The eastern Sydney suburb of Clovelly has three dive sites. These are Shark Point, Clovelly Pool and Thompsons Bay. Located eight kilometres from the City centre, the site I am covering in this article is more correctly called Gordons Bay, although it is more popularly known as Thompsons Bay or just Thommos, although these names do not appear on any maps of the area. Apparently the bay was originally named after the Government Surveyor, Lewis Gordon. In 1840 he was granted 40 acres of land in the Coogee/Clovelly area and the bay was included. Its other name comes from John Thompson who was the Mayor of Randwick in 1873. He built the first home in the area.
Chain circuit in disrepair
Dive Type: Shore Dive | Experience: Beginners
Access to Thommos is via the southern end of the Clovelly Beach car park. Depending upon the sea conditions, entry and exit can be made from the natural ramp at the end of the pathway which starts to the west of the car park.Start the dive from the ramp and head due south. Once you hit the sand, follow it to the east for a while, then back west past where you met the sand. A bit further on you will see a small wall (“The Wall”) on your right. This is about the only interesting section of the dive. There used to be a conger eel living here (it was there for at least five years from 1989) but I do not know if it is still there. This spot is right at the head of the sand spit. You can head back to the starting point from here by heading a bit east of north.