Cottage Reef is a great shore dive halfway between Queenscliff and Pt Lonsdale. The reef is about 50m off shore with max depth of 8m.
You can reliably find cuttles and schools of old wives here and even sea dragons if you're observant.
This adolescent cuttle was just as interested in me as I was in him.
It's quite photogenic with colourful invertebrate growth under deep kelp covered ledges.
The rocky reef faces north so you can often shoot up into the sun with colourful sponges and gorgonians in the foreground.