Perhaps the world's most talked about diving destination, the Great Barrier Reef in northeastern Australia is a huge creation and the range of diving is vast.
But there is diving in several places in this huge country. West coast with wrecks off West Australia and Perth. Ningaloo reef, (the world's largest coastal reef) which is known for its whale sharks, tiger sharks and dolphins and more. Christmas Island and Rowley Shoals in North West Australia offer very good diving. You can also go to Christmas Island from Jakarta in Indonesia. If you want to go to Western Australia, you should look at our page here.

Adelaide and South Australia is known for cold waters where mainly white shark diving and the fabulously wonderful Weedy and Leafy sea dragons are most often seen in the right season. Sydney offers really good diving even if it is not known for diving in particular and even outside of Brisbane there are several fine diving sites as well as other parts of Queensland's barrier coast.


If you want to experience the barrier reef, Cairns and Townsville are the obvious starting points. In Townsville you will find one of the world's most famous wrecks, Fire up. From Cairns and Port Douglas you reach the absolute best parts of the Great Barrier Reef. In recent years, the reefs have been exposed to great stress as the environment slowly changes and you often hear about coral bleaching and dead coral reefs.
To avoid this and gain access to still fantastic coral reefs with large amounts of fish, turtles and live corals, it is live board which concerns. Although there are some liveaboards, not many can go that far east so you can experience the very best. In short, the further out from the coast you can get, the better diving you get. Some of the day trip boats can take +300 people and we do not want to work with these. 

Along the east coast there are also a large number of small islands that also offer opportunities for diving. It can be done in combination with liveaboarding, so why not take the opportunity to enjoy these islands and have a real holiday. It will be a nice combination with the possibility of diving more. Heron Island which offers really good diving and also has a marine research centre. The Whitsundays, Fraser Island, Lord Howe Island, Lady Musgrave Island and Hamilton Island are some of the most famous.

The opportunities for good and exciting diving with both small and large in Australia are many. We have selected only a few operators that we have good experience with in a few different parts of Australia. But feel free to ask us and we can hopefully help with more options and possibilities.

Travel information Australia

  • Time zone: +10 GMT - Canberra, Australian Eastern AEST
                  +11 GMT - Norfolk Island STD
                  + 9.30 GMT - Adelaide, Australian Central ACST
                  + 8 GMT - Perth, Australian Western AWST
                  + 7 GMT - Christmas Island STD
  • Currency: Australian Dollars
  • Language English.
  • Water: Tap water is generally drinkable everywhere in Australia, but ask locally on site
  • Visa: Required for travelers from EU countries. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after returning home
  • Health: Contact your local vaccination clinic for advice. 
  • Pressure Chambers: There are pressure chambers in every state in Australia except Christmas Island and the Norfolk Islands. Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Townsville, Hobart, Darwin all have pressure chambers.
  • Weather: Australia has all four seasons and depending on which part of Australia you dive in, the climate, weather and temperature are extremely variable.
  • Electricity: Australian sockets. You need an adapter
  • Current Water temperature and average sea temperature per month, Cairns
  • Current Water temperature and average sea temperature by month, Brisbane
  • Clothing recommendations: Totally depends on which part of Australia you're going to. Casual clothing is enough wherever you go.