Cottage by the Sea Reef is considered by many to be the best shore diving and snorkelling location on the Bellarine Peninsula. The beach here faces south-west into Lonsdale Bay, Port Phillip. It's at the end of Swanston Street, Queenscliff not far from the Cottage-by-the-Sea Children's holiday camp from which it gets its name. It's a short walk from the car park onto the beach and to the rocky platform visible at low tide.
Abundance of fish life including cuttlefish, crays, sea dragons, etc.
The dive site opens up towards the main heads of Port Phillip and is often exposed to ocean swell. On a good day, it is an awesome dive with significant cliff faces, bommies and rock formations down to a depth of about 9 metres. It can get a little busy during summer.
Rock wall of 2 to 4 metres is about a 50 metre swim from shore and is a few hundred metres long. You will need to swim at a bearing of 190 degrees over the sand to get to the reef. Most of the dive is at around 6 to 8 metres. The rock wall has swim throughs and ledges you can poke your head under. Can be current and swell prone so weather is important to take note of.
Dive Type: Shore Dive
Imported from The Scuba Doctor