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A SURVEY OF dive masters,
instructors and tour operators
reveals a strong consensus as to the
top dive sites around WA.
ROWLEY SHOALS For Perth Diving
Academy technician Adam Steele,
Rowley Shoals is number one, as it
is for the few that have experienced
this site: "This is without doubt
my number one place to dive,"
says Adam. The Rowley Shoals is
made up of three untouched coral
atolls 340km west of Broome. It is a
protected marine conservation park
that houses a huge variety of corals,
fish and molluscs.
THE NAVY DIVE PIER This pier is
known as one of the top dives in the
world, according to Adam. "The
growth is so beautiful," he says.
Fishing from the pier is prohibited so
the ecosystem has been left to thrive
which has led to many large fish and
massive biodiversity. It's also close
BUSSELTON JETTY NIGHT DIVE
(pictured) The end of the Busselton
Jetty 1.8km out to sea is one of the
most unique dives in WA due to
the range of local marine life, and
travellers from as far North as the
Kimberley that have been brought
down by the Leeuwin current and
survive the winter in the shallow
warmer waters of Geographe Bay.
ROTTNEST ISLAND "The whole
island is a magnificent place to dive,"
says Adam. "If I had to pick, I'd say
go to the Opera House, off the north
side of the island which is a massive
THE BEST WRECKS "I can't separate
the Swan wreck in Dunsborough
from the Perth wreck in Albany,"
says Adam. The HMAS Swan sunk
off Geographe Bay in 1997 and is
now nicely decorated by soft corals
and home to some big fish (and lots
of them). Following the successful
scuttling of the HMAS Swan, the
HMAS Perth was scuttled in the King
George Sound in 2001. With much of
the ships equipment and machinery
left in place, it makes for a fascinating
dive but permits are required to dive
this site. You can get your permit
from the Albany Visitors Centre, the
City of Albany or local dive shops.
34 Have a coffee on the beach
WHILE IT DEFIES all logic there aren't many places along our huge coastline
where you can walk out of a cafe, on to the beach and into the water.
Bunbury is one exception. The Marlston Waterfront has several first class
eateries and bars along the boardwalk and just metres from the beach, where
most days the dolphins will keep in for a relax in the warm shallows. A two-
minute walk, the ever-popular Vat 2 at the Jetty Baths sits on the perfect kids
beach with playground all in easy view of a coffee and meal from the cafe
alfresco dining area.
In the Busselton/Margaret River region there are two options for beachside
dining. Next to the Busselton Jetty the GOOSE CAFE is a gorgeous restaurant
and huge favourite for locals and regular visitors to the South West. The
beach in front always busy with families and the restaurant open for
breakfast, lunch and dinner. At the far end of Geographe Bay just before Cape
Naturaliste is the prettiest beach in the region at Bunkers Bay. On the beach,
BUNKERS BEACH CAFE (pictured below) is often booked out for breakfast
and lunch days and weeks in advance and is now open for dinner as well.
Surprisingly the location is not the only attraction -- the fit out is very cool and
casual chic and the food has always been exceptional. In winter and spring,
keep your eyes peeled for whales frolicking close to the bay.
SEA GARDENS CAFE, PREVELLY See some of the best views of the surf in
Margaret River while drinking fair-trade coffee and nibbling a homemade
THE TAYLOR STREET TEAROOMS, ESPERANCE It could be a beautiful old
beach house, but instead it feeds the masses whether it's for breakfast, lunch or
dinner or perhaps a delicious morning or afternoon tea. Tucked in next to the
Taylor Street Jetty, it's the perfect spot to stop in after a glorious beach walk.
THE BLACK ROCK CAFE, KALBARRI This place is renowned for its large and
delicious meals, while the cafe overlooks the point where the Murchison River
meets the Indian Ocean. The cafe's namesake is a large rock that sits within
the reef and has become a crucial navigation aid to mark the channel entrance
for boating enthusiasts. This particular section of the beach is a lovely outlook
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