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Yanchep Dog Beach


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Location:Yanchep Dog Beach
Travel Time (ex-Perth):45 minutes
Max. Depth:10metres
Ave. Visibility:To 10metres
Dive Rating:Open Water
Ave. Depth:6metres
Dive Type:Shore
Directions:Turn onto Lagoon Drive from Marmion Avenue and then right onto Brazier Road. Follow the road around until you get to a small lay by just before Leonard Way opposite the bus shelter.
Dive Site Information:

This is a fair weather shore dive touted for crays but don’t get too excited as they are mostly under-size or very well concealed but there are a few well over size too towards the outer edge but not on the outer edge of the reef. If the sea has been calm for a few days you’ll get good Viz.

Entry is easy via a 180m track (gear up in the car park). There are two options; a short swim over very shallow reef to the North to 4m marked above, or a longer track which is about 550m out to the outside of the outer reef which maxes out at 10m.If you do this track travel South along the reef for 200m (make sure you penetrate the reef occasionally to make the most of it), then swim 550m back.

The geology is limestone and there is plenty to see including; sea urchins, anemones, turban shells, sea stars, octopus, prawns, cray fish, cuttlefish, blue devils and ox eyes, juvenile pink snapper, hard and soft corals, nudibranchs and even lionfish! Take a torch for the overhanging ledges and move the kelp out of the way to peer underneath – Wear gloves! Caves, such as they are, are tight. Be careful of overhead environments.

Thanks to Nigel Barker who mapped this site. Click here for a Dive Site Information Sheet.

North Mole


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Location:Rous Head, North Mole, North Fremantle
Travel Time (ex-Perth):15 minutes by car
Max. Depth:12metres
Ave. Visibility:5metres
Dive Rating:Open Water
Ave. Depth:10metres
Dive Type:Shore
Directions:

North Mole Drive, North Fremantle

Turn right from Rudderham Drive onto North  Mole Drive, and follow it all the way to the end  (light house) where you will reach a small car park and public toilets.

Across from the toilets you will see a small ramp and concrete platform on the northern side of the mole. This is disabled persons’ fishing platform and it the easiest way to gain entry to the water.

Caution must be taken, the rocks can be quite slippery when wet.

Dive Site Information:There is a small shipwreck located 220 metres off the platfrom on a bearing of 358 degrees. Although the true identity is not known, it seems the wreck is most probably the Gareenup, a 22M barge which sunk in 1923 after a collision with another vessel.

She lies in 8-10 metres of water, and is easier to find if you line up the light house on a bearing on 210 degrees, and the first dockside crane on 85 degrees.

You can also dive up and down the mole itself, with the large rocks providing homes to schools of Bullseyes, Old Wives, and the odd Western Rock Lobster. These can also be found at the wreck itself, along with Blue Devil’s, Masked Stingrays, small Port Jackson Sharks, Western Box fish and the occasional Cuttle Fish.

Dont forget a flag as there can be boat traffic in the area, and a rope makes the decent down the ramp a little easier.

Point Peron


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Location:Point Peron Road, Rockingham
Travel Time (ex-Perth):30 minutes by car
Max. Depth:10metres
Ave. Visibility:5-7metres
Dive Rating:Open Water
Ave. Depth:10metres
Dive Type:Shore
Directions:Drive down Patterson Road into Parkin Street and then a right hand dogleg into Point Peron Road.
Dive Site Information:

This is a fair weather dive site with many swim throughs and one or two larger caves. Popular for snorkellers as well it’s a great family day out.

Entry is easy via a few steps with a hand rail into the water. There is a swim of about 130m to mushroom rocks, 300m to the suggested dive site (depth 7m) and it’s about 500m to the outer reef which lies in about 10m. There are reefs to the North which are a bit of a hike to lug equipment to but worth it if you are looking for deeper caves and swim throughs.

This site is part of the Shoal Water Islands Marine Park. An alternative entry for diving the Northern Point is the car park on the Northern side of the peninsular. But a long and boring swim over sand.

