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Scuba Diving in Forster, Australia


Water temperature:

13 - 16°C (in January) (55 - 60°F)

Suit:

5mm wetsuit / semi-dry (in January)

Visibility:

8 - 30 metres (26 - 98 feet)

Type of diving:

Reefs

Marine life:

Includes: Grey nurse sharks, Wobbegong sharks, Port Jackson sharks, Eagle rays, Sting rays, groupers

When to go:

Any time of year

How to get there:

Fly to Sydney, it is apporoximately approximately 3 hours drive north


Dolphin Watching in Forster, Australia  - courtesy of Jenny Pickles

Located approximately 3 hours drive north of Sydney, Forster is a fishing village on the coast, surrounded by salt water lakes. Diving off this area of the coast is still relatively temperate, the underwater scenery is rocky with Kelp and soft corals.

Diving was done from a hard boat, departing from Forester. Dive sites are generally 15-20 minutes drive out from the harbour in the hard boat and vary in depth from 12m to 45m sites. Generally speaking 2 dives are done per day departing at 8.30am and returning to shore after both dives have been carried out.

Accommodation was with the Dive lodge attached to the dive centre located 10mins walk from the centre of Forster. This was very reasonable and homely, equipped with kitchen, dining area and sitting room, double rooms and dorm rooms available and plenty of hot water!

Forster itself is a fairly sleepy fishing village, which is a welcome break from the city, nightlife seemed to be fairly limited but there were plenty of restaurants catering for all tastes.

Ron Hunters dive centre also runs dolphin-spotting trips from the hard boat, ideal as a trip for non-divers and dolphins are pretty much guaranteed. They are also the only boat licensed on the East coast to let people swim with dolphins, after our dives on one day we were given the opportunity to snorkel with the dolphins whilst being towed along the side of a boat. This was a brilliant bonus and an absolutely amazing experience as the huge quantities of dolphins stayed with the moving boat, jumping and swimming for as long as we wanted.


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