Scuba Diving In Australia
In this section of the site you will find information about dive destinations and dive points in Australia. The top destination for those who go scuba diving in Australia is naturally the Great Barrier Reef. This reef is visited by approximately 1.8 million tourists each year and many of them are scuba divers. Scuba diving in Australia is however much more than “just” the Great Barrier Reef. In this section of Scubadivingpoint.com we aim to provide you not only with extensive information about the Great Barrier Reef, but explore all the other interesting and less frequented dive sites found along Australia's 35,000 kilometre long coast as well.
Australia is divided into seven different territories: Western Australia, Northern Territory, South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and the island of Tasmania. Sometimes the region around Canberra, the capital city, is considered its own region and referred to as Australian Capital Territory. This small territory is located on the eastern coast of Australia and encompassed by New South Wales.
Western Australia offers tropical as well as temperate scuba diving conditions and a vast array of interesting dive sites. Over one third of Australia's 35,000 kilometres (21,748 miles) long coast line is found in this territory. One of the most popular dive destinations in Western Australia is the Rottnest Islands, since they can be easily reached from both Freemantle and Perth. Around the Rottnest Islands you can enjoy amazing wreck diving and these waters are also home to large pelagic fish schools. Another popular Western Australia dive site for those who wish to enjoy scuba diving in Australia is the Rowley Shoals Marine Park. In this park, you can dive along a chain of unspoiled coral atolls with pristine coral gardens and more than 650 different species of fish. You can even encounter endemic species around these atolls.
The Northern Territory offers adventurous scuba diving in tropical conditions for more experienced scuba divers, since the coastline is exposed to tidal movements and neap tides. One of the most popular dive sites is located near Darwin, but this part of the coast will experience spring tides and the tidal changes can be up to 7 meters. You can however dive safe in this area if you contact knowledgably scuba diving residents, e.g. owners of scuba diving shops, to find out more about the exact conditions. Devoting some time to planning your scuba diving trip in the Northern Territory is well worth it. This coast is for instance filled with several artificial wrecks that are open for scuba divers. Why don’t visit Song Saigon? This boat has been attracting marine life since it was deliberately sunk in 1983 and is today an outstanding diving experience.
South Australia has large marine reservations where the underwater life is truly prolific, and you can for instance encounter huge schools of Drummer. This area offers temperate diving conditions. Near Adelaide, you will find a marine reservation named Aldinga where the average visibility is 18 meters (59 feet). If you want to encounter seals, you can instead go to Althorpe Islands in Marion Bay. Another dive site that is well worth a visit is HMAS Hobart in Yankalilla Bay, but this dive site is not recommended for novice divers.
Pay a visit to the articles library if your want to find out more about scuba diving in Australia. Not only will you find information about more dive sites in Queensland, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and South Australia – you will also learn more about excellent dive spots in New South Wales, Victoria, and around the island of Tasmania.
Scuba Diving in Australia Articles:
Scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef - Guide to Scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef
Scuba diving in Australia - Introduction to Scuba diving in Australia