Location: Barwon Heads
Diver Qualification: Open Water
Average Depth: 5mtrs
Max Depth: 9mtrs
Directions: Drive through the foreshore camping ground up Ewing Blyth Drive past the footy oval to the car park at the end of the road. Before gearing up check out the water. Do the short walk over the crest and check out the sea. If lots of white water head on home.
Gear up and walk down the ramp to the beach and turn left. Walk onto the rock shelf and as far east as you want to go. Enter the water via the rock shelf. Swim towards the point and the kelp beds.
Description: This is a wonderful dive that is better done with little to no swell but for the experienced the swell just adds to the challenge and beauty of the dive.
There are plenty of nooks and crevices to hunt and look in for the odds and ends of bye gone era. In amongst all of these rocks and ledges are the remains of the Earl of Charlemont. She remains burried for about 800 to 900 days at a time and then comes out of her burried state for a very short period of time. Generally only when the surf is at its wildest and roughest but it can be found as can artifacts from the wreck.
A swim in the kelp can be rivaled with the best kelp gardens in the world, albeit not as deep. If spear fishing is your go then look for snapper in the warmer months of the year and almost at any time you will see Barracouda. Good luck to you if you can spear them. Crayfish can be found as well with the proper permits etc. Generally a very good and shallow dive.
Return to car via the same way. Foot protection on the rocks is beneficial.
Access Type: SHORE
Average Visibility: 10mtrs