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Queensland Scuba Diving

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Travel Guide Oceania Australia Queensland Queensland Scuba Diving

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Introduction

Dubbed the Sunshine state, Queensland has many magnificent diving locations. Arguably one of the most famous diving spots in Australia is the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland. Port Douglas, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Brisbane or Cairns in North Queensland offer popular starting points for diving. These places offer a wealth of diving operators as well as other water-sports activities.

Port Douglas is also well known for quality golf courses & a great place to relax. Airlie Beach & The Whitsundays offer scuba diving, sailing & partying with a complete range of accommodation from the cheap backpacker hostels to the luxury of Hayman Island. Many dive sites exist around the Whitsunday Islands & of course the vast Great Barrier Reef lies not far to the East with enough scuba diving sites to entertain even the most experienced scuba diver. Brisbane is a more relaxed option to the frantic diving activity further to the North. Scuba Diving enthusiasts will not be disappointed as there is still a broad range of dive sites to choose between. The southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef is a short trip away and there some fantastic islands for scuba diving in the vicinity. Other diving locations that can be found in Queensland include the Argincourt Reef, Keeper Reef, Cod Hole, Cochrane Artificial Reef, SS Yongala Wreck, and the Lady Bowen Wreck.

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Dive Sites & Accessability

Brisbane and Surrounds

In Brisbane, scuba junkies will find the China Wall, Curtin Wrecks, Manta Ray Bommie, Tangaloona Wrecks, Comboyuro Drop Off, Henderson’s Rock, Moreton Bay Marine Park, Stradbroke Island and Spot X. Each diving spot has its own attraction to boast. China Wall and Spot X are the perfect diving locations for those adventure-seekers who are looking for advanced dives. Both diving spots have 16 to 30-metre depths and feature fascinating sea life.

CURTIN ARTIFICIAL REEF
Depth: 12-30m
Suited For: Intermediate to Advanced
Visibility average: 10m
Marine life / Features: For the wreck enthusiasts, on this site inside Moreton Bay lies over 22 scuttled wrecks. The reef is comprised of more than 20 ships deliberately scuttled by the Underwater Research Group of Queensland. The first was sunk in 1967 and even today more are still being added. Scattered around this site you will also come across concrete pipes and steel pontoons, tyres and car bodies. The artificial reef has come a long way since the sinking of its first vessel in 1968. Its popularity is due to the variety of diving it offers.

Curtin is famous for the family of giant groper that inhabit these waters, some of which can weigh up to 500 kg. If you're lucky enough, you can see 4 or 5 in one school so keep an eye out. For the wreck divers some of the wrecks offer full penetration and for divers who are not into wrecks, large schools of marine life including Queensland Groupers, Cod, Kingfish, Turrum, Red Emperor, Trevally, Tuskfish and the list goes on. This site is best dived on slack high, for those wanting more excitement and the chance to see almost all the wrecks it is good to drift dive.

TANGALOOMA WRECKS
Depth: 6-12m
Suitable For: Intermediate to Advanced
Visability Average: 8m
Marine Life/Features: These wrecks are filled with a great abundance of marine life from giant Trevally to Crayfish. The dive is best completed in a drift so that in a 40-minute dive you see all the wrecks along the wall. Tangalooma offers every diving environment in 1 dive, including reef, wreck, drift and naturalist, all in about 12 metres of water. Just north of Tangalooma Resort lying half under the surface, old Harbours and Marine Department Steam-driven Dredges and Barges. Beneath the surface walls of steel, large propellers make home to large schools of fish, wobbegong Sharks, Lionfish, Stonefish, Moray Eels and lots of tropical fish. This site offers small penetration for the wreck divers. It is best dived on slack high or on an outgoing tide for a drift dive.

CEMENTCO
Depth: 16-30m
Visibility average: 15m summer 30 winter
Suitable For: Intermediate to Advanced
Marine Life / Features: A large upturned wreck, seemingly unremarkable until divers look inside; most areas easily accessible. It is home to massive rays and groupers as well as crayfish. Wreck penetration or just swimming outside observing the wide range of fish and coral life are equally rewarding. Formerly named the Crusader, lies near the north-eastern tip of Flinders Reef. The wreck has become home to Queensland Groupers and schooling fish are also abundant. For those with wreck and penetration experience many sections of the Cementco can be discovered with floors carpeted with crayfish.

