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From the outback to the ocean, Australia offers a near endless selection of incredible adventures – including scuba diving and exploring two of the world’s most extensive coral reefs, world-class wrecks, and iconic marine life.

Diving Highlights

  • Superb scuba diving on two of the world’s most significant reefs
  • Immerse yourself in ancient Aboriginal culture
  • Meet all manner of marsupials, such as kangaroos and koalas
  • Swim with mantas, whale sharks, humpbacks, and minke whales
  • Explore rainforests, deserts, mountains, mangroves, and more

Known as a land of perpetual summers and potentially poisonous critters, Australia has long been the destination of choice for once-in-a-lifetime adventures. Spanning nearly 4,000-kilometres from coast to coast, this is a nation of mind-blowing size and diversity. You could spend years exploring such an enormous country and still find more to see. Beyond the beautiful golden beaches and awe-inspiring outback, Australia also lays claim to many of the planet’s most monumental natural treasures – including the world’s oldest living rainforest - as well as humanity’s oldest surviving culture. And then, of course, there’s the reefs; the planet’s longest fringing reef to the west and its largest barrier reef to the east.

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Destinations in Australia

  • Western Australia
  • Queensland

Top Australia experiences

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June and July

Swim with pods of minke whales

Meet the friendly pods of dwarf minke whales that visit the Ribbon Reefs each year.

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March to November

Meet majestic megafauna

Megafauna of all kinds visit Ningaloo Reef throughout the season, including manta rays, humpbacks, and whale sharks.

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September to January

Embark on an epic liveaboard expedition

Cast out in the Coral Sea, and explore the remote reefs of Osprey, Bougainville and Holmes fantastic frontier diving.

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Year round

The ultimate reef and rainforest adventure

Explore the world’s oldest surviving rainforest and biggest barrier reef in a single unparalleled trip.

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Year round

Visit a unique underwater museum

Head to John Brewer Reef to browse various sculptures and installations at the Museum of Underwater Art. Image courtesy of MOUA.

Diving season and weather

Understandably as the country covers such a vast geographical range, Australia’s seasons vary hugely between destinations. The majority of the country experiences four seasons; spring, summer, autumn and winter. In contrast, the tropical northern regions are monsoonal, with distinct wet and dry seasons.

Located in the Southern Hemisphere, Australia’s summer runs from December through February, bringing the warmest and driest weather. At this time of year, temperatures will often sit in the 20s. The cold winter months are June, July, and August, when temperatures hover at around 15°C in the far south.

In the tropical north, the wet season runs from around November to March, bringing hot and humid conditions. This is also when the majority of the region’s rainfall occurs. Air temperatures can peak at around 40°C in the height of the wet season. The dry season typically runs from April to October, bringing milder temperatures and minimal rain. At this time of year, temperatures typically sit in the lower 20s.

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