Roadmap to Diving the New South Wales Coast

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The shoreline of New South Wales might maintain a diver occupied for lifetime. As temperate waters meet tropical, the distinctive combine and biodiversity of this area is certain to impress even probably the most well-travelled of divers. With an enormous selection of dive websites to discover you’ll discover every part from wrecks to reefs and from shark nurseries by way of to seal breeding grounds.

It’s inconceivable to record each spectacular dive website which sits alongside this staggering shoreline so listed here are just some of our favourites…

Julian Rocks Marine Reserve – Byron Bay

Most depth: As much as 25 metres (82 ft)

Visibility: Ranges from 5 – 30 metres (16 – 98 ft) / Common 10 – 15 metres (32 – 49 ft)

Julian Rocks, historically referred to as Nguthungulli, was shaped by a volcanic eruption over 20 million years in the past off Cape Byron. These barren granite rocks at the moment are a part of the Cape Byron Marine Park and host quite a lot of dive websites. The underwater terrain at Julian Rocks consists of caves, partitions, pinnacles, trenches, and an unimaginable array of rock buildings.

The combination of heat tropical and funky temperate waters creates a singular underwater biodiversity. Julian Rocks helps over 1,000 marine species together with over 500 species of fish, each tropical and temperate, the rare leopard shark, and a myriad of invertebrate life together with an enormous array of corals. Look out for beautiful lengthy fronds black coral within the deeper sections across the rocks.

Advisable PADI programs: Peak Performance BuoyancyAdvanced Open Water DiverFish Identification

Leopard Shark - Zebra Shark - Underwater

Coff’s Harbour & Solitary Islands Marine Park

Most depth: 40 metres (131 ft)

Visibility: Can attain as much as 40 meters (131 ft) however seasonal

The Solitary Islands Marine Park runs for 90 km/zero.62 miles north beginning at Coff’s Harbour. Coff’s Harbour is centrally situated between Sydney and Brisbane on the NSW north coast. This numerous area is the place the tropical waters of the north meet with the temperate waters from the south, leading to a singular mixture of marine species together with greater than 550 species of fish, 90 coral species and 600 molluscs.

Coff’s Harbour provides yr spherical diving and is the entry level to the Solitary Islands. From July to October, humpback whale watching journeys are a serious spotlight.

North Solitary Island is the place you’ll discover extra tropical species and numerous corals as a result of hotter waters. Anemone Bay is the world’s densest aggregation (or “carpet”) of anemones and their anemone fish.

Tropical and temperate waters combine round South Solitary Island. That is the place you’ll discover anemones and corals co-existing with kelp and cooler water species. South Solitary is famend for ‘massive fish’ sightings, together with aggregations of gray nurse sharks, education pelagics and big cuttlefish. The most important drawcard of North West Solitary is the prospect to dive or snorkel with manta rays. For numerous diving and corals, take a look at Cut up Solitary and South West Solitary Island.

Beneficial PADI Programs: Advanced Open Water Diver, Fish IdentificationPeak Performance Buoyancy, AWARE Shark Conservation Diver

Whales - Underwater - Calf

Fish Rock Cave – South West Rocks

Most depth: 30 metres+ (98 ft+)

Visibility: 15 – 30 metres (49 -98 ft)

Fish Rock Cave is a 125 metre/410 foot lengthy tunnel or swim by way of which penetrates Fish Rock. There's each a shallow and a deep entrance to the cave. The shallow entrance at 12 metres/39 ft is adorned by lovely gorgonian followers which make beautiful underwater images topics within the shallows. The deep entrance at 24 metres/79 ft is legendary for its resident gray nurse sharks which are sometimes seen in numbers right here.

South West Rocks - New South Wales - Grey Nurse Shark - - Matt Testoni - Underwater Photography
Picture offered by Matt Testoni

The swim by means of from the shallow entrance to the deep entrance (or vice versa) consists of two air chambers the place divers can breach the floor. The partitions of the swim by way of are carpeted in delicate corals and the cave is often teeming with fish in addition to rays, sharks, lobsters and turtles.

