Australia’s oldest marine sanctuary and one of the bay’s most cherished spots – Popes Eye – in Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park now has an above and a below water camera.
Popes Eye is an uncompleted foundation for a fort that was intended to defend the entrance to Port Phillip Bay in the 1880s. A marine sanctuary for last 38 years, it is home to thousands of fish and supports a breeding colony of seabirds.
From under the water you will see countless fish swim past as you become hypnotised by the swaying algae beds. This is a chance to see into the depths for the resident Victorian scalyfin and leatherjackets, and even keep an eye out for the elusive Blue groper. Above the water, there is a birds-eye view of the Australasian gannets and black-faced cormorants nesting and roosting in the area as they fight, feed and fool around.
The cameras are also a great way to check the visibility, tidal flow and winds.
Please note: Reef Cam and Gannet Cam are currently offline for upgrades and a new operator! We’ll let you know here as soon as they’re back online.