Diving in Queensland

There are endless opportunities to explore the waters of the Great Barrier Reef all year-round. From snorkelling off the shore of an island to exploring the outer reef on a day trip. 

Discover sparkling blue seas set against crystal white sand and tropical islands. This part of Australia is home to a colourful kaleidoscope of reefs, shoals, coral cays and intriguing shipwrecks teeming with tropical marine life.

Queensland offers open water, wreck and night diving, specialist dive and liveaboard tours in the Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea and the cooler, subtropical waters of Southern Queensland.

First-time divers can learn to dive with an introductory ocean or resort dive, or at one of Queensland’s world-class specialist diver training facilities.


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Monolith Dive Site

Cairns, Cairns Area
Free Entry
Located on Ribbon Reef No.10, Monolith offers the diver the option of exploring a coral wall or a collection of scattered bommies, or both if you have time. In depths to 30 metres divers will commonly see nudibranchs, coral trout, sweetlips, batfish, pufferfish, moray eels and many colourful reef fish.

Smith Rock Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
Smith Rock is one of the most notorious reefs off Brisbane, as this jagged rocky outcrop has claimed three ships over the years. Located off the eastern side of Moreton Island, Smith Rock is also a wonderful dive site, but is often overlooked as it is a tricky site to anchor on.

Amity Point Dive Site

North Stradbroke Island,
Amity Point is Brisbane’s most popular shore diving destination, but technically you still need to board a boat at some time to reach it. Located on the northwest tip of North Stradbroke Island, inside Moreton Bay, Amity Point has a rocky reef where numerous car bodies have been dumped.

Barolin Rocks Dive Site

Bargara, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
Head to the Woongarra Marine Park on the outskirts of Bundaberg to find some of the most brilliant and easy-to-access shore diving in Queensland. There's something different everywhere you look - turtles, rays, sea snakes, nudibranchs, moray eels, a wide variety of reef fish and coral and even wobbegong sharks.

Roberts Shoal Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
Roberts Shoal is located off the eastern side of Moreton Island and is another Brisbane dive site that is often overlooked. This rocky reef can only be dived when conditions are calm, with winter generally the best time to experience this brilliant dive site.

Castle Rock Dive Site

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
Free Entry
Castle Rock is a tower of coral at the Agincourt Reefs, accessible from Port Douglas on a day trip. Rising from 25 metres to almost break the surface, Castle Rock is home to trevally, snappers, sweetlips, goatfish, fusiliers, surgeonfish and a very friendly Malabar groper called Colin.

Eddy Reef Dive Site

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Eddy Reef is located off Mission Beach and is accessible on day boats. Divers exploring this reef will find a maze of coral ridges in depths from 10 to 20 metres that are covered in some of the most beautiful corals – wide gorgonians, lovely pink whip corals and delicate soft corals.

Fitzroy Island Dive Site

Fitzroy Island, Cairns Area
Fitzroy Island is a popular day trip from Cairns and has a surprising amount of marine life. This charming continental island is close to the mainland, so doesn’t have great visibility. Around the island are rocky reefs with varying amounts of coral cover.

Palm Beach Reef Dive Site

Gold Coast, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Palm Beach Reef, located close to its namesake beach on the Gold Coast, is a large reef of varying depths, perfect for any diver. With sections of the area as shallow as five metres, and other sections dropping to depths of 24 metres, there are lots of different environments here to explore.

Nine Mile Reef Dive Site

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Nine Mile Reef, off Tweed Heads, has a reputation among locals as being a “sharky” spot. All year long, a good population of wobbegongs call the reef home, but are joined by leopard sharks in summer and grey nurse sharks in winter.
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