Ningaloo Reef, WA

    As the only fringing barrier reef on the western side of the continent, Ningaloo Marine Park houses a diverse plethora of more than 460 species of fish and 200 species of coral

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    Julian Rocks, Byron Bay, NSW

    About 2.5 km off of Byron Bay’s shore lies the remains of a volcanic eruption from more than 20 million years ago and it’s become a top snorkel site.

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    Knuckle Reef Lagoon, Whitsunday Islands, Great Barrier Reef, QLD

    This hidden gem is home to more than 1400 different species of coral and 200 different species of fish.

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    Heron Island, Queensland

    Although every part of the magnificent reef is snorkel heaven, this island is a walk away from Gladstone off of the Queensland coast.

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    Ninepin Point Marine Nature Reserve, TAS

    This Tasmanian reef includes a great variety of marine life, such as sponge gardens, kelp forests, sea dragons, fairy penguins and migrating whales.

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    Jervis Bay, NSW

    Approximately 180km south of Sydney spans a coastline of over 100km where you can enjoy a great variety of tropical fish, including the eastern blue devil fish and weedy seadragon.

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    Busselton Jetty, Geographe Bay, WA

    Calm, crystal clear Geographe Bay houses the longest Jetty in the Southern Hemisphere, stretching 1.8km into the water. Some of the best snorkelling is alongside the jetty, which teams with marine life.

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    Thevenard, Mackerel Islands, WA

    Lying off the coast of Onslow in the north-west of Western Australia, 10 distinct islands dot the seascape. The snorkel site, Black Flag, is only 10m deep and features large black coral trees.

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    Penguin Islands, Shoalwater, WA

    These shallow limestone islands lie less than an hour south of Perth. Mammals such as penguins, sea lions, and dolphins are common in these shallow waters.

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    Lord Howe Island, NSW

    As if untouched by humanity, this pristine island 350km away from Sydney harbour is home to 500 species of fish and 90 species of coral. This World-Heritage location is the most southerly coral reef in the world.

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Gallery: Best snorkelling sites in Australia

By AG STAFF | January 14, 2014

You don’t need to have a scuba diving certificate to enjoy the best of Australia’s reefs. Here are the best snorkel sites.