Australia is home to some very varied diving conditions and experiences. People forget how vast it is and just tend to focus on the Great Barrier Reef, however, it has a lot to offer.
After the inevitable long trip to get here, moving around Australia is easy with plenty of cheap interconnecting national flights. The country is also well set up as a holiday destination with a well developed tourist infrastructure. As well as diving, in most places there will also be plenty to do on the surface after the dive.
The west coast of Australia is a bit of an undiscovered jewel. Very different to the east, the west still has it's pioneering feel (Western Australia is home to very large natural resources that have triggered off a few mining rushes in it's time!) and a sense of isolation. It can take a long time to get here and there are fewer people living here. Most of the population live around Perth and this is likely to be the main route into this area. The people who live here are very in tune with the outdoors and summer time is full of the smell of Barbies and a fascination with sport. Not really surprising considering that it has a sunny Mediterranean climate, beautiful beaches, and a relaxed lifestyle.
Diving areas include the purposely sunk wrecks of the Lena in Bunbury and the HMAS Swan in Dunsborough both south of Perth. Further north you run past Lancalin and Leeman before getting to the famous Shark Bay around Carnarvon. Here you can swim with wild Bottle nosed dolphins in Monkey Mia.
The best diving in Western Australia is further north still on the Ningaloo Reefs near Exmouth. Not easy to get too, but they have a serious attraction of diving with Whale Sharks in March and April, when the coral reef is spawning.
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