On the secluded south side of the Kurnell National Park, Voodoo is a little-known, yet awe inspiring Sydney dive site. Named by surfers after the almost supernatural sets unleashed upon it, Voodoo should only be attempted when the wax heads are elsewhere. Like Cape Solander, this site should only be done by experienced divers and only when conditions are exceptionally placid. Like Solander, it can provide peerless visibility, at times exceeding 25 metres. Bear in mind this site can exceed depth limits for Open Water divers. Voodoo’s highlight is an overhang which upon waves break, allowing you to actually see the waves safely from beneath.

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Voo Doo



The best way to dive Voodoo is to head south west after passing the entry/exit boulders. You’ll see a defined ‘canyon’ in the rock below you which continues for about 200 metres. There is a large cavern-like overhang here. Its surface is in about 5 metres of water and protects a large slab of rock beneath (in approximately 9 metres). From here you can look directly up and see waves breaking overhead.

From here continue south through a fairly defined canyon, walled on either side by large boulders. It descends to around the 20 metre mark and then the reef drops off quite sharply to 25+metres. Turnaround is generally best along the same route, or alternatively, you can cut back on a north-eastern route, giving you a shorter swim.


Voo Doo

Voodoo turn offTake the right-hand turn-off at the Caltex sign (pictured) off Captains Cook Drive along Sir Joseph Banks Drv. Follow this to its end and turn right into an inconspicuous dirt road that takes a back route into the National Park. Count the speed humps until you reach the car park



Voo Doo

There is a huge expanse of bedrock to the east that stops abruptly at the marshland, forming a wall that runs almost north/south to the water’s edge. Here you’ll find a small pool, well protected from the swell. Don your fins here and swim to the south, where there is a line of boulders running east/west. Take the gap between the second and third boulders, counting from east to west (see photo).

Time this well and prepare to crawl if need be. Timing also applies to the exit, which is exactly the same spot. At low tide, this isn’t really a feasible option.


Entry Point

Voo Doo

Things you can see.
Huge schools of yellowtail, king fish, leatherjackets, wobbiegong sharks, angelsharks, Port Jackson sharks, bull rays, southern eagle rays. Also a marvellous array of sponges.


Things to be careful of.

  • Conditions have to be flat as a mill pond for this site to be considered – assess the swell and sets for several minutes before making your mind up. Remember that the conditions can change without warning.
  • This dive site reaches depths past the limit for Open Water divers, don’t dive past your training or limitations.
  • Time your entries and exits carefully, wait until you can anticipate the sets and swells.


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"When you can - you must"

Kimberly Smith on 25/3/2015 9:10:50 PM

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Comments: This site is tough to get into unless the conditions are right, but well worth it when you do - it rocks!

"voo doo"

Peter on 8/3/2014 11:03:46 PM

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Comments: Seas were flat and viz was excellent. Well worth doing if the sea is calm.

"VooDoo 23/03/13"

James on 23/3/2013 3:46:15 PM

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Comments: Wow, simply wow. Excellent dive, great vis and lots to see. Probably the best shore dive in Sydney. Just make sure you pay attention to waves and dive it when calm.

"Voodoo in Winter"

James Alcorn on 2/7/2010 5:35:21 PM

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Comments: Really great dive site. Dived it in July and it was great. This site shows what a relatively untouched Sydney dive site looks like. Lots of fish in schools. Look for the arch/swim through - that's a highlight. Its a bit tricky to find the site at the end of the obscure road but well worth it. Also take the advice on diving it on a calm day! Thanks to the guys at Abyss for the great dive !

"Voodoo 12/09/2009"

Colin on 13/9/2009 11:54:36 PM

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Comments: Excellent site. Too many Port Jackson Sharks to count, they are so placid and friendly. Jim our Dive Master had hold of one by the tail and was stroking it like a big pussycat. We saw Blow fish, cuttlefish and Blue Gropers. Great dive. Thanks Abyss.

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