Pope's Eye, Queenscliff

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The Pope's Eye is the uncompleted foundation for an island fort intended to defend the entrance to Port Phillip in the state of Victoria, Australia. The undefined area of the fort, generally assessed at 4ha, is one of six separate areas that comprise the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park and is a popular site for divers.FeaturesThe fort has been protected as a marine reserve since 1979 and is now part of the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park. It is located about inside Port Phillip Heads, east of Queenscliff, north of Portsea, and is less than south-west of the former Chinaman's Hat. It is named after a naval midshipman and has no religious connotations.Construction of Pope’s Eye began in the 1880s, under the supervision of Sir William Jervois, by dumping bluestone boulders on a submerged 12m deep sandbank until they formed a horse-shoe shaped artificial reef, open to the north-east, just above high-water level. Construction ceased before completion as a fort because improvements in naval gunnery enabled the entrance to Port Phillip (The Rip) and the associated shipping channel to be protected by guns at the nearby Swan Island fort, as well as at Fort Queenscliff and Fort Nepean, making Pope’s Eye redundant for military purposes. The reef now hosts a navigation beacon.
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  • We visited by private speed boat out of Sorrento and found around 7 boats already moored in the eye. It’s quite interesting to visit and see all the breeding Gannets and the occasional cormorant. The ...  more »
  • The Pope's Eye is best seen from the west direction Sea Road Ferry (Sorrento to Queenscliff) . It was built in the 1880's by dumping bluestone rocks on a sand bar 12 meter deep as a foundation for a F...  more »
  • Popes Eye is a man-made horse shoe shaped rock formation that was the foundations for an island fort that was never finished. Today it's a great location (~3kms from Queenscliffe) for beginner divers ...  more »
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  • Great spot for a swim. Sheltered spot though the bird poo stinks a bit
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