Murrells Beach (aka Bridgewater Bay 1 Beach) is a shore diving and snorkelling site on the western side of Cape Nelson, nine kilometres south-west of Portland on Victoria's Discovery Coast.
Bridgewater Bay is located between 50 metre high Cape Nelson and 130 metre high Cape Bridgewater. Both capes have basalt cores, that are remnants of an extinct volcano, and are capped by extensive dune calcarenite. The bay faces south and receives high waves and strong winds. The eastern 1.5 km of the bay contains three south-west facing beaches. They are backed by dune-capped calcarenite slopes and bluffs rising to 100 metres.
Bridgewater Bay Beach 1 (aka Murrells Beach), is 1 km long and swings around to face south-west against Cape Nelson. It receives some protection from the cape and extensive offshore reefs, with waves averaging between 1 and 1.5 metres. These result in a single attached bar, which is more sheltered toward the cape, but has higher waves and rips toward the north.
Dive Type: Reef Dive
Imported from The Scuba Doctor