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January 2021 Tours

Sun 24 Jan

Sea Dragon

The Grotto 12-24m
South Channel Fort 0-12m

Medusa 2

  • 6:30 am - Coogee (Wreck) 28-35m
    Queenscliff 0630 Portsea 0650
    Coogee (Wreck) 28-35m

    The Coogee was a steel screw steamer built in the UK and launched in 1887 as the Lancanshire Witch. Her length overall was 225 ft her beam 30 ft and her draught 14 ft giving her a displacement of 762 tons.

    She was owned by the Huddart parker company and was originally used on the Melbourne to Geelong run carrying cargo but was later converted to a passenger vessel and employed on the Melbourne to Launceston run. She also traded around the Australian coast for many years and was involved in quite a few incidents; the most famous was her collision with the Barque Fortunato Figari on Christmas day 1903 of Cape Shank.

    The steel bowsprit of the barque swept the deck of the steamer killing the Captain and the lookout. In the confusion and thinking the steamer was about to sink the Coogee’s officers and crew climbed aboard the barque. A steward and a passenger took command and after some semblance of order was restored a line was made fast to the barque who took the steamer in tow. It was soon found, however, the Coogee could still get up steam and she eventually made it to Melbourne under her own power.

    Other incidents included, 1889 collision with vessel Excelsior in Port Phillip bay, 1889 Collision with vessel Griper in Yarra River, 1891 collision with pilot vessel in Yarra river, 1914 collision with steamer Bombala in Yarra River.

    In 1918 she was employed as a minesweeper in the Bass Strait.

    She was eventually dismantled and scuttled off Port Phillip Heads in 1928. The vessel now lies north south in 34m of water with her bow facing north, the top of the wreck is about 26m with the bow and stern sections quite intact but the midsection with the exception of the boilers is quite broken up.

     

    Certification required: Advanced 30m

    Call 0352581188 as the Tour is commencing soon

Coogee (Wreck) 28-35m
  • 9:30 am - Boarfish Reef 8-22m
    S/E

    Queenscliff 0930 Portsea 0950

    Fully booked
    Boarfish Reef 8-22m

    Boarfish reef boasts all the colours of the rainbow. The reef, which lies approximately halfway between Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale starts in approx. 10m of water and drops off to 22m in a system of caves drop-offs and overhangs. The reef provides a multitude of colour, plant and animal life. There are the spectacular Blue Devil fish, crayfish and of course Boarfish.

    Near the southern end of the reef, lies a large 4m Admiralty anchor encrusted with marine growth. On the northern tip of the reef a large sponge garden extends for approx 400m

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Call 0352581188 as the Tour is commencing soon

Boarfish Reef 8-22m

Mon 25 Jan

Sea Dragon

Ripbank 16-60m
Sth Channel Fort and Seals 0-12m

Tue 26 Jan

Sea Dragon

Sth Channel Fort and Seals 0-12m
  • 10:45 am - Boarfish Reef 8-22m
    S/E

    Queenscliff 1045 Portsea 1105
    Boarfish Reef 8-22m

    Boarfish reef boasts all the colours of the rainbow. The reef, which lies approximately halfway between Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale starts in approx. 10m of water and drops off to 22m in a system of caves drop-offs and overhangs. The reef provides a multitude of colour, plant and animal life. There are the spectacular Blue Devil fish, crayfish and of course Boarfish.

    Near the southern end of the reef, lies a large 4m Admiralty anchor encrusted with marine growth. On the northern tip of the reef a large sponge garden extends for approx 400m

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


Boarfish Reef 8-22m

Wed 27 Jan

Sanctum Reef 24-60m
Ex HMAS Canberra (Wreck) 18-30m

Fri 29 Jan

Sea Dragon

  • 10:00 am - Eliza Ramsden (Wreck) 14-22m
    S/F

    Queenscliff 1000 Portsea 1020
    Eliza Ramsden (Wreck) 14-22m

    One of the few ship wrecks that are available for all levels of certified divers. As she sits just on the edge of the shipping channel this dive is only rarely diveable and you should consider yourself lucky if you get the opportunity to dive here!

    Built in Glasgow Scotland in 1874 for Samuel Ramsden of Melbourne and named after his wife she cost 10,000 pounds. She was a three masted iron barque, length 151 ft beam 27 ft and a gross tonnage of 415 tons.

    The vessel sunk in 1875 on her first voyage out of Melbourne when she struck Corsair rock on her way to Newcastle. The Eliza was abandoned without loss of life, but floated free overnight and slowly drifted back into the bay and sank where she now lies. Unfortunately she rests right on the edge of the shipping channel and posed a danger to vessels using the channel. For many years her masts remained above sea level and so she wasn’t a real danger until her masts finally collapsed in the 1960 and then she needed to be demolished with explosives.

