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Diving in Australia

Explore diving in Australia

Scuba adventures are endless when diving in Australia. This beautiful part of the world not only holds the Great Barrier Reef, but offers giant kelp forests, shipwrecks and a stunning diversity of marine life.

Wobbegong, grey reef, nurse and white tip sharks all make their home here, alongside turtles, silvery reef patrollers and a host of critters. Manta rays and whale sharks are common sightings when in season, and the Yongala Wreck is definitely worth a dive.

Dive among schools of giant trevally as they use your torchlight to hunt for prey in the inky blackness. Marvel at the beauty of a sleeping turtle or head down south to Port Lincoln to go cage diving with Great White Sharks. It's no wonder so many divers come here to get certified.

When to dive in Australia

Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere so winter is June to August and December to February is summer. As a general rule, the north is hot and tropical, while the south tends to be cooler.

Diving in Australia is a year-round affair: you can find awesome marine life in most months. Whale sharks cruise into Exmouth from April to July and manta rays can be seen from June to November. Humpbacks are most likely to be spotted between August and October, while November is the best month to experience coral spawning.

Visibility peaks in April through November when rainfall is at its lowest point. If you want to experience the Great Barrier Reef at its best, late August to early December generally yields the best diving conditions. 

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Common marine life sightings for Australia

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Where to dive in Australia

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Australia lies between the Pacific and Indian Ocean in the Southern Hemisphere. Sydney (on the southeast coast) is Australia's best-connected airport. For east coast diving in Australia (famous for fur seals and the Great Barrier Reef) consider taking a connecting flight from Syndney to Cairns, the Gold Coast or Brisbane.

For diving on the south coast - where you'll find sharks and turtles - there are international airports in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. These airports welcome flights from all over the world, including major cities in the US, Europe and Asia.

Once in country, Australia offers a vast network of well-maintained roads and some of the most beautiful road trips in the world. The 1000km coast of New South Wales alone is lined with first-class dive spots featuring rays, seals, and endemic weedy sea dragon.

Time Zone
UTC+10:00
Phone
+61
Currency
AUD
Voltage
230 V
Pressure
Bar (bar)
Plug
I
Languages
English
1st Stage
INT / Yoke / K
International airports
Sydney Intl (SYD)

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