Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in New South Wales

Ready to check out the best sites in New South Wales for scuba diving, snorkeling, shore diving, free diving or other ocean activities? Zentacle has 80 dive sites, snorkel spots, beaches, and more. Discover hand-curated maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. No matter what you're looking for, you can find a diverse range of the best ocean activities in New South Wales to suit your needs.
New South Wales dive site map
Bawley point, NSW

#1 - Bawley point, NSW

Australia, Queensland, Pacific

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Lat: S 35.48536 Long: E 150.33902 The gantry at Bawley Point is a popular fishing and diving spot easily accessible by car. Many dive stores do their training there. It is also a historical site with remains of an old lumber shipping facility.
The Leap

#2 - The Leap

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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This is for experienced divers. Dive this site on the incoming tide. You have to leap off a rock into the water, but this is not the problem... If you choose to return to the entry point and NOT dive all the way round to the Steps site then you will have to exit after your dive at the same rock, which can be a problem if you dive to late on the tide and it goes out while you are submerged. Alternatively, you can exit from The Steps, only 100 meters away - as the crow flies, some 400 meters diving wise - from The Leap. Kurnell National Park. The dive site is located after about 2 kilometres after entering the national park. You should see a small informal parking area on the right side of the road as you head up a significant hill. This is after you pass the Steps Site on the left. You will see newly painted car spaces and a Zebra pedestrian crossing painted on the raod surface as well. Its on the cleft of a corner so care needs to be taken when leaving the area and backing away from the car park. Once parked, cross the road using the zebra crossing and follow the small tack out to the east heading to the coastal shoreline. You should find a cliff walk, denoted by the stairs now made available that fishermen use down the side of the cliff face. Use this to access the site. It's not too difficult a walk. I have taken many novice divers down here. Some tollerance to heights is required though. At the base of the cliff walk you will need to be careful of black - dark green slime, which looks dry but isn't on the rocks as it is very slippery. Walk to cliff edge and perform all buddy checks. Then do a giant stride into the ocean. You need to decide before hand whether you are diving from the Leap to the Steps, or whether you are just going to dive the Leap area and come back to you start point. If you wish to take this second option, you will need to start you dive an hour BEFORE the top of the tide. This way there will be plenty of high tide to lift you up onto the rock when you wish to get out at the end of an hours dive - make it 1:30 hour before the top of the tide. If your diving from the Leap to the Steps, then you plan to do this dive 2 hours before the top of the tide, so as to gain maximum benefit of the tidal 'push' into the bay. This way you don't have to swim much at all. Firstly, descend and then head east to great wall which drops down to the sand at 22-24 meters. Once here, turn left and head back into the bay - North west depending on air consumption, you may need to come up from the bottom and stay at 15 meters to help use less as you dive around the coast. Or you may have to completely cut the corner and rise up to 6-7 meters and come into the shallows to get all the way round the corner and make it to the Steps exit. You'll know you are back at the Steps when you are on the sandy reef line when your depth reaches 8 meters. The first few times you may need to surface first to find out where you are in relation to the Steps Exit area. This is typically where the fisho's hang out at the Steps site.
SS Woniora

#3 - SS Woniora

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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The SS Woniora was a collier. It sunk 28 October 1882. Vessel size: 42m long x 6m wide, displacement: 226 tons. It's a deep wreck, ONLY for very experienced diver! The wreck is located at the centre of the entrance to Botany Bay.
SS Undola

#4 - SS Undola

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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SS Undola was a small coastal steamer, sunk december 20th, 1919. It lies upright on the bottom, with its bow facing to NE. The wreck lies 2.5 km off Garie Beach in the southern end of the Royal National Park.
The monuments

#5 - The monuments

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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You should find many divers here on weekends. seek out their knowledge prior to diving. Drive into the Botany Bay National Park and take the turn into the Visitor's car park (0.8 Km from park entrance). Pass the visitor's Centre and follow the road round (200meters) to the final car park on the left before you rejoin the main road. Turn into this car park. Covered picnic areas are easily visible from the road along with large grassed areas (hectares in size) so you'll know that you are in the right area. You access the dives site by walking towards the waters edge to the north. This is easiest done by following the natural boundary of the grassed areas and the National park's great bush area to the east towards the shoreline. You will soon see the trail in the above photo leading to the shoreline and yes there are some steps here to facilitate access to the water. However, these are very old and I would not use them to get down the small cliff (1meter high). You can find alternative access nearby. The shoreline is exposed on days with big surf so be careful picking days when you dive here. Also, check the tides as the tidal currents are strong. Aim at diving at high tide. You should see hundreds of Sea dragons at this site, mainly near to the kelp and sand areas. They can be difficult to see and it is best if you slow the dive right down and wait for them to move about. Good dive.
Camp Cove

#6 - Camp Cove

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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Camp Cove is a very accessible dive. During hight tide the visablity is great. During Change of tides the slit bottom causes the vis to drop. Southern shore of Sydney Harbour.
SS Macleay Wreck

