5 Diving Spots In Australia To Die For

Queensland’s lively Townsville is famous for one of the best dive sites in the World, the Yongala Wreck.

More than a century ago, the SS Yongala went down, with the loss of all hands. In sand on the bottom, some 33 metres down and in indifferent visibility (usually 10-15 metres), the site experiences quite strong currents and is reserved for experienced divers.

But those who are allowed to go there report an astonishing variety of sea creatures, from manta rays and barracuda to sharks and even, during the winter, minke or humpback whales – all against a stunning backdrop of hard and soft coral.

The Yongala is a three-hour trip from Townsville and a number of live-aboard ships take in the site as part of a cruise through the Great Barrier Reef.

Over on the west coast is the Ningaloo Reef, some 260 kilometres of fringing coral reef along the Northwest Cape. The Ningaloo is particularly famous for whale sharks, the largest fish in the world, but a variety of rare turtles, rays, humpback whales and more than 250 other species also abound here.

Christmas Island has, alas, attracted attention in recent years for things outside tourism, but the deep waters of this little volcanic outcrop in the Indian Ocean make for some amazing diving (although the monsoon from December to April is a time to avoid).9673island

Tuna and trevally abound, but a rare sight is the annual migration of more than 100 million red crabs across the beaches to the sea to release their eggs.

As the tropical seas meet the cooler waters coming up from Antarctica, Julian Rocks in New South Wales’ Byron Bay make for interesting diving.

During the winter, it’s said, you can actually hear the migrating humpback whales singing as they pass through the area in winter, while the summer is the time to see leopard sharks frolicking. Wobbegongs inhabit the area, as well as sea turtles, manta rays and loads of colourful coral and sponges.

Lord Howe Island is hardly on the way to anywhere, but if you can make it there you are in for a treat.

The steep, wooded island has more than 50 dive sites and you can simply stroll from the beach to see the beautiful coral reef. A short boat ride to Erscotts Hole offers plenty of fish life in almost any weather conditions.

Lord Howe Island is famous for consistent, excellent visibility, making it great for underwater photography. There are plenty of bluefish, double header wrasse, spangled emperors and neon damsels, as well as rare species like Coleman’s pigmy seahorse, Foster’s hawkfish and marlin spike auger shells.

Customer Testimonials

Shaunee Bailey

The entire process of making a booking, paying and even making changes was incredibly easy. Price was very competitive and the driver was prompt…

Alison Gowland

Hi Shannen, Thank you for your email. The service was great from start (yourself) to finish with Bruce the driver who was excellent. We will definitely…

Michael Sib Siebel

Had a great experience and would definitely use your service again. The driver was on time, professional and polite. 03-03-2016

Laura

My guests had a wonderful time with punctual staff and excellent travel conditions. While I was busy losing my mind over other wedding items I am…

Leo

Great Bus ,Good Driver, on time, Perfect 13-04-2014

Erin

Thanks so much. Fantastic service received all the way from the initial quote to when the bus dropped everyone home. Will definitely use your company…

Janet

How easy was that! We needed some bused to move guests around for my daughter’s wedding, one bus there and two buses home. From the first inquiry…

Chrisi Reardon

Everything was great and I really do appreciate how promptly and courteously you handled our numerous changes and questions. Thank you very much…

Kathleen Smith

We had a wonderful time, Kumar (our driver) arrived for pick-up early, which was nice, so that I could go through some details, and he was so lovely…

Amy

We were very happy with the quick and easy response from BusCharter with our quote. We had no issues with booking on short notice. The driver was…

Caroline

Extremely professional and convenient. Our driver was incredibly polite. Would recommend buscharter for both work and social events. 17-03-2014

Fee Tufevski

Once again, the service provided by Bus Charter was second to none. The driver arrived on time, knew where he was going and was very patient on…

Chrisi Reardon

Everything was great and I really do appreciate how promptly and courteously you handled our numerous changes and questions. Thank you very much…

Lauren JD

We’d like to thank the Bus Charter company for their exceptional service on Monday 21st September 2015. You not only got us to our work function…

Amanda Hart

I couldn’t be happy with the service and the seamless way in which I am able to make bookings. The entire process from beginning to end is excellent…

Lynnette Riddell

We used Bus Charter for our Sales conference this past December. I would highly recommend them. Our bus driver was very professional, knowledgeable…

Tess

Hi, Booking number 2027. Our bus driver was wonderful! Jess was excellent and helped make the whole experience even better. Thanks for a great trip…

Brian Spencer

The driver was on time and everyone enjoyed themselves, We would have no issues commanding or ordering your services Regards Brian Spencer…

Mike Sergent

Hi Anna, Everything went very well – the quote was provided quickly, the bus driver called ahead to confirm pick-up details, and arrived on time…

Ed

From start to finish I received the best service. Our driver on the day was very friendly and professional. I’ll definitely be using you again for…