Well known as the home of the best diving locations in South East Queensland.

Just a short distance off shore, you’ll find the best scuba diving vacations. North Stradbroke Island is a hot spot for snorkeling and scuba diving adventures as you’re surrounded by turtles, whales, dolphins, manta rays, thousands of reef fish and brightly coloured coral.

No matter when you visit, visibility and water conditions are ideal for exploring the reef from below the water’s surface.

Among the post popular diving locations in the area is Flat Rock, where the beautiful water and drop offs offer ideal diving conditions. When diving the flat rock structure during the summer months, you’ll run into leopard shark and shovelnose guitarfish. The Nursery at Flat Rock is the shallowest diving location, but is an excellent destination for diving with schools of fish, rays and turtles.


Discover shark alley

To add a little more thrill into your diving adventure, head to Shark Alley during the winter. This advanced diving site is perfect for shark encounters while you’re surrounded by the beauty of the reef.
When diving, you may see a single shark or as many as fifteen!

Turtle Caves is another primer diving location at Flat Rock. This deep dive site is perfect for swimming with bull rays, pygmy manta rays and Wobbegong.

A short distance away you’ll find Manta Bommie, where big fish swim the water. You’ll see a variety of large fish as you swim along the majestic marine life. It’s also great for drift diving.

Shag Rock is another popular diving site at North Stradbroke Island. The open water dive site if ideal for advanced scuba divers, but even beginner divers can enjoy the location as conditions are next to perfect.

Even in shallow water, you’ll be surrounded by schools of fish and octopus. Anemones, shrimp and nudibranches are plentiful. Be sure to check out the sand patches for small loggerhead turtles and hawksbill.


Whether you’re new to diving or an experienced professional, North Stradbroke Island is the perfect place to explore the magnificence of the Great Barrier Reef.

Here, you have many diving options available, from day dives to open water dives. There are even specialty dives for the more advanced divers.

Be sure to take your camera along with you as you visit the best scuba diving vacations along the reef.