Diving in Australia
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Australia has much to offer the scuba diving enthusiast, whether novice or highly experienced. If you're a diver or beginner just keen to know about the waters of Australia, we have some good news for you.
Almost everyone has heard of the Great Barrier Reef, and almost every scuba diver has dreamed of diving there. What about diving with the whale sharks in Exmouth? Or the sea dragons, the wobbegong sharks, and the many wrecks around Sydney? Or the gray nurse sharks and turtles off Coffs Harbour? From Port Douglas in Tropical North Queensland to Tasmania, from Adelaide in South Australia to Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia, exciting, unique, and intriguing diving experiences await you.
Scuba diving in Sydney is 'right at the front door', from scenic to shipwreck. Dive sites are numerous and visibility is normally very good. Hire gear is available, and there are guides with extensive experience in the area. You can dive as a novice diver or an experienced diver. You can upgrade your current certification or even learn to dive. The choice is all yours, because Sydney offers it all!
The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is probably the most well known natural wonder of the world. "World Heritage" listed in 1981, it's a truly magnificent marine wilderness and nature reserve, unlike anything else, anywhere else. The Barrier Reef is actually a series of 2100 individual reefs stretching for more than 2300 kilometers, from Papua New Guinea in the north down the Queensland coast to Lady Elliott Island (400 kilometers north of Brisbane, the capital of Queensland). In addition to the reefs, there are some 500 islands, once part of the mainland until the oceans rose tens of thousands of years ago.
The reefs are home to over 400 species of coral, 1500 species of fish, 4000 species of mollusc, 500 species of seaweed and 200 species of birds. There are numerous ways to explore this amazing place, from aircraft flyovers to helicopter trips to sailing boats to the general tourist-type, look-see trips. But the only way to really experience this wonderland is first-hand, underwater. If you think you've been diving in some amazing places in the world, as the saying goes, "You ain't seen nothing yet!"
Every year more than 3000 whales and their calves pass Port Stephens on their annual migration. That makes this area a great place to observe these mighty creatures while sailing or boating off Port Stephens. The majority of the whales are Humpbacks, the most playful and spectacular of all whales. You can see them breach (leap out of the water) in one spectacular motion. An amazing sight to watch! You are also likely to see Bottlenose Dolphins or maybe catch a glimpse of a Giant Sea turtle.
South Australia encompasses the Eyre Peninsula, which has a number of excellent places for the visitor to explore. You can see dolphins and sea lions in their natural habitat amongst the Sir Joseph Banks islands, a marine conservation park. The area is a major breeding ground for Cape Barren Geese and is a favoured area for scuba diving. Port Lincoln's outer islands, reefs, underwater cliffs and drop-offs are ideal for scuba exploration and photography.
Ningaloo, Western Australia's longest fringing reef, hugs the shoreline for nearly 275 kilometers. A shallow, sandy lagoon has formed between reef and shoreline, making Ningaloo a paradise for snorkellers. Over 200 species of coral make up the reef and more than 500 species of fish feed there. Turtle, dugongs and whale sharks also inhabit these waters. Close to shore (between 300 meters and 4 kilometers), the lagoon offers soft, tranquil waters, where sheltered swimming is available for even the most inexperienced swimmers or snorkellers. The water in the lagoon maintains a fairly constant 30C/86F temperature, making swimming a delightful year-round experience.

Airlie Beach is located in Queensland. This area of Queensland is known as Central Queensland, Airlie Beach is situated approximately 1200 km. north of Brisbane and 800 km south of Cairns.
Airlie Beach is the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. These are 74 islands that situated off the Coast from Airlie Beach. The pristine Whitsunday Islands Group nestles in the protected waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Queensland, Australia. There are 74 densely vegetated lush tropical islands in the group including the well known holiday destinations like Hayman, Hamilton, Daydream, South Molle, Club Med Lindeman and Club Crocodile Long Island. But in the main, most islands are uninhabited and many are designated as National Parks. Photographs of the stunning white silica sand of Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island are icons for all those who are familiar with the classic images promoting Australia. Situated at 20S Lat and 148E Long, the welcoming tropical climate of the Whitsundays rivals that of Fiji, Tahiti and the Bahamas. Mean annual temperatures of 27C and a minimum of 21C and an estimated average of 8.25 Hours of Sunshine per day, ensure an attractive year-round climate.

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