Where to Dive When Visiting Australia

Australia is a must-visit destination for anyone who is serious about scuba diving. When most people think of diving in Australia, they immediately think of exploring the Great Barrier Reef. The truth is that there are plenty of other places to dive “down under”!  Here’s a look at the best places in Australia to scuba dive.

The Great Barrier Reef

We know, we know—we just said that there are plenty of other places in Australia to dive, but the Great Barrier Reef is still the best. With nearly 1,500 miles of connected coral reefs, it’s hard not to list this world-wide destination as a top dive spot. The great thing about the Great Barrier Reef is that you have virtually countless options to choose from when planning your dive trip. You can visit the Outer Barrier Reef on a live-aboard dive boat for multiple days’ worth of exploring, or you can pick from any number of towns along the shore for shorter day trips. Just be aware that the coral along the Great Barrier Reef is in some serious trouble, so don’t touch anything!

Wreck Diving

You may not immediately think of wreck diving when someone mentions diving in Australia, but there are actually a lot of downed ships you can explore!  Check out the SS Yongala, which went down in 1911 off the coast of Queensland. You can find many different charters that will offer day trips to the area.

Another great wreck diving area is off the coast of Moreton Island, where a line of ships known as the Tangalooma Wrecks was deliberately sunk in 1963. Several charters run dive trips in the area.

Port Lincoln Cage Diving

One other thing often comes to mind whenever people mention diving in Australia—sharks!  Check out Adventure Bay Charters for the country’s only opportunity to cave dive with Great White sharks. The tour operators will lure in the sharks with bait and you’ll come face to face with some of the largest predatory fish on the planet.

Portsea Pier

If you don’t feel like booking a charter, diving the Portsea Pier offers great diving just by entering the water from shore.