Wallaroo Scuba Association is for recreational dives and was started by Mark Tozer in March 2010, consisting of scuba diving enthusiasts who get together in the name of fun and diving. Purely a social crowd, The Wallaroo Scuba Association explore their local waters together and are trying to do their part to keep Wallaroo’s reefs and other recreational dive spots preserved for future generations. It is a unincorporated, not for Profit association and is free to join, so it’s very low key.
Group dives to clean up the jetty, parties, social events, contests and prizes are just part of the adventure. The Wallaroo Scuba Association divers are from all walks of life and levels of experience, from beginners to advanced, the only requirements are a sense of adventure, a passion for the water and a healthy respect for the environment.
Diving & Shipwrecks
Yorke Peninsula provides many interesting diving and snorkelling sites for the beginner and the experienced. Clear visibility and abundant marine life provide divers with magnificent underwater scenery. Rare Australian sea lions can be seen around the offshore islands and, closer to shore, endangered leafy sea dragons can be found amongst the seaweed meadows.
Powerful Southern Ocean rollers, that originate in the Antarctic, have shaped and indented a spectacular coastline around Innes National Park. Reefs, islands and jetties in Gulf St Vincent and Spencer Gulf also support a huge diversity and abundance of marine life.
There are 85 known shipwrecks scattered along the coastline and two underwater maritime heritage trails provide a unique opportunity to dive and explore many of the wrecks. The Investigator Strait Maritime Heritage Trail, which lies between southern Yorke Peninsula and Kangaroo Island, features 26 wrecks and the Wardang Island Trail, off the coast of Port Victoria, features 8 wrecks.
Diving Wallaroo jetty
Please Note that Wallaroo is controlled by Flinders Ports. There is a recreational agreement to allow public access, but you may not be allowed to dive there when there’s a ship on the wharf. Check at the site office. The official words are:
“In the interest of public safety and in compliance with the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act, at Security Level 1, the public will have access to the regional port wharves only when there are no Commercial Security Regulated ships working cargo or there is no maintenance being carried out to the wharf structure.”