    The vessel now lies upright in 14 metres to the top of the bow and around 20 metres at the stern, which is quite badly broken up however the donkey boiler is still visible. She sits on the seabed facing east west with her bow to the west.

    As this dive site is subject to shipping an alternative dive site may be selected if shipping is present.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


Eliza Ramsden (Wreck) 14-22m
Sth Channel Fort and Seals 0-12m

Sat 30 Jan

  • 10:30 am - North Wall Corner 23-60m+
    S/F

    Queenscliff 1030 Portsea 1050
    North Wall Corner 23-60m+

    This is an amazing dive, situated at the Northern end of the Lonsdale Wall. Lonsdale Wall runs south to north and at this point it turns and runs west to east. Here in the corner the current has scoured quite a deep area. The walls tower vertically here with amazing splits and overhangs sheltering an amazing variety of soft coral and sponges. Generally, this dive is done at the end of the flood so at is at it's clearest. In this dive it is best to swim along the east west wall first and then return onto the north south wall before the current picks up.

    Certification required: Advanced 30m

    Available: 18


North Wall Corner 23-60m+
  • 1:30 pm - J4 26m Submarine (Wreck) 30m
    Queenscliff 1330 Portsea 1350
    J4 26m Submarine (Wreck) 30m

    Scuttled in the 1920s, this submarine was rediscovered by divers in 1982. The Melbourne Bottom Scratcher's Dive Club has placed a plaque at the conning tower base commemorating their find.

    Known as the 26m, 27m and 90 foot sub, the wreck lies with its bow pointing out to sea. During its scuttling
    the bow section broke off, exposing the forward torpedoes tubes and bow modifications.

    Depths of up to 30m can be gained around and under the broken bow section.
    As with the other Subs, the 26m sub is host to a variety of plant and animal life.

    Good conditions for photography are often found near the conning tower, which is usually surrounded by many fish.

    For the experienced diver, with the proper certificationn, penetration of the wreck is possible via several large openings in the hull. Such penetration should not be taken lightly, as being shallower than the other subs, this wreck is particularly susceptible to surge. Unwary divers can be literally sucked in and catapulted through the wrecks interior.
    However, the surge prevents any silting, and under suitable conditions this makes for one of Melbourne top dives.

    Certification required: Advanced 30m

    Available: 19


J4 26m Submarine (Wreck) 30m

Sun 31 Jan

Sea Dragon

  • 8:00 am - Lonsdale Bommies 12-20m
    Ebb

    Queenscliff 0800 Portsea 0820

    Discovered and named by one of the great local diving identities this dive site is spectacular.

    Approximately 1 kilometre from the Point Lonsdale Light and clear of the shipping channel, just outside Port Phillip Heads is an amazing area of Bommies or underwater rock formations. The strong current flow in this area has created a nutrient rich environment and subsequently prolific marine growth and the associated marine life. But it is the amazing rock formations that make this dive site special. 

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 8


Lonsdale Bommies 12-20m
  • 11:15 am - Devil's Dropoff 12-40m+
    S/F

    Queenscliff 1115 Portsea 1135

    One of the all time favorite wall dives. The steps goes from around 12m to 30m with amazing marinelife as the site is within a Marine Park. If you are certified to go deeper the site slopes down to 55m+

    This dive site have a wide variaty of marinelife and vibrent colours. It is a good spot to see Port Jackson sharks, Banjo sharks and big rays so keep your eyes open.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 17


Devil's Dropoff 12-40m+
Sth Channel Fort and Seals 0-12m

Medusa 2

Ex HMAS Canberra (Wreck) 18-30m, J4 Sub (Wreck) 26m
The Euro (Wreck) 44-46m

Thu 4 Feb

Sea Dragon

  • 7:15 am - 12lb Reef 8-20m
    S/E

    Queenscliff 0715 Portsea 0735

    12lb Reef is located on the Lonsdale Wall. Its name has a similar pedigree to that of 16lb reef - namely that,it was home to a massive crayfish. The difference, however, is that this one was caught.

    The story goes along the following lines: a cray diver caught site of the monster in its cave, and grabbed it. In fact, its more accurate to say that the cray caught him: by the time he reached the surface the two were still locked in a mortal struggle! Nevertheless, there could well be more still lurking here, so if you fancy your skills as a cray basher it is definitely worth a look.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


12lb Reef 8-20m
Sth Channel Fort and Seals 0-12m

Fri 5 Feb

Sea Dragon

  • 7:45 am - Eliza Ramsden (Wreck) 14-22m
    S/E

    Queenscliff 0745 Portsea 0805
    Eliza Ramsden (Wreck) 14-22m

    One of the few ship wrecks that are available for all levels of certified divers. As she sits just on the edge of the shipping channel this dive is only rarely diveable and you should consider yourself lucky if you get the opportunity to dive here!

