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Scuba Diving in South West Rocks, New South Wales, Australia

Water temperature:

18°C - 25°C (64°F - 77°F)


5mm - 7mm wetsuit


10 - 20 metres (30 - 60 feet)

Type of diving:

Rocky island with a cave through it

Marine life:

Grey nurse sharks, wobbegong sharks, turtles, grouper, wrasse, morays, cuttlefish

When to go:

Summer months for warmer water, and May to October are meant to have a higher concentration of sharks

How to get there:

Take the Pacific Highway from Brisbane or Sydney. South West Rocks is located east off the highway about 1 hour drive south of Coffs Harbour.

Pelicans at South West Rocks, Australia
Fiddler crab on the river bank at South West Rocks, Australia

South West Rocks is a small town located to the south of Coffs Harbour in New South Wales, approximately 5 hours drive north of Sydney and just under 6 hours south of Brisbane. It lies just off the Pacific Highway and there are a few restaurants in the vicinity, a hotel and 3 camp sites. The beaches are very nice here and are good for surfing and walking along. There's also Trial Bay Gaol on the headland built to house convicts which is now a museum. Look out for kangaroos onshore here as well.

There are a couple of dive centres in South West Rocks that launch from the river. It can be a bumpy ride out of the estuary but this only lasts a few minutes until you're past the breakers. When we dived at Fish Rock Cave the weather became quite rough while we were under the water and the small boats we were on felt like they might not make it home. On our way back in from diving we had dolphins accompanying us in the estuary which took my mind off the sea sickness!

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