Dive Site - Blairgowrie Pier
|Dive Site - Blairgowrie Pier|
|Dive Location:||City / Island:|
|Blairgowrie Pier||Port Phillip Bay, VIC|
|Australia||7 m||Open Water|
|38° 21.407′ S||144° 46.416′ E||Google Map||WGS84|
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|Blairgowrie Pier in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria is quite simply one of the best pier dives you can do anywhere. It's a favourite dive site of photographers into maro shots.
Entry/Exit: There is a landing to jump off half way out which has two ladders to use to climb out at the end of your dive. Alternately, you can enter and exit from the beach.
Lots of sponge covered pylons. Once you come to the end of the pier turn left and dive along the breakwater (breakwater extends right for a short way, but it is basically L shaped). Fishermen can not access this part. It gets deeper with lots of dead shells and inside there is a mass of sponge.
Growth is excellent not only over the pylons but also over the steel sheet cladding on the side of the pier that serves to protect the yachts in the marina against waves and current. Thus it ends up almost being a wall dive instead of a typical pier dive.
Good as a night dive for nudibranchs, dumpling squid, southern calimari squid, octopus, seahorses, various molluscs, spider crabs (lots of them), globe fish, leatherjackets, stingarees, banjo sharks and sometimes large rays. More fish nearer the end of the breakwater.
A long dive will allow you to cover the entire length of the jetty, then breakwater and return to the stairs.
Best dived at slack water as current moves fairly fast here perpendicular (across) to the pier and allows for more areas to be dived if the current is stopped. However even when the currents running you can still have a very good dive if you're careful and use the iron cladding on the side of the pier to sheild you from the current. One side of the pier has been blocked off with a thin wall running from the surface to half way to the bottom, the wall/cladding is covered in sponge life making it interesting to swim along this part up off the bottom in 2 m of water out of the current. Best dived close to high tide as it is then deeper.
Parking: Free parking all the time just outside the gates to the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron, around 100 meters from the start of the pier. Some light to gear up by at night time.
Location GPS coordinates from Google Earth. Approximate location only.
Google Map of Blairgowrie Pier