Scuba Diving in South Australia

Yorke Peninsula

Reef colour, Edithburgh

  ardrossan grain jetty

There are two jetties in Ardrossan. One is the large grain jetty, to the south. The other provides the local fishermen with some of SA’s great jetty fishing. Both of these are worth diving, although you do really need a boat to reach the end of the grain jetty where the dive becomes interesting. Obviously this jetty cannot be dived when there is a ship in port.

Depth:

11 to 14 metres

Entry:

Boat dive from the nearby ramp.

Features: Numerous pylons covered in all sorts of sponges, ascidians and other growths.  Kingfish, Nudibranchs, common reef fish, Spider Crabs, Rock Ling
Comments:

There are often moon jellyfish in the waters around Ardrossan. 

 

   ardrossan fishing jetty

There are a surprising number of nooks and crannies under the regular fishing jetty, and it certainly can be a paradise for treasure hunters and those who like to collect fishing gear! Some of the spider crabs under the fishing jetty are beautifully decorated. There are plenty of Blue Swimmer Crabs in season under and around either jetty for the taking, if you are interested. 

Depth:

5 to 6 metres

Entry:

Down the steps towards the end of the jetty.

Features: This is a real muck dive. 
Comments:

There are often fishermen on the jetty, so take care of lines. 

 

   edithburgh jetty

Edithburgh is a great spot to base your Yorke Peninsula diving trip.  The jetty is probably the most often dived of all the Yorke Peninsula sites.  It makes an excellent night dive.

Depth:

5 to 7 metres

Entry:

Entry is easy! Take the steps just a little way along the jetty and you’re in! 

Features: Stargazers, Rock Lings, Boxfish and Cowfish, Numbfish, Eagle Rays and lots of different gobies and blennies. There are crabs in all shapes and sizes, nudibranchs, flatworms, cowries and Lined Dumpling Squid.  A night dive might reveal the tiny Short-headed Seahorse, or a Stargazer.
Comments:

An easy, relaxing dive with plenty of marine life.

 

   stenhouse bay jetty

Down at the heel of the peninsula, this is a dive which is not for the faint-hearted, and should definitely be attempted when the swell is at a minimum. 

Depth:

8 to 10 metres

Entry:

Entry is down a narrow ladder at the base of the jetty. First you do need to walk down the steep hill to get there. 

Features: Basket Stars, gorgonians and other marine life not common around the peninsula.
Comments:

The dive itself can be quite spectacular, with interesting pylon growth and plenty of fish and critters to see. 

 

   point turton

This beautiful little jetty is on the western side of the Peninsula and is just in the ‘ankle’ of the ‘foot’. Because of its sheltered position it is almost always able to be dived.  A fantastic night dive, when you might see some Dumpling Squid, plenty of worms, Slipper Lobsters, Echurian Worms and nudibranchs.  An alternative dive at Point Turton is further west of the jetty, where the rocky reef is worth exploring.

Depth:

4 to 6 metres

Entry:

Entry is down steps just a short distance along the jetty

Features: Colourful pylon and weed growth, cuttlefish, nudibranchs, friendly reef fish
Comments:

A shallow, but enjoyable site.  

 

   port victoria jetty

The western side of the peninsula can often offer improved visibility when a strong easterly is blowing.  Port Victoria offers a relaxing jetty dive with easy access.

Depth:

6 to 8 metres

Entry:

Entry is easy from the car park, and into the water.

Features: Good pylon growth and plenty of reef fish.
Comments:

A pleasant dive on the western side.

 

   port hughes jetty

The best part of this dive, is the wide section near the end of the jetty. The pylons are colourfully decorated with Soft Corals dominating.  This can be a very good night dive.

Depth:

6 to 8 metres

Entry:

Entry is via steps a short distance along the jetty.

Features:

There are usually enormous schools of Yellowtail, plenty of fish, nudibranchs and the occasional Port Jackson Shark.

Comments:

This is always a great dive.

 

   wallaroo jetty

This is one of South Australia’s most heavily used jetties, with a plethora of pylons. It is a little silty on the bottom, but full of critters. The jetty is extremely long, and if you wish to dive the deeper waters at the end a boat is recommended.

Depth:

6 to 14 metres

Entry:

Enter via the swimming pool, to the right of the jetty. Wade or snorkel across to the pylons and descend, taking care not to interfere with fishing lines.

Features:

Nudibranchs, Rays, Kingfish, Trevally, the occasional Wobbegong, Port Jackson Sharks

Comments:

This is always a great dive.

 

   boat dives on yorke peninsula

There are often trips organised by Adelaide’s dive shops to Yorke Peninsula offering boat dives. There are a couple of wrecks in the gulf, which are accessible, and some good reef diving, particularly out of Edithburgh and Marion Bay. Many shops organise dive weekends out of Marion Bay to dive with the local seals. Wardang Island near Port Victoria also has wonderful diving.  Enquire at one of the shops for more information.

Comments:

Dive fills are available in Edithburgh, Wallaroo and Yorketown.

 

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