The geology is limestone and whilst largely fished out, there is nevertheless plenty to see including: Sea urchins, anemones, turban shells, sea stars, octopus, sea horses, and lots of colourful growth including hard and soft corals and bait fish which are predated upon by the penguins, etc. Take a torch for the caves but be careful of overhead environments.

Thanks to Nigel Barker who mapped this site. Click here for a Dive Site Information Sheet.

The Grain Terminal


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Location:

Off Rockingham Beach Road, Kwinana

Travel Time (ex-Perth):

20 minutes by car

Max Depth:

10metres

Ave. Visibility:

5-7metres

Dive Rating:

Open Water

Ave. Depth:

7metres

Dive Type:

Shore

Directions:Off Rockingham Beach Road, opposite the grain silos, Kwinana.
Dive Site Information:

The dive site consists of the mussel beds to the North East and South West fo the Jetty (These are clearly marked by floating buoys) and the pylons on which the grain conveyor is built. The Jetty is approximately 650m long from the high water mark to the loading dock. The ground is gentle sloping sandy bottom.

This is a macro site for lovers of nudibranchs but can be visited by large schools of snapper, the occasional sea lion and even penquins! If you are lucky you may even see a shark predating on snapper. Octupus, sea horses, schools of herring and lots of colourful growth on the Pylons, sponges, soft coral and sea slugs, tube worms etc.

Take a torch!

Thanks to Nigel Barker who mapped this site. Click here for a Dive Site Information Sheet.

Orizaba Wreck

Location:

Five Fathom Bank, Rockingham

Travel Time (ex-Perth):

25minutes by car + 15minutes by boat (from Rockingham)

Max. Depth:

12metres

Ave. Visibility:

7metres

Dive Rating:

Open Water

Ave. Depth:

12metres

Dive Type:

Boat

Directions:

GPS: S 32°16.978, E 115°37.595

Dive Site Information:

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. Her history is amazing, the coast hidden by a haze of bush fires, her skipper actually thought he was entering in towards Fremantle, she crossed the shallow Five Fathom Bank, then when he realised his mistake he turned around to head back out to deeper water and THEN got stuck on the reef… talk about a sad tale! 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.

D9 Wreck

Location:Cockburn Sound
Travel Time (ex-Perth):25minutes by car + 15minutes by boat (from Rockingham)
Max. Depth:13.5metres
Ave. Visibility:4metres
Dive Rating:Open Water
Ave. Depth:13.5metres
Dive Type:Boat
Directions:GPS: S 32°01.145, E 115°32.872
Dive Site Information:The D9 is one of the barges used to dredge the sound for shipping, she is around 50mtrs long and penetrable, but be wary, silt-out IS a danger, so do it wisely!

Ammunition Jetty

Location:

Woodman Point Recreation Reserve

Travel Time (ex-Perth):

20 minutes by car

Max. Depth:

11metres

Ave. Visibility:

5metres

Dive Rating:

Open Water

Ave. Depth:

8metres

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 Site Information:

The dive is easy and great if you just want to get wet and blow bubbles. The marine life is more diverse on on the northern side of the jetty. You’ll find a variety of fish feeding and sheltering amongst the invertebrates. Old Wives, Damselfish, Leatherjackets, Blennies, Yellowtails and Boxfish are all found in large numbers. I’ve also seen some Octopuses at times if you look real hard. Just a word of caution on the large number of fishing lines and hooks that lay on the bottom.

Robb’s Jetty


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Location: McTaggart Cove, North Coogee
Travel Time (ex Perth):20 minutes by car
Max. Depth:8metres
Ave. Visibility:5metres
Dive Rating:Open Water
Ave. Depth:6metres
Dive Type:Shore
Directions:Park at the carpark located at the end of McTaggart Cove, North Coogee (where the toilets & BBQs can be found). Gear up in the car park and then walk down the concrete ramp and towards the beach. Once you reach the beach, turn right and walk towards the statue of a man on his horse. You’ll see a wrecked ship on the beach, adjacent this is the old jetty pylons just barely visible under the surface of the water. Take your compass bearing based on the direction the pylons head and head in. The remainder of the jetty pylons are approximately 50 metres out from shore and finish another 200metres from shore.
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