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About Queensland & The Great Barrier Reef

Queensland is a real paradise for those, who seek for a spectacular and adventurous vacation closer to the nature. Once tourists get to Queensland they got captured by dozens of natural miracles, marveled by exotic landscapes and revitalized by the local wildlife. Australian Queensland is a mix of tropical rainforests, lava craters, sparkling lakes, sandy beaches and crystal-clear sea waters. Among all of the places of interest in the region, one should definitely explore Daintree National Park, Fraser Land, Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and Undara Lava Tubes. Hundreds of festivals are held yearly in Queensland, creating a unique atmosphere of holiday in the area. Another reason for holidaymakers from across the globe to choose this place is getting to the Great Barrier Reef. It is the greatest coral reef system in the world stretching for more than 2000km/1350mi. It is not surprising that diving around Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef is very popular. Every diver dreams to experience that breathtaking moment of exploring this enormous ecosystem. Diving in the Great Barrier Reef let everyone admire multicolored coral fields and walls teeming with marine species. Divers can try night diving, shark diving, whale watching and cave diving near Queensland. One should not forget to take the camera, as all the underwater photos would remind them about such an unforgettable experience as diving near the Great Barrier Reef. Depth ranges are spectacular and suitable for divers of different levels. Diving in the area is possible either for beginners on the depth of 5-10m/16-32ft in the sites accessible from shores, or for experienced explorers on the depth around 40m/130ft in the sites accessible be boat.

When to go to Queensland & The Great Barrier Reef

Diving in Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef is possible during the whole year, as the visibility is fantastic – up to 30m/98ft. There is a slight difference between the climate in the north and the southeast of the region. The northern area is hotter and more humid. However, the average temperatures remain similar and there are two weather seasons. Summer period lasts from December to February with approximate air temperatures of 24-29C/75-84F and 27-30C/80-86F on the North. Water temperature is over 25C/77F. Winter season lasts from June to August with general temperatures of 22-25C/71-77F. Water temperature is of 20C/68F. 


What to see 

Scuba diving around Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef let divers enjoy the striking abundance of marine creatures. Divers can watch manta rays, whales, sharks, cods, trouts, moray eels, puffer fish, groupers, clown fish, sweetlips, snappers, barracuda, goatfish and hundreds of the other species. 

Most popular dive sites 

There are so many dive sites to explore, that one vacation is not enough. However, some of the most popular dive spots are Barracuda Bommie, Cook Island, Cod Hole, Gotham City, HMAS Brisbane, Tangalooma Wrecks, Steve's Bommie, Pellowe reef, Henderson’s Rock and Coral Gardens.