There is some tremendous scuba diving in Australia. But this is a vast island continent which almost touches the equator in the north. The an eastern coast is swept by the rich currents of the Pacific Ocean. And the western coast that receives similar treatment from the Indian Ocean.
To the far south is the Antarctic with the cold waters of the Southern Ocean feeding the Great Australian Bight. Combine all that with a total coastline of almost 36,000 km. And you can appreciate just how much there is to choose from when thinking about scuba diving in Australia!
However what most visitors think of when considering scuba diving in Australia are the warm tropical waters of Queensland and its famous Great Barrier Reef. While there is some great diving in Queensland. Don’t lose sight of the fact that the “Great” in the Great Barrier Reef refers to quantity, not quality…
The temperate but very interesting diving around New South Wales, the colder waters of Victoria and the beautiful island of Tasmania to the south should also be considered.
Over in the west, the long coastline of Western Australia is bathed by the rich waters of the Indian Ocean. It has some tremendous diversity and unique things to see. While South Australia has possibly the most interesting diving in Australia – especially around the Spencer Gulf.
I have lived in Australia for nearly 25 years now and have dived many of the main locations along the Great Barrier Reef. But that was before I had the idea for this website… So you won’t find detailed location guides like you will for Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, as I do most of my diving these days in the Indo-Pacific area to the north of Australia.
However what I have done is document some of the really unique things about diving in Australia. Starting with the much feared and greatly misunderstood Great White Shark, the severely endangered Grey Nurse Shark and the quite special Giant Australian Cuttlefish.
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