South Head is the southern headland of the entrance to Sydney Harbor, at the north of the suburb of Watsons Bay. Hornby Lighthouse, the third oldest lighthouse in New South Wales, is located in South Head.
Apart from breathtaking views of the Sydney CBD and the Pacific Ocean, there are several excellent dive sites all along this section. The Royal Shepherd is one of them.
The spot is located outside Sydney Harbour, off South Head. The Royal Shepherd sank in 1890 and now lies at a depth of 27 m/88.5 ft. The visibility is good on high tide and it can be dived by advanced divers.
Water temperature is up to 21°C/69.8°F in summer and early autumn months and between 14-18°C/57.2-64.4°F in winter. Expect to see the engine, boiler, drive-shaft and propeller throughout the area. Apart from the wreck, divers may come across with moray eels, cuttlefish, some species of leatherjackets and bullseyes.
Note: book a boat dive in one of the many scuba schools located in the area.