Surrounding Fish Rock (outdoors of the cave) the prevailing currents present a provide of nutrient wealthy water and the colorful sponge coral gardens are residence to a myriad of critters.

Advisable PADI programs: Peak Performance Buoyancy DiverFish Identification, AWARE Shark Conservation Diver

Naked Island – Sydney

Most depth: 15 metres (49 ft)

Visibility: As much as 20 meters (65 ft)

Naked Island is arguably Sydney’s hottest dive website. Situated on the finish of Anzac Parade, the island may be dived on all sides in response to expertise degree. The Japanese aspect usually has higher visibility and its shallower depths make it very best for newcomers. Extra skilled divers can try and circumnavigate the island or dive the south-western aspect which presents deeper waters to discover.

Bare Island - Sydney - Australia - Coral - Scuba Diver

This shore entry website presents a mixture of rocky reef, bommies, a wall, and usually rugged topography. Naked Island is house to numerous marine life, the rubble and sand patches are perfect for critter searching and look out for Port Jackson sharks through the winter months. Night time diving right here is an thrilling expertise to not be missed!

This website is beneficial for all ranges of divers, together with freshmen and people taking entry degree programs.

Advisable PADI programs: Open Water DiverPeak Performance BuoyancyAdvanced Open Water DiverUnderwater Navigator, Night Diver

Jervis Bay

Most Depth: 60 metres + (196.85 ft)

Visibility: 15 – 20 meters (49 – 65 ft)

This massive harbour is bordered by towering stone cliffs that sink deep into the ocean. There's a seemingly countless rugged and rocky shoreline to discover.

Sydney - Scuba Divers - Underwater

Jervis Bay is well-known for its resident seal colony and numerous vary of (quite a few) dive websites. From vibrant smooth coral partitions by means of to a number of caves and swim throughs, wrecks, shark nurseries and beautiful macro life there's something right here for each diver from newbie by way of to superior and Technical Divers.

Advisable PADI programs: Open Water Diver, Deep DiverAdvanced Open Water Diver

Batemans Bay inc. Tollgate Islands, Black Rock and Burrewurra Level

Most depth: 40 metres (131 ft)

Visibility: Ranges from 5 – 30 metres (16 – 98 ft) / Common 10 – 15 metres (32 – 49 ft)

Batemans Bay gives lovely dives for all ranges, from beautiful shore dives to boat dives as much as 30 metres/98 ft. The Bay is situated roughly three.5 hours south of Sydney. There are three primary areas for boat dives within the Batemans Bay Marine Park:

The Tollgate Islands supply a number of dives. Occy Level has an array of bommies to discover and an abundance of marine life, from nudibranch to cuttlefish and look out for an occasional gray nurse shark. On the opposite aspect of the island is Dragon Rock which is a superb place for recognizing gray nurse sharks seasonally congregating.

Cuttlefish - Sydney - Underwater

Black Rock one of the numerous dive websites within the Marine Park. A cave, tunnel and an archway make for thrilling diving. Dives at Black Rock are round 18 meters/60 ft.

Burrewurra Level has lovely lengthy partitions which make beautiful dives for extra skilled divers. Vast angle images alternatives abound and in the event you’re fortunate, you could even get a whale in your shot.

Beneficial PADI Programs: Fish IdentificationDeep DiverOpen Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver

Narooma & Montague Island

Most depth: 30 metres (98 ft)

Visibility: As much as 30 metres (98 ft) however seasonal. Common 10 – 15 meters (32 -49 ft)

Montague Island is situated 5 km/three.1 miles off the Narooma coast. In the course of the winter months tons of of fur seals are the main draw in addition to dolphin pods and humpback whale sightings. Montague Island within the hotter months (water temperatures as much as 26°C/78.eight°F), boasts tropical fish that are drawn to the coral reefs. Gorgonian sea followers make for fantastic extensive angle images together with gray nurse sharks and occasional rays. Whichever season you dive Montague, the rugged but vibrant topography will impress.

Beneficial PADI Programs: Peak Performance BuoyancyProject AWARE Specialist, Fish Identification

Seal - Underwater

For those who’ve been impressed to go to New South Wales in your subsequent diving journey, find an area PADI dive shop right now.

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