Diving and Snorkelling

From the temperate waters of the Indian Ocean to the cooler depths of the Southern Ocean, the coastline of Australia’s South West is home to an abundance of varied marine life and an array of vibrant soft corals and sponges. Discover them snorkelling in the shallows of sheltered bays or dive the numerous shipwrecks just offshore. Check with the local visitor centre for dive spots and tour operators.

To ensure you enjoy the region’s unique marine life without impacting on the natural environment, see Leave No Trace Australia for helpful hints and tips.  

Wreck Dives

The Lena, Bunbury

The Lena dive wreck sits in 18 metres of clear water five kilometres off Bunbury. She makes a unique dive, with massive swim throughs and an open engine room, with motors still in site. 

The Swan, Dunsborough

The former destroyer HMAS Swan was scuttled to form a dive wreck and artificial reef in Geographe Bay, near Dunsborough, in December 1997. The tower of the vessel is just six metres below the surface with her base at 31 metres. The Swan has a minor list to her left side making her an interesting ship wreck to dive on.

The Perth, Albany

The decommissioned HMAS Perth was scuttled in the pristine waters of King George Sound, Albany, in November 2001. The Perth is a 133 metre guided missile destroyer with a distinguished service record. She encountered enemy fire during the Vietnam War and her scars from this battle can be seen by divers on the interpretive dive trail. 

Coastal Dive and Snorkelling Sites 

  • Leschenault Peninsula near Australind (Bunbury)
  • Rocky Point Bunbury
  • Busselton Jetty Castle Rock near Dunsborough
  • Meelup near Dunsborough
  • Eagle Bay near Dunsborough
  • Canal Rocks near Yallingup
  • Hamelin Bay and Hamelin Island near Augusta
  • Cosy Corner near Augusta
  • Mushroom Rock and Reef near Augusta
  • Greens Pool near Denmark
  • West Cape Howe near Denmark
  • Whalers Cove, King George Sound, Albany
  • Two Peoples Bay near Albany


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