Dive Sites In Australia
In this section of Scuba Diving Point we will collect information about Australian dive sites. The Great Barrier Reef is the main dive destination in Australia, but great dive sites can actually be found along the entire coast line, including the island of Tasmania. When discussing the different Australian dive sites, it can be good to have a basic understanding of the Australian geography. This vast country is divided into seven territories: South Australia, Northern Territory, Western Australia, Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania. The region around the capital city of Canberra is sometimes considered its own region and is called Australian Capital Territory. It is located within the borders of New South Wales.
The Northern Territory is popular among experienced scuba divers and it can be hard for novice divers to find suitable dive sites. Most dive sites require you to be able to cope with neap tides, tidal waves and/or spring tides. At one of the popular dive sites near the city of Darwin the tidal changes can be up to 7 metres. For experienced scuba divers the Northern Territory is however a very rewarding experience. The water temperatures are tropical and you can explore a broad selection of wrecks that have been intentionally sunk in order to create excellent dive sites. Always find out more about the current weather conditions each day before you embark on a dive, since the climate in this part of Australia can be unpredictable.
On the opposite site of the Australian continent you will find the Southern Territory and its big marine reserves. Unlike the Northern Territory, this part of Australia offers temperate diving. Seals can be found basking at the Althorpe Islands in Marion Bay. From the city Adelaide you can easily reach the Aldinga Marine Reserve where the underwater visibility average at 18 meters (59 feet). A third option for the scuba diver is to pay a visit to HMAS Hobart in Yankalilla Bay. This dive site is however only recommended for experienced divers.
If you do not wish to choose between tropical scuba diving and temperature underwater environments, you can go to Western Australia. The Rowley Shoals Marine Park features a long chain of pristine coral atolls with great looking coral gardens. There are at least 650 different known species of fish inhabiting these atolls, and several of them are endemic and can not be found outside the Rowley Shoals Marine Park. Another popular dive site in Western Australia is the Rottnest Island not far from Perth and Freemantle. This dive site is known for good wreck diving and you can expect to encounter large shoals of pelagic fish.
As mentioned above, the Great Barrier Reef is the most popular dive destination in Australia and features a myriad of dive sites. Each year, more than 1.8 million tourists from all over the world visit the Great Barrier Reef but not all of them are scuba divers. The Great Barrier Reef is situated off the coast of Queensland in the Coral Sea.