South West Rocks's Scuba Diving

South West Rocks — this is a resort town on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Australia. It belongs to New South Wales and is a 15-minute drive from the Pacific highway, which is a 4-hour drive North of Sydney. This is the only place in Australia with a genuine ocean cave that passes through the rocks at 125 meters.
Besides the cave, South West Rocks offers excellent places for wall diving and drift diving with different fish surrounding you: from amusing sardines to bull sharks. The seascape is decorated with stony and soft coral and sea anemones. If you come at the right time, you can admire graceful gray sharks and catch the migration of humpback whales.

Getting There

The nearest international airport to South West Rocks is Sydney Airport. There are several ways to get to the city from the airport — by sea transport, taking part in diving Safari, or by land transport: bus, train or rented car. If you want to shorten the trip, you can split the road into 2 sections: fly from Sydney to Port Macquarie Airport or Coffs Harbour Airport, and then take a bus to South West Rocks.


South West Rocks has a warm and humid subtropical climate. The air temperature varies from + 27 °C in February to +19 °C in July. The wettest month is March and the driest is September. Diving is possible all year round, as the ocean's water temperature remains comfortable at any season.

Dive Spots near South West Rocks

Fish Rock Cave — the only true ocean cave dive in Australia running 130 meters right through Fish Rock, is one of the top ten dive sites in Australia. This is home to nurse sharks, spanish dancer molluscs and a huge variety of fish. The dive site consists of two separate caves, two bubble caves and a tunnel.
Green Island is located to the North of the Smoky Cape lighthouse. There are many opportunities for diving along the walls, fringed by colorful sponges and teeming with enormous marine life, including cuttlefish, turtles and sharks.