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Little visited South Australia gives visitors unexpected sites to dive, where shipwrecks lie scattered throughout the sea, a veritable graveyard to be explored.

Diving in South Australia

Quick facts

South Australia has some little known dive sites, perfect for divers of all experience levels. Reef dive at Port Noarlunga or Seacliff Reef, both exceptional places to catch a glimpse at the interesting marine life in the area.

Wreck divers, bring out your cameras. The Norma is a massive four masted ship, sunk unintentionally in 1907. The next day, another ship ran over the ship, sinking on top of it. To prevent further accidents, the ship was dynamited, giving wreck divers a unique look at a strange collection of pieces. Twisted metal and undeterminable shards are scattered across the sea bed. Keep a heads up, you will probably see other ships passing by overhead.

The Stanvac Dump is a strange and wonderful dive site. Bits and pieces discarded from a nearby refinery can be explored. Trucks, barges, cables, and pontoons can all be found, stacked in odd, eerie piles.

When to go

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What to see

Look on the seafloor for Wobbegong sharks, excellently camouflaged on the sea floor. There are starfish and crabs scuttling along the sea floor. You may even run across cuttlefish, flashing their impressive coloration for all to see.

Keep an eye out for colorful nudibranchs pulling themselves across the coral heads, some of which will astound you with their brilliant colors and shapes.


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Found in South Central Australia, South Australia is a state that shares a border with each of the other states in the country. Though it comprises more than 400,000 square miles (1,000,000 square kilometers), only 8% of the country’s population lives within its borders.

Adelaide is the largest city in the state, where most of the population can be found. Many others live in the River Murray area, where fertile farmlands are prevalent. Wineries can be found scattered throughout the landscape, and much of Australia’s fine wines are from this region.

Aborigines once made up the majority of the population, but they were overrun by settlers. Today, both sides of the coin live in harmony, making the most of the land.

Other attractions

The Adelaide Botanic Gardens is a hotspot for visitors, a cool and relaxing respite from the heat. Because you’re in wine country, you certainly shouldn’t miss out on a wine tasting or two. There are even wine tours to partake in.

Getting there

You can either fly into Adelaide, or into one of the other major cities in another state. Renting a four wheel drive vehicle is imperative, as roads can be rough, especially in the outback.


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