    Built in Glasgow Scotland in 1874 for Samuel Ramsden of Melbourne and named after his wife she cost 10,000 pounds. She was a three masted iron barque, length 151 ft beam 27 ft and a gross tonnage of 415 tons.

    The vessel sunk in 1875 on her first voyage out of Melbourne when she struck Corsair rock on her way to Newcastle. The Eliza was abandoned without loss of life, but floated free overnight and slowly drifted back into the bay and sank where she now lies. Unfortunately she rests right on the edge of the shipping channel and posed a danger to vessels using the channel. For many years her masts remained above sea level and so she wasn’t a real danger until her masts finally collapsed in the 1960 and then she needed to be demolished with explosives.

    The vessel now lies upright in 14 metres to the top of the bow and around 20 metres at the stern, which is quite badly broken up however the donkey boiler is still visible. She sits on the seabed facing east west with her bow to the west.

    As this dive site is subject to shipping an alternative dive site may be selected if shipping is present.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


Eliza Ramsden (Wreck) 14-22m
Sth Channel Fort and Seals 0-12m

Sat 6 Feb

Sea Dragon

Double Wreck Dive 20-40m
Double dive

Sun 7 Feb

Sea Dragon

The Grotto 12-24m
Ex HMAS Canberra (Wreck) 18-30m

Medusa 2

The Euro (Wreck) 44-46m
Sth Channel Fort and Seals 0-12m

Thu 11 Feb

Sea Dragon

  • 8:15 am - The Plateau 16-40m
    S/F

    Queenscliff 0815 Portsea 0835
    The Plateau 16-40m

    This is a dive in the middle of the Port Phillip Heads. The plateau is a huge rocky platform in around the 16-meter range winding it's way around the edge of this platform is the Entrance deep. This is the deepest water in Victoria, originally part of the river Yarra. Depths at the bottom of this area are between 40 meters and 100 meters. The slack water period here is short, hard to pick and the currents a little unpredictable. Then of course there is the problem of the dive site being in the shipping channel and diving only possible when sea conditions the tide and shipping allow. Despite all of that this area is amazing with some fantastic rock formations sheltering an amazing array of sea life.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


The Plateau 16-40m
Sth Channel Fort and Seals 0-12m

Fri 12 Feb

Sea Dragon

Scubabo Cliffs 10-40m
Sth Channel Fort and Seals 0-12m

Sun 14 Feb

Sea Dragon

  • 8:15 am - Lonsdale arches 12-20m
    Ebb

    Queenscliff 0815 Portsea 0835

    Discovered and named by one of the great local diving identities this dive site is spectacular.

    Approximately 1 kilometre from the Point Lonsdale Light and clear of the shipping channel, just outside Port Phillip Heads is an amazing area of Bommies or underwater rock formations. The strong current flow in this area has created a nutrient rich environment and subsequently prolific marine growth and the associated marine life. But it is the amazing rock formations that make this dive site special. This site has a couple of amazing swim throughs that are very safe easy to enter. 

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


Lonsdale arches 12-20m
  • 11:15 am - Devil's Dropoff 12-40m+
    S/F

    Queenscliff 1115 Portsea 1135

    One of the all time favorite wall dives. The steps goes from around 12m to 30m with amazing marinelife as the site is within a Marine Park. If you are certified to go deeper the site slopes down to 55m+

    This dive site have a wide variaty of marinelife and vibrent colours. It is a good spot to see Port Jackson sharks, Banjo sharks and big rays so keep your eyes open.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


Devil's Dropoff 12-40m+
Sth Channel Fort and Seals 0-12m

Medusa 2

Rotomahana (Wreck) 38-40m
  • 11:15 am - The Plateau 16-40m
    S/F

    Queenscliff 1115 Portsea 1135
    The Plateau 16-40m

    This is a dive in the middle of the Port Phillip Heads. The plateau is a huge rocky platform in around the 16-meter range winding it's way around the edge of this platform is the Entrance deep. This is the deepest water in Victoria, originally part of the river Yarra. Depths at the bottom of this area are between 40 meters and 100 meters. The slack water period here is short, hard to pick and the currents a little unpredictable. Then of course there is the problem of the dive site being in the shipping channel and diving only possible when sea conditions the tide and shipping allow. Despite all of that this area is amazing with some fantastic rock formations sheltering an amazing array of sea life.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 18


The Plateau 16-40m
  • 2:15 pm - 18m Reef 12-18m
    Flod

    Queenscliff 1415 Portsea 1435

    Just outside port Phillip Heads On the Point Lonsdale Side is an area of scattered reef with depths ranging from 12 to 18 meters. The sea life in this is area is prolific with crayfish, Blue Devils, Weedy Sea Dragons, Seals, Abalone and much more.

