Diver Qualification: Open Water
Average Depth: 12mtrs
Max Depth: 15mtrs
Directions: Situated approximately 1.5 nautical miles off Bargara, this site can be accessed by a short three minute boat trip from Bargara Beach or twenty minutes from Burnett Heads.
Description: This site is like an oasis in the desert, it's a small reef approx 2-3mtrs high and around 100-150mtrs long surrounded on all sides by sand. To say the fish life is prolific is an understatement!
Things have probably changed quite a bit since way back in 1990 when we dived here, but back then it was a great relaxing dive. It was also the first place we were shown Stonefish, once we were shown one, you could then spot them everywhere! There is also a large amount of fishing line caught on this reef, as well as bottles and other junk which is a pity.
There was also a large amount of soft spikey coral growing on this reef, with brown being the predominant colour, but there was a single large purple piece growing at one end of the reef. We were buzzed by Dolphins here when we first descended which was a buzz.
This is a great site and easily accessed from Bargara Beach which is why it is so popular amongst the local fishermen particularly during the mackerel season. A few smaller rocks surround the main ones and all of these are worthy of a good look. It is theorised that the rocks were thrown out to sea when the now long extinct Hummock volcano erupted centuries ago.
Although easily accessed, the site is subject to periods of poor visibility when affected by the outflow of the Burnett River to the North. For those athletic divers, a dive on the site followed by a long drift dive to the end of Burkitt's Reef is great, however check your tidal currents to gain all the assistance that you can.
The site is very close to the Shark Drum Lines deployed by the Queensland Department of Primary Industries and although many sharks are caught in the area each year, they are, to the disappointment of most, very rarely sighted. There has never been a reported shark attack in the Coral Coast area.
This site is residence to a wide variety of reef species and in particular to a large family of cod which haunt the caves and ledges under the main rocks. Most local reef species are resident with frequent sightings of moray eels, olive sea snakes wobbegong sharks, giant trevally, mackerel, loggerhead and green turtles, banded coral shrimps and cuttlefish to name but a few.
Access Type: BOAT
Average Visibility: 10mtrs