McGregor Rock (aka McGregor Reef) at Quiet Corner, Black Rock is the northern most diving and snorkelling site within Rickets Point Marine Sanctuary. It faces south-west into Port Phillip, and is a great site for beginner snorkellers and night dive enthusiasts.
Ricketts Point is a 115-hectare marine sanctuary located at Black Rock and Beaumaris, in north-eastern Port Phillip. This area is renowned for both the marine life, and also as a place to go when the wind blows diving and snorkeling out elsewhere.
North of Ricketts Point at the southern end of the sanctuary, the coast trends north-west for 2 km to Quiet Corner. It is dominated by 10 to 20 metre high, vegetated bluffs, fronted by extensive rocks and reefs. Between the bluffs and rocks are three narrow, crenulate beaches. The 100 metre long Quiet Corner beach is hemmed in between two bluffs, with a seawall and walkway along the base of the bluffs. Beach Road runs along the top of the bluffs and parallels the beach, however, vehicle access is restricted to the yacht club, where there is a large car park and picnic area. Elsewhere, parking is on Beach Road, with a climb down the bluffs via a steep set of steps required to reach Quiet Corner. Further up Beach Road is a steep sealed pathway that can take a wheelchair.
The sign on the bluestone wall near the foot of the steps shows a recommended snorkelling trail. A commonly taken trail is to head south-west from Quiet Corner Beach at the bottom of the steps, and explore the western edge of McGregor Reef. Follow it around the point and then head north exploring the eastern side. Then turn around and head back, maybe out a bit deeper, and back to Quiet Corner Beach.
Dive Type: Shore Dive
Imported from The Scuba Doctor