#7 - SS Macleay Wreck

Australia, NSW, Nelson Bay

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Off Little Island
SS Oakland Wreck

#8 - SS Oakland Wreck

Australia, NSW, Nelson Bay

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North of Cabbage Tree Island
Halifax Park

#9 - Halifax Park

Australia, NSW, Nelson Bay

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This is probably the best shore dive of the NSW. During summer, the dive site is very crowded. The marine life is incredible here. The best is probably the huge amount of sea slugs! A must for macro-photographers. West side of Halifax Park at Nelson Bay; at the end of Nelson Head.
Big Seal Rock - The Wall

#10 - Big Seal Rock - The Wall

Australia, NSW, Seal Rocks

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Great wall dive. Soft corals on the wall and nice coral garden. East of the Big Rock
Drum and Drumsticks

#11 - Drum and Drumsticks

Australia, NSW, Jervis Bay

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rocky reef 4 nautical miles north from JB entrance. Drum and Drumsticks is also known as Near dives: Wanderer wreck, Echo Point Gutters, Drum Cave, The Gap.
Slot Cave

#12 - Slot Cave

Australia, NSW, Jervis Bay

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Nice 'cave'. Entrance is approx 16-18 m deep. Northern side of the bay, Next to The Docks.
Point Perpendicular

#13 - Point Perpendicular

Australia, NSW, Jervis Bay

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grey nurse sharks Northern entrance to Jervis Bay
Julian Rocks - Hugos Trench

#14 - Julian Rocks - Hugos Trench

Australia, NSW, Byron Bay

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According to a story from the Bundjalung people, a jealous husband threw his spear at the canoe of his wife and her lover. The canoe broke in two and sank to the bottom of the ocean. Only the back and the front of the boat stuck out of the water. Lots of Wobygongs & Grey Nurse sharks. Julian Rocks is a pair of small islands, surrounded by marine reserve 2.5 kilometers offshore from Byron Bay. Hugos Trench is on the Southern End of Julian Rocks.
The Steps

#15 - The Steps

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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Weedy sea dragons, giant cuttlefish, blue groper, eagle rays, octopus, moray eel, lion fish, Port Jackson shark, sea pen, numb ray, nudibranch, yellowtail, cat fish. The Steps is located in the Kurnell Botany Bay National Park. It costs $7.00 for a day-pass to enter the national park.
Julain Rocks - Cod Hole

#16 - Julain Rocks - Cod Hole

Australia, NSW, Byron Bay

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North-eastern corner of Julian rocks.
Julian Rocks - The Cray Cave

#17 - Julian Rocks - The Cray Cave

Australia, NSW, Byron Bay

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The Cray Cave is located on the exposed south-east end of Julian Rocks.
Fairlight

#18 - Fairlight

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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Park in Fairlight Crescent
TSS Currajong

#19 - TSS Currajong

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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Right under the Manly ferry route, so can only be dived outside of ferry running hours. TSS Currajong is also known as SS Currajong.
The Arch Moon Island

#20 - The Arch Moon Island

Australia, NSW, Swansea

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The Arch dive starts at The Arch - a large natural rock arch big enough for 5 divers to swim through together. It lies at the eastern end of a long low bommie; the dive then follows a circuit passed a more vertical bommie with steep walls covered in growth and a good spot for nudibranchs. Divers continue to meet up with parts of Moon Island's southern wall and a series of caves - the first being the In/Out Cave - go in one side of a rock collapse and out the other, the next cave is hidden behind some large boulders (the Secret Cave). Divers then cross an area of kelp (look out for weedy seadragons) before reaching #3 Cave - the second biggest cave around Moon Island. After leaving #3 the Moon Island wall drops to just a rock platform; swim over this and find the fissure - drop into that and pass through the Squeezy (a narrow swim-through). The dive is completed swimming passed Dog's Head Rock and around the point at the end of this section of the rocky reef coming from Moon Island before crossing the pebbly gutter to return to The Arch and the boat. Boat dive access from Swansea Channel. Grey Nurse Charters run regular trips to Moon Island and The Arch is one of the most popular sites. The Arch Moon Island is also known as The Arch.
Snapper Point

#21 - Snapper Point

Australia, NSW, Ulladulla

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Kioloa, just south of Bawley Point.
The Gantry

#22 - The Gantry

Australia, NSW, Ulladulla

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Cuttlefish, occy's, nudibranches, squid etc. An easy and nice dive. Travel to Bawley Point; then try to find Tingira Drive. See the map for details.
Fishermans Bay

#23 - Fishermans Bay

Australia, NSW, Nelson Bay

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This site is a bit of a labarynth with several small islands dotting the bay, the site is shallow in most parts. There is an huge old anchor in the gutters out amongst the furthest islands. Not sure if this is part of a scattered larger wreck or just a random peice. Small car park (free) at the top of a concrete access road within 50m of the sandy waters edge. This bay is protected and calm in all weather conditions.
Bushrangers Bay

#24 - Bushrangers Bay

Australia, NSW, Shellharbour

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Short walk down some stairs from the car park. Roughly 10 meters of rocky beach to the water. Sandy bottom once in a few meters
Manta arch

