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Scuba Diving

New South Wales
Type of Location
Adventure Spot
About Location

Australia is undoubtedly unique. With over 35,000km's of magnificent coastline, we have superb diving in the tropical waters of the world renowned Great Barrier Reef and northern Western Australia, as well as brilliant temperate diving in the southern states and Tasmania. Both tropical and temperate marine life are found in the Solitary Islands off northern New South Wales, popular Byron Bay near the Queensland border, and the fabulous Abrolhos Islands on the west coast off Geraldton.


How to Reach

By Air

Sydney Kingston International Airport is located nine kilometres south of the city centre and is a modern facility offering daily scheduled flights to and from a large number of Australian, Asian and international destinations. The Airport Link is a fast and convenient way to reach the centre of Sydney. Trains run approximately every 10 minutes and the journey into the city takes only 13 minutes. The international and domestic rail stations link directly to the City Circle, which means most city destinations are within a short walk of stations. Buses are also available. Meanwhile, taxis are on hand, as are car hire companies.

By Rail

Sydney is connected by railway to Melbourne in the south; Adelaide and Perth in the west; and Cairns in the north. There is an extensive rail network within NSW, operated by Countrylink. In Australia, the train tracks in NSW are a different size to those in Queensland, so travellers must take a bus at the Queensland border to change to a different train. Trains are modern and well-equipped. Sydney’s Central Station, on Eddy Avenue, just south of the city centre, is a grand old building, lined with newsagents, coffee shops and restaurants as well as transport and tourist information offices.

By Bus

Sydney is served by interstate buses from all major cities around the country. Buses are modern and air-conditioned and travel passes are available. The major interstate bus operator is Greyhound  Regional and interstate bus services are available to all major cities at the Sydney Coach Terminal outside Central Railway Station. All major bus companies have offices here.

Key places to visit
Julian Rocks Marine, Hugos Trench, Scuba Byron Bay, The Empire Gladstone


Places to Visit

Julian Rocks Marine

Named by Captain Cook in 1776, Julian Rocks consists of ancient metamorphic rock thrust through the earth's crust millions of years ago. It is an extension of Cape Byron separated by the ocean and forms a unique habitat providing shelter and food for sea turtles, rays, corals, over 500 different species of fish and many more marine creatures.'

With water temperatures and currents changing throughout the year there are many seasonal visitors. During cooler winter months the grey nurse sharks visit Julian Rocks. Although these sharks look fearsome they are quite shy and are perfectly safe and exciting to dive with. The docile leopard sharks can be seen on almost every dive during mid-summer when the waters are between 24 and 27 degrees Celsius. Also in summer and early autumn manta rays cruise elegantly through the waters surrounding the rock feeding on plankton completely undisturbed by inquisitive scuba divers.

Hugos Trench

'The depth range for this dive is from 12 metres to 18 metres. The trench actually runs all the way through the rock, however conditions would have to be perfect to attempt to swim through. The dive normally begins on the southern side of the rocks and takes you into the trench, where you have sheer walls on either side. The trench is home to wobbegongs, turtles, and schools of tarwhine and many other species. Don't forget to look up!'

Scuba Byron Bay

The Byron Bay Dive Centre caters for all levels of diving experience. Join one of our guided dive trips and let our dive crew show you one of Australia's most spectacular dive sites.

Whether you are an experienced diver, recently certified or haven't dived for some time we will ensure you enjoy a safe and rewarding diving experience at Julian Rocks.

The Empire Gladstone

Wrecked on the night of September 5th 1950 the ship measured 135 metres long and weighed over 7000 tonnes. She now lies in 10 metres of water just off Merimbula. Though mostly collapsed you are still able to swim through the drive shaft passage and explore around the wreckage which has turned into a spectacular artificial reef attracting a prolific and diverse amount of marine life.

Right Time to Visit

January - July


January - March -> 26(°C) - Summer
July - September -> 8(°C) - Spring


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