The Best Places To Dive In Australia

Julian Rocks nearby Byron Bay, Australia.
Julian Rocks nearby Byron Bay, Australia. Photo by Michal B. on Unsplash

Australia is a dream destination for scuba divers. While the Great Barrier Reef is probably the first thing that comes to mind, there are plenty of other, lesser-known, diving destinations in Australia that are worth exploring. 

Townsville, Queensland

Townville is home to one of the most popular shipwreck dives in Australia: the SS Yongala. The ship got caught in a cyclone and sank off Cape Green in 1911. Although entering the interior of the ship is forbidden, the rich marine life surrounding the wreck is spectacular to see.

Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Ningaloo Reef has over 260 species of hard corals and is home to turtles, tropical fish, and humpback whales. It’s also hailed as the best place in the world to swim with whale sharks. Contrary to popular belief, these 12 meters long fish are harmless. The best time to spot these gentle giants is from mid-March to mid-September.

Lizard Island, Queensland

Lizard Island is the northernmost resort along the Great Barrier Reef and is known for its breathtaking dives sites. One of them is the famous Cod Hole, named after the dozen potato cod that live there. 

Julian Rocks, New South Wales

Julian Rocks was formed by a volcanic eruption some 20 million years ago and is world-renowned for its rich marine life. It was even listed as one of the top diving destinations in the world by Lonely Planet.