FLINDERS REEF
Depth: 3-16m
Visibility average: 15m in summer and 30m in winter
Suitable For: Beginner
Marine Life / Features: Flinders Reef has an amazing diversity of fish and marine creatures including more than 175 species of fish, many species of Turtles and in the winter months, the migrating Whales. Nearest true coral reef to Brisbane zones a marine park in 1998. There are more species and varieties of corals in this one area than any other single reef on the Great Barrier Reef.

Flinders reef also has many pinnacles, swim throughs, ledges and even a sunken trawler. The diverse amount of marine life include schools of Wrasse, Sweetlip, Trevally, Parrot, Bat, Surgeon, turtles and tropical fish. Manta Rays, Wobbegongs and Leopard Sharks are among the larger creatures that reside here. Sightings of Whaler sharks are sometimes seen on the eastern side of Flinders. During the months of June to September, Humpback Whales can be seen on the surface as they pass by.

FLAT ROCK
Depth:
Suitable For: Beginners
Terrain: Rocky Reef
Marine Life / Features: Flat Rock is one of Brisbane's most popular scuba diving sites, mainly because of the natural rocky environment and the diverse range of coral and fish that you are likely to encounter. You can see anything from tiny clown fish to the docile giants of the sea, the grey nurse sharks.

HENDERSON ROCK & CHERUBS CAVE
Depth: 12 - 30m
Suitable For: Intermediate to Advanced
Visibility average: 20m
Marine Life / Features:
This is one of Brisbane's best and least frequented dive sites. Henderson Rock and just North, Cherubs Cave is an extensive granite outcrop on the ocean side of Moreton Island. Few divers have the chance to dive because of the distance and is dived more frequently in winter due to westerly winds and calm seas. As you leave the surface you will notice extensive kelp beds full of lots of hidden treasures, sea horses, pipe fish and nudibranchs. The terrain is spectacular with deep ledges, overhangs and caves to explore. Long deep gutters to the east of the pinnacle offers promise of unexpected encounters. In the winter you can expect sightings of Grey Nurse Sharks. The marine life here is enough to get your heart racing with large schools of pelagic fish and batfish. Around many of the gutters and caves you will find Wobbegongs Sharks, Gummy Sharks and resident Queensland Groupers.

SMITHS ROCK
Depth: 6 - 20m
Suitable for:
Visibility average: 20 - 30m
Marine Life / Features: Smiths Rock is often frequented by the large species of marine life. Often prone to currents is best dived at slack water. This site has great potential for exploration with caves and swim-throughs which are alive with crayfish. Smith Rock is notorious as a shipping hazard claiming ships as they attempt to navigate around Cape Moreton.

THE PINES
Depth: 10 - 18m
Suitable For: Intermediate
Visibility average: 10m
Marine Life / Features: The Pines consists of a wall of coffee rock and scattered bommies. This site is best dived on a drift dive as its gives you the opportunity of covering a large section of this site. Only 100 metres off the beach inside Moreton Bay it travels north to south with encounters with turtles, rays, lionfish and large schools of fish.

AAHRUS
Depth Range : 20 - 25m
Suitable For:
Visibility average: 20 - 30m
Marine Life / Features: Sank in 1894, this wreck lies on a sandy bottom. The 640 tonne sailing baroque grounded hard on Smiths Rock three times before sinking in just 12 minutes. The Aahrus is mostly covered by sand with sections still remaining. Large schools of big eyes cover some sections of the remains and is often frequented by schools of pelagics.

HUTCHISON SHOALS
Depth: 3 - 30m
Suitable for:
Visibility average: 15 - 30m
Marine Life / Features: Surrounded by deep and spectacular drop-offs, caves and ravines, its waters are alive with pelagic fish, whilst the reef has a good cover of tropical growth and smaller marine life. Weather conditions must be almost perfect to dive the shoals.

ST PAUL
Depth: 30 - 42m
Suitable For: Intermediate
Visibility average: 15 - 30m
Marine Life / Features: A French freighter became the second victim of Smiths Rock. The remains of the boilers greet you as you first approach the remains of the St Paul. Amongst the twisted handrails and superstructure lies hidden treasures of time gone by.

