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Best Dives of New South Wales AUSTRALIA

South West Rocks - Well known to be the best location to find Grey Nurse Sharks on the east coast of Australia. Fish Rock and Green Island were made critical habitat protection areas for the Grey Nurse Sharks in 2003. Grey Nurse Sharks can be found at these locations during all months of the year. At 120 metres long, and well known as one of the largest ocean caverns in the southern hemisphere, FISH ROCK CAVE has attracted divers worldwide. Enter the deep end of the cave at a depth of 24 metres and swim into the tunnel entrance over huge wobbegong sharks and large bull rays resting on the bottom. Pop up into the bubble cave for a quick chat before you exit. During most of the year grey nurse sharks are regularly sighted silhouetted in the opening making it a photographers’ paradise. There are also nudibranchs, bright orange zooanthids, moray eels and anemone and clown fish.

Byron Bay - Located just 2.5 kilometres from Byron Bay is the Julian Rocks Marine Park, it is rated as one of the top ten scuba diving locations anywhere in Australia. The mixing of tropical warm currents with cooler temperate waters makes the diving around Byron Bay unique. There is an amazing diversity and abundance of fish life with over 600 recorded species of tropical, temperate and pelagic fish. Whales, Dolphins, Manta Rays, Leopard Sharks, the endangered Grey Nurse Shark and three species of Turtle are all common visitors to Julian Rocks. All the action is just a short 10 min boat ride from Byron's main beach!

Lord Howe Island - Lord Howe Island has the most southerly coral reef in the world. Lord Howe is a tiny crescent shape island with a huge lagoon fringed by a coral reef and white sandy beaches, the coral reefs provide protection for thousands of fish and invertebrate marine life making it perfect for snorkelling, it has the unique distinction of being the first place in Australia to be listed by the World Heritage Organisation because of its pristine natural beauty. The coral seas surrounding Lord Howe are home to many species indigenous to these waters including the McCullochs anemone fish, Lord Howe Island Blue Fish, half banded angel fish and conspicuous angel fish . Just 16km south of Lord Howe Island is Ball's Pyramid, the world's tallest monolith. You can expect to see massive schools of Violet Sweep, Amberjack, Kingfish, Silver Drummer, Ballina Angelfish, Rainbow Runners, Trevally and occasionally Marlin, Dolphins and Wahoo. The dive sites average 25m in depth and range from drift dives, cave dives or simply follow-

Seal Colony is one of the sites during Winter when the Seals migrate to St Georges Headland. The site itself is made up of large boulders and rock formations and has a maximum depth of 25-30 metres. Marine life here is not as abundant as other sites, the primary focus is on diving with the seals.

The Docks is one of the most popular dives sites here, particularly for newly certified divers and open water students. The topography consists of kelp beds, large boulders, small caves, mini drop offs and swim throughs. Small sponge gardens are scattered throughout the site, with one of the main attractions being a double decker cave. Maximum depth on this dive site is 20 metres.

Sydney - The scuba diving in Sydney is temperate water diving with an influence of our warmer tropical water to the North. You have a wide variety of marine life including the worlds largest cuttle fish up 1.5 meters in length, Weedy Sea Dragons, the world's largest Seahorse, Blue Gropers, Grey Nurse Sharks, Wobbegong sharks and a host of other marine life. We also offer the most extensive range of dive sites diving the most northern and southern areas of Sydney. Only one and half hours North of Sydney is the Central Coast where lies the HMAS Adelaide. Royal Australian Navy Guided Missile Frigate HMAS Adelaide.

  • New South Wales has endless unspoilt beaches, breathtaking natural treasures and one of the world’s most famous and vibrant cities.
  • Explore New South Wales from Sydney, where Bondi Beach is a day trip from the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley wineries. Drive north for the coastal jewels of the Central Coast, South West Rocks and Byron Bay and Jervis Bay. 
  • Inland lies the Australian Alps, picturesque country towns and Mungo National Park.

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  • Driving from Sydney to South West Rocks is approximately 5 hour drive and then further North again to Byron Bay an additional 4.5 hours.
  • Diving the coastal waters off southern Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia you will mainly see Grey Nurse Sharks and at some dive locations rather large schools of these very placid sharks. 
  • Grey nurse sharks are a schooling fish, and a group of five or more sharks in the same place at the same time is referred to as an aggregation.  They are large animals with many large, sharp protruding teeth, and it was largely due to their fierce appearance that they were incorrectly labelled ‘man-eaters’ in the past.
  • Fish Rock is a critical habitat area and aggregations of up to 40 or more grey nurse sharks are often seen there.