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Discover ancient Aboriginal culture, explore diverse landscapes, and immerse yourself in one of the Natural Wonders of the World, the Great Barrier Reef – all on a single dive trip to Queensland.

Diving Highlights

Occupying the vast majority of Australia’s northeast, the state of Queensland is a diverse and dramatic region that combines many of the county’s iconic characteristics. On land, visitors will find vast cattle farms and sugar cane plantations, interspersed with dense tropical rainforest, dusty red desert, ghost-white gum trees, and crocodile-filled creeks. The state’s east coast stretches for more than 3,000-kilometres and contrasts motionless, mirror-like seas in the north with barreling surf breaks further south. And then, of course, there’s the ocean – home to the largest and most significant coral reef on earth and the distant, pristine dive sites of the Coral Sea beyond.

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Top Queensland experiences

Swim with dwarf minke whales on the Ribbon Reefs Image
June and July

Swim with dwarf minke whales on the Ribbon Reefs

Swim alongside pods of dwarf minke whales as you cruise among the breathtaking and biodiverse Ribbon Reefs.

Dive with sharks at Osprey Reef Image
September to January

Dive with sharks at Osprey Reef

Experience the renowned North Horn shark feed – known to attract grey and whitetip reef sharks, as well as hammerheads, silkies, and more.

Cruise the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns Image
Year round

Cruise the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns

Enjoy a multi-day dive safari exploring the nearby Great Barrier Reef from the convenient city of Cairns.

Explore the SS Yongala from Townsville Image
Year round

Explore the SS Yongala from Townsville

Explore the stunning SS Yongala and tick one of the world’s top ten wreck dives off your bucket-list.

Visit the Ribbon Reef’s iconic Cod Hole Image
Year round

Visit the Ribbon Reef’s iconic Cod Hole

Get up close and personal with two-metre-long potato cod at the famous Cod Hole dive site in the Ribbon Reefs.

Trek the Daintree Rainforest from Port Douglas Image
Year round

Trek the Daintree Rainforest from Port Douglas

Trek through the world’s oldest surviving rainforest – home to crocodiles, cassowaries, and a 500-year-old fig tree.

Dive seasons and weather in Queensland

The wet season runs from November to March in tropical North Queensland, bringing hot and humid conditions. Average air temperatures range from 24-32°C, with peaks in February when the majority of the region’s rainfall occurs. The dry season runs from April to October, bringing average air temperatures between 18-26°C and little rainfall. It is possible to dive this region at any time of year, though the most reliable season for itineraries is between September to January, at which time the winds and waters are favourable for long crossings.

In June and July, dwarf minke whales congregate around the Ribbon Reefs section close to the Ribbon Reefs and humpback whales migrate north along the coast before returning south to Antarctica. Six species of turtles can be found in the region and are present all year, but mating and nesting occurs from November to March, with hatchlings beginning to emerge in early January. Jellyfish season generally lasts from November until May, and whilst the risk of marine stingers on the Great Barrier Reef is low, stinger suits are recommended and available for hire on tour boats.

Queensland insight