The water-filled quarry was a popular swimming venue from 1905 until 1967. Swimming competitions used to attract thousands to watch the activities. It was around 13 metres deep, but during a drought during the late 1960s it was drained and filled in to create an ornamental lake only a couple of metres deep.
While the path is wide and flat, wheelchair access would be restricted to the northern end of Surrey Drive as most entry points have many steps down to the lake level. The wheelchair-bound and mobility-impaired would find the Surrey Dive an enjoyable experience.
The whole area is nicely landscaped and well maintained making it a nice place to be. The far side of the lake (opposite the overwater platform) lakeside plantings of native shrubs offer some botanical experiences.