The Leap

The Leap
The Leap
The Leap is a dive offering not only the thrill of a gaint stride, but it normally offers some of the clearest water in Sydney, large schools of fish, lots of seahorses and some magic swim throughs.

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The Leap

After entering, swim on the surface for about 50 metres and descend into around 10 metres, heading northeast until you reach a distinct drop-off that meets the sand in 22 metres, populated by boulders and overhangs. Head along the wall in a general westerly direction until you reach a narrow rock canyon with a sandy floor. It ascends to about 16 metres, meeting a broader gully. Follow this and be on the lookout for a neat swim through on your right. From here you can meet up with the sand line which will lead you into the vicinity of the Steps site (depending on your air consumption, you may prefer to head to the 5 metre mark with a dense line of boulders just on your left (to the south)). Eventually the rock will be replaced by kelp, which abruptly stops (at about 8-9 metres) leaving an expanse of sand that leads right up to the shore-line boulders in the 5 metre mark, before resuming about 30 metres onwards. This is your cue to head to the shore. See the Steps site for exit details.


The Leap

Follow these down and the path resumes, forming a zig-zag that leads down the cliff face. There are a few sections with steps; take care through these, as they can be slippery. The final steps are hewn into the bedrock itself and the rock below is covered in a black moss that is extremely slippery at all times. A small rock pool can be found here, perfect for rinsing your mask. At the edge of the ledge there is a small pile of concrete – it’s fairly conspicuous and is the perfect place with which to execute your giant stride entry. Just to the right of the entry, the ledge drops away, with another ledge much closer to water level. This can be used as an exit, but only if the swell is nil.



Great swim throughs to be found at The Leap including Garth’s orifice and the Chimney - keep your eyes peeled for the sand ramp that leads off the bottom through the bedrock and you’ll be led to these swim throughs (see map). Wobbegonges and giant cuttlefish are often at rest under the overhangs leaving Port Jackson sharks to chill on the sand line and don’t be surprised if blue groupers follow you for the entire duration of the dive. In season, almost impenetrable schools of catfish lurk within the swim throughs (don’t let them touch bare skin – their barbs are toxic). A great site to spot massive bull-rays and if you’re very lucky, grey nurse sharks. At the 15 metre mark you can be lost within dense schools of yellowtail. Near the exit, keep your eyes peeled for weedy sea dragons amongst the kelp; Steps has arguably the highest population density on the entire planet for this unique species.


Things to be careful of.

  • The path down the cliff can be treacherous in wet weather
  • Because of the profile of this sight it must be dived using a dive computer
  • When reaching the bottom avoid the black moss – even when dry it is extremely slippery
  • Maximum depths at this site exceed the limit for Open Water divers; don’t dive beyond your limitations
  • It’s recommended that if diving Leap for the first time, go with a diver with site specific experience
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"Sydney's Only Drift Dive"

Kim Smith on 25/3/2015 9:11:46 PM

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Comments: Too fun for words - and right on our back door!

"Leap....Just Do It!"

Jamie Miller on 24/3/2015 11:08:03 PM

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Comments: One of the best dive sites in Sydney. Beautiful walls and overhangs, depth ranges from 23m - 5m. Blue grouper, giant cuttlefish, weedy seadragons, moray eels, octopus and schools of mado, yellow tail etc. Some of the best soft coral growth in Sydney.

"Great Dive"

Ewen McDougall on 11/11/2009 5:18:31 PM

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Comments: Would be my number 1# dive around the area. Always something to see

"Almost like being in the tropics"

Kava on 30/8/2009 7:07:22 PM

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Comments: Lots of sponges and sea slugs, didn't see the dragons but a couple port jackson sharks, cuttlefish and great terrain on the wall. Saw a huge school of writhing striped catfish at the base of the wall.

"So many Weedy's!!"

Kirsty on 22/7/2009 11:38:59 AM

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Comments: What a great dive! Very cool entry but couldn't believe how many weedy seadragons there were! I stopped counting at 11!! Port Jacksons, huge cuttlefish - just awesome!! Great vis too.

"leap to step"

wollf on 16/5/2009 6:39:10 PM

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Comments: One way ticket with the current. Pre-check dive gear at the car park. Watch your air. Good fish life and soft corral.

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