MARIETTA DAL
Depth: 12 - 14m
Suitable for: Beginner and Intermediate
Visibility average: 20m
Marine Life/Features: The Marietta Dal was a British Freighter that ran aground on Smiths Rock in 1950. Her cargo of oils, chemicals, machinery and tractors sand along with the Marietta Dal. Scattered cargo is amongst small bommies and rocky outcrops. The hull rests in 13 metres of water flat on the ocean floor and still providing a great opportunity to explore.

RENNAN & ROBERTS SHOALS
Depth: 12 - 25m
Suitabile for:
Visibility average: 20m
Marine Life / Features: Roberts Shoal, just east of the Cape Moreton Lighthouse, and Brennan Shoal north of Roberts form the southern limits of a line of shoals. Both sites are very similar in terrain with pinnacles and big caves. Fish life at these sites is quite prolific with schools of big pelagics and the largest of wobbegong sharks. Currents are generally not a problem, but big swells can make it quite uncomfortable.

TWEED RIVER HEADS
Depth:
Suitable for: Begginers
Cautions: The Tweed River provides some cost effective and very satisfying diving. The mouth of the river is, as might be expected, tidal. Hence diving needs to be organised around the tide tables. Remember that when there is a large body of water, the slack water does not coincide with high tide. Slack water will be anything from 30 minutes to over an hour behind the high tide time. The larger the tide difference, the longer the period between high tide and slack water, and, the shorter the period of slack water.
Marine Life / Features:
The Tweed River has a variety of fish life. At various times of the year the life changes. During the year, a diver can expect to see Octopus, Rays, Dolphins, all sorts of smaller fish as well as large cat fish, turtles, cod and whiting. During slack water, the river makes a safe training area and practice area for divers.

Gold Coast

Another superb diving spot in Gold Coast Queensland is Palm Beach reef off the Gold Coast. Divers in all skill levels love to explore the famed diving area's large reef sections, with rocky outcrops and enormous bommies adorned with a variety of sponges and soft corals. With reef tops rising five meters below the surface, Palm Beach reef's marine life consists of Leopard Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks, Whaler, and Stingrays. Friendly underwater creatures include the Parrotfish, the Blue Wrasse, and varied large schools of reef fish.

In addition, the Scottish Prince wreck is also one of the must-see dive sites in Gold Coast. The wreck is a 64 meters long, composed of three steel-masted iron barques that sank while sailing from Scotland to Brisbane, carrying assorted cargo boxes of whiskey and linen. Today, the wreck, which is under the protection of the Commonwealth Historic Shipwreck Act, is covered with sponges and soft corals. It is also a haven for Sholvelnose Rays, Crayfish, Wobbegong Sharks, and other tropical fish, making it the perfect spot for wreck diving.

NINE MILE REEF
Known as "sharky" spot by the local fisherman and considered the ultimate feel good dive site in the Gold Coast
Depth: 10-30 metres
Suited For: Intermediate
Terrain: Rocky reef
Marine life: Grey Nurse sharks, turtles, stingrays, manta ray, blind sharks, bronze whaler, leopard shark, hammerhead shark
Getting there: Reached by boat and is about 40 minutes from the beaches.

COOK ISLAND
Considered the most popular dive site on the Gold Coast
Depth: 10-20 metres
Suited For: Beginners - Advanced
Terrain: Hard soft corals,
Marine life: Turtles, wobbegongs, leopard sharks, nurse sharks, puffer fish, grouper, blind shark
Getting there: Reached by boat and is about 40 minutes from the beaches.

Cairns & Port Douglas

Cairns is known for its easy access to the Great Barrier Reef, which lies just offshore. The Great Barrier Reef stretches right along the Queensland coast and is recognised as one of the world's best diving and snorkeling destinations.

Cairns is the diving haven for most professional and recreational divers because of its close range to the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns boast the Milln Reef, Moore Reef and Thetford Reef. The assortment of reefs that can be found in this area proves that Cairns truly is the gateway to Great Barrier Reef’s northernmost edge.

A host to over 20,000 sea birds, the Great Barrier reef diving area holds a fragile and unique ecosystem. Divers and snorkelers love exploring the area because it is abundant with spectacular underwater reefs, teeming with glowing colored corals and numerous variations of vibrant tropical fish. Moreover, the Great Barrier Reef is also known for being one of the Seven Wonders of the world with its spectacular clear warm waters and breathtaking line of reefs. The diving site's combination of unspoilt rainforest and glorious weather really sets a view of one wondrous diving paradise.

