Diving Tours

 

Various diving charters are available, including open water and advanced dives. Shipwrecks range in depths from 6 to 24 metres. The shallower wrecks allow plenty of bottom time and are also excellent for snorkeling. The endless number of diveable reefs, gutters and bommies, all with magnificent colours, sponges, gorgonian fans and abundant marine life such as crayfish, make a Shipwreck Coast dive an experience of its own.

Come and dive the Shipwreck Coast's most challenging dive sites - Loch Ard, Lost City, Moonlight Wall, The Sponge Hole, The Prison, The Fish Tank and Westgate Bridge.

Type Cost (AUD) Min People required
First time dive
$50
5
Additional dives
$40
5
Snorkeling
$40
5

There are many famous wrecks that can be dived along the Shipwreck Coast, the following are a few that Port Campbell Boat Charters can take you to. All shipwreck sites are suitable for all experience levels of diving, including snorkeling.

Loch Ard

Victoria's worst shipping disaster, with only two survivors out of fifty-four passengers and crew. The Loch Aid, a 1,693 ton iron sailing ship built in Scotland in 1873, came to grief on the 1st of June 1878 against the most southern point of Mutton Bird Island. The sea bed is covered by its cargo, ranging from artifacts, crockery, railway lines and assorted building materials that were being transported for use in Australia.

Depth Range: 10 to 24 metres.

Falls of Halladale

A 2,085 ton iron barque built in Glasgow in 1886 that ran aground near Peterborough in November 1908 with no loss of life. The hull has been torn apart by the wild seas that result from the open area where the ship lies. A large anchor can be found amongst its scattered wreckage, as well as bollards, chain plates, iron masts and the vessel's stern, which is still standing upright wedged into the reef. Its cargo of coils of wire, sheets of roofing slate, and much more, are encrusted in the reef.

Depth Range: 3 to 12 metres.

Schomberg

A 2,500 ton timber sailing ship built in 1885 in Aberdeen, the Schomberg left Liverpool on the 6th of October 1855 on her maiden voyage and ran aground near Peterborough. No lives were lost. The timber planking has deteriorated over the years, leaving only her metal fittings, such as the large brass pins that held the timber hull together. The large anchor and Muntz metal used to protect the hull below the water line are scattered on the bottom. Archways and caves have been formed by the cargo of railway lines destined for the Melbourne to Geelong rail link and the rocky gutters contain a variety of interesting artefacts.

Depth Range: 3 to 8 metres.

Newfield

A 1,386 ton iron barque built in Dundee, Scotland in 1889. She ran aground near Peterborough in August 1892 with the loss of nine lives. Her cargo of 1850 tons of rock salt quickly dissolved, leaving the massive hull to the open sea, which broke and twisted it and scattered it across the sea floor. Two large anchors lie at the bow section and the capstan still stands upright on the deck. Parts of the hull can be found along gutters.

Depth Range: 2 to 6 metres.

Fiji

A 1,471 ton iron barque built in Belfast, Ireland in 1875. In September 1891 twelve lives were lost when she ran aground at Moonlight Head. The wreck is uncovered and the main structure of the hull can sometimes be seen from the surface, displaying large piles of anchor chain on the top deck. Her cargo of rolls of wire, porcelain dolls, toys, china and much more can be found in the gutters that run shoreward from the wreck site.

Depth Range: 3 to 6 metres.