Diving packages in Australia
Dive & Fly (non-certified diver)
30 minute Platypus education20 minute show & tell aquatics in the billabongPersonal guide/instructor1 NO time limit dive (day or night)Personal guide/instructorAll equipment2 turns forest flying (not transferable)Water refills, tea, coffeeDuration; 10.00am Forest Flying 1-1.5 hrs 2.00pm Rainforest Dive 3 hrs
Dive, Fly and Stay (non-certified diver)
30 minute Platypus education20 minute show & tell aquatics in the billabongPersonal guide/instructor1 NO time limit dive (day or night)Personal guide/instructorAll equipment2 turns forest flying (not transferable)1 night accommodation1 breakfastWater refills, tea, coffeeDuration; 1 night, 10.00am Forest Flying 1-1.5 hrs 2.00pm Rainforest Dive 3 hrs
Rainforest Dive (certified diver)
30 minute Platypus education
20 minute show & tell aquatics in the billabong
1 NO time limit dive (day or night)
Water refills, tea, coffee
Duration; Allow 3 hrs
Gold winner for Adventure & Ecotourism 2017. 2016. 2015
Silver winner for Attraction 2017
Dive, Fly and Stay (certified diver)
30 minute Platypus education20 minute show & tell aquatics in the billabongPersonal guide/instructor1 NO time limit dive (day or night)Personal guide/instructorAll equipment2 turns forest flying (not transferable)1 night accommodation
Water refills, tea, coffeeDuration; 1 night, 10.00am Forest Flying 1-1.5 hrs 2.00pm Rainforest Dive 3 hrs
PADI Open Water Course
PADI OPEN WATER COURSE
Have fun and experience the thrill of a whole new underwater world. Its fantastic!
The benefits of being a fully qualified scuba diver are:
- Dive independently to 18m (with a buddy)
- Obtain air fills and go on dive trips
- Dive on the world-famous Great Barrier Reef (GBR)
- PADI is largest training organization – recognized worldwide
- Opportunity to continue PADI diver…
Scuba Diving in Australia
Some of the best diving in the world lies off the coast of Australia. It is home to the biggest coral reef system in the world: The Great Barrier Reef, which also happens to be the largest living organism on the planet. You could spend years exploring the reefs and wrecks and still not even scratch the surface. All the best diving experiences can be found in Australia.
The country is huge so finding a dive centre in the big cities by walking around may not be as easy as you think. Know where you want to dive before you go and it'll make life a lot easier. The best way to really appreciate the diving is to do a liveaboard trip and spend a few days diving the best areas. The most popular diving is on the Great Barrier Reef and the best place to get a liveaboard is from Cairns
or Airlie Beach
With the vast amount of sea life in Australia, it really is a surprise as to what you might see. In the still tropical waters of New South Wales
there's a hidden gem, South West Rocks
and their Fish Rock
, a resting area for grey nurse sharks mingling with tropical marine life. If you're diving in the temperate waters of the south you might get to do a Great White Shark diving adventure from Adelaide
or dive with the friendly seals off Phillip Island
. Whales also venture up and down the coasts so you might get to dive with one or take a whale watching trip to view them from the surface.
On the Great Barrier Reef there are thousands of different corals and animals to discover. The very clear water around Lady Elliot Island
is one of the best places to dive with Manta Rays. For spectacular drop offs and drift diving then head to the outter reefs from Cairns or Townsville
on a liveaboard.
If you want to dive on pristine reefs with no people then the secluded areas off Lizard Island
have some truly amazing diving. On the West coast off Perth
is Rottnest Island
and you'll love exploring all the limestone canyons and caves in the area. The Ningaloo Reef
off Exmouth is another cracker that's not to be missed. You can also check out the fresh water cave diving in Mount Gambier
for a very different diving experience.
Wrecks are everywhere but the number one dive to do is the SS Yongala
which was voted the best dive in the world and for good reason. The HMAS Perth is also another one to put on the list. Exploring sunken war ships is great for any wreck diving enthusiast.
See if you can spot the Weedy and Leafy Sea Dragon, a very rare animal only found in some areas of Australia, like Tasmania
. Make a list of your favourite things and start to tick them off on your dives, there's something special to find around every corner so pack your dive gear and off you go!
(By Kelly Luckman)
Travel to Australia
Welcome to the land down under! Affectionately known as Oz by the locals, you really do feel like you're landing on a different planet when you arrive in Australia. It is probably one of the most beautiful and diverse countries on the planet and if you're lucky enough to be able to visit, you'll see why this place is so magical and has people raving.
Australia is well connected with flights to Asia, the USA and South America. Most people fly into Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth, but there are international flights to most of the state capitals and also to Cairns for the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. The country is huge so if you love road trips then buying a campervan and traveling along the coast is a great way to see the sites. Or you may prefer to catch a domestic flight and hire a car to see each place to save yourself some time.
The cheapest way to stay in Australia is to buy or hire a campervan and stop at the many national parks and camping grounds on offer. There are hostels in every city, offering dorm beds or private rooms, or if you have money to spend then you'll find some great beachfront houses, resorts or hotels and even some wonderful Heritage Listed properties. For an extra special stay you can head for the Great Barrier Reef islands and even hire your own private island. Accommodation can be quiet expensive and you'll find this is what you spend most of your daily budget on.
The country is full of wonderful things to see, whatever your interests may be. Fly into Melbourne and enjoy the trendy city then head up the east coast and stop in Sydney for the famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Check out the great music scene and laid back city of Brisbane, the gorgeous beaches of the Sunshine Coast and the world's largest sand island, Fraser Island. All the way up to Cairns you can find great little beach towns, each with their own charm and access to the Barrier Reef and its islands. Past Cairns you can explore the amazing Daintree Rainforest or Cape Tribulation.
On the west coast you'll find the fabulous city of Perth, the secluded and stunning town of Broome in the north or down to Exmouth in the south with access to the Ningaloo Reef. The Great Ocean Road along the south of Australia is famous for its spectacular views and has some cool little towns to stop in at along the way.
All sorts of activities can be found in Australia. Whale watching is very popular as is diving the Great Barrier Reef. There is every type of watersport available here. Trips through the parks and forrests is a great adventure for nature lovers or get into the heart of the country by heading inland to the outback or to the biggest rock in the world, Ayers Rock. 4WD tours are especially popular in the outback and along the beaches.
Australia is famous for its seafood and BBQ's. If you get a chance to have a BBQ with one of the locals you'll soon realise why they're so popular. Catching your own fish is the cheapest way to enjoy your seafood meal. You can also sample some very special foods such as Kangaroo, Emu or Crocodile.
You'll never know what you'll find on your journey around Australia, from special wildlife to nature walks and reefs, with every activity under the sun, you'll be wowed everywhere you look and want to come back time and time again.
(By Kelly Luckman)
Byron Bay by Stefan Jürgensen
by CRAIG FORREST MARSTERSON
Shag Rock Brisbane by Paul Beck
Heron Island by Philip Morton
Oceanic nurse shark by Sergio Gago
damien by Damien Westenraad
Diving off Flat Rock Brisbane by Paul Beck
Grouper by Kelly Luckman