A land blessed with spectacular diversity, Western Australia is a place where the deep reds of ancient interior rock formations contrast with the sparkling blue waters of the Indian and Southern Oceans.
The variety of landscapes and the climate in Western Australia means there is always plenty of sunshine, endless blue skies and stunning white sandy beaches making it a perfect year-round destination.
It is not widely known that Western Australia possesses some of the best reef and wreck diving in the whole country, including two deliberately sunk Australian Navy frigates (HMAS Swan and HMAS Perth) in the South of the state, and incredible reef diving in the North of the state which rivals that of the Great Barrier Reef.
A small island situated just off the coast of Perth famous for its snorkeling, diving, surfing and swimming. Rotto', as it is affectionately known by Western Australians, is a popular holiday destination for both locals and visitors. Rottnest is home to some of the world’s finest beaches and crystal clear bays. The semi-arid Mediterranean style climate and indigenous flora and fauna of this island, provide the backdrop to a special holiday experience.
Rottnest Island is home to some of the finest beaches and bays in the world. With a choice of over 63 sheltered beaches and 20 bays.
The diversity of fish and coral species, and the numerous shipwrecks found around the Island make Rottnest Island a favorite site for divers and snorkellers.
There are thirteen historic shipwrecks found here and many species of tropical fish make their home in and around the numerous reefs. Around 360 species of fish are drawn to the waters off Rottnest by the Leeuwin current and some 20 species of coral are found within the Marine Reserve, which ensures the protection of the marine environment.
Location & Details :
45 minutes by ferry ride or 15 mins by plane from Fremantle. The island is just 11km long and 4.5km at its widest point.
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Several other sites are highly recommended for scuba diving in Western Australia.
Exmouth / Ningaloo Reef:
Located in the Northwest of Western Australia, the reef supports over 220 species of colorful coral formations and over 500 species of fish.
Migratiory whale sharks and Humpback whales. Other seasonal attractions are:
Whale Sharks: April to July
Manta Rays: May to November
Humpback whales: June to late September
Dugongs: May to August (tend to be quite shy)
Turtles, sharks, Stingrays & Dolphins: Throughout the year
Ningaloo reef will excite snorkellers and scuba divers alike
Also nearby are the Abrolhos Islands, Point Murat Navy Pier, Murion Islands and Rowley Shoals. All are renowned for their supurb scuba diving and snorkelling, and their pristine condition.
The City of Albany is located 409 kilometres from Perth, on the southern coast of Western Australia. The HMAS Perth was scuttled here on the 24th November 2001 as a dive wreck.
The Perth is a 133-metre long guided missile destroyer with a distinguished service record. She came under fire on four occasions during the Vietnam War and remnants of shellfire will be visible to divers on the interpretive dive trail.
A visually impacting dive with much of the ships equipment and machinery left in place. The growth has surprised everyone. Sponges, mussels, oysters, scallops, cuttlefish, large kingfish, and a plethora of local fish abound.
Dunsborough is located some 225kms South of Perth, approximately 3 hrs drive.
The former HMAS Swan, a 113 metre long decommissioned naval destroyer, was scuttled in December 1997. The Swan has now become a popular dive site; being one of the largest ships in the southern hemisphere to be sunk as a dive wreck.
Large schools of Bulls eye inhabit many rooms, with King George whiting and brim swimming around the hull. The inquisitive Samson fish gives divers an added bonus when looking around the wreck, along with blue devil fish and sweep.