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Port Phillip Bay, VIC - City
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Port Phillip Bay, VIC City
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Port Phillip Bay (locally just The Bay) is a large bay in southern Victoria, Australia on which sits Melbourne and its bayside suburbs. Geographically, the bay covers 1,930 square kilometres (480,000 acres) and the shore stretches roughly 264 km (164 miles).

Although it is extremely shallow for its size, most of the bay is navigable. The deepest portion is only 24 metres (79 feet), and half the region is shallower than 8 metres (26 feet). The volume of the water in the bay is around 25 cubic kilometres (6.0 cu mi).

Port Phillip Bay is separated from Bass Strait by the Bellarine Peninsula to the southwest and Mornington Peninsula to the southeast. The narrow entrance to the bay, called The Rip, between Point Lonsdale and Point Nepean, features strong tidal streams made turbulent by the uneven contours of the seabed. The best time for small craft to enter the Rip is at slack water.

The eastern side of the bay is characterised by sandy beaches extending from St Kilda, Sandringham, Beaumaris, Carrum, and down the Mornington Peninsula to Frankston, Safety Beach/Dromana, Mornington and Rye, Blairgowrie to Portsea.

On the western side of the bay there is a greater variety of beach types, seen at Queenscliff, St Leonards, Indented Head, Portarlington, and Eastern Beach.

Jellyfish are a familiar sight in Port Phillip Bay, and its waters are home to species such as Australian Fur Seals, Bottlenose dolphins, Common dolphins, and Humpback whales. The smooth toadfish is one of the most common fishes in muddy areas. The bay has many endemic species including the bluedevil fish and fantastic sponge walls on the Lonsdale wall in the heads of the Bay.

Port Phillip Bay is also known as an excellent temperate water scuba diving destination. The shore dives from beaches and piers around the Bay provide a wide variety of experiences on day and night dives. Boat diving in Port Phillip provides access to a remarkable variety of diving environments including wrecks, reefs, drift dives, scallop dives, seal dives and wall dives.

See also:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Phillip
Diving Activity at Port Phillip Bay, VIC
39 dive sites at this City / Island:
Awesome Reef | Blairgowrie Pier | Boarfish Reef | Catch Bag Reef Drift | Eliza Ramsden | Elsa's Reef | Fisherman's Beach / Point Linley Reef | Foggy Reef | Hot Spot | Hurricane | Lonsdale Wall | Lonsdale Wall Shallow | Mornington Pier | Nepean Wall | New Bay Wreck | North Wall Corner | Pete's Rye Scallop Drift | Pope's Eye | Portsea Hole | Portsea Pier | Portsea Pier East Reef | Portsea Pier West Reef | Quarantine Station Reef | Quiet Corner Reef | Rob's Reef | Rosebud Reef | Rye Pier | Rye Scallop Drift | Schnapper Point / Morninton Pier | Sorrento Boat Moorings | South Channel Fort | Spectacular Reef | Sponge Garden Drift | Spot G - Londale Wall | Table Rock Reef | The Caves, Lonsdale Wall | The Grotto | Torpedo Reef | Unknown
142 dives at this City / Island:
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