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Port Noarlunga Jetty

Port Noarlunga Jetty

572 Photos, 134 Dives Logged
Depth: 10m, Difficulty: OW
GPS: -35.149122 138.46588 ( 35°8.947'S 138°27.953'E )
Last Edited: 6/22/2024, 4:05:01 PM

Description

Port Noarlunga Jetty is one of the most accessible dive sites in South Australia with proximity to the city and easy jetty access. A great night or day dive with depths under the jetty going up to roughly 8 meters. Commonly used as a training ground for new Open Water divers.

At the end of the jetty is a marine reserve and a reef wall. There is an underwater trail south of the jetty which goes through a deeper area known as the gap, where the depth can be up to 20 meters.

All sorts of sealife can be seen here with over 200 species of marine life & 50 species of fish, including South Australia's iconic leafy sea dragon.

Access

The best access to the reef is via the stairs at the end which contains 3 different level platforms, for access at any tide.

There is a set of stairs an a ladder midway down the jetty, but will require some upper body strength to climb the ladder at the end of a dive.

Beach entry and exit is also possible if the waves aren't too big.

To get a gauge of weather before going, you can view the South Port Webcam, which is positioned just south of the jetty.

The old stairs can be found by following the reef at the end of the jetty north, finding the big chain and then heading in the direction of the chain for roughly 50 metres.

There is also shallow 0.5m reef 310 degree bearing ~ 75 - 100 metres from the mid stairs which sits in about 3 metres

References

    Dives

    Max Depth: 7.10m, Duration: 86:40
    First dive with the wide angle setup. Very silty and milky but managed to get a few good shots in!
    Max Depth: 7.00m, Duration: 95:00
    Awesome night dive at Port Noarlunga, with all the favourites out and about including weedies, leafies, octopusses & a few nudis!
    Max Depth: 7.80m, Duration: 55:10
    Great night dive at Port Noarlunga where we didn't really go out from under the jetty. Lots of flubbers (Roburnella wilsoni) again!
    Max Depth: 7.80m, Duration: 81:30
    Night dive with a bit of surge and a few critters out and about. Dived to the seahorse patch and then followed the standard square
    Max Depth: 8.20m, Duration: 94:10
    Interesting night dive with a lot of surge. Barely any nudibranchs out but discovered the Phyllodesmium serratum on the mid reef which was a welcome surprise. A new species for the site.
    Max Depth: 7.70m, Duration: 83:30
    Great night dive at Porties again. Lots of small critters out and great conditions! 40 degrees topside and pretty nice and warm in the water as well!
    Max Depth: 7.60m, Duration: 100:20
    A great evening dive at Port Noarlunga Jetty, with a few of the old favourites out and about! Unfortunately it looks like my macro lens has died, so will need to either fix it or find a replacement. The photos came out a little creamy but otherwise...
    Max Depth: 7.40m, Duration: 79:20
    Very chill night dive on a dodge tide. Cooler water temps still and not too much out and about, but still managed a good 80 minutes! One Port Jackson shark that headed straight for me while I fumbled getting the camera ready
    Max Depth: 7.20m, Duration: 87:00
    Freezing cold but very clear dive at porties. Was around 13 degrees in the water but still managed a good 80 minutes! Lots of nudis out on the reef, and back again at the old stairs!
    Max Depth: 8.30m, Duration: 35:20

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