Exmouth Navy Pier
For those seeking advanced diving in Australia who also have a
penchant for the peculiar, Exmouth Navy Pier is just the ticket.
Hailed as one of the top shore dives in the world, the sandy seabed
below the pier is a muck diver's paradise. They say time and tide
wait for no man, and for the best conditions, it's best to dive
below the pier during slack high tide. As for the critters, a slew
of colourful nudibranchs, flat worms, scorpionfish, frogfish, toad
fish, myriad shrimp and octopus fill every nook and cranny, while
wobbegongs hide in plain sight. The currents can be tricky, but
with good timing, you can enjoy the tranquillity of a slack tide,
at least for most of your dive.
SS Yongala Wreck
Hailed as Australia's best dive, you don't need to be a
metalhead to appreciate the much-vaunted SS Yongala wreck.The
358-foot-long wreck lies in 30 metres of water, twelve nautical
miles off the coast of Cape Bowling Green, near Townsville, and is
often cited as being one of the world's best wreck dives.
The former passenger ship sank en route from Melbourne to Cairns
in March 1911, but was only discovered in 1958 by a local
fisherman. With little protection from the elements, currents can
be challenging, but those who brave them to dive the wreck will be
rewarded by encounters with tiger sharks, eagle rays, mantas and
behemoth giant groupers.
Lord Howe Island Marine Park, Ball's Pyramid is the tallest sea
stack in the world. Rising steeply out of the ocean, this iconic
triangular rock formation is as impressive below the surface as it
is imposing above it.
Easily reached from the luxury of nearby Lord Howe Island, one
of the big draws of this dive is that, alongside the occasional
marlin for the lucky few, dolphins and wahoo can be seen. The site
also offers the rare opportunity to spot the elusive Ballina
angelfish, a deep-water angelfish that is rarely found in water
shallower than 100 metres!
As advanced diving in Australia goes, this is one of the more
dramatic dives. The uninhabited islet is surrounded by
uncompromising seas and often rough surface conditions, while below
the waves, strong currents swirl around the base of the eroded
volcano, but trust us, it's worth the challenge!
Our team of expert dive travel specialists are on hand to
help you plan the perfect itinerary to experience the best advanced
diving in Australia. From luxury liveaboard sojourns to exclusive
stays on offshore islands and remote capes, Australia's superb
hospitality options ensure some excellent post-dive pampering to
help you recover from its more challenging dives...