30 Spectacular Snorkel Sites in Australia
Though dive and snorkel habituÃ©s tend to guard choice spots with hyper-protective zeal, we did manage, after much clandestine research, to ferret out 30 of the most spectacular sites in Australia. Have a gander and let us know what you think.
Busselton Jetty – Photo credit
The best artificial site in the southern hemisphere, bar none, is a prominent icon of the South West.
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Marmion Marine Park
Frenetic schools of fish feed on the reefs in this limpid marine oasis.
Montebello-Barrow Islands Marine Park
Pick a site, any site. This archipelago of more than 250 islands, off the Pilbara coast, is a marvel.
Turtles, mantas, whale sharks and humpbacks populate Ningaloo, which easily rates as one of the top dive and snorkel sites on the planet.
Rottnest Island’s Roe Reef, a limestone, honeycomb coral haven, is simply brilliant.
Shoalwater Island Marine Park
Two words: Bottlenose dolphins.
Set off from Nhulunbuy township for a Top End snorkel fix.
Garig Gunak Barlu National Park
Superb marine life teems 216 km northeast of Darwin.
While not necessarily the most accessible spot, the Wessel Islands provide pure underwater bliss for avid aficionados.
Enjoy this Gulf of Carpentaria island but beware of crocodylus porosus … or saltwater crocs.
Agincourt Reef – Photo credit
The gateway to a multitude of Port Douglas, Great Barrier Reef sites.
Bait Reef, Whitsundays
The UNESCO World Heritage Whitsundays offer a parade of top snorkel sites. Bait Reef is the best.
Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs
A Great Barrier Reef tour staple, for good reason.
Osprey Reef, Coral Sea
Osprey Reef is for experts and offers ample rewards.
Wheeler Reef, Townsville
A pristine reef, with easy access from terrific Townsville.
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Clovelly Beach, Sydney
Sydney has a slew of quality snorkel sites but Clovelly Beach stands head and shoulders above the rest.
Jervis Bay dolphins – Photo credit
Jervis Bay is among the top marine recreation areas in all of Australia.
North Bay, Lord Howe Island
A UNESCO World Heritage Site some 600 km east of the mainland, Lord Howe Island is a phenomenal marine park.
The Pinnacles, Brush Island
The Pinnacles makes the cut as a popular fave among experts.
Solitary Islands Marine Park, Coffs Harbour
Many national parks, reserves and marine parks surround Coffs Harbour. Solitary Islands is worth a special detour.
Pope’s Eye, Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park
This incomplete island fort foundation is a perpetual hit with divers and snorkelers.
Portsea Pier, Mornington Peninsula
The resort town of Portsea is home to Australia’s most affluent postcode and a stellar snorkel site.
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Queenscliff, Bellarine Peninsula
A throwback seaside resort, Queenscliff is a Bellarine Peninsula jewel.
Nuyts Archipelago Conservation Park
22 islands and reefs serve as a haven for rare and endangered wildlife.
The indubitable stars of the Troubridge Shoals show: giant spider crabs.
The HMAS Hobart wreck lures divers to Fleurieu Reef but snorkel buffs can get in on the act too.
Freycinet National Park – Photo credit
Snorkel away in the first national park in Tasmania, where extraordinary scenery is the norm.
Maria Island National Park
Numerous shipwrecks punctuate this Tasmania treasure.
Tinderbox Marine Nature Reserve
One of the best snorkel secrets in Tasmania is a mere 30 minutes from Hobart.
Ninepin Point Marine Nature Reserve
To snorkel in the shallows of Ninepin Point Marine Nature Reserve is to commune with a kaleidoscopic array of marine life.