As the weather continues to warm up, escape the everyday and dive into the underworld world of Sydney with four of our favourite snorkelling spots around the city.
Cabbage Tree Bay
Located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, just a short walk from Manly Beach, Cabbage Tree Bay is an aquatic reserve comprised of 20 hectares of spectacular waters with year-round breathtaking snorkelling.
Easily accessible from either Shelley Beach or Fairy Bower the reserve offers a diverse array of marine life to discover. Look out for flathead, flounder, fiddler rays, docile, bottom-dwelling wobbegongs, Port Jackson sharks, and a friendly resident green turtle!
Best known for sighting big-belly sea horses, Red Indian fish, Port Jackson sharks and a selection of colorful coral and sponges, Bare Island is hailed as one of the most popular scuba and snorkelling locations in all New South Wales.
Located in the waters of La Perouse, just North of Kurnell in Sydney’s Southern Shire, this underwater paradise promises great visibility and a plethora of colourful marine creatures.
Perfect for the inexperienced snorkeller, Clovelly Beach is a safe and protected area inhabited by a diverse range of marine species.
Enter the water via to concrete steps located just near the Surf Club and explore the rock pools of the narrow bay, keeping an eye out for Blue Gropers, moray eels, octopi and endless schools of colourful fish.
Sheltered by the calm waters of Pittwater in Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, the Basin is an idyllic family friendly holiday and snorkelling spot. A popular camping area just a short ferry ride from Palm Beach Wharf, expect to find cuttlefish, leatherjackets, starfish, seahorses and a variety of tropical species when the waters are warm.
Images via Pete McGee Photography, Time Out Sydney, Destination NSW, John Turnbull