Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving Web Site
Home · Contact Me · Sydney Reef Dive Sites · Sydney Shipwrecks · NSW Dive Sites · Australian Dive Sites · Overseas Dive Sites · Dive Accidents and Incidents · My Yachting Adventures · 4WD Trips · Weather · Search 14 July 2024 23:12

About Me
My Diving
Web Links - Dive Clubs
St George Scuba Club
Some of my Best Photos
Contact Me

Dive Sites
Sydney Reef Dive Sites
Sydney Shipwrecks
Sydney Dive Visibility, Swell and Temps
Kelly Talking on ABC Sydney about Shipwrecks
NSW Dive Sites
Sydney Shipwreck Summary
NSW Shipwreck GPS/Marks
Australian Dive Sites
Overseas Dive Sites
Aircraft I have Dived
Old Bottles
Free Shipwreck Books

Dive Related Equipment
Shearwater Predator and Heinrichs Weikamp OSTC 2N
Uwatec Aladin Dive Computers
Apollo AV1 Underwater Scooter
Bauer Compressor
DIY Oxygen Stick - Nitrox
GoPro HD Hero Video Camera
My Camera Setup
Purchase of New Dive Boat
My Dive Boat - Mak Cat
My Old Dive Boat - Le Scat
My Dive Gear
GPS and Diving
Make Your Own Car Tank Rack

Marine Life
Rarer Sydney Marine Life
Bare Island Pygmy Pipe Horses
Bare Island Sea Horses
Bare Island Nudibranchs
Bare Island Marine Life
Encounter with Southern Right Whale and Calf

Other Dive Info
How Weather Affects Diving in Sydney
Visibility and Wave Averages in Sydney
Waves and Diving
Diving Weather and Sea Conditions
Tide Tables
Dive Accidents and Incidents
Dive Book Reviews
Site Map
Noel Hitchins 1951-2005
Lloyd Bridges - Mike Nelson in Sea Hunt
My Yachting Adventures
Below is a list of links to the main pages about my yacht, Catlypso and My Yachting Adventures:
  • Purchase of Catlypso
  • Details about Catlypso
  • Cleaning/Repairing Catlypso
  • My Yachting Adventures.
  • Login


    Forgotten your password?
    Request a new one here.
    Michael's 4WD Trips
    Click here for a list of my Four Wheel Drive and Camping Trips.
    Home Brewing
    Click here for an article about Home Brewing.
    Sydney Dive Site Hints
    "If you are very fit, you can shore dive the grey nurse sharks at Magic Point"
    Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving - Voodoo This is a site that (really) no-one dives. As far as I know, the only people who currently dive this location are members of the St George Scuba Club, although a few years back I did see a dive charter boat here, presumably after reading this page. As some residents of the Sutherland Shire may probably know, one of the better surfing sites in the Cronulla area is called Voodoo. This is located east of Boat Harbour at Kurnell, right next to the Cronulla Sewage Treatment Works outlet (until the early 2000s, this deposited virtually untreated wastes right off the rock platform). Until that time, you could only surf this location in westerly or southerly winds/seas and definitely not in north-easterly and easterly winds. The sewage is now treated to tertiary level so it is now no problem to dive here at all times (subject to seas). Note, this is NOT the shore dive that in recent years some divers have been diving.

    North North East MarkNorth North West Mark
    North North East MarkNorth North West Mark
    In the location of the surfing site, the reef runs out south for quite a long way, exactly 1.1 kilometres. The reef is generally flat and uninspiring, until that is, it reaches the sand. Here the reef drops from about 20 metres to over 28 metres. Since 1988 I have been diving this location and in honour of the nearby surfing location, we call the site Voodoo.

    Voodoo can be found by heading to 34ΒΊ 03' 05"S 151ΒΊ 11' 57"E (note all my readings use Datum AUS66 - see my GPS page for more info). If you cannot find the reef by using the GPS Reading and your depth sounder, line up the sewage outfall breather pipes with the Cape Baily Lighthouse (same mark as Osborne Shoals) and run in towards it till the reef comes up. Centrepoint Tower will also line up with a track over the sand dune near Boat Harbour. Drop anchor.

    North North East MarkNorth North West Mark
    A couple of shots of the reef at Voodoo

    The dive site here is composed of a flat reef top with some small cracks, a small wall of a metre or so and then a quickly slopping reef to the sand at 28 metres. There are a lot of very large boulders on the reef edge and on the sand. The reef here runs basically east/west but further west turns to the south. To the east it eventually turns north but I have never dived there.

    The sponge life is excellent with very nice sea whips, gorgonias and sea squirts/tulips. The gorgonias here are probably the most abundant of any site in Sydney, with all different colours seen. The fishlife is also usually very good, generally a lot of silver sweep, one-spot pullers and yellowtail. You will also see many black reef leatherjackets and some six-spined leatherjackets all along the reef.

    You may also see eastern blue devilfish under some of the overhangs and on the sand, angelsharks, serpent eels, and Port Jackson sharks (in winter). We have also seen a big belly seahorse on a sea tulip and small firefish/lionfish. Visibility is normally very good, with in excess of 20 metres on all recent dives. There can sometimes be a slight to moderate current on the bottom, normally running to the west, but it is never a real problem.

    All in all, an excellent dive for the more experienced diver.

    Copyright © Michael McFadyen 1990 to 2024
    Non-commercial use of an article or photograph is permitted with appropriate URL reference to this site.
    Dive shops, dive operators, publications and government departments cannot use anything without first seeking and receiving approval from Michael McFadyen.
    This web site has been wholly thought up, designed, constructed and funded for almost 30 years by Michael McFadyen without any help from the Australian Dive Industry.
    Website created 1996!