Australia is the only country that has a whole continent to itself. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area. Australia is well known for its natural wonders and wide open spaces, its beaches, deserts, as well as for the cosmopolitan attractions of its large cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
Australia has many wonderful dive spots. The east coast of Queensland, particularly to the north, has Australia's busiest dive industry and most famous dive sites. This is due to the Great Barrier Reef which is Australia’s biggest dive attraction! Most of the diving is tropical reef diving. In the Sunshine Coast, you can find the HMA Brisbane’s wreck which was sunk off the Sunshine Coast in order to create an artificial diveable artificial reef.
The diving in New South Wales is somewhat overshadowed by Queensland to the north. However, there are several dive destinations along the coast that are more than worth a visit: Byron Bay (A mix of tropical and temperate species), The Solitary Islands Marine Park (Tropical and subtropical marine life), Sydney and the Jervis Bay are the best diving in southern New South Wales.
The Ningaloo Reef is located off the coast of the Gascoyne region of Western Australia is a beautifully untouched fringing reef. In South Australia, They are many dive spots such as the HMAS Hobart’s wreck, the Rapid Bay, the Port Noarlunga Jetty and Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park. Finally, the coastal waters of Adelaide offer also some great dives. There are several reefs and wrecks off the coast.
During the 17th century and 18th century, many Europeans explorers arrived in Australia. Following the exploration period, the first wave of British settlers came to Australia in 1788, starting a process of colonisation that almost entirely displaced the Aboriginal people who inhabited the land. While Australia began its modern history as a British penal colony, the vast majority of people who came to Australia after 1788 were free settlers, mainly from Britain and Ireland, but also from other European countries. Australia and Britain passed the Australia Act in 1986, ending any remnant power the British parliament may have had to pass laws for Australia.
Since 1788, the basis of Australian culture has been strongly influenced by Anglo-Celtic Western culture. Australia also has a multicultural population practising almost every religion and lifestyle. The most multicultural cities are Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. All three cities are renowned for the variety and quality of global foods available in their many restaurants.
As a large continent a wide variation of climates are found across Australia. Generally, the north is hot and tropical, while the south tends to sub-tropical and temperate. Most rainfall is around the coast, and much of the centre is arid and semi-arid. As Australia is in the southern hemisphere the winter is June-August while December-February is summer.
They don’t call Australia the land ‘down under’ for nothing. It’s a long way from just about everywhere, and getting here is usually going to mean a long-haul flight. There are lots of competing airlines to choose from if you’re ¬flying in from Asia, Europe or North America.
In Sydney, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are a must-see. Other popular places in Sydney are Darling Harbor, the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Australian Museum. If you are looking for a relaxing place, Adelaide Hills in South Australia is where you should go. You should also visit the Australian Memorial Building in Canberra. Uluru, known as Ayers Rock, is the world’s largest monolith, or single piece of stone, on the planet. Another is Castle Hill, a huge pink granite rock.
Whale watching, surfing, jet skiing, Tour in the Red Centre, cage diving, kangaroo island, visit the Opal Fields in Outback Australia.
Voted Australia’s “most liveable city”, Adelaide has a plethora of dive sites off the coast, and plenty of different dives to do, including artificial reefs, wreck diving, and shark diving. Adelaide is the capital of South Australia, and is known for its music...Go>
Airlie Beach is a gateway to both the Great barrier Reef, and the Whitsunday Islands. Hugely popular with backpackers, it also offers a wide range of luxury accommodation, and plenty of holiday activities, including sailing, snorkelling, and skydiving. The town has around 25,000...Go>
Brisbane is the capital of Queensland, and the third most populated city in Australia. Located on the Gold Coast, the city is famous for Surfer’s Paradise, where visitors can either ride the waves, or ride the many rides and attractions in the...Go>
Byron Bay is a picturesque coastal town located in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, 175km south of Brisbane, and 800km North of Sydney. The town is famous for surfing, scuba diving, whale watching, and its laid-back atmosphere. While Byron Bay...Go>
Cairns is located in Northern Queensland, Australia, and tourists flock to this tropical city to dive the Great Barrier Reef - the largest coral reef in the world, and the only single living structure on Earth that’s visible from space (not that...Go>
Whale Sharks! The Ningaloo Reef off the coast of Exmouth, in Western Australia, is one of the few places left in the World where you can dive and swim with these majestic giants. Exmouth is a small town on the Coral...Go>
Lord Howe Island is one of seven world heritage listed islands in the world. It is often referred to as “the last paradise”. With no mobile phone reception and limited internet access it offers visitors a chance to get away from their...Go>
When people think about diving in Australia, they think Northern Queensland or perhaps New South Whales. Not many people would expect Melbourne, (located in the state of Victoria), to have excellent diving. Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia, and is considered...Go>
Australia’s sunniest Capital City. Perth is a divers dream with a variety of dive sites located in pristine waters filled with colourful coral, historic wrecks and a diverse selection of marine life. Perth is located on the peaceful Swan River just...Go>
Crystal-clear waters, beautiful corals and incredible fish-life can be found at Agincourt Ribbon Reefs, an easy day boat ride from Port Douglas and on the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Port Douglas is on the East coast of Australia...Go>
The Solitary Islands Marine Park is where the tropical waters of the East Australian Current meet the southern temperate waters. Located just off the shores of the ever-pleasant Coffs Harbor, which is coincidentally surrounded by a phenomenal number of national parks, this diving...Go>
Visitors have long come to South West Rocks to take in its natural beauty in the great outdoors. Buildings date back to the 1800s in this sleepy coastal resort which lies near the mouth of the Macleay River. Go here to...Go>
A wonderful city packed full of iconic buildings, culture and stunning beaches. Sydney is not only one of the most popular, busiest cities in the world but also has some of the best temperate diving. Sydney is one of the main gateways...Go>
Located in the northern part of Queensland Australia, Townsville is a picturesque seaside town that, due to a quirk in its geographical location, boasts a tropical savannah climate. Because Townsville lies along a coastline that turns east/west in contrast to the rest...Go>