Australia's Top Diving Spots

by Travelbag on 08 September 2016, 16:09PM

Australia is where all the best scuba diving action is at; big fishes, sharks, and whales! With 2900km of reef surrounding the Australian coast, the question isn’t “should you scuba dive?” But “where?”  As you can imagine, in a country with so many scuba sites there’s a highly competitive market for scuba schools and guides, which means plenty of choice for visitors! Just make sure they’re PADI or NAUI certified (the leaders of scuba training).


SS Yongala – Newtown, Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef

Not only is this hailed as one of the greatest dive sites in the world; it just may alsobe the best place to spot the Great 8. Located in the Great Barrier Reef, this site is revered by divers around the world for its array of marine wildlife. On a good day, you will see hundreds of fish species ranging from the tiny clownfish, right up to massive whales.


Cod Hole – Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef

Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef

Expect to see the fish that lends its name to the area – the potato cod. Cod Hole is a perfect spot for anyone hoping to get up close and personal with fish. Here the fish are used to being fed by divers, so flock to them and are beyond friendly. This spot is renown for the great photo opportunities, so if you’re hoping for se(a)lfies with a 160kg fish; this is the spot!


HMAS Brisbane – Mooloolaba, Queensland

Queensland diving

Australia is famous for having an abundance of wreck dive sites and one of the best, along with the SS Yongala, is the HMAS Brisbane. After a decorated war career, the 133m destroyer was sunk off the coast of Queensland with holes cut in the hull, making it one of the most accessible wreck dives in the world. However, the reason this wreck makes the list isn’t just due to any of the above, but also because in only 11 years it already has over 1000 marine species calling it home.


Fish Rock Cave – South West Rocks, NSW

South West Rocks, NSW diving

This 125-metre cave system is widely recognised as one of the largest cave dives in the world. The area is crucial in conservation attempts, home to the largest collection of grey nurse sharks, but don’t worry about these giants, they’re friendly and a spectacle to see. Warm water at the mouth of the cave draws an abundance of species, all happy to greet you on your way in.

Tip: April to November you may be lucky enough to spot migrating humpback whales.


Kangaroo Island – South Australia  

Kangaroo Island South Australia diving

Kangaroo Island is one of few places in the world where you can see both the Australian sea lion and New Zealand fur seal. Not only is the island home to those two cuties, but also penguins and dolphins: it’s a cuddly animal paradise! However, the real draw is the leafy sea dragon – a creature that looks like it was plucked straight from Pokémon. This exotic animal is rarely found outside the waters of South Australia and can be particularly difficult to spot, making a spot all the more special.


Piccaninnie & Ewen Ponds – Mt Gambier, South Australia

Mt Gambier, South Australia diving

This dive site is great for both scuba divers and snorkellers thanks to both shallow waters and then a deeper cave system. The series of ponds are popular with recreational divers due to its high underwater visibility - the limestone caverns are filled with a particularly beautiful shade of blue water that provides a visibility of over 40m! Furthermore, it is recorded as one of only three sites in the world to find the golden pygmy perch.


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