#25 - Manta arch

Australia, NSW, Coffs Harbour

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Manta Arch is the home of the endangered Grey Nurse Shark. Mostly seen in large nubers in Winter months. The feature of the site is a rock archway over the top of a gutter, and ideal location for the Sharks to hide from current and surge. Depth of mooring is 21 mtrs and gradually slopes away to 32 mtrs. Deep rocky gutters provide a ideal home for Anemone fish to Jawfish and nudibranchs, mixing with schools of southern fish as well as the Grey Nurse Shark Split solitary island Manta arch is also known as Coffs harbour, Split solitary island.
Barren's Hut

#26 - Barren's Hut

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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Only a few hundred metres off Royal National Park on the southern outskirts of the city of Sydney
The Arch

#27 - The Arch

Australia, NSW, Shellharbour

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The Arch is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Australia, NSW, Shellharbour which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Lobster Pot

#28 - Lobster Pot

Australia, NSW, Forster Tuncurry

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Forster
The Gravel Loader

#29 - The Gravel Loader

Australia, NSW, Shellharbour

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The Gravel Loader is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Australia, NSW, Shellharbour which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
The Seals

#30 - The Seals

Australia, NSW, Montague Island

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The most popular dive site at Montague Island. Accessible all year round as it is well protected from prevailing wind and sea conditions. Interact with the friendly seals as they twist and turn to the delight of divers of all skill levels. Don't dive here without a camera. Kelp beds cover large rocky areas with a full range of fish species available. Access via private boat or Local Charter Boats
The Gutter

#31 - The Gutter

Australia, NSW, Shellharbour

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This is a nice multi level dive with a sponge garden approximately 20 - 30 mters off shore
Latitude Reef

#32 - Latitude Reef

Australia, NSW, Forster Tuncurry

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Latitude Reef is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Australia, NSW, Forster Tuncurry which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Edith Breakers

#33 - Edith Breakers

Australia, NSW, Seal Rocks

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Excellent dive with the occasional grey nurse, and with the greatest number of bright and colour fish i have ever seen outside of a tropical region.
Mystery Bay

#34 - Mystery Bay

Australia, NSW

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Entry at the southern car park at the boat ramp, head north from the ramp approx 30 metres across the sand to the bombies. Resident large common black ray can be seen cruising the bombies. Large kelp beds, gorgonian fans, variety of nudibranchs, crustaceans and a variety of fish life. Shore Dive
Kiama blowhole

#35 - Kiama blowhole

Australia, NSW, Shellharbour

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Kiama blowhole is also known as Afghan Reef.
Bare Island

#36 - Bare Island

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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Perfect dive site for for either day or night diving, in almost all weather! The western side (right-hand side as you enter the island) is the most sheltered part, and is diveable virtually at any time. Visibility can be very poor, it has good macro life, with seahorses. It can be crowded with scuba divers, particularly on weekends. The eastern-side is more exposed. You can circle the whole island if you have a large tank and/or you are good at air. There is a wall with lots of interesting sponges, nudibranches and other sea life about 100m to the south. You can dive from the shore if you are good at air, but it's best to dive from a boat. Attempt the dive at the south wall only at high tide, there are very strong tidal currents there. Bare Island is on the N side of Botany Bay. You can dive all around the island!
Cook Island

#37 - Cook Island

Australia, NSW, Tweed Heads

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In front of Fingal Head.
Tweed River

#38 - Tweed River

Australia, NSW, Tweed Heads

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Dive at slack high tide for a better visability. If there has been alot of rain the visability drops alot Tweed Heads. Tweed River is also known as The river.
The Church

#39 - The Church

Australia, NSW, Shellharbour

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The Church is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Australia, NSW, Shellharbour which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Titan Crane

#40 - Titan Crane

Australia, NSW, North Haven

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The Titan was the largest working crane in southern Australia. When being transported up the coast she turned upside down and eventually sunk off Point Perpendicular. Now Lying on it's side upside down in 40m of water it is getting covered with soft sponges and corals. Large jewelfish, kingfish and giant cuttlefish are seen there. Access by Boat only.
Leah Lumps

#41 - Leah Lumps

Australia, NSW, North Haven

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Set off two bonniey side by side, comming out off 42m up to 30. With vertical sides lots off narrow gutters to atract all type off fish life. Top off rocks coved in corals and fish life. Boat dive
Hyams Beach

#42 - Hyams Beach

Australia, NSW, Jervis Bay

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Hyams Beach is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Australia, NSW, Jervis Bay which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Cowrie Island

#43 - Cowrie Island

Australia, NSW, Shellharbour

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Cowrie Island is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Australia, NSW, Shellharbour which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
The Loader

#44 - The Loader

Australia, NSW, Shellharbour

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The Loader is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Australia, NSW, Shellharbour which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Tassie Two Wreck

#45 - Tassie Two Wreck

Australia, NSW, Byron Bay

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Tassie Two Wreck is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Australia, NSW, Byron Bay which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Mermaid Reef

