The Yorke Peninsula is the coastline next to our Fleurieu Peninsula (where Adelaide is located). The Yorke Peninsula is not only worthwhile to explore on land (with its cute little country towns with delicious food, beautiful coastline and an awesome national park near the bottom!) but its topside beauty is easily matched by the underwater landscape. One of our favourite scuba dive sites on the Yorke Peninsula is Edithburgh. This isn’t just a local treasure – it’s one of the best dive sites anywhere in Australia!
Jonathan Bird’s Blue World Series. Jonathan dived Edithburgh Jetty with us in 2019!
Edithburgh Jetty is well known amongst underwater photographers, mainly because of the great macro life living underneath the jetty. A lot of the local marine life is very rare or endemic to the area, which is why not only underwater photographers but all scuba divers love to dive the Edithburgh Jetty.
Amongst other things you can find on your dive quite regularly are the lovely pyjama squid and dumpling squid (which are actually cuttlefish but for some unknown reason are called squid?). They are tiny and love to hide underneath the sand, but are such pretty little critters! They are easiest to find on a night dive, as they come out from underneath the sand to hunt at night, but you can spot them by day as well if you’re lucky! Anglerfish (family of the better known frogfish) can also be found here in many different varieties. From the smooth to the tassled to the prickly anglerfish, whichever one you are looking for, you can find it right here at Edithbugh.
Edithburgh Jetty Video by local video pro Dean Spraakman of Sea Dragon Films (2019)
On a scuba dive at Edithburgh you can also see other macro life, such as seahorses, pipefish, different varieties of nudibranchs, sand and blue ring octopuses and the elegant Leafy Sea Dragon. Edithburgh Jetty is a great dive site, not only for day diving, but also for night dives. During the night you’ll see plenty of nocturnal animals like octopuses that are out hunting. A night dive here will offer a totally different sight than a dive during the day. You might see the octopuses hunting as well (an underwater photographer favourite). Always make sure to watch them from a safe distance though, especially when observing the blue ring octopus!
Dustin Adamson’s Rolling in The Deep Series. Dustin dived with us at Whyalla, The Bluff, Rapid Bay, Wool Bay and Edithburgh in 2019.
Diving Adelaide run custom (multiple day) tours to Edithburgh and regular weekends away. We can suit your schedule and run an overnight trip here, including accommodation or even a 3-day trip if you would like to increase your chances of seeing everything the jetty has on offer!
Simply send us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about these custom packages.