There are many reasons to take a trip Down Under, and scuba diving is one of them. Diving is available year round so any time should be fine. Just remember that the season are reversed from the northern hemisphere. The Great Barrier Reef is the leading tourist destination in the country. Cairns pulls in the majority of the international tourist. It is a unique blend of environments and offers something for everyone. Beyond the attractions of the city itself you has different zones represented. The plateau area, The Tablelands (or Atherton Tablelands) is a highland region of northern Australia near Cairns, Queensland. The Daintree rainforest has towering fan palms that stretch towards the sunlight that filters through the canopies of the abundant rainforest, while the brilliant colours of the tropical flowers enliven the surrounds. Kuranda, “The Village in the Rainforest” as it has been affectionately known to locals and visitors alike. The famous Kuranda Markets have a large range of art & crafts, bric-a-brac & fresh locally grown produce and are open 7 days a week.
Water activities in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is another large draw. The water temperature around Cairns varies from 29 degrees in summer (December – February) to 22 degrees in winter (June – August). This makes diving available year round. While the daily dive boats provide outstanding diving, it are the liveaboard diving vessels that allow divers to really experience diving the Great Barrier Reef. The liveaboards take you to outer reefs that are not dived by the daily boats, and even out to the world famous Ribbon Reefs and the Osprey Reef. The Ribbon Reefs are a series of ten reefs that are hours away from any population center. They span a distance of over 55 miles. Scientist have difficulty classifying then. They have some characteristics of Barrier Reefs, such as facing deep water, but do not have all the features. They have traits of fringing reefs but are far from land. What the scientist and scuba divers do agree upon is that they offer some of the best concentration of marine life on earth. Each dive site is different and moving a slight distance often as little as ten meters can give a diver a totally different experience.
The divezone website has an extensive information about diving the Great Barrier Reef, take a look and see if a scuba diving liveaboard trip Down Under should be your next trip.