#46 - Mermaid Reef

Australia, NSW, North Haven

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Mermaid Reef is an area of reef with neuromas pinnacles, gutters and bommies. Sites ranges from 12m - 30m and attracts grey nurse, whaler sharks. With a bottom of Large Gorgonian fans, sea spiders it attacks large school of bait fish, sting rays, morays ells. Boat dive only
SS Tuggerah

#47 - SS Tuggerah

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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The SS Tuggerah was a coastal steamer that carried coal to Sydney. It sunk saturday 16 May 1919, with the loss of 6 lives. SS Tuggerah lyes on its port side, the bow of the wreck is destroyed. The ship mast is lying off to the left hand side of the wreck, quite distinctive. The bow is full of nannygai and other small fish. The wreck normally has outstanding fish life on it, as well as intersting setions of the wreck remaining, including tools rusted solidly into the hull in what remains of the engine room, the boiler and engine and propeller. One needs good GPS marks, plus visual marks to find the wreck. With these it is pretty easy. Conditions on the wreck very greatly. Current can be in excess of 3 kts: strong enough to be dangerous. Visibility can vary from zero to 30m+ on some days. The site is exposed to the Tasman Sea, and is a 3km swim to safety. As the depth is past normal recreational limits, this is not a site for inexperienced divers, or those who cannot cope with mandatory decompression stops. A half hour dive can result in at least 35 minutes of deco. The wreck lies two kilometres off the coast of Royal National Park on Sydney's south.
Shiprock

#48 - Shiprock

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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This is a very famous dive of Sydney South. The name comes from the shape of a rock. Ship Rock can only (except for Kamikazes) be dived for the 1 hour around the peak of high tide (Best is 30 min before, and 30 min after). This dive has usually got poor vis, and is crowded on weekends. Only ever attempt to dive at slack water as there is a strong tidal current. Also, NEVER surface unneccessarily - the boats travel right over the dive site. On the up-side, the marine life here is spectacular, and in summer you even see some small tropical species like lion-fish and heaps of nudibranchs. A great dive for the macro photographer! Also, at about 12m there is a small cave in the wall. You can surface under the ledge in the pocket of trapped air. If you are going to do this and remove your regulator to talk to someone else, then you should release a substantial amount of air from you occy as the air in the cave may be stale and or depleted due to the biota that exists in the cave. Ascend with slight positive bouncy so that constant finning to stay up does not stir up the bottom beneath you and ruin the dive for everyone else. On the return swim to the entry, exit point you should seek the shallower route along the top of the wall and look for the ornate crabs hiding in the walls intricate growth. These are best seen moving about on night dives. Enjoy! Shiprock dive site is located at the junction of Burraneer Bay and Port Hacking, on Sydney's southern outskirts, on the Cronulla Peninsula. Drive to Ship Rock road, and park at the end. Shiprock is also known as Ship Rock.
Wottamolla

#49 - Wottamolla

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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Great easy dive. Good for learning and night dives though this is only during daylight saving period. Dive south from Sydney to the Royal National Park. Follow the signs in the national park to the Wottamolla Road Turn off. Follow to end of road and park in car-park. Gear up here and walk down the hill to the east as though accessing the lagoon. As you approach the lagoon seek a trail to the right of the lagoon that heads east and up the hill. follow this 500meters keeping as low as possible on the trail (a fork in the trail will have you going up and miss the beach completely). the trail meets the beach and you can access the site here. You can dive either side of the bay though the south side is best in unsettled weather. You can dive outside the headland if you wish. Unfortunately, NSW National Parks and Wildlife service have stopped people entering the area at night. So a wonderful night dive here can only happen with some creative logistics. You will need to take two cars tot he site, one with an overnight camping permit form the NPAWS. You will drive both cars to the gates when they are closed, parking one car outside the gates. then travel with all your dive gear to the site car park. go do the dive as described above. Upon returning to your car drive back to your first car and change, then go home in the first car, leaving the second car inside the gates till the morning. Pick up the other car the next day. Wottamolla is also known as None.
The Cutting (Tabbagai Gap)

#50 - The Cutting (Tabbagai Gap)

