New South Wales

New South Wales

New South Wales, Australia has some of the best scuba diving sites in the world. That's not surprising since NSW has more than 2000 kilometers of gorgeous, pristine coastline. Choose a casual dive with a tour operator or go for a four day-long open water course. open water courses are available for anyone at least age 12 as long as the prospective diver obtains a diving medical certificate from a general practitioner. Tourists and native Aussies alike won't want to miss the opportunity to experience the beauty that lies beneath the surface of the sea around New South Wales from the North Coast to the South Coast and in between. Here are three favorite spots for scuba diving across the area.

Julian Rocks, Byron Bay

Julian Rocks is located in the far north coast of NSW two kilometers from Byron Bay. A part of the Cape Byron Marine Park, it is considered to be one of the world's best places to scuba dive. The secret lies in the unique mix of cool currents with warm, tropical ones. This gives the water here a great diversity of marine life to observe up close and personal with depths up to 26 meters. Get a good look at sea turtles, corals, grey nurse sharks, over 600 different kinds of fish and watch dolphins frolic.

Black Rock, Bateman's Bay

On the south coast, Black Rock at Bateman's Bay is a popular dive site assessable only by boat. With an array of awesome scenery, this site offers both boat and shore scuba diving. Explore the popular Arch and Bubble Cave. At Bubble Cave you will thrill at the reef systems and rocky outcrops. With diving depths of up to 25 meters, you will meet sea dragons, slipper crays, starfish, and lots of schooling fish.

Shelly Beach, Manly

The excitement of Sydney mixes with great diving at the Shelly Beach dive site. Facing westward, it is Australia's only dive site on the eastern seaboard. Being shallow and well protected from the wind makes it a great diving experience for beginners. For a deeper dive, head over to nearby Fairy Bower and swim the maze of boulders. You will find plenty of good facilities that includes bathrooms with showers and ample parking. Arrive early at this site on weekends. Because of the good facilities, it fills up quickly.

After exploring these three cool dive sites, it is for sure that you will want to experience other ones around New South Wales.

Julian Rocks
Black Rock
Shelly Beach
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