South Australia has a variety of amazing local dive sites, perfect for divers of all experience levels. South Australia is home to over 1,200 marine plants species and 350 fish species including the pyjama squid, giant Australian cuttlefish, port Jackson sharks, red rock lobsters, blue ringed octopus and South Australia’s marine emblem, the leafy sea dragon.
There are many beautiful reefs, jetties and shipwrecks to explore that are teeming with life and colours. Many dive sites are easily accessed from the beach and jetties or a short trip by boat.
Edithburgh Jetty - Edithburgh Jetty is located in the quaint coastal town of the Yorke Peninsula. This dive site is popular for its spectacular macro life including the pyjama squid, dumpling squid, seahorses, pipefish, blue ring octopus, leafy sea dragon and a variety of nudibranchs and anglerfish. This is another easy accessible dive site with stairs located on the jetty. Try diving this site at night when the jetty comes to life with a range of nocturnal creatures coming out to hunt.
Rapid Bay Jetty - The Rapid Bay Jetty is the best place to spot the leafy sea dragon. There are two jetties next to each other, the old one which is no longer used and a new one. The older jetty is popular with divers as its overgrown pylons are the perfect place to spot the leafy sea dragon. It is a multitude of colour with soft corals, sponges and ascidians. You can also see large schools of fish including old wives, pufferfish and more. You may even be lucky enough to see some bull rays.
Port Noarlunga Jetty and Reef - This dive site is by far the most popular in South Australia because of its close proximity to Adelaide’s metropolitan area. The jetty is 300 metres longs with the entry point at the end down the stairs. This simple to navigate dive site is home to old wives, zebra fish, hermit crabs, nudibranchs, flatworms, pipefish, blue devil fish, cuttlefish, wobbegong sharks, common stingrays and more. If you’re lucky you may even catch a glimpse of dolphins and the southern right whale.
The Bluff in Victor Harbor - Exposed to the elements, the waters around Victor Harbor are nutrient rich and attract a variety of marine life. They’re best known for the high chance of seeing large numbers of leafy sea dragons and the occasional weedy sea dragon. During your dive and you’ll find many crayfish in between the crevices and if you’re lucky a sea lion or two will come in for a closer look.
Port Hughes Jetty - There are 10 jetty dive sites on the Yorke Peninsula and Port Hughes is the second best one after the famous Edithburgh Jetty. As the Port Hughes Jetty is on the opposite side of the peninsula, it’s a great alternative when Edithburgh Jetty has large swells coming in. The site is home to a large variety of nudibranchs, big schools of fish and the beautiful blue ring octopus!
Star of Greece Wreck - Over 125 years ago the Star of Greece wrecked off Port Willunga. This shallow wreck can be accessed from the shore and is home to a range of macro life. At low tide, the water is only about 4 metres deep and you can see a small part of one of the masts sticking out of the water from the shore. As it is quite shallow, it is necessary to pick a good day as wind, rain and swells can easily stir the bottom affecting visibility.
The Norma - 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. There is also an abundance of marine life to see including big schools of fish and cuttlefish.
South Australia has so much to offer! Dive
the famous Rapid Bay Jetty, Second Valley or the Bluff in Victor Harbor to see
the leafy sea dragon! Be sure to keep your eye on the seafloor for the
beautiful pyjama and bobtail squids (endemic to these waters) as well as the
excellently camouflaged tasselled anglerfish. You also have a good chance of
seeing the Giant Australian Cuttlefish, flashing their impressive coloration
for all to see.
Other marine life to look out for are the many different species of nudibranchs, octopuses and shrimps, the warty prowfish, pipefish, seahorses, blue groper, port Jackson sharks, wobbegong sharks, red rock lobster, bottlenose dolphin, fur seals, leather jackets, long-snouted boarfish, old wives, ornate cowfish, stingrays, the occasional weedy sea dragons, and more.
For the more adventurous, travel down to Port Lincoln to get up close and personal with Great White Sharks at the Neptune Islands. If that’s not for you, take a dip with the puppy dogs of the sea, the Australian Sea Lions.
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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.
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.
You can fly into the Adelaide Domestic International Airport (ADL).