*International Dive Site : Australia - Eastern Coast

Hutchison Shoal
A very colourful dive site featuring crayfish and sharks. It comprises an extensive series or granite outcrops, narrow caves and ledges, overhangs and sharp, craggy pinnacles in depths from 12 to 30 metres. What grabs your attention as soon as you descend is the variety of big fish - sweet lip, trevally, coral cod and other species. The best parts of the shoal harbour a wide range of smaller reef fish and a profusion of soft and hard corals. Visibility averages between 15 and 30 metres.

The Cementco's few short years on the ocean floor have given her a heaIthy covering of coral and other marine growth and she is a haven for large fish, including big Queensland gropers, school fish are also abundant. Pipefish also make frequent appearances, as do large blue groper. The wreck has substantial black and soft coral colonies. At a depth of 25 metres, visibility averages 25 metres and sometimes as high as 30 metres.

Flinders Reef
The nearest true coral reef to Brisbane, and one of the best dive spots in south-east Queensland. Extensive staghorn coral gardens, swim throughs, canyons, ledges and Pinnacles are home to more than 175 fish species as well as leopard sharks and turtles, Diving is easr with most sights in the 9 to 15 metre depth range. Crayfish can be seen in 20 to 25 metres of water. Visibility averages 15 metres in summer to around 30 metres in winter.

Comboyuro Point
In depths between 15 and 30 metres, you will find a succession of large boulders, sheer walls, ledges and shallow caves on what can be considered as one of Queensland's best drift-dive sites. The element of the unexpected on this dive puts it into the adventurous category.

Smiths Rock
The highest of Smith's three main pinnacles rises to about six metres below the surface at high tide. The site is often mar ked br brea kers in rough weather. In calm conditions, they give no hint of their location or menace to shipping. It offers a tremendous potential for exploration. There are narrow caves and swim throughs which are alive with crarfish and other animals,

* Tangalooma Wrecks

17 vessels have been sunk only 150 metres off shore. Wreck diving enthusiasts will find penty of opportunity to wander slowly through flooded engine rooms, holds and bucket tunnels.

Brennan & Roberts Shoals
Many divers consider Brennan the more interesting site in terms of fish, but others prefer Roberts for its terrain. Depths on Brennan range from eight to 23 metres. The shoal is noted for its caves and ledges. Big cod have been known to haunt the caves which lie in the deepest water on the dive.
Henderson Rock
A granite pinnacle which rises from 24 metres to 12 metres includes ledses, overhangs and caves which usually, provide a very rewarding dive for photographers and crayfish hunters. Diving near the pinnacle can also be rewarding due to its natural beauty and its promise of unexpected encounters.

Curtin Artificial Reef
Now has 14 vessels, a former Brisbane tram and a mass of tyres, car bodies and other material. It is the home of a wide variety of friendly fish, including giant Queensland gropers, cod, kingfish, turrum, red emperor, trevally, sweetlip, bream mackerel, whiting, tuskfish, parrots and wrasse.

Flat Rock
Well-known for its shark alley, the breeding place for whalers and grey-nurse sharks. Harmless leopard and zebra sharks frequent the rock as do large rays, blue groper, cod mackeral, tuna, kingfish, snapper, parrots, morwong and mangrove jacks. The numerous small ridges, caves and smaII bommies around the rock offer pleasant diving in depths to 12 metres and you will find many varieties of soft and hard corals, hydroids, anenomes, nudibranchs, crayfish, angelfish, wrasse, triggers, surgeons and moorish idols, Great visibility is a feature of Flat Rock,

Middle Reef
The reef is the haunt for large pelagic fish which can be seen herding baitfish between the sheer granite walls. The presence of large cod and groper can be mesmerisins. Visibility averages 15 metres but can often be doubled in the winter months.
The Group
A recently discovered area north of point lookout, the Group is made up of rocky ledges and canyons. By far the most exhilarating feature of this reef is the company of large graceful manta rays in the summer months. For the patient diver a close encounter with 8 to 10 of these magnificent creatures will ensure a dive to remember. Water depth is only 10-15 metres.

Shag Rock
Shallow diving in 9 to 12 metres of water gives divers plenty of time to examine a variety of soft and hard corals. A memorable swim through, sponges, hydroids. tropical fish, moray eels, crarfish nudibranchs and echinoderms. Masses of long-spined urchins, pincushion urchins, cobalt-blue starfish, sea cucumbers and exotic feather stars can be found everywhere around Shag Rock.

Amity Point
Probably the best and most accessable shore dive in the Brisbane area. Amity offers easy exploration of many car bodies, trees and boulders, all of which are home for small fish, moray eels, nudibranchs, shrimp and wobbgongs. Different types of bottles can also be found. Drift diving is an easy way of covering the entire dive site while slack water provides the best conditions. Entry is straight in off the beach and the maximum depth of water is 12 metres. Night dives here are safe and very rewarding.

Information provided by Mr Steve LAI *

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