Take a dive underwater and explore Melbourne’s best snorkelling spots!

Melbourne might feel a long way from any kind of underwater paradise. But, within 30 minutes of the CBD, you could be submersed in crystal-clear water — surrounded by colourful coral gardens, dreamy seagrass beds, and plenty of spiny sea urchins. Melbourne, with its coastal beauty, offers some fantastic snorkelling spots that cater to both beginners and experienced snorkelers alike.

So, grab your flippers, don your snorkel mask, and immerse yourself in Melbourne’s four best snorkelling spots. Whether you’re a seasoned snorkeler or a curious beginner, these spots promise unforgettable aquatic adventures!

<strong>Blairgowrie Pier</strong>, Mornington Peninsula
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Blairgowrie Pier, Mornington Peninsula

While Mornington Peninsula is beloved for its stunning beaches and a homely vibe, Blairgowrie Pier shows that it is a great recreational snorkelling and scuba diving spot in Melbourne for good reason. Sandwiched between the coastal towns of Sorrento and Rye, this long pier is great for hobbyist scuba divers and snorkellers looking to both relax on this stunning slice of coastline, while also explore the hundreds of colourful sea sponges, weedy sea dragons, fish and crustaceans. And with just a 90-minute drive from Melbourne, grab your goggles and head underwater in Blairgowrie Pier.

2900 Point Nepean Rd, Blairgowrie, VIC 3942

<strong>Bunurong Marine National Park</strong>, Near Inverloch
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Bunurong Marine National Park, Near Inverloch

Spanning over five kilometres of South Gippsland coastline, Bunurong Marine Park promises a rich array of underwater habitats to snorkel in Melbourne. Whether it be hidden in one of the many caves, gullies, and reefs in this marine park, there are almost 90 species of aquatic wildlife to discover, including weedy sea dragons, marine snails and starfish, and plenty of other small creatures. Eagles Nest, Shack Bay, and Flat Rocks are just a few of the popular snorkelling spots in Bunurong Marine National Park that must be explored.

Inverloch, VIC 3996

<strong>Kitty Miller Bay</strong>, Phillip Island
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Kitty Miller Bay, Phillip Island

Nestled in Phillip Island’s southwestern corner, Kitty Miller Bay boasts a unique enclosed ecosystem just begging to be explored. Located two hours from Melbourne, this 500-meter-long coastline features stunning rockpools that house lush seaweed gardens brimming with life zebra fish, leather jackets, rays, and Port Jackson sharks. Whether you’re a novice snorkeller or experienced adventurer, Kitty Miller Bay is the perfect hidden gem to snorkel in Victoria.

Kitty Miller Rd, Ventnor, VIC 3922

<strong>St Leonards Pier</strong>, Bellarine Peninsula
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St Leonards Pier, Bellarine Peninsula

Located southwest of Melbourne at the Bellarine Peninsula, St Leonards Pier is a fantastic snorkelling spot best enjoyed by everyone of all ages. The pier’s pylons have fostered a vibrant underwater community, letting you can encounter plenty of seahorses, schools of globefish and leatherjackets, and plenty of other unique creatures unique to this special part of Victoria. Crystal clear water and gorgeous coastline, dive into St Leonards Pier to immerse yourself in the captivating marine world!

496 Bluff Rd, St Leonards, VIC 3223

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