Australia is a vast island continent which almost touches the equator in the north and has an eastern coast swept by the rich currents of the Pacific Ocean together with a 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 Australia Bight. Combine all that with a total coastline of almost 36,000 km there just has to be some excellent 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 in the north of the state. 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, its long coastline is bathed by the rich waters of the Indian Ocean and offers a tremendous diversity, 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 on Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, as I do most of my diving these days in the Indo-Pacific area to the north of Australia.
I will be adding others, such as the Giant Australian Cuttlefish and the Leafy Sea Dragon in addition to the current image galleries as time permits, but if you have questions about diving in Australia send me an email and I will give you my opinion.