View List View Map

YCW Beach

0 Photos, 0 Dives Logged
Depth: 2m, Difficulty: OW
GPS: -38.504708 145.250192 ( 38°30.282'S 145°15.012'E )
Last Edited: 12/24/2022, 4:56:22 PM


YCW Beach on Phillip Island is named after the Young Catholic Workers Camp, which lies on the grassy bluffs immediately behind the beach. The 400 metre stretch of combles down to a sandy beach features gentle waves and rock pools.

The YCW Beach faces south-east, with basalt headlands and rock platforms at each end, and a 400 metre long sand beach in between them. The beach receives waves averaging 1 m and usually has a beach that is awash at high tide. The waves then break over a narrow cobble beach between the sand and the backing 10 to 30 metre high bluffs. In contrast, at low tide the beach is wide, low and shallow, with rips running out against each head.

From the beach entry you would typically venture east to explore the reef structures of Smith's Point. The weed-covered shallows hold small swim throughs, crevices and over hangs with good fish life. Blue Devils, Port Jackson Sharks, Draughtboard Sharks, Boarfish, and Old Wife are common.

You can also head west to explore the rock platforms under the basalt headland there.

Dive Type: Reef Dive

Imported from The Scuba Doctor


Shore access