Dive site spotlight – Voodoo

South Sydney's Hardest Shore Dive

Dive Site Spotlight – Voodoo

This is South Sydneys’ only black rated (hardest) shore dive. A 300m walk from the car park to the rock pool. Climb down the rocks and swim out in the channels between the boulders and you’re on your way. The swell must be less than 1m in order to dive this site! Many divers have experienced problems here trying to dive this site in less than ideal conditions. So please, talk to us at Pro Dive if you are in any doubt and we will let you know.

Critical Info:

Best time to dive: High tide

Experience Level: Experienced

What can you expect to see: Typography of this site is crazy good! Swim-thorughs everywhere! Oh, and Grey Nurse Shark have been spotted here amongst the huge schools of fish.

Getting there

Head towards the desalination plant in Kurnell, continue on down to the very end of the road which changes into a single track road with passing points. Carry on down the road to the car park at the end.

Getting In/out

From the car park make your way down to the large rock pool, its really obvious. Walk out on the big flat rock  and step off the edge into the rock pool. Time your swim to let the ebb of the wave pull you between the rocks.

The Dive


Take a bearing of a roughly SW after you have swam for around 30m (there is a row of houses on Loftus street along the hill at Jibbon Point, take your compass bearing from these). The site always has a lot of surge, the first 5-7 minutes of the dive are at 3-5m so be prepared to move side to side, a lot.

Follow your heading out and you should quickly find yourself in a long gutter with a prominent wall on the either side. If any of you reading this have ever dived Longreef, parts of this site are very, VERY similar. Within 10 minutes further swimming you should arrive at the ‘cathedral’ – a rocky overhang that is connected at either end, you can lie down on your back and watch the white water break on the top of or continue on down to 15m where the huge schools of fish hang out with the Weedy’s, Cuttlefish and Sharks.

Whilst there are many other routes you can take at Voodoo, this site is extremely easy to get lost at. So following the route outlined in this post is your best bet as the Cathedral is the prime feature of this dive site.

Following your reciprocal heading back up the gutter and ascend when you reach the 4-5m mark. The rock pool will be very obvious, fin hard and let the waves push you in.  Climb on to the flat rock and make your way out having completed South Sydney’s hardest shore dive!

This is a strong reminder not to dive this site if swell above 1m and dive with an experienced diver.

Happy Diving!

Pro Dive


Dive Site Spotlight – The Steps at Kurnell

Dive Site Spotlight – The Steps at Kurnell

The first in a new series of posts providing an insight into Sydneys best dive sites. These blog posts are ideal if you are looking for somewhere new to dive or, have been considering diving at this location but wanted to know more about that site in particular.

The first dive site that will be under the spotlight is The Steps at Kurnell.

Best time to dive: Incoming tide

Experience Level: All, although entry & exit can be challenging

What can you expect to see: Weedy Sea Dragons, Cuttlefish, Bull Rays, Nudibranch

Getting there

The car park for this dive site is signposted from the entrance so finding it is super easy, type in inscription point car park and google maps will take you straight there.  Parking costs $8 for the day and tickets are available at the gate.

Getting In/out

Aptly named as you have to walk down a fair few stairs to get to the entry and exit of this site, so don’t leave anything behind! Set up your gear at the top of the stairs and make your way down to dive site. Entry and exit are at the same spot, the only consideration here is to time your entry with the ebb and flow of the swell. If there is white water breaking into the channel where you enter and exit, do not attempt to get in. Check the swell forecast before you arrive, anything over 1.4m in any direction or a SE/E/NE usually means you wont be able to dive this site.

The Dive

This site is best to dive during an incoming tide, swim out from the entry for 15m then descend down into around 5m of water. Swim down the boulders to around the 8-10m mark, turn right and swim along the sand/boulder line. Either take a compass heading at this point (E/NE) or put your natural navigation skills to use and swim into the current for the first half of your dive.

The Steps is the primary Weedy Sea Dragon hangout and there are plenty to find here. Another tip is to take a really close look at the large rocks that interrupt the sand line as they are home to some amazing macro life – angler fish, pipe horse, sea moths and nudibranchs to name but a few. These creatures are extremely fragile so please mind your hands and feet!

As you get to about 110 bar you want to think about turning around, either swim back the way you came or head up the boulders to the 5-6m mark and follow this line back in whilst performing your safety stop. The other option is to drift all the way around and get out at the Monument, this will take you around an hour and is for the more experienced diver who is better on their air. We will review the Monument at a later date!


To summarise this is  a dive site that is really easy to navigate, a good tip is to note the lack of kelp when you descend – when the kelp beds disappear you can start ascending. Just be careful getting in and out.

The Steps

We hope you find our advice useful 🙂

Pro Dive