderness area in Victoria. The only settlement within Wilsons Promontory is Tidal River which lies 30 km south of the park boundary and is the focus for tourism and recreation. This park is managed by Parks Victoria.

A scuba diving trip to Wilsons Promontory needs to be carefully planned. You need to bring plenty of extra cylinders, or a compressor, because the nearest air filling station is about 100 kilometres from Tidal River.

For snorkellers there are plenty of sites, however for many a very long walk or hike in is required. Scuba divers are unlikely to carry their heavy gear to those remote dive sites, so they only become accessible by boat for scuba diving.

Boats can be launched from the western end of Norman Bay beach at Tidal River. However, beach launching requires plenty of people to help, plus a lot of care and skill. The weather conditions need to be carefully considered, because while you may be able to launch okay, if the weather turns nasty and the surf gets up when the conditions change rapidly, retrieving the boat at Norman Beach can become impossible.

It's important to remember that when scuba diving, freediving, spearfishing or snorkelling at Wilsons Promontory, especially from a boat, that you are in an isolated area with areas of deep water and strong currents.

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

Cambridge

Wreck Dive Boat access
Technical Rated Wilsons Promontory Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 39° 9.810′ S   (39.1635° S / 39° 9′ 48.6″ S)
Longitude: 146° 29.780′ E   (146.496333° E / 146° 29′ 46.8″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-04-27 05:05:31 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Lady Mildred, 8,571 m, bearing 325°, NW
Steel hulled screw steamer.
Depth: 60 to 68 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.
See the Cambridge dive site page

Cheviot

Wreck Dive Boat access
Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Wilsons Promontory Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 39° 4.800′ S   (39.08° S / 39° 4′ 48″ S)
Longitude: 146° 26.400′ E   (146.44° E / 146° 26′ 24″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-03-13 21:48:38 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-23 04:06:04 GMT
Source: Australian National Shipwreck Database
Nearest Neighbour: Lady Mildred, 2,224 m, bearing 180°, S
Wooden Sailing Barque.
Built: 1827.
Sunk: 24 March 1854.
Depth: 5 m.
See the Cheviot 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

Elm Grove

Wreck Dive Boat access
Marine Park - No Fishing Wilsons Promontory Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 55.017′ S   (38.916944° S / 38° 55′ 1″ S)
Longitude: 146° 28.300′ E   (146.471667° E / 146° 28′ 18″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-12 00:29:33 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Miranda, 825 m, bearing 60°, ENE
Wooden barque.
Built: New Brunswick, Canada, 1863.
Sunk: 9 September 1876.
See the Elm Grove dive site page

Gulf of Carpentaria

Wreck Dive Boat access
Marine Park - No Fishing Technical Rated Wilsons Promontory Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 39° 8.775′ S   (39.14625° S / 39° 8′ 46.5″ S)
Longitude: 146° 17.645′ E   (146.294083° E / 146° 17′ 38.7″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-13 02:06:21 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Kanowna Island, 1,179 m, bearing 115°, ESE
Steamship, 2434/ 1569 ton.
Built: West Hartlepool, UK, 1881.
Sunk: 15 September 1885.
Depth: 48 to 50 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.
See the Gulf of Carpentaria dive site page

Hannah Thompson

Wreck Dive Boat access
Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Wilsons Promontory Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 39° 3.900′ S   (39.065° S / 39° 3′ 54″ S)
Longitude: 146° 19.200′ E   (146.32° E / 146° 19′ 12″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-03-12 23:02:41 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-23 03:55:53 GMT
Source: Australian National Shipwreck Database
Nearest Neighbour: Norman Point, South, 1,348 m, bearing 9°, N
Sailing Cutter.
Built: 1872.
Sunk: 27 July 1923.
Depth: 5 to 8 m.
See the Hannah Thompson dive site page

Kanowna Island

Reef Dive Boat access
Ideal For Snorkelling Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Wilsons Promontory
Latitude: 39° 9.049′ S   (39.150817° S / 39° 9′ 2.94″ S)
Longitude: 146° 18.385′ E   (146.306417° E / 146° 18′ 23.1″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-03-13 01:58:56 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-13 21:16:31 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Gulf of Carpentaria, 1,179 m, bearing 295°, WNW
Depth: 15 m.
See the Kanowna Island dive site page

Lady Mildred

Wreck Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Wilsons Promontory Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 39° 6.000′ S   (39.1° S / 39° 6′ S)
Longitude: 146° 26.400′ E   (146.44° E / 146° 26′ 24″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-03-12 22:43:41 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-13 21:57:45 GMT
Source: Australian National Shipwreck Database
Nearest Neighbour: Cheviot, 2,224 m, bearing 0°, N
Screw Steamer.
Built: 1902.
Sunk: 15 February 1909.
Depth: 6 to 25 m.
See the Lady Mildred dive site page

Lune

Wreck Dive Boat access
Advanced Open Water Rated Wilsons Promontory Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 57.000′ S   (38.95° S / 38° 57′ S)
Longitude: 146° 42.000′ E   (146.7° E / 146° 42′ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-12 02:38:05 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Rubicon, 13,014 m, bearing 321°, NW
Depth: 19 m.
See the Lune dive site page

Miranda

Wreck Dive Boat access
Marine Park - No Fishing Wilsons Promontory Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 54.800′ S   (38.913333° S / 38° 54′ 48″ S)
Longitude: 146° 28.800′ E   (146.48° E / 146° 28′ 48″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-12 01:53:36 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Elm Grove, 825 m, bearing 240°, WSW
Wooden Sailing Brig.
Built: 1846.
Sunk: 7 August 1852.
See the Miranda dive site page