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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NB. This is a shore dive for those extremely comfortable with their ability to self rescue or long surface swim. There is only one way in and one way out. If it turns to crap here while you are down you have to be able to look after yourself and may need to surface swim and good couple of kilometres home to either 'VooDoo' or 'The Steps' dive sites further round the point. generally speaking, this dive site can only be dived during August when the westerlies are blowing! This is necessary to keep the swells down. Do not attempt an entry when white water can be seen. NB: THE RESCUE SERVICES TAKE A WHILE TO GET TO THIS POINT !!! This IS MY favourite dive site !!! Follow Captain Cook Drive all the way out to Kurnell township. Find the entrance to the Botany Bay National Park (follow signs or ask). $8 gets you in. Follow the road all the way to the end of the road, past the whale watching site. Park in the spaces provided. Look south along the coast line to the furthest eastern point you can see, that's your dive site (but not your entry point). If you can see 'swell' producing significant white water along the cliff, then you are unlikely to be able to get in, unless you are very good and highly experienced in shore diving techniques. You CAN do it as a shore dive, ADVANCED, 300+, Divers Only! It requires a walk of 800m with all your dive gear on!, so it's not for the faint hearted, but well worth it. Follow the green posts indicating the cliff walk-for first timers, it can be advantageous to do this once without your gear- to the cutting in the cliff face (where the pipeline is) and walk down to the shoreline. A number of ledges here on the right hand side, southern, of the cliff face are your entry points and provide good deep water to flop into. I would not suggest entering at the waters edge at its most westerly maximum as there are triangular plinths in shallow water, less than 1m, that expose you to small waves while donning and doffing your fins and make entering and exiting here difficult to say the least. Access the dive site by following the pipeline east on the south side of the cutting and then to the waters edge. Here exist some natural rock platforms which make good entry and EXIT points. Submerge some meters off shore and follow the shoreline out to the south, see photo, following the natural shelf lines and kelp beds to the east and head south around corner. You should find a large wall drop off. Head south following the wall. Turn and head back the same way upon deciding to return home. They have recently put the DESAL pipeline in around here. Once I have had a chance to dive it again I shall update the info letting you know where it is situated and whether it causes any concerns to diving and if it-the by product-Brine, has ruined the site for diving. Ok I have since dive the site twice after the installation of the Desal plant. Rock fall from blasting or drilling has damaged much of the natural walls look and attraction, however it still constitutes a great dive. these rocks can be distinguished from the old rocks by their sharp edges and lack of marine growth and obvious yellow colour. I have 'rec-eed' al the way to the 'spoon drain' type feature some 150meters south of the headland and can still not find the pipe for the Desal plant. So it is either underground or further south. Underground would make sense as it would provide it some protection from the large swells that frequent this location year round. The shutting down of the Caltex Oil Refinery, some years ago, has stopped the flow of warm water to the site and hence the large patches of green seaweed that used to cover the rocks near the entry have since gone. Oldly, there seems to be more fish frequenting the site now. I don't put this down to the Desal plant's operation, or the likely hood of the 'brine' affecting the water quality because the site has never operated officially. It is a big 'white elephant that contractually cost the taxpayers money to keep operational, but has never had to operate to give Sydney home-dwellers water since it opened !!! The Pipe is installed on the ocean bed some 200 meters offshore in 22 meters of water, roughly inline with the headland. It is a shame about all the rock fall as the site was very pretty without it. But it still is a great dive on a good day ! I still rate it as the best shore dive in all of Sydney. Enjoy! The Cutting (Tabbagai Gap) is also known as Farkernell !!(UBD), Cape Solander.
Osbourne Shoals

#51 - Osbourne Shoals

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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Good dive for training boat divers and advanced divers. Two kilometres off the end of the end of The "Kingsway" this site is easily picked up on a depth sounder by lining up on The "Kingsway" road that leads into Cronulla and heading east north east approximately two kilometres offshore. It's a fairly large underwater bommie that rises up off 22-24m depth (depending on tide) to the top of the bommie at 16-18m. It can be dived on three sides. The inner western side has a small cave (non-penetration type). See also: Tom Byron's "Dives On The NSW East Coast". Commercial dive boats tend to anchor on the North/western tip of reef to give quick and easy access for divers to the cave, however, the reef on the eastern side is very good and often cleaner vis wise. In days long gone by now, dive agencies used to use 'Osbourne' as the 16m 'boat dive' for new students doing their boat dive component. So it's a fairly easy and good dive for most divers with little experience.
Centurion

#52 - Centurion

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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Dive site access is by boat only as it is located in the middle of Sydney harbour opposite the Gap entrance.
MV Malabar

#53 - MV Malabar

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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Northern headland of Long Bay
Idol Bay

#54 - Idol Bay

Australia, NSW, Forster Tuncurry

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If you can see the dive marker on the map, this is typically where the boat owner will drop the pick. We used to dive her to see the huge logger head turtle that sleeps in the small cave to the east of the bommie under the marker. But if you swim over to the shoreline and look about the edges there you will see some inlets in towards the beach area. This is a great area to frolic about with a tank on, because you get huge numbers of Nanygai, Yellowtail, Bullseye, etc. all through here and it is just a great relaxing second dive after having done the 'Latitude Rock' a klm to the east.
Light House Reef

#55 - Light House Reef

Australia, NSW, Ulladulla

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Last dived the site in 1988, and haven't been there since but my dive log says it was a good dive. The reef as can be seen is quite big and can be dived on both sides, or from the North and southern tips of the reef. You will need to engage a local dive shop to organise a boat dive in the area.
Palm Beach

#56 - Palm Beach

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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Average site, but a good alternative when you are tired of other sites. Be aware of surge from a southerly swell, it can be a problem if the seas are up. Enter the dive site at the end of Ocean Park rd, south end. Cross the beach and dive the headland and dive to the southeast. Simple.
Wall

