Cod Grounds Marine Park is the smallest of all the Australian Marine Parks. It is the northernmost reef in a series that extends to the south and south-west, with predominately rocky substrate that provides habitat for a coral, sponge and seaweed communities. Humpback whales visit this area on their north-south migration, many species of seabirds use it for foraging and breeding, and grey nurse sharks can be found amongst its rocky pinnacles, ledges and sandy gutters.

The park is located offshore from Camden Haven, 30 kilometres south of Port Macquarie. It covers just 4 square kilometres and is zoned as a National Park. Parks Australia

Cod Grounds ranges from 21 to 49 metres depth, with an average depth of 40 metres. The majority of the Park (98%) falls within the mesophotic zone (30-70 metres). [View on map] The mapped areas of the seafloor are dominated by Plane (87%) and Saddle (5%) geomorphology. [View on map]

All data
Public/analysed data
Coverage and accessibility of bathymetry (AusSeabed) and habitat observations (SQUIDLE+; green, GlobalArchive; purple, and MARS database; orange) for selected region.

What's known about the Cod Grounds marine park?

The current state of research knowledge (bathymetry, physical and biological observations, seafloor habitat maps) for this region.
Habitat and bathymetry summaries last refreshed April 2024. Habitat observations are refreshed weekly from data providers.


Habitat Area (km²) Mapped (%)
% of coverage (relative to surveyed area)
Total (%)
% of coverage (relative to total region area)


Resolution Area (km²) Mapped (%)
% of coverage (relative to surveyed area)
Total (%)
% of coverage (relative to total region area)

Habitat Observations

  • 0 imagery deployments (0 campaigns)
  • 0 video deployments (0 campaigns)
  • 0 sediment samples (0 analysed) from 0 surveys

Research Effort

Data Quality

What's in the Cod Grounds marine park?

Underwater imagery from this region, and pressures and activities occurring here.


Loading imagery deployment data...

Pressures & Activities