If diving is your adventure, then the southwest doesn’t disappoint. The magnificent coastline boasts some of the world’s best dive sites, including two of the largest dive wrecks in the southern hemisphere.
The HMAS Swan, located 1.2 kilometres off the coast of Dunsborough, is the first navy vessel that was purposely sunk for divers in Australia. Since being sunk in 1997, the former Naval Destroyer which lies at a depth of 35 metres is home to an abundance of marine life and corals. Large schools of Bulls Eye, King George Whiting and Bream have all taken residence at the site.
In Albany, the HMAS Perth found it’s watery grave in the King George Sound and provides an awe-inspiring sight for any diver. The 133-metre long former missile destroyer still has much of the original equipment and machinery in place. Aft of the vessel, a large gun is still in place and adventurous divers can enter the bridge and swivel in the captain's chair. The wreck is also home to plenty of marine life, including two wobbegong sharks and large Samson fish.
Further north in Bunbury, the Lena Dive Wreck is another must for diving enthusiast. The 18-metre long vessel with a colourful past as an illegal Russian fishing boat chasing the elusive Patagonian toothfish has found a second life as one of Australia’s most accessible dive wrecks.
In Busselton, the 1.8-kilometre long man-made jetty is even more fascinating underwater than above and is one of the world’s best artificial reefs. Hundreds of variety of fish, coral, and invertebrates rarely seen at other locations have made their home along the timber pylons of the jetty to become one of the best underwater adventures in West Australia.
Hang Gliding and Para Gliding
Soaring at altitude like an Eagle with views of the epic southwest coastline is about as exhilarating as it gets. One of the best spot to fly is in Albany, where the high coastal sites provide the best take-off points in the state with options covering all wind directions.
Gliders are awarded with birds-eye views of the rugged wilderness of the southern coast. Seeing dolphins, kangaroos and the stunning white sandy beaches from the perspective of a bird are all part of the flight. Watch Hang gliding at Shelley Beach Albany on YouTube.
Kitesurfing and Windsurfing
West Australia is a haven for wind addicts from all over the world and the southwest is no exception. On days with big southerlies and surfing swell, experienced kite and windsurfers flock to Surfer's Point in Prevelly to ride on of the most powerful waves on the coast. Less gnarly conditions can be found slightly further south at Gnarabup beach.
Kitesurfers looking for flat water will get their kicks at Augusta, where world class conditions await. Come here during the summer months and you may just spot a world champion. Watch Kite Boarding in Augusta on YouTube.
Other superb conditions for kitesurfing chasing flat-water await at the estuary in Australind while Albany is one of the most scenic spots for both kite and windsurfers.
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