Eagle Nest Reef is a diving and snorkelling area at Aireys Inlet off the Great Ocean Road (B100) on Victoria's Surf Coast. It lies offshore from Boundary Road facing east into Bass Strait.
Eagle Nest Reef is a sandstone reef backed by 30 to 40 metre high, red bluffs. Between the rock platform, reefs and the bluffs are two narrow beaches. On the north side, the Eagle Nest Reef North beach (aka Sunnymead Beach) is 150 metres long, backed by a cobble storm beach at the base of the bluff and fronted by deep water and a permanent rip against the reefs.
The Eagle Nest Reef South beach is hemmed in between two headlands and platforms. It has a single permanent rip channel straight off the beach. Both beaches are only accessible around the rocks at low tide.
The actual Eagle Nest Reef is a broad limestone reef running parallel to the shore for many kilometres from Split Point to the the south, and further north from this shore access point. If you have access to a dive boat you can use the sounder to find many interesting parts of the reef and dive them. This location at Sunnymead Beach gives you the best shore access to the reef for snorkelling and diving.
Beginner snorkellers will be interested in the inner shallow parts of the reef. More intrepid snorkellers and divers will want to head several hundred metres out to the larger main reef structures. There is plenty of interesting reef structure to explore and lots of marine life to see. You might even get lucky and gather a feed of crayfish or abalone.
Dive Type: Reef Dive
Imported from The Scuba Doctor