    The Soft calcium that comprises most of the terrain in this area has
    eroded into lots of little swim through's, valleys and overhangs all topped off with alight scattering of kelp.

    This is a fantastic site for the avid fish spotter.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 18


18m Reef 12-18m

Thu 18 Feb

Sea Dragon

  • 7:00 am - Eliza Ramsden (Wreck) 14-22m
    S/E

    Queenscliff 0700 Portsea 0720
    Eliza Ramsden (Wreck) 14-22m

    One of the few ship wrecks that are available for all levels of certified divers. As she sits just on the edge of the shipping channel this dive is only rarely diveable and you should consider yourself lucky if you get the opportunity to dive here!

    Built in Glasgow Scotland in 1874 for Samuel Ramsden of Melbourne and named after his wife she cost 10,000 pounds. She was a three masted iron barque, length 151 ft beam 27 ft and a gross tonnage of 415 tons.

    The vessel sunk in 1875 on her first voyage out of Melbourne when she struck Corsair rock on her way to Newcastle. The Eliza was abandoned without loss of life, but floated free overnight and slowly drifted back into the bay and sank where she now lies. Unfortunately she rests right on the edge of the shipping channel and posed a danger to vessels using the channel. For many years her masts remained above sea level and so she wasn’t a real danger until her masts finally collapsed in the 1960 and then she needed to be demolished with explosives.

    The vessel now lies upright in 14 metres to the top of the bow and around 20 metres at the stern, which is quite badly broken up however the donkey boiler is still visible. She sits on the seabed facing east west with her bow to the west.

    As this dive site is subject to shipping an alternative dive site may be selected if shipping is present.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


Eliza Ramsden (Wreck) 14-22m
Sth Channel Fort and Seals 0-12m

Fri 19 Feb

Sea Dragon

The Grotto 12-24m
Sth Channel Fort and Seals 0-12m

Sat 20 Feb

Sea Dragon

Ripbank 16-60m
Ex HMAS Canberra (Wreck) 18-30m
Scubabo Cliffs 10-40m

Sun 21 Feb

Sea Dragon

  • 8:15 am - Boarfish Reef 8-22m
    S/E

    Queenscliff 0815 Portsea 0835
    Boarfish Reef 8-22m

    Boarfish reef boasts all the colours of the rainbow. The reef, which lies approximately halfway between Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale starts in approx. 10m of water and drops off to 22m in a system of caves drop-offs and overhangs. The reef provides a multitude of colour, plant and animal life. There are the spectacular Blue Devil fish, crayfish and of course Boarfish.

    Near the southern end of the reef, lies a large 4m Admiralty anchor encrusted with marine growth. On the northern tip of the reef a large sponge garden extends for approx 400m

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 18


Boarfish Reef 8-22m
Sth Channel Fort and Seals 0-12m
  • 2:30 pm - Lonsdale Bommies 12-20m
    Ebb

    Queenscliff 1430 Portsea 1450

    Discovered and named by one of the great local diving identities this dive site is spectacular.

    Approximately 1 kilometre from the Point Lonsdale Light and clear of the shipping channel, just outside Port Phillip Heads is an amazing area of Bommies or underwater rock formations. The strong current flow in this area has created a nutrient rich environment and subsequently prolific marine growth and the associated marine life. But it is the amazing rock formations that make this dive site special. 

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


Lonsdale Bommies 12-20m

Medusa 2

The Playground 20-40m
  • 11:15 am - J4 26m Submarine (Wreck) 30m
    Ebb

    Queenscliff 1115 Portsea 1135
    J4 26m Submarine (Wreck) 30m

    Scuttled in the 1920s, this submarine was rediscovered by divers in 1982. The Melbourne Bottom Scratcher's Dive Club has placed a plaque at the conning tower base commemorating their find.

    Known as the 26m, 27m and 90 foot sub, the wreck lies with its bow pointing out to sea. During its scuttling
    the bow section broke off, exposing the forward torpedoes tubes and bow modifications.

    Depths of up to 30m can be gained around and under the broken bow section.
    As with the other Subs, the 26m sub is host to a variety of plant and animal life.

    Good conditions for photography are often found near the conning tower, which is usually surrounded by many fish.

    For the experienced diver, with the proper certificationn, penetration of the wreck is possible via several large openings in the hull. Such penetration should not be taken lightly, as being shallower than the other subs, this wreck is particularly susceptible to surge. Unwary divers can be literally sucked in and catapulted through the wrecks interior.
    However, the surge prevents any silting, and under suitable conditions this makes for one of Melbourne top dives.

    Certification required: Advanced 30m

    Available: 18


J4 26m Submarine (Wreck) 30m

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