Best Scuba Diving Places in Australia

Many of the top tourist attractions in Australia are centered on or near the Great Barrier Reef. Stretching from Great Palm Island in the South to Lizard Island in the North, this 2,000 km Coral Reef system is the longest in the world. Not surprisingly it is considered a “must do” by many serious divers.
1:Lizard Island

Lizard Island

Lizard Island

Situated at the north of the reef, Cod Hole is the most popular spot. Diving from here you should get the opportunity to see Manta Rays, huge almost tame Potato Cod and White Tip Sharks.
Best time to go – August and January
2:Heron Island

Heron Island

Heron Island

This is a World Heritage site located in the south of the reef and is possibly the most accessible of the reef’s diving sites. Here you may see Parrot Fish, Wobbegong Sharks and Moray Eels.
Best time to go – July to September
3:Yongala Shipwreck

Yongala Shipwreck

Yongala Shipwreck

The ship sank in1911 and 100 years later has become one of the top ten dives in the world. Here you will see Fish, Sharks, Turtles, Eels, Snakes and almost anything else.
Best time to go – In the winter months you may see Humpback Whales

Although the reef houses many of the best places in Australia to dive, there are others.
4:Ningaloo Reef

Ningaloo Reef

Ningaloo Reef

Situated halfway up the west coast, this is a 260 km fringing coral reef and diving here you can see Humpback Whales, Manta Rays and both Hawksbill and Loggerhead Turtles.
Best time to go – March to June offers the chance to see a Whale Shark
5:Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island

Located off the coast of New South Wales, this Island is best known for the waters having consistently good visibility, ideal for underwater photography. This is home to Blue Fish, Spangled Emperors and Neon Damsels, also the rare Fosters Hawkfish.
Best time to go – The summer has warmer waters and better visibility.
6:Byron Bay

Byron Bay

Byron Bay

This bay on the New South Wales coast has a pair of Islands, Julian Rocks, surrounded by a Marine Park and is an ideal place to learn to dive whilst seeing Grey Nurses, Sea Stars and Manta Rays.
Best time to go – Mid summer you may see Leopard Sharks and Humpback Whales.
7:Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island

Located off the south coast of Australia, these waters have completely different marine life from that of the north, there are The Leafy Sea Dragon, Seals, Blue Devils and Boarfish.
Best time to go – April to June
8:Usat Meigs

Usat Meigs

Usat Meigs

One of many and the most popular shipwreck off the Northern Territories, it has become home to Pygmy Barracudas, Golden Snapper and large Estuarine Cod.
Best time to go – Dry winter months, in the summer monsoons and Box Jellyfish could ruin your day
9:SS Nord

SS Nord

SS Nord


This 88m long cargo steamer that sunk in 1915 off the coast of Tasmania is considered one of the best dives that Australia has to offer but is for experienced divers only, who get the opportunity to see this remarkably well preserved wreck complete with some remaining artifacts.
Best time to go – Because of its exposure to extreme southerly and easterly weather, you should always check ahead of time.

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  1. Max Yanez says:

    This so beautiful i love water diving but that 3 pic scared me that sinking pics….

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