Sutherland Point

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Sutherland Point  
Site Several good swim-throughs, a number of weedy seadragons, large rays and wobbegong
Experience Level  Open Water
Max Depth 14m
Warnings Can have poor visibility, particularly on low tide.
Conditions Protected with exposure to E to ESE swell greater than 1m. Best visibility on an incoming tideWell protected with only exposure is an ESE swell greater than 1.8m. Best tide outgoing.
Location  Inscription Point, Kamay Botany Bay National Park,

Nestled between Monument and Steps, Sutherland Point (also known as Inscription Point) can be an interesting alternative to the two, if not considered as another exit point from the former. A prime site for locating the fascinating Weedy Sea Dragon, Sutherland Point has a unique attraction in the form of a trio of blind sharks. This is an extremely interesting site which always shows up something new.

Entry and exit

At the dive site, there is a conspicuous "No collecting" sign. Stand directly in front of this sign facing the water (North). Just to the right of the Point, you'll notice a clearing amongst the row of rocks. One rock is set in the middle of this clearing, this being the entry and exit point. The rock serves as a convenient form of protection when donning and doffing your fins. Use the sign as a bearing when locating the exit point. Take care to swim towards the exit point from the east (keep the exit on your right) as to avoid the heavily channelled bedrock to the west of the exit point.

 

Details

The site is quite shallow until you reach the sandy floor, with scattered boulders and stands of kelp the encountered terrain. Head due north from the entry to reach the shark cave. At the end of a large section of kelp, you'll find the wall and the mouth of the cave. The cave is approximately 5m deep and 1.5m high. At what appears to be the end of the cave is a small opening - here the cave recreates its outer dimensions and it's here the sharks dwell. Lure them out with frozen pilchards and patience, be prepared to use up to ten minutes of air and take a torch!

Heading east along the wall for approximately 50 metres will bring you to quite a long zigzagged swim-throughs. This can also be found by heading northeast from the entry point to a large boulder flanked by two smaller rocks amongst which is a long iron bar. This bar points in the direction of the swim-throughs, which is another 20 metres or so northeast.

Sutherland Point Dive site
  Dive Start Date Places Available  
Sutherland Point - Shore Dive Sunday 23 Jun 2019 23

  • Start Date: Sun 23 Jun 2019 at 10:00
  • Places Available: 23

This is a double dive and leaves the shop at 10am with the location of the site is in the Captain Cook National Park at Kurnell Sutherland Point is a prime site for seeing Weedy Sea Dragon, and is an extremely interesting site which always shows up something new. Hang around after the dive for some free pizza and beer, and a talk from Neil Dorrien about thet latest and greatest in the dive industry.

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