Diving The East Coast of Australia With Tom Park

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We’re all itching for some underwater journey, and with worldwide borders nonetheless raised there’s no higher time to discover your personal yard. The East Coast of Australia is suffering from gems and jam full of some fairly distinctive wildlife, that is your information to a few of my favorite websites!

Milln Reef on The Nice Barrier Reef

This reef has every part. From deep underwater swim throughs lined with 5m (16.4ft) excessive Gorgonian Followers, to densely packed vibrant coral gardens scattered with marine life, it’s really the most effective elements on the Great Barrier Reef. Whether or not you’re day tripping or spending the night time there, you’ve received a fantastic probability to see faculties of vibrant fish, a variety of resident turtles, a great deal of Reef Sharks, a resident faculty of 100+ Bumphead Parrot Fish and dense coral gardens.

Prepare dinner Island – Tweed Heads

This one’s for all you turtle lovers on the market! Prepare dinner Island is a turtle sanctuary, and is house to round 200 turtle mating pairs who reside within the shallows across the island yr spherical. At occasions we had between 20‑30 turtles in our imaginative and prescient!

Julian Rocks – Byron Bay

Migratory Leopard Sharks… want I say extra? Julian Rocks is a spectacular website that gives virtually yr spherical shark encounters. In the course of the hotter months faculties of pleasant Leopard Sharks migrate to the location, typically accompanied by a Manta Ray or two. Because the water cools the Leopards depart, and enormous numbers of Gray Nurse Sharks take up residence.

The Solitary Islands – Coffs Harbour

You realize that superior feeling you get if you swim via a thick faculty of fish? Image that, besides as an alternative of fish they’re sharks. Like a lot of the websites on this record, it’s value going nicely out of your strategy to dive right here! From the southern hemispheres largest density of Anemone Fish, to plenty of Gray Nurse Sharks and turtles – the Solitary’s is wild.

Seal Rocks ‑ Forster

Now that is in all probability my private favorite shore dive. Think about strolling into the water off one in every of Australia’s most picturesque seashores solely to seek out a variety of turtles, fish, Wobbygong Sharks, and most impressively various resident Gray Nurse Sharks all in 5m (16.4ft) of water? Shore diving doesn’t get a lot better!

Kurnell – Sydney

The house of the Weedy Sea Dragon! Kurnell is residence to the most important inhabitants of Weedy Sea Dragons in NSW. It’s an superior shore dive with a variety of vibrant sponges and fish life, and virtually ensures divers with a eager eye an encounter with the notorious Weedy Sea Dragon.

Montague Island – Narooma

Who doesn’t love diving with seals? In case you’ve by no means had the chance, diving with seals is like rolling round in a pen filled with waterproof puppies. It’s a tremendous expertise and one which’s loaded with an unprecedented degree of wildlife interplay. To the seals, you’re the brand new pet on the canine park and everybody needs examine you out and have a recreation.

SS Yongala ‑ Townsville

This website is frequently voted as one of many prime 10 dive websites on the earth. It’s an enormous declare, nevertheless it certainty lives as much as it! This wreck has been underwater for over 110 years and is roofed head to toe by hundreds of small fish, hordes of Bass and Big Trevally, extra Olive Sea Snakes than you possibly can rely, various sharks and rays, and doubtless most impressively a 4m (13 ft) lengthy Queensland Grouper. That is undoubtedly one for the bucket listing!

What are you ready for? Study extra about diving Australia’s east coast with our Diving in New South Wales Dive Guide, find a PADI dive shop and begin planning your future journey down beneath!

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Written and pictures provided by PADI AmbassaDiver, Tom Park.

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