#57 - Wall

Australia, NSW, Port Macquire

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This dive has spectacular growth on the rock, and is one of our best dive sites. Every time you go there, you will see something different. Pelagic fish are a certainty, along with the usual nudibanchs, and other marine life. If dived correctly you should get a good bottom time.
Bird Rock

#58 - Bird Rock

Australia, NSW, Port Macquire

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A great easy dive. Maximum depth of 13m with the rock above the surface, a nice circle around the rock with plenty to look at. For the more adventurous there is a great fly over, but not to be done if there is too much surge. Marine life is abundant. This dive is popular with the novice and experienced diver
Bait Reef

#59 - Bait Reef

Australia, NSW, Port Macquire

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A shallow kelp covered reef system surrounded large patches of sand. A couple of small pinnacles break up the kelp.
Yabbies

#60 - Yabbies

Australia, NSW, Port Macquire

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Deep reef system of 24 meters with a large flat pinnacle surrounded by broken reef.
Pimpernell Rock

#61 - Pimpernell Rock

Australia, NSW, Coffs Harbour

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Access via boat from Minnie Waters or Wooli boar ramps. Charter from Wooli or Mullaway dive shops. Pimpernell Rock is also known as The Pin.
Inscription Point

#62 - Inscription Point

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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You should find many divers here on weekends. seek out their knowledge prior to diving. Also check the tides before the dive as the tidal currents are strong. Aim at diving at high tide. The dive has a variety of fixed life (sponges and ascidians). There are numerous nudibranches and you will likely find weedy sea dragons. The sea dragons may be difficult to spot as they are usually by the kelp area. Drive into the Botany Bay National Park and take the turn into the Visitor's car park (0.8 Km from park entrance). Pass the visitor's Centre. You will find a parking area along the road about 300 metres after rejoining the main road, usually with other fellow divers if on weekend. Gear up at the parking area and walk down the steps until reaching the shore. The entry point is about 50 metres following the shore on the left, just after passing a small rock overhang. Use the same spot for exit. Inscription Point is also known as Captain Cook's Landing Place.
Big Seal Rock - The Cavern

#63 - Big Seal Rock - The Cavern

Australia, NSW, Seal Rocks

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This is a unique dive site to meet and photograph Grey Nurse Sharks (at least 60 grey nurses)! The site is very controlled; no more than 6 divers at a time in the gutter, close together to not disturb the sharks. Big Seal Rock - The Cavern is also known as Western gutter.
Bass & Flinders

#64 - Bass & Flinders

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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You can start diving here and drift (at high tide) to Oak Park. Located on the most southern tip of the Cronulla peninsula. Park in front of the Bass & Flinders Point. You can dive this site all the way round to the Oak Park site - also on this website. A fairly long dive you'll need a big tank or good air consumption to do it - typically takes and hour. You won't go much over 6 to 7 meters, so it should be doable by most. Follow the sand reef line till you hit the BIG rock wall of Oak Park at 6 meters and then turn left - heading west - and go home to the pool.
Oak Park

#65 - Oak Park

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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Oak Park is one of the most popular dive sites on the Cronulla Peninsula. It's also a great site for night dive. The 1st reef at Oak has some interesting features. There is an old rock pile, some nice sandy parts good for practicing gear removal and diving techniques. Some good ledges that have some large undercut crevices exist along the main wall that can contain many types of fish. It has some nice sponge gardens and a good spot for numerous nudibranchs if you look closely. If you do make it out to the 2nd reef and get along the wall to the north you might just get to the broken urinal and then the cave. Located almost at the end of the Cronulla Peninsula on the southern outskirts of Sydney. Enter at the back of the Pool at the end of Jibbon Street.
Windy Point

#66 - Windy Point

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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Visibility varied at different points in the dive, the gutter was clear and the boulders was clear however the swim along the reef edge had low visibility. Cronulla. Park in Via Mare and make your way down to the waters edge on the left side (north) of the observation deck. Upon entering the water you will find a deep narrow gutter that leads out at approx 55 degrees. This turns into a sand gutter with plenty of rays. Follow the reef around to the right 150 - 200 metres to a drop off and explore amongst the boulders for Port Jackson Sharks.
7th and 8th Reefs

#67 - 7th and 8th Reefs

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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Only seriously consider this dive when the conditions are perfect. Otherwise the dive will be long and arduous one when you have to contending with: significant surge, low visibility, poor navigational capability, etcetera. Dangers include: overhead boating; distance from shore if surfacing, running out of air, or completing an emergency ascent; loss of direction due to similar or unfamiliar terrain; lost track of time and tank pressure resulting in a low air situation a long way from shore. Shark contact-low. Note: maximum depth is only achievable on a high tide. Go to Oak Park dive site. Enter at usual spot and 'swim for all your worth'. No you need to follow the reef outline to the 4 and 5 reefs and then connect the dots on the sea floor till you get to the outer reefs 7 and 8. This is a long slow dive. You will need a 100cft tank or twins (you want to be doing at least 90minutes + on this dive to cover all the area sufficiently) and or a scooter to do this dive effectively. DI can provide dive maps on request via email below. There is also a good 'Google Maps' photo that shows a poor outline of the reefs which I think is list here or on the 4th & 5th reefs dive site page. The maximum depth listed below will only be achieved at the extremity of the dive length and on a correspondingly high tide of 2+m.
Yena Extension

