4 MILE REEF

Location: Bargara
State: QLD
Diver Qualification: Open Water
Average Depth: 8mtrs
Max Depth: 13mtrs
Average Visibility: 14mtrs
Access Type: BOAT
Directions: The site is accessable by boat and is situated approximately 6 nautical miles South East of Elliott Heads and 3 miles offshore from Coonarr Creek, this is an amazing site offering easy diving with extended bottom times.
Description: This site offers great diving in a defined reef area and although only offers shallow diving it is great for both novice and the more experienced. The reef covers an area of about 5 acres, is relatively easy to find and is large enough to justify two dives. The bottom time provided by the shallow depth is a definite advantage for those looking for longer dives.

The bottom is made up of a flat sandy and rubble bottom at 13 metres rising onto a large expanse of short staghorn coral at about 8 metres. This coral 'field' features small and large crater-like holes with substantial ledges that lead back under the coral and which provides home for an unbelievable variety of reef species. The surrounding rubble is also home to many other species.

NOTE: Sharks that our divers have sighted have always been cruising around the edge of the reef. Spearfishermen have reported being 'buzzed' by whalers and scuba divers should consider this fact before entering the water if spearfishing is taking place nearby.

Many divers who have visited this area cannot believe the diversity of the marine life in one relatively small location. Most local reef species are represented here and many take up residence in specific 'craters'.

Divers can swim from one 'crater' to the next sighting completely different species in each. Coral trout, pineapple fish, banner fish, cod and many varieties of angel fish and butterfly fish are resident on this reef. It is not uncommon to sight several different turtles and rays including bull rays and mantas during a single dive. Huge schools of trevally (golden and silver) frequent the area and often circle divers to such an extent that they can create a vortex.

The area is rumoured to be patrolled by sharks, particularly tigers and whalers. Although our divers have sighted the occasional shark, it is believed that the area's reputation has been acquired through occasional sightings by people involved in spearfishing activities in the area.