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Diving and Snorkelling in WA

With thousands of kilometres of coastline, hundreds of nearby islands, abundant and varied marine life, a mix of tropical and temperate climates and numerous shipwrecks just offshore, the diving and snorkelling in Western Australia is unbeatable.


ingaloo Reef ¨C Easily Accessible

The Ningaloo area borders the coast near one of Western Australia's most treasured assets, the Ningaloo Reef which is located two hours' drive north of Carnarvon.

Well-travelled divers will tell you that few experiences rival Western Australia??s Ningalo Reef for aquatic life and high water visibility.

Wade into the refreshing water at Turquoise Bay and you??re floating within a few metres of the Reef. Or join a dive boat and dip deeper into this soul-searing underwater kingdom.

Respect for the environment is the key to keeping the coral in pristine condition ¨C more than 500 species of fish reflect every colour of the rainbow.
Ningaloo Reef is not only Western Australia's largest fringing coral reef, but one of the largest reefs worldwide that can be reached just by stepping off the beach. Here the mighty whale shark, the world's largest fish, can be found from March through to June, feeding on coral spawn. Other magnificent marine animals that visitors can swim or dive with are manta rays, potato cod, sharks, dolphins, and turtles. Dugongs and the migratory Humpback whale can also be seen. Ningaloo also offers safe swimming on the long sandy beaches.

Ningaloo Marine Park stretches from Bundegi Reef in the Exmouth Gulf, around the North West Cape to Amherst Point 260 kilometres to the south. Established by the State and Commonwealth Governments in 1987, the park extends 10 nautical miles seaward and encompasses over 5,000 square kilometres of ocean. Zoning for fishing, diving and sanctuary areas fall within the marine park's boundary, ensuring preservation of the environment.

Food supplies, restaurants and cafes can be found in Exmouth and Coral Bay.

Cape Range National Park, which borders the marine park, offers wilderness tenting and camping. Exmouth and Coral Bay offer hotels, motels, chalets, resorts, caravan and camping facilities and backpacker hostels.

Within easy reach of Perth
Jurien Bay, just a three-hour drive north of Perth, is the hub for a marine park stretching from Wedge Island to Greenhead. It??s famous for its sea lions, and divers are fascinated by the limestone caves and overhang formations.

Mettams Pool is a calm snorkelling spot within 30 minutes of Perth city, and is ideal for families and beginners. And just off the coast, at
Rottnest Island, there??s a range of undersea adventures - calm bays attract snorkellers, while boats provide access to the deeper seas.

The Rottnest shipwreck trail tells stories of the 14 shipwrecks found along its coast - information plaques can be seen on the ocean bed.

Cavernous reefs, seagrass meadows and even more shipwrecks surround the islands of Shoalwater Marine Park, just an hour south of Perth. You??ll find more sea lions here, and penguins too.

Further south at
Dunsborough, about three hours away, there??s the Destroyer Escort HMAS Swan ¨C Western Australia??s most famous prepared wreck, providing divers with a real adrenalin rush.

The nearby Busselton Jetty has been described as Australia's greatest artificial reef and is host to an awe inspiring forest of vividly coloured tropical and sub tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates. The
Busselton Jetty Underwater Observatory sits eight metres below sea level and gives a superb view of the marine life and coral.

Further afield

Western Australia??s largest prepared wreck is the HMAS Perth, sunk to 36 metres at
Albany on the state??s south coast.

Or travel further east to
Esperance - a great place to snorkel among sea-dragons. Here you can also explore the Sanko Harvest, which is rated one of the best dives along the Western Australian coast for advanced divers.

The Abrolhos Islands near
Geraldton are home to a thriving cray fishing industry, and also some of the most breathtaking diving sites in the state.

Diving enthusiasts staying in
Broome will want to visit the beautiful, untouched coral atolls of Rowley Shoals for heart-racing adventure. Access to this natural wonder is by boat only, with charter operators the best option due to the Shoals?? remote location.

Scuba Diving in Brisbane

Brisbane has many an offshore playground for those who are keen on donning a mask, wetsuit, BCD and a pair of flippers. Some of the most prominent diving locations include

  1. Stradbroke Island
  2. Flinder??s Reef
  3. Moreton Island
  4. Frasier Island

Queensland??s Southern Coast offers plenty of diving experiences and is right at the doorstep of the Pacific Ocean!
The positioning of Brisbane in the South Pacific Ocean is where tropical and temperate seas mix. This nutrient rich sea is an unequalled area for exploration. It is never to late to explore the depths if you??re a resident, on your way to the Gold or Sunshine coasts or an overseas visitor. Brisbane diving is varied and offers many secrets that have yet to be explored