#68 - Yena Extension

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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The dangers suggested above don't cover many available so here it is here: - Waves, Surge and the inevitable exit. Drive south to the Botany Bay National Park and pay the entrance fee. Then follow the road around to the Yena Gap area on the dirt road. The area maybe closed so call first if coming from Sydney City. Drive down to the parking area and gear up. Walk down the cliff face where possible to the shoreline. Enter the water and head south and follow the boulder and wall line around 6m. Keep a close eye out for caves and swim-throughs. Many Port Jackson Sharks here. Only do this dive when the seas are flat as it's a bugger to get out again if they aren't!!! Yena Extension is also known as Yena Gap 2.
Voo Doo

#69 - Voo Doo

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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Great marine bio-diversity. Huge swim through with a ceiling with fantastic green jewel anemones on all walls, and pink & orange jewel anemones on the roof of the swim through cave, yet similar to the green ones on the walls! Great fish life. Fantastic fun watching the surfers riding the waves above. The site can be dived three ways. 1. heading south to overhang and swim through. 2. east to the deeper water. 3. southeast and around the two huge natural bommies or messas and then north homeward via the long walls. A fourth dive plan might include a LONG dive to the southeast for the sandy sea bottom and great wall. Enjoy! If you are in Sydney City, take the road south out of the city. Follow the signs to the airport, then to Cronulla. At the junction of the Boulevarde and Captain Cook Dr, turn left and drive to the site via Captain Cook Drive, keep following the road heading towards Kurnell. Upon seeing the oil refinery take the Carbon Black road (Sir Joseph Banks Drive) and drive right to the end. Then turn right up the small national Park rd (no name) between two big rock and through the gate and follow the rd over all the speed humps and park at the end in the car park. You can see the water from here. Walk to the shoreline and seek the easiest entry into the small ocean pool. This is where you get in. Sites access is by swimming between the two big rocks at the end of the ocean pool. Head south at 210 degrees on your compass. Look for sand lines that head in the same direction as your compass heading. These are in cracks in the rock floor that aline with the walls that exist further south. So finding these is important to finding the gutters that lead to the swim through and cave over hang area. Voo Doo is also known as Voodoo, Suck rock.
Echo Point

#70 - Echo Point

Australia, NSW, Jervis Bay

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Rocky bottom, swim throughs and gutters. Very rocky terrain with kelp gardens and abundant sponges. Approx 200m from Drum and Drumsticks.
The Pinnicles

#71 - The Pinnicles

Australia, NSW, Forster Tuncurry

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Advisable not to undertake this dive if you do not know it well. Current can be very strong, and conditions can change very quickly. 16 minute bottom time is recommended, to avoid decompression stops. Since being made into a Sanctuary Zone, the divers of this site have begun to notice the effects on the fish and Grey Nurse Shark life. Larger numbers of Snapper, Cobia, King Fish and Jew Fish have been recorded, as well as big rays and even bigger female nurse sharks. Fishing is ENTIRELY PROHIBITED at this site. This dive is located within a Sanctuary Zone of the Port Stephens - Great Lakes Marine Park. There is a mooring line located in 32 metres of water, maintained by one of the local dive centres.
Halifax Cliffs

#72 - Halifax Cliffs

Australia, NSW, Nelson Bay

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The cliffs have sluffed off into the sea leaving the floor filled with large boulders. These provide good habitat for sea life as well as some interesting swimthroughs Access is by boat usually from the Nelson Bay Marina. Pro-Dive Nelson bay runs a dive shop and boat right in the marina. The site is outside of the protected bay and can have rough seas Halifax Cliffs is also known as Halifax Beach.
Fairy Bower

#73 - Fairy Bower

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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Shallow, easy dive to navigate. Head straight into the water and follow the reek either left or right and turn around once you're halfway through your air. Lots of things to see like eels, occys and nudi's. Highlight here is if you get to catch a glimpse of the dusky whalers. GREAT night dive! Go down the set of stairs at the end of Little Bower Street.
Koputai

#74 - Koputai

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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The Koputai was a paddle ship used by maritime authorities that foundered in the early 20th century. It's depth limits access to those who are experienced technical divers. Features of the wreck are the upright paddles, engine room, and artifacts that remain intactsuch as binnicle, helm, engine, boiler, engineroom telegraph, and pipework. Conditions can vary from excellent (40m viz, zero current) to zero visibility or current too strong to dive in. It is normal to be unable to dive the site when planned 50% of the time. This is a deep wreck dive for those who use trimix and are familiar with decompression diving. It is approx.5km east of Bondi Beach.
4th-5th Reefs