BRIGGS REEF
Depth: 1-25m
Suited For: Novice to Advanced
Location / Getting There:16°56.210S 146°12.040E
Marine Life / Features:
* Go forward from the bow to sandy floor 11 meters down and look for coral head on your left.
* Farther in reef edge has wall down to sand at 6 meters. Work along edge to left for good life forms.
* For the more advanced go from stern of boat and follow six large bommies along edge of terrace to 24 meters
* Staghorn thicket patches
* Sea cucumbers on the sandy floor
* Nudibranchs, Christmas tree worms, feather and sea stars for a great night dive
* Fan and whip corals on the bommies and in the swim-throughs
* Whitetip reef sharks, wrasse, parrotfish, damsels butterflyfish, angelfish, rabbitfish and surgeonfish are all common visitors
* Less common are green turtles
* Watch for blue-spotted rays and seasonal manta rays

FLYNN REEF
Depth: 2-35m
Suited For: Beginner to Advanced
Average Visability: 15-20m
Marine Life / Features: Flynn Reef is one of the most popular reef dives, however the reef does experience some mild currents. Some of the best sites on Flynn Reef are Tracys Bommie, Gordons Mooring, Tennis Court and the Coral Gardens. These sites offer excellent wall dives, swimthroughs, overhangs and night diving. The sheer range of corals on view is extremely impressive, hard corals such as Staghorn, Table, Plate and Boulder Coral Heads as well as many species of soft coral. As you might expect these habitats are occupied with a diverse variety of marine life.

MILNE REEF
Depth: 15-30 metres
Suited For: Advanced
Location /Getting there: Reached by boat and is situated 38 nautical miles (64 kilometees, 3 hours) from the coast of Cairns.
Terrain: Flat bottom
Marine life: Sharks, barracuda, gather at the Three Sisters. Whale Bommies provides haven for cuttlefish, colorful chaetodon and lion fish

TOUNGE REEF - TURTLE BAY
Depth: 1-15m
Suited For: Beginner / Novice
Location: 16°18.117S 145°44.468E. North end of Third Sister Reef in Tongue Reef complex
Marine Life / Features:
* Come face-to-face with a giant 35kg Maori wrasse named "killer" who expects the Divemaster to feed him
* See the resident turtles, one named "Dopey" may swim right into your viewfinder
* See a giant clam and several species of sea cucumbers on the sandy floor
* Staghorn thickets and patches hide many smaller reef fish
* See soft and hard coral covering the reef edge and bommies
* Check under plate coral for hovering trout, sweetlip and the occasional barramundi cod
* On your easy swim back to the boat look hard for the small, cryptic life

UPOLU CAY - LUGGERS LAGOON
Depth: 1-10m
Suited For: Beginner / Novice
Location: 16°40.768S 145°56.274E
Marine Life / Features:

  • Upolu Reef resembles the shape of the Mediterranean Sea that staff instruct divers to "Sail in through the Straits of Gibraltar, then dive and snorkel the Suez Canal and the depths of Dakar or drift the Casablanca Coast."
  • Giant clams and a great range of hard and soft coral adorn the lagoon Clams are mainly brownish, green and blue, the smaller ones tend to be more iridescent turquoise, blue and green
  • See staghorn, plate, brain and boulder coral
  • A small whitetip shark or turtle may explore the lagoon with you
  • Look for blue spotted ray resting in the sand with sea cucumbers

THETFORD REEF
Depth: 10-20 metres
Suited For: Advanced
Location / Getting there: Reached by boat and is situated 38 nautical miles (64 kilometees, 3 hours) from the coast of Cairns. 16°48.472S 146°11.757E. NW side of Bommie Fields
Terrain: Slopping bottom, bomboras
Cautions: Take a long safety sausage as its easy to become disorientated
Marine life / Features: tubeworms, shrimps, crabs. Very large bommies
* Almost 2km long reef with scattered coral heads
* Between the bommies sandy floors are covered with smaller coral patches and numerous blue staghorn thickets.
* In the smaller coral patches look for giant clams, butterflyfish, rabbitfish, damsels, angelfish and pipefish.
* On the bommies you'll be confronted with many swim-throughs
* The swim-throughs are partially closed on top, sending magical shafts of light down the mysterious passageways
* Take special care in the passageways while passing the large gorgonian fans and soft coral.
* Anemones host several species of commensal fish and transparent shrimps
* Boulder coral heads have dozens of multi-coloured Christmas worms
* A fish-feeding permit allows the Coral Princess to attract trevally, wrasse, spangled emperor, red bass, blue and gold fusiliers and sergeant majors for the benefit of guests.

