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October 142015

Introduction

Australia’s great and diverse land is equally matched by its spectacular underwater environments.

I have been a scuba instructor for 40 years and during that time have met some awesome people and experienced many spectacular dives all over the World.

But, believe it or not, most of my best diving has been in Australia.

When talking to people, particularly other scuba divers, the most common question I get asked is “How good is the Great Barrier Reef?” This question disappoints me because, although the Great Barrier Reef offers some fantastic diving, most divers are simply not aware of the great diving other parts of Australia has to offer.

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Raine Island is the World’s largest nesting rookery of the endangered Green Sea Turtle, Chelonia mydas, and has been used by the turtles for over 1,000 years…

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“You haven’t dived unless you have done a shark feed!”…

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Dwarf Minke Whales
May 132015

Dwarf Minke Whales were first identified in 1985 and are thought to be a sub-species of the Common or North Atlantic Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata)…

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Cod Hole
May 132015

The Great Barrier Reef is the World’s largest structure built by organisms and is visible from outer space…

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Yongala
May 132015

The Yongala is regarded by many as the best wreck dive in the World…

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Bait Reef
May 132015

Airlie Beach, a quaint tourist town half way between Brisbane and Cairns in far north Queensland, is the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and some great diving.

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Heron Bommie
May 132015

Spectacular Heron Bommie is one of Australia’s most famous dive sites with a Worldwide reputation, the father of recreational scuba diving, Jacques Cousteau, rated Heron Bommie in his Top 10 dive sites!…

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The Blowhole
May 132015

Lady Elliot Island is the southernmost coral cay in the Great Barrier Reef and is in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park’s “Green Zone” therefore being afforded the highest level of protection…

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Wolf Rock
May 132015

Wolf Rock consists of five volcanic rock pinnacles rising off a sandy bottom at around 40 metres (130’) to shallow water where two of the pinnacles actually break the surface…

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Brisbane divers were truly ahead of their time!…

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Manta Ray Bommie
May 132015

Manta Ray Bommie on North Stradbroke Island is a cleaning station for the magnificent and graceful reef manta ray, Manta Alfredi, and the world’s largest aggregation site of leopard sharks…

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Balls Pyramid
May 132015

Balls Pyramid. Lord Howe Island, Balls Pyramid, Lord Howe Island.

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Julian Rocks
May 132015

According to one story in Bundalong Dreamtime a jealous husband threw his spear to a canoe carrying his wife and her lover. The canoe broke into two creating Nguthungulli, Julian Rocks, just 2.5 kilometres (1.5 miles) off Cape Byron…

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The Solitary Islands, a group of five off-shore islands, are just off the east coast of Australia half way between Sydney and Brisbane. They stretch north and south for around 75 kilometres (47 miles)…

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Fish Rock Cave
May 132015

Australia’s famous Fish Rock Cave is located on the mid north coast of New South Wales off Smokey Cape, just short two kilometre (just over a mile) boat ride from shore…

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Looking Glass
May 132015

Broughton Island, a small 114 hectare low lying granite island surrounded by beautiful Pacific waters, is one of New South Wales central coasts most popular diving destinations…

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Long Reef Wall
May 132015

On a headland just north of Sydney between the suburbs of Dee Why and Collaroy lies Long Reef Aquatic Reserve, the oldest aquatic reserve in New South Wales…

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Bare Island
May 132015

Sydney divers are the luckiest divers in Australia – they literally have hundreds of dive sites right at their doorstep and Bare Island is a quintessential example of the wonderful diving around Sydney.

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The Arch
May 132015

Jervis Bay has been a “Mecca” for Sydney and Canberra scuba divers since the early 1970’s…

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Dragon Rock Sharks
May 132015

Dragon Rock is an “aggregation site” and a critical habitat for the endangered Grey Nurse Shark, Carcharias Taurus…

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The seals on the north western tip of Montague Island, off the southern coast of New South Wales, are totally unafraid of humans and their underwater antics are just amazing…

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Empire Gladstone
May 132015

The SS Empire Gladstone was just one of around 12,000 Empire ships utilised by the British Ministry of War Transport during the Second World War. The fleet was the largest in the World and included freighters, tankers and aircraft carriers…

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Magic Gardens
May 132015

Bicheno, a small fishing village on the east coast of Tasmania north of the Freycinet Peninsula, is the home of some of the best temperate water in the World…

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Giant Kelp Forest
May 132015

Australia’s cool southern waters support massive growths of kelp, brown algae, some of which form giant underwater kelp forests…

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Wilsons Promontory
May 132015

If ever the term pristine could be used to describe a place then it is the word for Wilsons Promontory. It has around 130 kilometres (80 miles) of coastline and most of it unexplored underwater!…

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The Pinnacle
May 132015

The Pinnacle, just off Cape Woolamai, is a towering underwater pinnacle of granite and one of Victoria’s most awe inspiring dive sites…

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Blairgowrie Marina
May 132015

When the cold southerlies are blowing Blairgowrie Marina offers divers tranquil conditions and an enormous variety of temperate marine life including dozens of species of nudibranch.

