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Dive Sites - South Perth



SITE NAME: Point Peron
LOCATION: Safety Bay
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 45 Minutes DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 12 Metres AVG DEPTH: 8 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 8 Metres DIVE TYPE: BOAT/SHORE
DIRECTIONS: Point Peron Rd to the end, Left, Right into car park. Suit up and walk to sand beach 80mts to the right of carpark.
DIVE INFO: Enter water 80 mts right from main car park on the beach. Surface swim 100 metres (save air) at 300 deg to edge of reef. On seaward side of the main reef there are several large caves, most being swim through, (take your torch).

 

SITE NAME: Bells Beach
LOCATION: Rockingham
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 35 Minutes DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 17 Metres AVG DEPTH: 13 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 3 Metres DIVE TYPE: SHORE
DIRECTIONS: Access is from the Carpark at the end of Flinders Lane just south/west of the Bells Dive store, walk down the steps, straight into the water and head for the marker buoys about 50 meters from shore.
DIVE INFO: Dive instructors commonly use this site as a safe, interesting place to take their students. The bottom composition is Silt so it gets extremely murky, this is made even worse when students are around, but it's full of life and an easy pleasant dive.

 

SITE NAME: Woodman Point Ammunitions Jetty
LOCATION: Woodman Point Recreation Reserve
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 20 Minutes DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 11 Metres AVG DEPTH: 8 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 5 Metres DIVE TYPE: SHORE
DIRECTIONS: The jetty is about nine kilometres south of the mouth of the Swan River at the Woodman Point recreation reserve off Cockburn rd in Coogee.
DIVE INFO: The dive is easy and great if you just want to get wet and blow bubbles. The marine life is more diverse on the northern side of the jetty. Old Wives, damselfish, Leatherjackets, Blennies, Yellowtails and Boxfish are all found in large numbers.

 

SITE NAME: D9 Wreck – Cockburn Sound
LOCATION: Cockburn Sound
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 35 Mins  DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 13.5 Metres AVG DEPTH: 13.5 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 4 Metres DIVE TYPE: BOAT
DIRECTIONS: GPS: S 32°11.664, E 115°44.516 
DIVE INFO: The D9 is one of the barges used to dredge the sound for shipping, she is around 50mtrs long and penetratable, but be wary, siltout IS a danger, so do it wisely!

 

SITE NAME: Orizaba - Five Fathom Bank
LOCATION: Rockingham
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 15 Mins (by boat from Rockingham) DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 12 Metres AVG DEPTH: 12 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 7 Metres DIVE TYPE: BOAT
DIRECTIONS: GPS: S 32°16.978, E 115°37.595
DIVE INFO: The Orizaba is arguably the biggest and most spectacular wreck off our coast, well she would be if the ocean swells hadn't done their work. She is a great dive though and it is hard to imagine such a large ship could collapse down to so little. She was a 3325 ton Orient Liner and was visible off the coast for many years until salvage and erosion finally took her below the water line. Beware if you are doing this wreck in seas above 1mtr swell, as this is the shallowest rise this side of Africa, the smallest swell causes tremendous surge and if you go sticking your head in a hole, you may just get sucked in or hurt badly. We prefer this site around March/April on a day when the swell has been less than 1mtr for about a week.

 

SITE NAME: Gareenup Wreck
LOCATION: Fremantle
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 20 Mins DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 10 Metres AVG DEPTH: 9 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 6 Metres DIVE TYPE: SHORE or BOAT
DIRECTIONS: North mole drive in Fremantle. Decend on the disabled fishing ramp at the 1st car park. On entering the water swim 355 deg for 160mts. (5mins)
DIVE INFO: The actual name of this wreck is not certain and although probably wrong, it is generally referred to as the Gareenup. It is half a barge that was relocated to this site when the Rous Head extensions would have meant that it would have been covered up under rock. Gets all sorts of life and the growth, like all wrecks is pretty good despite the hammering it gets from constant diving. It is broken up but still in good condition for a wreck dive.

 

SITE NAME: Straggler's Dredge - Near Straggler's Rocks
LOCATION: Stragglers
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 20 Mins (by boat from Fremantle) DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 20 Metres AVG DEPTH: 20 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 10 Metres DIVE TYPE: BOAT
DIRECTIONS: GPS: S 32°03.884, E 115°36.114 Located 2kms west of Stragglers Rocks, between Stragglers and Five Fathom Bank.
DIVE INFO: This wreck was recently (1998) discovered by a group of divers who just "happened" upon it whilst looking for a crayfish site. The actual identity of the wreck is still to be proven. She sits upright on the sand and in such a deep flat site with no real breakers happening that she is in fairly good condition for a wreck off our coast. Don't expect to swim through the Titanic, its mainly just a skeleton with a couple of openings, but growth is amazing, corals, sponges, it all seems to grow more healthy on a wreck than it does on reef, please if you do visit this site, watch your fins, the growth IS delicate.
A very pretty dive on a calm day with good visibility.

 

SITE NAME: Challenger Rock - Garden Isl.
LOCATION: Garden Island
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 10 Mins (by boat from Rockingham) DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 14 Metres AVG DEPTH: 14 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 6 Metres DIVE TYPE: BOAT
DIRECTIONS: GPS: S 32°08.500, E 115°38.830 Located just south east of the Leading Light Buoys for entry into Cockburn Sound. The rock comes to within a metre of the surface at low tide
DIVE INFO: On the east and central portions of the reef are some great caves, with DENSE fish life. This is a great dive site if you have a small boat and can't take the West Coast battering of strong winds. You can launch within Cockburn sound, where it's more protected, and just duck out to the site when the winds (on or offshore) are at their mildest. It is also a great dive for beginners, not to deep, hard to get lost (you can just circle around the reef) and it IS very interesting.

 

SITE NAME: Dark Cave - Carnac Island
LOCATION: Carnac Island
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 20 Mins (by boat from Fremantle) DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 14 Metres AVG DEPTH: 14 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 6 Metres DIVE TYPE: BOAT
DIRECTIONS: GPS: S 31°08.160, E 115°38.630
DIVE INFO: Dark Cave is like many of the "lumps around Carnac on the West side of the island, many caves can be found.

 

SITE NAME: Sepia Wreck - Carnac Island
LOCATION: Carnac Island
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 20 Mins (by boat from Fremantle) DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 14 Metres AVG DEPTH: 14 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 6 Metres DIVE TYPE: BOAT
DIRECTIONS: GPS: S 32°08.078, E 115°38.441 Lying west south west of Carnac
DIVE INFO: For it's age (110 years in 2008) this wreck is very intact compared to others off our coast, the reason? being inside 5 fathom bank and not right at a breaking reef, it is reasonably protected from swell and storms. Vis? well it can be sad here, expect 5mtrs with 10-15mtrs on a good day, can be a bit surgy too. Search around and you may find an artifact or two, but remember the wreck IS protected and it is illegal to remove anything.
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