Best Snorkelling Destinations in Australia for Families

by Catalin Andries on July 03, 2024

Australia offers some of the most breathtaking snorkelling spots in the world, making it an ideal destination for families looking to explore the underwater wonders together. Here are some of the best family-friendly snorkelling destinations in Australia, along with tips for ensuring a fun and safe outing with your kids.

1. Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

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The Great Barrier Reef in Queensland is a dream destination for families looking to snorkel together. With its vibrant coral reefs, diverse marine life, and crystal-clear waters, it offers an unforgettable experience for both adults and children. To make your snorkelling adventure even better, consider using the Ninja Shark Snorkel Mask, designed for comfort, safety, and an enhanced underwater experience.

2. Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

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Ningaloo Reef is less crowded than the Great Barrier Reef but equally stunning. Known for its clear waters and abundant marine life, including the gentle whale sharks, it’s a fantastic destination for families.

Tip: Visit during whale shark season (March to August) for a chance to snorkel alongside these magnificent creatures.

3. Fitzroy Island, Queensland

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Located just off the coast of Cairns, Fitzroy Island offers calm, shallow waters ideal for young snorkelers. The island’s sheltered beaches and easy access to the reef make it a great choice for families.

Tip: Bring a picnic and spend the day exploring the island’s walking trails and marine life.

4. Jervis Bay, New South Wales

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Jervis Bay, located on the south coast of New South Wales, is a paradise for families seeking a fun and safe snorkeling adventure. Known for its pristine white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, Jervis Bay offers an ideal environment for snorkelling with kids.

The bay is home to a diverse range of marine life, including colorful fish, playful dolphins, and even the occasional sea turtle. The vibrant underwater world is sure to captivate and inspire young adventurers.

5. Rottnest Island, Western Australia

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Rottnest Island boasts beautiful beaches and clear waters teeming with marine life. The island is car-free, making it safe and easy to explore with kids.

Tip: Rent bicycles to get around the island and find the best snorkelling spots at your own pace.

Tips for a Fun Outing with Kids

  1. Choose the Right Gear: Ensure that your kids have well-fitting snorkel masks, fins, and wetsuits. Full-face snorkel masks can be a good option for beginners as they are easy to use and comfortable.

  2. Start in Shallow Water: Begin in shallow, calm waters to help your children get used to the equipment and feel more confident.

  3. Use Flotation Devices: Life vests or snorkel vests can provide extra buoyancy and help kids feel more secure in the water.

  4. Stay Together: Always snorkel in pairs or as a group. Keep a close eye on your children and make sure they stay within a safe distance.

  5. Teach Respect for Marine Life: Educate your kids about not touching or disturbing marine creatures and coral reefs to preserve the environment and ensure their safety.

  6. Take Breaks: Kids can get tired quickly, so take regular breaks to rest and hydrate.

  7. Capture the Memories: Bring an underwater camera to capture the magical moments of your family snorkelling adventure.

Snorkelling in Australia offers a unique opportunity for families to bond and explore the incredible underwater world together. By choosing family-friendly spots and following these tips, you can ensure a memorable and enjoyable experience for everyone.


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