The Pipeline divesite is on the Western side of Nelson Bay Marina breakwall. The site extends from just in front of the breakwall across to the old disused sewer pipe which extends several hundred metres into the bay. Entry is via some concreted steps and a path cleared through the rocks to give divers easy access.
This is an amazing site. The entry point was to the east of the pipeline and the best dive profile we found was to descend down to 8m then meander west over the seagrasses and sponges to the pipeline, potter north along the pipeline for a while and look at the encrusted concrete blocks that hold it in place, then return south along the pipeline to a depth of roughly 10m. Here you head east away from the pipeline and you soon find yourself in an amazing field of soft corals, you then turn south and head back to the entry point.
The Pipeline was a macro/muck diving smorgasbord. Seahorses, pipefish, eels, nudibranchs and weird critters were everywhere. It was sometimes hard to know where to look, did you watch the courting cuttlefish, or the large and beautiful nembrotha nudibranchs? Would you focus on the fields of soft corals waving in the current or search for the elusive seahorses and pipefish hiding in the seagrasses?