MOORE REEF
Depth: 10-15 metres
Suited For: Advanced
Location / Getting there: Reached by boat and is situated 38 nautical miles (64 kilometees, 3 hours) from the coast of Cairns. 16°52.160S 146°12.353E
Terrain: Slopping bottom, bomboras, flat bottom Coral Gardens
Marine life / Features:
* A large reef rich with life
* Operators work mainly in back reef area, all have similar dives
* Dives over staghorn thickets on sand that slopes and drops to 22m.
* Explore around the bommies or stay close to the reef edge.
* Bommies have great swim throughs and are worth exploring
* Look out for rays buried in the sand!
* Gullies in the reef side are excellent spots to observe fish
* Large bommies nearly e\reach the surface, so you can dive your preferred depth.
* At night see nudibranchs, crabs, worms and outstretch coral polyps.
* There is an abundance of hard coral in good condition and well interspersed.
* Damselfish hide in the soft coral and dash out to catch planktonic food
* Wrasse, parrotfish, emperors, butterflyfish and surgeonfish are common.
* A school of grey reef sharks have been spotted here, but you're more likely to see a white tip shark.
* This is probably best as a macrophotography site.

SAXON REEF
Depth: 20-30 metres
Suited For: Beginners
Location / Getting there: Reached by boat and is situated 55km, 2 hours from Cairns Harbour. 16°27.900S 145°46.799E
Terrain: Swim-throughs and gullies, Small caves and gutters cut through the reef.
Marine life / Features:
* See turtles, reef sharks, barracudas,
* Snorkel on the shallow bommie tops, reef edge and reeftop
* See large patches of staghorn coral thickets
* Swim-throughs and gullies are scattered throughout the site
* Each bommie has its own special feature and life associated with it-giant clams, anemones, coral-limorpharians, pipefish, lionfish and moray eels
* Look for turtles, large cod and schools of damsels and fusiliers
* See tuna, mackerel, trevally and barracuda
* Notice nesting triggerfish in the summer protecting their "bomb crater"

SUDBURY REEF
Depth: 1-53m
Suited for: Beginner to Advanced
Location / Getting there: Closest reef to Fitzroy Island 17°00.000S 146°12.254E
Marine Life / Features:
* Sand cay on northern end of reef.
* Good all round scuba diving
* Lots of snorkelling
* Many different dive locations around this vast reef
* Steep drop offs
* Numerous tropical fish
* Coral very much alive
* Large sea fans
* Many sea whips
* Lots of vase and tree corals
* Small tropical fish
* Scribble angelfish
* Numerous butterflyfish
* Some schooling batfish
* Plenty of sweetlips
* Good for all round photography

Rockhampton

If exploring the water of the Pacific Ocean is your thing, North Rockhampton will undoubtedly provide the experience. In this part of Australia, divers will find the Barren and Child Islands, Egg Rock, Great Keppel Island, Man and Wife Rocks, and Outer Rock. As a suggestion, you should try the Egg Rock, a marine national park, which houses some of the most beautiful sea creatures ever to swim the Earth.

Whitsunday Islands

Whitsunday Islands has always been in the top ranks among the most wonderful diving sites around the world because essentially, the reef haven is a very calm place. Under bad weather, however, visibility can be poor. Diving in the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef is largely affected by tidal movements. Make sure that you plan your holiday around the time when there is a very small difference between the high and low tides. The visibility level is usually high an hour before the tide goes up. This is the point when you can enjoy the the priceless beauty of the reefs at its best.

Popular dive sites include Blue Pearl Bay, Maureen's Cove, Manta Ray Bay, Hayman Island, Hooks Island, Fairy Reef and Hardy Reef.

Manta Rays can be found at the southern end of Bait Reef at Manta Ray Drop-Off during winter. The Stepping Stones, also in Bait Reef, is a great place to see marine life, watch the groupers, sweetlips, coral trouts, lion fish, moral eels and more.