Norman Bay, South

Reef Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Wilsons Promontory
Latitude: 39° 2.788′ S   (39.046467° S / 39° 2′ 47.28″ S)
Longitude: 146° 19.251′ E   (146.320858° E / 146° 19′ 15.09″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-03-14 01:36:50 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-28 04:41:03 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Norman Point, South, 744 m, bearing 168°, SSE
Depth: 18 m.
See the Norman Bay, South dive site page

Norman Point, South

Reef Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Wilsons Promontory
Latitude: 39° 3.182′ S   (39.053032° S / 39° 3′ 10.92″ S)
Longitude: 146° 19.351′ E   (146.322514° E / 146° 19′ 21.05″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-03-14 06:33:44 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-14 06:48:00 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Norman Bay, South, 744 m, bearing 348°, NNW
Depth: 15 m.
See the Norman Point, South dive site page

Picnic Bay, South

Reef Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Wilsons Promontory
Latitude: 39° 1.138′ S   (39.018967° S / 39° 1′ 8.28″ S)
Longitude: 146° 17.337′ E   (146.28895° E / 146° 17′ 20.22″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-03-14 01:03:55 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-14 01:38:38 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Pillar Point, South, 2,700 m, bearing 143°, SE
Depth: 6 m.
See the Picnic Bay, South dive site page

Pillar Point, South

Reef Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Wilsons Promontory
Latitude: 39° 2.310′ S   (39.038493° S / 39° 2′ 18.57″ S)
Longitude: 146° 18.452′ E   (146.307528° E / 146° 18′ 27.1″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-03-14 01:26:11 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-14 06:39:44 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Norman Bay, South, 1,453 m, bearing 127°, SE
Depth: 10 m.
See the Pillar Point, South dive site page

Queensland

Wreck Dive Boat access
Deep Rated Technical Rated Wilsons Promontory Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 39° 6.600′ S   (39.11° S / 39° 6′ 36″ S)
Longitude: 146° 43.800′ E   (146.73° E / 146° 43′ 48″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-05-07 13:00:57 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-07 13:23:54 GMT
Source: Australian National Shipwreck Database
Nearest Neighbour: Lune, 17,979 m, bearing 351°, N
Three Masted, Single Screw Schooner.
Built: 1875 in Newcastle, England.
Sunk: 3 August 1876.
Depth: 65 m.
See the Queensland 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

Refuge Cove, North Wall

Reef Dive Boat access
Ideal For Snorkelling Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Wilsons Promontory
Latitude: 39° 2.195′ S   (39.03658° S / 39° 2′ 11.69″ S)
Longitude: 146° 28.165′ E   (146.469422° E / 146° 28′ 9.92″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-03-13 20:34:13 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-13 21:03:29 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Refuge Cove, South, 673 m, bearing 229°, SW
Depth: 14 m.
See the Refuge Cove, North Wall dive site page

Refuge Cove, South

Reef Dive Boat access
Ideal For Snorkelling Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Wilsons Promontory
Latitude: 39° 2.430′ S   (39.040508° S / 39° 2′ 25.83″ S)
Longitude: 146° 27.810′ E   (146.4635° E / 146° 27′ 48.6″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-03-13 20:53:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-13 21:03:29 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Refuge Cove, North Wall, 673 m, bearing 49°, NE
Depth: 9 m.
See the Refuge Cove, South dive site page

Sealers Cove

Reef Dive Boat access
Ideal For Snorkelling Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Wilsons Promontory
Latitude: 39° 1.049′ S   (39.017475° S / 39° 1′ 2.91″ S)
Longitude: 146° 26.714′ E   (146.445237° E / 146° 26′ 42.85″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-03-13 20:17:21 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-13 21:03:29 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Refuge Cove, North Wall, 2,980 m, bearing 135°, SE
Depth: 15 m.
See the Sealers Cove 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

Tin Mine Cove

Reef Dive Shore access
Ideal For Snorkelling Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Slack Water Wilsons Promontory
Latitude: 38° 48.235′ S   (38.803917° S / 38° 48′ 14.1″ S)
Longitude: 146° 25.215′ E   (146.42025° E / 146° 25′ 12.9″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-03-13 07:50:21 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-13 20:59:11 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Tomatin, 6,060 m, bearing 85°, E
Depth: 15 m.
See the Tin Mine Cove dive site page

Total of 22 dive sites.

Other Resources

The best reference book for diving at Wilsons Promontory is:

Down Under at the Prom

Down Under at the Prom
Down Under at the Prom

"Down Under at the Prom
A guide to marine life and dive sites at Wilsons Promontory"
Authors: Marg O'Toole and Malcolm Turner
Format: Paperback, 111 pages
Publication Date: 31 Dec 1990
Publisher: Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
ISBN10: 0730620565
ISBN13: 9780730620563
Status: Out of print

A very well presented book covering sites as well as marine animals off Wilsons Promontory. Commences with a description of the unique features of 'The Prom', the diving opportunities, and use of underwater photography. This is followed by an extensive section on the marine life — why the Prom is so interesting: its seaweeds and grasses, the sponges, cnidarians, worms, mosses, crustacea, sea-spiders, echinoderms, molluscs, sea-squirts, fish, mammals and seabirds. A thirty page section covers the better dive sites in some detail. Definitely recommended reading. Covers the major locations, and strong on marine life to be expected.

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