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Burrunan Dolphins
May 132015

Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay has its own small but unique population of Burrunan Dolphins, Tursiops australis…

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The strong tides caused by the Port Phillip Bay entrance provides scuba divers with exhilarating drift dives where a diver can travel over two kilometres (one mile) in just 30 minutes…

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Lonsdale Wall
May 132015

Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay formed around 8,000-6,000 BC and until then its narrow entrance was the mouth of the Yarra River as it entered Bass Strait…

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J5 Submarine
May 132015

J5 Submarine. Queenscliff/Portsea, Victoria.

Just prior to World War I in an effort to match the speed of the German U-Boats rumored to be 18 Knots, the Royal Navy commissioned eight J Class submarines…

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Lawrence Rocks
May 132015

The south west coast of Victoria has a very rugged coastline and it is equally rugged underwater and in the right weather conditions the diving is fantastic…

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Piccaninnie Ponds
May 132015

The Limestone Coast of south eastern South Australia is littered with limestone caves and sinkholes. In fact, the township of Mount Gambier is built on them…

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Rapid Bay Jetty
May 132015

Rapid Bay Jetty is one of Adelaide’s most popular dive sites due to its resident population of exquisite ornately camouflaged leafy or Glauert’s Seadragons (Phycodurus eques)…

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Aldinga Drop-off
May 132015

Aldinga Beach Aquatic Reserve, one of Australia’s earliest marine reserves, lies just 45 kilometres (28 miles) to the south of Adelaide, South Australia’s capital city, in the Gulf St Vincent…

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Glenelg Dredge
May 132015

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the South Australian Dive Industry was instrumental in gaining government approval for a series of artificial reefs…

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Edithburgh Jetty
May 132015

Edithburgh Jetty is an underwater photographers dream, and at night it really reveals its secrets!…

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Great White Sharks
May 132015

Carcharodon carcharias is an awesome name for an awesome fish – the great white shark – the largest predatory fish in the ocean…

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Weebubbie Cave
May 132015

Weebubbie Cave is one of over 250 caves below the Nullabor Plain approximately half way between the cities of Perth and Adelaide…

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Sanko Harvest
May 132015

When the Sanko Harvest struck Harvest Reef near Esperance in 1991, a near environmental disaster became a windfall for scuba divers…

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Cheynes III
May 132015

The last whaling station to cease operations in Australia was the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company in Albany, Western Australia…

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Ex-HMAS Swan
May 132015

Ex-HMAS Swan was scuttled on the morning of 14 December 1997 in front of over 10,000 spectators. She was the first of six former Royal Australian Navy ships to be deliberately sunk for recreational diving…

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Busselton Jetty
May 132015

Busselton Jetty, said to be Australia’s largest artificial reef, is the longest wooden pylon jetty in the Southern Hemisphere and supports over 300 marine species…

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West End
May 132015

Rottnest Island just west of the Perth is surrounded by spectacular dive sites particularly on the “West End”…

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Key Biscayne
May 132015

In September 1983 while undertow from Darwin to Fremantle for stacking in the Cockburn Sound to await deployment the Key Biscayne and support vessels Atlas Van Diemen and Argus Guard struck rough weather…

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Abrolhos Islands
May 132015

Shipwreck, mutiny and murder!…

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Whale sharks, Rhincodon typus, are the largest fish in the oceans…

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Exmouth Navy Pier
May 132015

The Exmouth Navy Pier is arguably the best jetty dive in Australia, if not the World!…

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Rowley Shoals
May 132015

The Rowley Shoals are three tiny coral atolls in the middle of nowhere in the Indian Ocean off the remote north western Australian coast 260 kilometres (160 miles) west of Broome…

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Mauna Loa
May 132015

Darwin Harbour is a mecca for wreck diving enthusiasts where over 20 wrecks, including six Catalina flying boats, lay on the bottom waiting to be explored…

