The Springs, Lonsdale Bay
GPS: -38.276083 144.6202
Last Edited: 12/24/2022, 4:55:59 PM
The Springs (aka Springs Beach and Springs Reef) is an interesting diving and snorkelling location at the end of Lawrence Road, Point Lonsdale on the Bellarine Peninsula facing south-east into Lonsdale Bay, Port Phillip. There is a convenient car park and it's a short distance to the water. Offshore from here is an expanse of shallow reef with a few big bommies and good fish life.
This site lies at the northerly end of the Point Lonsdale Section of the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park. It is a major reef system that runs out from the shore for 300 plus metres to the South East and stretches across the tide stream as it flows inwards and outwards. As a result, it can be dived either from a boat or from the shore especially on the ebb tide. During this period the diver can drop below the lip of the reef and swim in relatively current free water.
The reef is split into two sections in which the inner reef is separated from the longer outer section by a small channel of about 30 metres. Just ensure that you maintain your direction for if you veer off your course and miss the reef you will have hectares of Sea Nymph, Amphibolus antarctica, meadows to swim over. Both reefs have a narrow ledge on the South West side stretching the whole length of them.
Do not be surprised to come across large Wobbegong Sharks resting under these ledges, they often share this space with a plethora of fish life. This is a great little shallow water dive for the more in-experienced diver. But always remember to have an exit plan as with the tides running here you can end up quite a great distance from where you entered the water.
As the site is sheltered and has only mild currents, it's often used as a training dive site. Pretty undiveable with any waves. Best done at high tide for extra depth.
Dive Type: Shore Dive
Imported from The Scuba Doctor