Top 10 snorkelling spots around Australia


A world of beauty, wildlife and adventure awaits when snorkelling off the coast of this big island.

Here are some of the best places to dip your head under the water and check out the local swimmers.

Opening image: Shelly Beach. Image: Destination NSW.

Shelly Beach NSW


Need a break from Sydney’s hectic city life? Here is the perfect solution, and you don’t need to book a flight or even take your car. Jump on a bus towards Manly, walk for 20 minutes and there it is: the paradise that is Shelly Beach! Take a deep breath and enjoy the gorgeous surroundings while snorkelling around this little piece of heaven. And while you’re here, you can admire the aquatic reserve of Cabbage Tree Bay. Both are worth a visit: the first is ideal to relax and snorkel in calm water, and the second offers amazing spots to see various fish species such as yellowfin bream, cuttlefish and even stingrays.


© Jordan Robins, Destination NSW

Jervis Bay NSW


Located on NSW’s south coast, Jervis Bay is home to abundant marine life and one of the most famous snorkelling places in the state. For all the big ‘fish’ lovers, you just found an idyll to encounter marine mammals such as seals, whales and, of course, the famous bottlenose dolphins! The bay also has hidden secrets thanks to natural caverns enabled by fallen underwater rocks. Put on your flippers, mask and snorkel, and dive into the deep blue immensity.


© Tourism & Events Queensland

Mooloolaba Qld


Looking for a life-changing experience? The Sunshine Coast is renowned for its stunning beaches and mesmerising landscapes, but best of all, you have the opportunity to see and swim with whales from July to November (and dolphins the rest of the year). Facing these impressive creatures in real life is an incredible experience that will remain in your mind forever. If you’re a whale lover, put your blanket and tea aside, prepare a towel and warm clothes, then face this year’s cold season with a thrilling and unique adventure.


© Tourism Western Australia

Shoalwater Islands Marine Park WA


If you’re a wildlife fan and would love to see nature in its natural habitat, Shoalwater Islands will make your dreams come true. Besides the many specimens of marine life, there is plenty happening on the shore, too: be sure to take a look at the lazy sunbathing sea lions and the funny little penguins jumping in and out of the water.


© Nigel Marsh, Tourism & Events Queensland

Moreton Island Qld


If you love to snorkel around and spot hidden treasures, Moreton Island and its Tangalooma Wrecks are tailor-made for you. Why are the ships even there? In 1963 15 vessels were deliberately sunk to form a breakwall for small boats, and as a result it became one of the most gorgeous snorkelling sites in Australia. Dive in and discover the bones of these boats – maybe even build your own story about them.



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