Scuba Dive in Australia

Scuba Dive in Australia

Got a trip, holiday or gap year to Australia planned? Or already living there? Book a dive course! Australia is one of the best places in the world to go scuba diving. Expect friendly instructors, beautiful beaches, coral, exotic marinelife and also a warm climate. Where you learn or go diving really comes down to personal preference, this country has thousands of miles of beautiful coastline whilst you can also learn in all the major cities. 

There are opportunities throughout the country but one of the most appealing places is the Great Barrier which is one of the most spectacular places on the planet. If you would like to arrange a dive package or learn more our guide to learning to dive which includes the best locations, how to arrange a package, find a perfect PADI course, see example costs and also get top tips.


Best Places to Scuba Diving in Australia

  • Great Barrier Reef  - Excursions available from Cairns, Port Douglas, Townsville or the Whitsunday Islands)
  • Ningaloo Marine Park - Located in Western Australia
  • Christmas Island - Close to Indonesia and departures from Perth you will find over 40 amazing dive sites here 
  • Magnetic Island
  • Cairns
  • Port Douglas
  • Townsville
  • Whitsunday Islands


Best Time of Year to Dive in Australia

There are year round scuba diving opportunities throughout most of Australia although the main scuba season happens from November to April which is summer Down Under. Queenstown is one of the most popular places and you can join lessons or trips almost every day but the weather can have an effect on diving in other areas of the country especially in the South, this is usually around May to October time.


Learn to Scuba Dive in Australia

You'll get to make new friends with people from all over the world whilst getting guided by some of the most professional and experienced dive staff in the industry.


Scuba Diving at the Great Barrier Reef

On the East Coast of Australia you have to visit the spectacular Great Barrier Reef where you will be able to swim, snorkel or scuba dive with exotic fish, and possibly even sharks and whales. Imagine waking up and knowing you are going to spend the day scuba diving in one of the most clear and spectacular oceans in the world! 

Going to the Great Barrier Reef is the highlighted thing to do in the Queensland area it says so in every guide book (surprisingly) and you need to check this out. Even better, why not choose a tour where you can also learn to scuba dive and get the see the reef from very very close. There are lots of dive companies and resorts which offer a range of lessons. In five days (two days with lessons in a pool and three days / two nights on a boat over the Reef) you will soon pick up the basics. This will be a really enjoyable and rewarding experience.

The first time you'll learn is diving is like discovering a new world where the perceptions, the laws of physics all seem different. Its a great experience and we are sure you will want to repeat it again and again. There are lots of places where you could learn to scuba dive in Australia like Magnetic Island but the Great Barrier Reef is probably the best.


Wreck Diving in Australia

If you are interested in going wreck diving in Australia we highly recommend the Yongala Wreck in the Great Barrier Reef - this is often described as the best dive site in the world!


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If you need any help arranging a dive course in Australia please get in touch.


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