Lizard Island

COD HOLE
Known for: its inhabitants, Giant Potato Cod, a large grey spotted fish. Divers can also go way below the site's sandy floor area to watch the fish feeding activities on the surface water.
Depth: 10-20 metres
Suited For: Intermediate
Average Visability: 10-30m
Location / Getting there: Reached by boat and is about 50 minutes from Lizard Island. Located 240 kilometres north of Cairns and 27 kilometres off the coast of North Queensland. 14°39.920S 145°37.500E. North end of Ribbon Reef #10
Terrain: Sponge gardens
Marine life / Features: The fabulous coral gardens of Cod Hole make a dreamlike exploration for every diver.
* Giant Shark Alley lives up to its name with White Tip Reef Sharks and Grey Reef Sharks are always in the area for those who like to get up close.
* Internationally recognised underwater photographers Ron and Valerie Taylor were the first to publicise this site
* Potato Cod are the main attraction, if conditions allow, the feeding show can be a fantastic experience. Large potato cod (6-30kg) are friendly, since they have been fed for the past 20 years. Over the years their health has decreased, with crankers and skin diseases becoming evident. Their decrease in health is due to the poor food types they are fed combined with handling by divers. Fish feeds are still being done but let the Divemaster handling them
* See clouds of cod like Maori wrasse, red bass, emperor and many other species
* Drop to the sandy floors area between the bommies, where you can see the fish feeding from above
* See 150kg wrasse sucking and biting at the food
* Other marine life includes average coral cover, anemones, whitetip reef sharks, giant clams, schools of pyramid butterflyfish, Solomon's sweetlip, cleaning stations and feather stars, Potato Cod, moray eels, sting rays, whitetip reef shark, Maori Wrasse, Emperor, Red Bass, giant clams, anemones, feather stars, average coral covers, reef sharks, and Solomon's Sweetlip

NORTH HORN - OSPREY REEF
Depth: 2-20m+
Suitable for: Intermediate and Advanced
Marine Life / Features:
* Osprey has many sites and entrances with several good spots to anchor or moor
* North Horn site is best known for its resident population of White tip reef sharks
* North Horn has been used as a shark feeding site for 15 years
* The silvertip and grey reef shark, potato cod, morays and many smaller species are familiar with humans
* Undersea explorer now study the sharks, they are identified and monitored periodically
* The two moorings allow the boat to drop in the safest spot at almost 1000m
* Natural underwater amphitheatre allows divers to sit 20m deep to watch the shark feed
* View whitetip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, silvertips, dogthooth tuna, giant potato cod and seasonal schooling scalloped hammerheads
* Big soft coral trees deep on Western wall
* Fantastic pelagic action, including three-spot dart, dogthooth tuna, rainbow runners and mackerel
* See pelagic octopus, pleurobranch, nautilus, crabs, shrimps and sleeping fish

ASHMORE REEF
Depth: 1-27m
Suitable for: Intermediate
Marine Life/Features:
* Rich staghorn corals group with big branching clue and brown colonies
* Staghorn groups and big fleshy polyp forms and hot corals up to 1m across
* Large silvertips, grey reef and whitetip reef sharks are common
* Large pelagic species of mackerel, blue trevally, barracuda and tuna are common
* Fusiliers, damsels, wrasse and parrotfish are a common sight
* Garden eels poke their heaps up out of sand ledges
* Good wide-angle photography
* Ample shallow coral areas for safety stops and snorkelling.

SNAKE PIT
Depth: 10-22m
Suitable for: Intermediate
Location: 14°40.871S 145°33.554E. Halfway between Lizard Island and Ribbon Reef #10
Marine Life / Features:

  • This remote site is a series of eight bommies roughly aligned in two lines
  • See schools of bannerfish and occasional barracudas swarm around you
  • Check out the manta feeding station on the northern most bommie
  • In the sandy area see, blue-spotted rays, black-blotched rays and triggerfish
  • Enjoy watching the olive sea snakes but remember to treat them with respect
  • Look out for green and hawksbill turtles, and beautiful pelagic triggerfish
  • Enjoy exploring around the whips, fans, soft and hard coral
  • Nudibranchs, sea stars, feather stars and sea cucumbers are common