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  • Raine Island Turtles

    Raine Island Turtles

    Animal, Scuba, Tropical

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  • North Horn Shark Feed

    North Horn Shark Feed

    Animal, Scuba, Tropical

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  • Dwarf Minke Whales

    Dwarf Minke Whales

    Animal, Scuba, Snorkel, Tropical

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  • Cod Hole

    Cod Hole

    Animal, Scuba, Snorkel, Tropical

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  • Yongala

    Yongala

    Scuba, Tropical, Wreck

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  • Bait Reef

    Bait Reef

    Scuba, Snorkel, Tropical

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  • Heron Bommie

    Heron Bommie

    Scuba, Snorkel, Tropical

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  • The Blowhole

    The Blowhole

    Scuba, Snorkel, Tropical

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  • Wolf Rock

    Wolf Rock

    Scuba, Sub-Tropical

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  • Curtin Artificial Reef

    Curtin Artificial Reef

    Scuba, Sub-Tropical, Wreck

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  • Manta Ray Bommie

    Manta Ray Bommie

    Animal, Scuba, Snorkel, Sub-Tropical

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  • Balls Pyramid

    Balls Pyramid

    Scuba, Snorkel, Sub-Tropical

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  • Julian Rocks

    Julian Rocks

    Scuba, Snorkel, Sub-Tropical

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  • Solitary Islands Marine Park

    Solitary Islands Marine Park

    Scuba, Snorkel, Sub-Tropical

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  • Fish Rock Cave

    Fish Rock Cave

    Scuba, Sub-Tropical

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  • Looking Glass

    Looking Glass

    Scuba, Snorkel, Sub-Tropical

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  • Long Reef Wall

    Long Reef Wall

    Scuba, Snorkel, Temperate

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  • Bare Island

    Bare Island

    Animal, Scuba

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  • The Arch

    The Arch

    Scuba, Temperate

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  • Dragon Rock Sharks

    Dragon Rock Sharks

    Animal, Scuba, Temperate

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  • Montague Island Seals

    Montague Island Seals

    Animal, Scuba, Snorkel, Temperate

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  • Empire Gladstone

    Empire Gladstone

    Scuba, Snorkel, Temperate, Wreck

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  • Magic Gardens

    Magic Gardens

    Scuba, Snorkel, Temperate

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  • Giant Kelp Forest

    Giant Kelp Forest

    Kelp Forest, Scuba, Snorkel, Temperate

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  • Wilsons Promontory

    Wilsons Promontory

    Scuba, Snorkel, Temperate

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  • The Pinnacle

    The Pinnacle

    Scuba, Temperate

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  • Blairgowrie Marina

    Blairgowrie Marina

    Jetty, Scuba, Snorkel, Temperate

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  • Burrunan Dolphins

    Burrunan Dolphins

    Animal, Snorkel, Temperate

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  • Shortland Bluff Drift

    Shortland Bluff Drift

    Scuba, Temperate

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  • Lonsdale Wall

    Lonsdale Wall

    Scuba, Temperate

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  • J5 Submarine

    J5 Submarine

    Scuba, Temperate, Wreck

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  • Lawrence Rocks

    Lawrence Rocks

    Scuba, Snorkel, Temperate

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  • Piccaninnie Ponds

    Piccaninnie Ponds

    Scuba, Sinkhole, Snorkel, Temperate

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  • Rapid Bay Jetty

    Rapid Bay Jetty

    Animal, Jetty, Scuba, Snorkel, Temperate

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  • Aldinga Drop-off

    Aldinga Drop-off

    Scuba, Snorkel, Temperate

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  • Glenelg Dredge

    Glenelg Dredge

    Scuba, Temperate, Wreck

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  • Edithburgh Jetty

    Edithburgh Jetty

    Jetty, Scuba, Snorkel, Temperate

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  • Great White Sharks

    Great White Sharks

    Animal, Scuba, Snorkel, Temperate

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  • Weebubbie Cave

    Weebubbie Cave

    Scuba, Sinkhole, Snorkel, Temperate

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  • Sanko Harvest

    Sanko Harvest

    Scuba, Temperate, Wreck

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  • Cheynes III

    Cheynes III

    Scuba, Temperate, Wreck

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  • Ex-HMAS Swan

    Ex-HMAS Swan

    Scuba, Snorkel, Temperate, Wreck

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  • Busselton Jetty

    Busselton Jetty

    Jetty, Scuba, Snorkel, Temperate

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  • West End

    West End

    Scuba, Snorkel, Temperate

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  • Key Biscayne

    Key Biscayne

    Scuba, Temperate, Wreck

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  • Abrolhos Islands

    Abrolhos Islands

    Scuba, Snorkel, Sub-Tropical

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  • Ningaloo Whale Sharks

    Ningaloo Whale Sharks

    Animal, Snorkel Only, Tropical

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  • Exmouth Navy Pier

    Exmouth Navy Pier

    Jetty, Scuba, Tropical

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  • Rowley Shoals

    Rowley Shoals

    Scuba, Snorkel, Tropical

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  • Mauna Loa

    Mauna Loa

    Scuba, Tropical, Wreck

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