Piccaninnie Ponds

Photographer: Dr Richard (Harry) Harris

Photographer: Liz Rogers

Photographer: Neil Vincent


Divers swim through the beautiful coastal spring called Piccaninnie Ponds, near Mt Gambier, South Australia. After jumping off the pontoon into the First Pond, the divers enter the "Chasm" which continues down to over 100m depth. On this occasion however, they continue on into the chamber known as "The Cathedral". Popping down the the base of the Cathedral they visit the "Bathtub" before heading back out into the Chasm and briefly down the "Dogleg". They finish with a quick look at the reeds near the First Pond.

NB. The Ponds are showing a significant loss of aquatic plant growth at the time this video was shot (April 2012).


For years visitors to Piccaninnie Pinds near Mt Gambier have wondered what lies in the depths of the chasm. We recently explored the pond system in more detail and found huge new chamber deep below the surface. This video shows a dive to the new deep section of "Pics" at 110m.

Please remember this exploration was done with special permission from the DEH and divers must not go past the current 36.5m depth limit.


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By Joseph Emmanuel

Ever wondered what it's like to dive to 100 meters, to be waiting alone in the dark, your only way back to safety a thin nylon line snaking away from you, up and up and up into the darkness and down and down and down into the blackness. Not a sound but your own breathing.


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