NO NAME REEF
Depth: 1m-40m
Suitable for: Novice to Advanced
Location: 14°39.125S 145°37.325E
Marine Life / Features:
* The backs of all ribbon reefs have beautiful sandy floors, deep channels and strong currents
* Divers can have an easy lagoon type dive in 10-16m
* The sandy floor is rich in staghorn coral
* Hard and soft coral grow on the walls, reef edges and bommies
* Daisy the 1m long estuary cod is a regular visitor
* Whitetip reef sharks can be seen anywhere in the area
* Lizardfish and goatfish rush off when approached or when they are feeding
* On the wall a great display of basslets and fusiliers hover for plankton
* See schools of pelagic barracuda, mackerel and trevally
* In summer look for small yellow damsels fluttering and the soft coral fans
* Cleaner wrasse maintain stations in the shallower areas wit red bass and sweetlip being good customers
* In the overhangs see stinging hydroids, pink lace coral and fish

Bargara, Bundaberg

Bargara is an astounding place to go diving. Its bordering coral reefs are the most precious attraction of one of Australia's top shore diving destinations -- the Woongarra Marine Park. With the spot's various offshore reefs and fascinating shipwrecks, there is no doubt that people from all over the world like to experience diving in the waters of Bargara.

The Bargara Dive is a well known dive shop located at Coral Coast Area and Bundaberg. It has complete facilities needed in diving, and it offers various services such as touring and fishing trips using the dive shop's vessel. The establishment has the most knowledgeable and experienced instructors to make every visitor's dive memorable and enjoyable. Tourists love seeing the beautiful whales, corals, turtles, giant gropers and, other fish varieties living underwater. Aside from the Bargara Dive, some travelers and water sports fanatics go to the local Bargara beach dive locations such as the Beaufort Bomber, the Two Mile Rocks, Trawler Wreck, and the Double Rocks.

STEPPING STONE
Depth: 22-24 metres
Suited For: Advanced
Getting there: Reached by boat and is situated approximately 11 nautical miles East of Burnett Heads

TWO MILE ROCKS
Depth: 11-13 metres
Suited For: Beginners - Advanced
Cautions: Stone fish, fishing hooks - bring a dive knife
Getting there: 3 minute boat trip and is situated approximately 1.5 nautical miles off Bargar

FOUR MILE
Depth: 8-13 metres
Suited For: Beginners - Advanced
Cautions: Sharks
Getting there: 6 nautical miles South East of Elliott Heads and 3 miles offshore from Coonarr Creek

Herron Island

Heron Island can be found at the southern side of the 2050 kilometres-long Great Barrier Reef, about 539 kilometres north from Brisbane. Heron Island is more popularly known as the ultimate coral cay, housing some 72% of the Great Barrier Reef's total coral species. Heron Island is regarded as one of the best diving locations on the Great Barrief Reef.

Heron Island, with an area of about 16 hectares, lies within a 12 square-mile lagoon and is part of the Capricornia Marine Park. It is the perfect wildlife sanctuary teeming with diverse species of fish and rich marine life. Amongst the rich marine life are moray eels, reef sharks, turtles and manta rays. The Acropora, the dominant coral species on Heron Island which branch out like antlers, creates an expansive garden that is full of life.

Between December and March Herron Island is a breeding ground for Green Sea Turtles and Loggerhead Turtles. The Island is part of a double reef system which means there are over 20 dive sites within a very small area, most can be reached in 15 minutes or less. There are over 800 different species of fish in the area providing ample opportunities for photography enthusiasts. As proof of its exclusive natural beauty, Heron Island is one of the choice place of study for reef Scientists, with research trips are held during most of year.

What makes Heron Island truly famous is its calm and serene surroundings that keep guests gladly enjoying their reef experience in full. There is actually no need for extensive boat dives at Heron Island because you can easily get a generous serving of its marine beauty by entering from the beach.

There are over 30 dive sites available, half of which are just 15 minutes away from the beach. Popular dive sites include: Heron Island Bommies, Gorgonia Hole, Fifth Point, Second Point, First Point, Blue Pools, Pams Point, Coral Gardens, Wistari Reef, Libbie's Lair, Coral Cascade, Hole in the Wall, Coral Grotto, Plate Ledge, Pams Point (Best place to see Manta rays). With this privilege, Heron is also the best place to take guided diving lessons.

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Visability & Weather

Water temperature ranges in the Brisbane area tend to be 24 to 28 degrees in centigrade during summer (November to April) and 19 to 22 degrees during winter (May to October)

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Tips for Diving in Queensland

  • By law, all divers must carry a safety sausage (surface marker bouy), whistle and knife on all dives, although it is common practice to only deploy an SMB when a diver is in distress

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