Diving in New South Wales

New South Wales has plenty of dive sites and activities to enjoy around its 2000 kilometers (1243 miles) of coastline. Remember to bring your camera as this state is filled with natural wonders, including ancient rock formations, waterfalls, blowholes, and caverns. You will have the unique opportunity to dive with hundreds of fur seals on Montague Island, a natural reserve that can be accessed only a short boat ride from Narooma. Unique sights await you as Montague Island is also famous for being home to thousands of penguins. Water is warm during summer with an average temperature of 27º C (81º F), and cold during winter with an average temperature of 8º C (46º F). Some of the places you can’t miss are the famous tourist destination Byron Bay, as well as Fish Rock Cave and Batemans Bay. Head to Sydney for great surf and diving destinations, and when you are not at sea, you can take a tour around the famous Opera House. You will find a vast array of fish species, including sharks, pufferfish, lion fish and many others. The most popular water sports in New South Wales are surfing and scuba diving with many different dive sites for every level of diver.

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Wildlife in New South Wales

New South Wales has some jaw-dropping dive sites including Julian Rocks Marine Reserve, Bass Island, Fish Rock Cave, and Batemans Bay. If you want to watch plenty of friendly seals, head to Jervis Bay or Seal Rocks. Lord Howe Island is another must-visit place filled with large marine species. You can expect to encounter different types of sharks, such as grey nurse sharks, as well as leopard sharks. The more adventurer divers can explore the many caves and caverns of the area including Fish Rock Cave, that is filled with squirrelfish and rainbow runner. Other species you might find are seahorses, moray eels, sea spiders, pufferfish and even scorpionfish.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Whales
Humpback Whale
Pilot Whale
Bryde's Whale
Minke Whale
Killer Whale / Orca
Dolphins
Common Dolphin
Bottlenose Dolphin
Pilot Whale
Sharks
Whale Shark
Great White Shark
Scalloped Hammerhead
Sand Tiger Shark
Bull Shark
Whitetip Reef Shark
Nurse Shark
Wobbegong
Zebra Shark
Angel Shark
Rays
Reef Manta
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Electric Ray
Skate (fish)
Guitarfish
Turtles
Green Sea Turtle
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Seahorses and Pipefishes
Pygmy Seahorse
Common Seahorse
Spiny Seahorse
Weedy Seadragon
Pipefish
Fishes
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Butterfly Fish
Clownfish
Barracuda
Lionfish
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Tarpon
Snake Eel
Conger eel
Jackfishes
Scorpionfishes
Snapper
Surgeonfish
Frogfish
Sweetlips and Grunts
Parrotfish
Soldierfish
Triggerfish
Damselfish
Goatfish
Tuna
Garfish
Porcupine Fish
Box Fish
Garibaldi fish
Trumpetfish
Bannerfish
Flounder
Emperors
Molluscs
Octopus
Squid
Cuttlefish
Crustaceans
Crayfish
Shrimps
Lobster
Crab
Jellyfish
Moon Jellyfish
Lion’s Mane Jellyfish
Portuguese Man o'War
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Whales
Humpback Whale
Pilot Whale
Bryde's Whale
Minke Whale
Killer Whale / Orca
Dolphins
Common Dolphin
Bottlenose Dolphin
Pilot Whale
Sharks
Whale Shark
Great White Shark
Scalloped Hammerhead
Sand Tiger Shark
Bull Shark
Whitetip Reef Shark
Nurse Shark
Wobbegong
Zebra Shark
Angel Shark
Rays
Reef Manta
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Electric Ray
Skate (fish)
Guitarfish
Turtles
Green Sea Turtle
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Seahorses and Pipefishes
Pygmy Seahorse
Common Seahorse
Spiny Seahorse
Weedy Seadragon
Pipefish
Fishes
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Butterfly Fish
Clownfish
Barracuda
Lionfish
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Tarpon
Snake Eel
Conger eel
Jackfishes
Scorpionfishes
Snapper
Surgeonfish
Frogfish
Sweetlips and Grunts
Parrotfish
Soldierfish
Triggerfish
Damselfish
Goatfish
Tuna
Garfish
Porcupine Fish
Box Fish
Garibaldi fish
Trumpetfish
Bannerfish
Flounder
Emperors
Molluscs
Octopus
Squid
Cuttlefish
Crustaceans
Crayfish
Shrimps
Lobster
Crab
Jellyfish
Moon Jellyfish
Lion’s Mane Jellyfish
Portuguese Man o'War

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