Flinders Pier

Flinders Pier is an iconic Victorian dive site. Lush fields of seagrass provide a home to a variety of fauna, including the stunning Weedy Sea Dragon.

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Just over an hour’s drive south from Melbourne with an easily accessible carpark positioned right of the pier, Flinders Pier is perfect for a day trip out of Melbourne.

Located in a protected pocket of the Mornington Peninsula coast, the waters around Flinders Pier are accessible under most weather conditions, although it’s best dived on a northerly winds below 20 knots on an outgoing tide, and best avoided when strong southeast winds are present.

Maximum depth across the pier is 7 metres, though interesting flora and fauna can still be found at shallower depths of 1 to 3 metres, making this an enjoyable site for snorkelers and divers alike.

Most people come to Flinders in search of the Weedy Sea Dragon, and for good reason; Flinders is arguably the easiest place in the world to find one of Australia’s most iconic marine creatures.

Whilst Weedy Sea dragons may be the main attraction, a wide range of marine fauna can be found here, such as cuttlefish, rays, banjo sharks, crabs and various fish species.

Summary:

  1. Home of a large Weedy Sea Dragon population

  2. Lush seagrass beds

  3. Great areas for either snorkeling or diving

  4. Easy access from carpark

Location of Flinders Pier

Location of Flinders Pier

Level of Difficulty

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Ease of Accessibility

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Wildlife

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Wild Melbourne crew member, Christopher McCormack, gets a close encounter with a graceful Weedy Seadragon. 

Wild Melbourne crew member, Christopher McCormack, gets a close encounter with a graceful Weedy Seadragon. 

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All images courtesy of Evatt Chirgwin