Diver Qualification: Open Water
Average Depth: 5mtrs
Max Depth: 9mtrs
Directions: Situated approximately 15 minutes drive South of the Bargara Shopping Centre.
Reached by driving South along Woongarra Scenic Drive from Bargara, turning right into Rifle Range Road, left into Back Windemere Road and then left into Innes Park Road to travel back towards the coast. Drive past the Innes Park General Store and then take the next right into The Esplanade. Continue South until reaching the elevated headland and parking area.
Description: This extremely popular site features a more pronounced headland than some of the others and therefore usually provides a little more protection during poor weather and unfavourable seas.
Because the area is so easily accessible to divers of all skill levels and is dived by many people, it is important that novice divers pay particular attention to correct buoyancy and finning techniques to keep the reef in a healthy condition for others to enjoy.
The site can be accessed from locations to either the North or South of the headland. A steep embankment from the top of the headland to the rocks requires cautious negotiation.
During choppy sea conditions some protection can be attained on the leeward side of the point.
In calmer conditions either side can be utilised and with a tidal current running a drift dive around the headland can be both relaxing and enjoyable. A partially enclosed pool (known as ‘the moon pond’) is located immediately to the South of the headland and provides an excellent entry/exit point during mid to high tides.
The bottom consists of Basalt rock, extensive soft corals and some hard corals extend to both the North and South of the headland and out to about 50 metres from shore. The remaining bottom comprises mainly of flat sand with some scattered bombies.
Barolin Rocks is home to a large variety of soft corals with some hard corals interspersed. Many small to medium size species of reef fish inhabit the area with rays and some pelagics usually found on the reef’s edge with the sand. Nudibranchs, moray eels, turtles, sea snakes and wobbegong sharks always make this an interesting dive.
Access Type: SHORE
Average Visibility: 10mtrs