#75 - 4th-5th Reefs

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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Once you have swam past the 1st. reef at Oak Park, follow underwater reef system out to the east. oYu will need to keep following the edge of the reefs system in a 'northerly then east then northerly then east pattern' occasionally crossing some sand to reach other reefs. The further you go the better the vis and biota. Most divers don't follow these walls and hence don't impact on the area. Typically, best done as a boat dive but can be reached by experienced shore divers. Access can be gained by Jibbon Street Cronulla, at Oak Park. 4th-5th Reefs is also known as Oak park.
Itata

#76 - Itata

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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Ship wreck which is usually only dived for training purposes to demonstrate zero-visibility in wrecks. However, looks great if dived carefully and makes for nice pictures. Wreck in only max. 3m depth. Very silty, great practice dive with zero visibility. However, great photo opportunities if dived carefully.
Pig Island

#77 - Pig Island

Australia, NSW, Wollongong

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Diving is possible all around Pig Island, but the southern side seems to offer the best all round diving. Depths here work down to about 18-25m, with a great sponge garden and a lot of rocky gullies and walls. This area is part of a reef running towards nearby Toothbrush Island. There is a good variety of fish life including snapper, tailor, bonito, bream, groper. In addition, you can often spot spotted rays and some large wobbegongs. The colors in the sponge garden are superb. This is a great first dive for a day, with nearby Toothbrush Island, with its shallower depths, interesting terrain and abundant fish life offering a fantastic second dive. (source: http://www.uniteddivers.com.au/dive_locations.htm) Also known as "Bass Island", Pig Island is one of the Five Islands in the Illawarra (Wollongong) region, south of Sydney. It is accessible only by boat departing from nearby Wollongong Harbor. Pig Island is also known as Bass Island.
Yena Gap

#78 - Yena Gap

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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It's a very good place to meet Port Jackson sharks. After entering the Kurnell National Park, travel along the main park road towards Cape Solander (Visitor centre, Sutherland Point). After 1,5km into the park you will see a old access road to the parking area (Yena parking area) on the left. This road has now been closed to stop rock fishermen from slipping off the rocks and being killed. So you will need to park at the top of the road and don gear here at the gate and walk to the site some 350 meters. In the middle of the parking area, there is a trail that leads down to the cliff face. You can see the waters edge and walking trail from the top of the hill. Access the site at the marker on the map via the slopping rock covered with barnacles. You can dive this area to the north with interesting features in the shallows. Some divers prefer to enter from the point to the north of the slight headland some 100 meters from the point of the marker. Diving to the directly to the east will take you down to 27 meters at the sand, but first, over a rocky grotto full of Port Jackson sharks in winter. There is an offshore wall out on the sand and another big wall to the south, but its a long swim, interesting rock formations though. Your unlikely to see Sea Dragons here. If you wish to see them, go to "The Leap", "Inscription Point" or the "Steps" dive sites nearby. Diving to the south and close to shore you will find a number of caves and boulders in <9meters of water which can hide many Port Jackson sharks and Grouper and the other pelagic species. Yena Gap is also known as Port Jacksons' galore.
Whale Of A Time

#79 - Whale Of A Time

Australia, NSW, Sydney

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Typically this site is very short on marine life and growth on the bottom. I find the site very boring and has little interest by way of features. But that is not to say that something won't swim in on the day you dive there. It makes for and interesting alternative to The Leap. Head far enough to the east and you do come to a Great Wall. But it is a bit of a swim. Best to stay shallow untIll you reach this if you are going to heading out this far. Swimming along the shore line is pretty and the only interesting area. Drive into the Kurnell Botany Bay National park - Kamay - National park. Follow the road well into the park and past the office and parking area for the Monument. Continue to follow the road left and up the hill and following the signs to the whale watching area. Park at the end of the road in the car park provided. The cliff face is often roped off here for obvious reasons as the cliff face is sheer. Scout out to the south of the roped off area and search for the surf life saving rescue device about half way down the cliff face. You can access the cliff bottom by walking down the goat track in this area. Do this prior to gearing up and make sure you get to know the track well. Once at the base of the cliffs you c an inspect the area for the best entry and exit locations. Whale Of A Time is also known as End of the Road.
Bass Point

#80 - Bass Point

Australia, NSW, Shellharbour

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Blue Devil Cave ,a small point under cut that is home to tame Blue Devil fish which can be hand fed.this formation is also what attracts pipe horses,sea spiders,giant rays,and a host of reef bottom dwelling sharks.Octopus guarding eggs are common,psychotic giant cuttle fish come out to play.Third Gutter's "Pretty Point" is a great place to find the sweet spot with that new camera because of the gorgonia's that grow on the corner of the reef.Look close,swim near the bottom ,you'll be surprised. The Gutter, Bass Point ,Shellharbour is undoubtably the most best kept secret for shore diving on Australia's East Coast.Safe all weather ocean entry,With a host of marine life .For macro the best area any where to spot sea spiders,pygmy pipe horses a common find.Tens of nudibranchs.Very healthy reef with exceptional fish life ,gorgonia's,and sponges.The local dive shop guides dives free with top quality hire gear available is only 5 minutes from the Gutter and the other sites at Bass Point.