Australia: Rich in Diving Opportunities

Alec Hills - Apr 29, 2013
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With a coastline of 47,000 km, Australia has a lot of opportunities for diving compared to any country in the world. If you travel along the coastal routes at almost each and every stop, you will see people diving in the local waters and others offering cruises. From the tropical waters in the North to the cool waters off the southern coastline, if you are a diver, you will be spoilt for choice. The following are some of the diving destinations for both a professional diver and a learner.

Yongala, Queensland

This is among the places that are considered to be the best wreckage dives all over the world. Yongala shipwreck with its 110 m  is very impressive. It sank after a tropical cyclone in 1911 with at least one hundred and twenty four passengers aboard. The creepy wreck was found in 1950's and it is surrounded by history and a two-meter long giant groupers, manta, trevallies and eagle ray on top of tiger, rare bull and leopard sharks. Nonetheless, the major fascination has to be winter sighting of beautiful minke whales that are up to 16 meters long and thirty to fifty singing humpback whales. Yongala is located some three hours boat ride from Townsville or rather thirty minutes away from Ayr, Queensland.

Point Murat of Navy Pier

Even though fishing in pier is not legal and you have to carry along your passport in order to get near, this is the greatest place for divers since the ocean has thrived in the eco-site, making it to be among the few worthy artificial dive sites. For a more breathtaking dive, you should make a point of taking a swim up to the end of spot octopi; freaky carpets patterned with Wobbergong swindlers and cod the magnitude of tots swim by. Scorpion fish, Lionfish, moray eels, frog fish and schools of trevally and barracuda also are found in the area. It is 20 meters deep and three to ten meters in visibility. Regarding the location, Point Murat Navvy Pier is located three hundred meters from Exmouth seashore.

North Horn, Osprey Reef

This site is known as the playground for the shark. Thus, you should be ready to see a number of them including tiger, hammerheads, and silver and white tip sharks. There is the alternative to have a bench at one of the boundaries in this amphitheater in natural form. Some tour companies normally feed sharks with heads of fish and scrabbles of beasts for each scrap of meat. The spot is 10-25 meters in depth and ten to 4 meters in visibility.

Cod Hole, Great Barrier Reef

The site usually offers cod and it is not just any cod but a giant man-sized cods which are very friendly. Due to the clear spot of the Great Barrier Reefs, you will get cods of the baroque nature on top of finding emperor angelfish, turtles and some black-spotted fish to have you amused all the time. It is located some minutes from Lizard Island when you use a boat. In depth, the place is at least 30 meters and 50 m in visibility.

Cocklebiddy Cave

This is among the longest submerged caves passages found around the globe and it is suitable for people who are experts when it comes to diving. Under the Nullarbor Plain, you will find a three hundred chamber that reaches in a 180 meters lake and many dry rock chambers that are laid in an 8 km long honeycomb pattern. It is estimated that less than one hundred people have visited this cave. Thus, it is very possible that you will be among the first people to discover something very thrilling in its dark and eerie corridors. In depth, Cocklebiddy cave is 20 meters and in visibility, it is 3-7 m. It is located ten km north of the Cocklebiddy Roadhouse.

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