Garden Island

Location: Tamar River
State: TAS
Diver Qualification: Advanced
Average Depth: 15mtrs
Max Depth: 22mtrs
Average Visibility: 7mtrs
Access Type: SHORE
Directions: Follow the main road to Clarence Point. Garden Isalnd is the first left after the pub. Once on the island head to the South Eastern point, and park under the telegraph pole. Enter the water on the Eastern side of the point and head SLIGHTLY south.
Description: WARNING: When the (3m) tide is going out this site experiences surges of close to 10kts, and will easily purge all of your regulators. So unless adrenaline diving is your thing, this dive should only be attempted at high tide or slightly beforehand.

At 11m the bottom flattens out before dropping off a small 4m wall. Schools of bastard trumpeter, sea sweep and barber perch frequent this area, along with the usual suspects; blue-throat wrasse, damsel fish and senator wrasse. Heading south there is a series of small overhangs to explore, along with numerous bombies covered entirely with a variety of sponges and bryozoans.

Heading north there is a series of medium sized crevices, small overhangs, and small ombies. Sea carp, horseshoe leatherjackets and bearded cod hide along this stretch.