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Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park

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Pelican (photo: Mark Rodrigue)

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Location: Mud Islands

Senator Wrasse (photo: Julian Finn)

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Location: Pope's Eye

Sea Star (photo: Jonathan Stevenson)

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Location: Pope's Eye

Scenery (photo: Mark Rodrigue)

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Location: Mud Islands

Hydroids (photo: Don Love)

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Location: Point Lonsdale

Lighthouse (photo: Don Love)

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Location: Point Lonsdale

Port Jackson Shark (photo: Amelia Fowles)

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Location: Point Nepean

Blue Ring Octopus (photo: Don Love)

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Location: Point Nepean

Australasian Gannets (photo: Jonathan Stevenson)

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Location: Pope's Eye

Scenery

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Location: Mud Islands

Diving with the seals

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Location: Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park

Swan Bay

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Location: Swan Bay

Swan Bay

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Location: Swan Bay

Point Nepean

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Location: Point Nepean

The Weedy Seadragon (photo: Bill Boyle)

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Location: Point Lonsdale

Point Lonsdale

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Location: Point Lonsdale

Point Lonsdale

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Location: Point Lonsdale

Diving at Pope's Eye

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Location: Pope's Eye

Australasian Gannets

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Location: Pope's Eye

Introducing Pope's Eye

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Location: Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park

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Bird watching
Canoeing
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Sight-seeing
Snorkelling/SCUBA Diving
Surfing
Swimming
Yachting/Sailing

The park is an internationally recognised dive site, offering excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities for varying levels of experience. 

The park is made up of six separate marine areas around the southern end of Port Phillip:

  • Swan Bay
  • Mud Islands
  • Point Lonsdale
  • Point Nepean
  • Popes Eye
  • Portsea Hole

The habitats found within this park are diverse, ranging from mudflats and seagrass meadows to deep and shallow reefs, rocky shores and beautiful pelagic waters. The variety of habitats, along with the central Victorian location, results in the presence of a great abundance of marine species.

The area marks the end of the range for some animals and plants that prefer the cold waters of western Victoria, but it also supports warmth-loving species from eastern Australia that can survive in the bay's relatively calm, shallow waters.

A high proportion of Victorian species of marine flora and fauna are represented in the Port Phillip Head's region.

Access

Swan Bay and Point Lonsdale are accessible by either shore or boat, whereas Portsea Hole, Point Nepean, Pope’s Eye and Mud Islands are only accessible by boat. Queenscliff, Swan Bay and Portsea all have launching points.

Aboriginal Traditional Owners

Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters.

Indigenous tradition indicates that the Bellarine Peninsula side of the Marine National Park is part of the Country of the Wathaurong, and the Mornington Peninsula side of the Marine National Park, including Mud Islands, is part of Country of the Boonwurrung.

Further information is available from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria AAV and Native Title Services Victoria

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Point Lonsdale

The Point Lonsdale section of the park is located between Queenscliff and the western side of the Port Phillip entrance.…

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The Rip

The Rip offers spectacular wall diving and challenging drift dives. You'll see amazing colour and diversity in the marine creatures.…

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Pope's Eye

Pope’s Eye is located about 5km north east of Portsea and is an artificial structure protruding above the water surface.…

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Swan Bay

Swan Bay is a good spot for canoeing. On a calm day canoers can see the marine life passing underneath…

scuba diving

Portsea Hole

Portsea hole is a depression within the bed of the old Yarra River that has flowed through this area during…

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Park Statistics

Established

November 2002

Area

3580ha

Contact information

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