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Top 10 Snorkel Spots in Australia

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When you think of Australia, the first thing that comes to mind is most likely its picturesque beaches and crystal clear waters. But what about the world that lies beyond the white sand? Australia offers some of the best underwater life on the planet, with colorful corals, schools of tropical fish, an array of mammals such as dolphins and seals, majestic whale sharks, and so much more.

Most people are aware of Australia’s famous and spectacular Great Barrier Reef—so much so that everywhere else in the country is often underrated as a viable place to explore. The truth is, there are flourishing underwater ecosystems all over the country on both the east and west coast, with endless amounts of underwater adventures to discover.

1. Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Whale shark

Ningaloo Reef is Australia’s second largest coral reef, stretching 260 kilometers, and located only a two-hour flight from the city of Perth. The reef is home to 500 species of fish and is among only a handful of places in the world where you can swim with whale sharks.

2. Julian Rocks Marine Reserve, Byron Bay, New South Wales

Julian Rocks

Julian Rocks is a popular snorkeling spot for visitors of Byron Bay, filled with tropical marine life and if you’re lucky, some dolphins or whales. The reserve is accessible via a quick boat trip from the main beaches.

3. Busselton Jetty, Western Australia

Busselton Jetty

This may just look like any other jetty you can walk along, but what lies beneath is some of the most brightly colored coral and fish you will ever see. You can explore on your own or go for a snorkeling tour.

4. Jervis Bay, New South Wales

Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay is known to have the world’s whitest sand, but many don’t realize the variety of tropical fish and mammals that are present in the crystal-clear waters. It’s not uncommon to spot dolphins, penguins, seals, and whales whilst snorkeling.

5. Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

Heron Island

This island, accessible via boat from Gladstone, is the ultimate paradise for both beach and ocean lovers. You can relax on the white sandy beaches and walk straight into the ocean where you can spot bright blue starfish and giant sea cucumbers. You can even spot sea turtles nesting on the beach if you stick around for sunset.

6. Rottnest Island, Western Australia

Rottnest Island

As one of the most popular island getaways in the country, you better believe it has some epic snorkeling spot to offer. It’s one of the best snorkeling destinations in the country, located just an hour’s boat ride away from Perth.

7. Green Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

Green Island

A quick 45-minute catamaran ride from Cairns lies Green Island, where 6,000 year old colorful coral lives ready for you to explore. You can stay overnight on the island or just do a day trip.

8. Tangalooma Wrecks, Moreton Island, Queensland

Tangalooma Wrecks

 

This epic snorkel spot is only an hour away from the city of Brisbane via ferry. These wrecks have been here since 1963 and have become a very popular snorkel spot, and can be explored by private tour or self-guided.

9. Lord Howe Island, New South Wales

Lord Howe Island

This spot is a two-hour flight from Sydney and is not to be missed. The island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and only 400 tourists are permitted at any one time, meaning you can explore the depths of the ocean without millions of people doing the same right beside you.

10. Michaelmas Cay, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

Michaelmas Cay

Just off the coast of Cairns lies Michaelmas Cay, a small island well known for its amazing snorkel spots, where you can spot an abundance of giant clams. Taking a day trip out here will ensure complete seclusion and relaxation.

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