Brisbane’s Must-Sea Snorkelling Spots

Few things in life compare to a cool summer snorkel, and Brisbane’s surrounded by awesome places to do it. If you want our opinion (and why on earth wouldn’t you?), these are the top five.

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Image credit: Stradbroke Ferries

North Stradbroke Island

It’s not every day you get to visit the world’s second largest sand island! North Stradbroke Island (or Straddie, if you’re a local) is a gorgeous place to visit, and the surrounding waters are just teeming with marine life. The reefs are home to turtles, dolphins, whales, manta rays and reef fish, and you could snorkel for days and still not discover it all. So you’d better get started!

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Image credit: Coolangatta Whale Watching

Cook Island, Coolangatta

Cook Island is a fantastic snorkelling destination for divers of all abilities. It’s found just a short way out from the Gold Coast, and the surrounding ocean features everything from coral reefs to hidden caves just waiting to be explored. The giant turtles are great fun to swim with, and there’s loads of exotic fish to find. Get the goggles and dive on in, because this is summertime heaven.

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Image credit: Scuba World

Flinders Reef, Moreton Island

If reefs are your thing, Moreton Island is most definitely the place to be. It’s just a short boat ride from Mooloolaba, and features the impressive Flinders Reef. It’s one of a sadly dwindling number of reefs to remain in top condition, and it’s got over a hundred species of coral and even more fish for you to see. While you’re there, keep an eye out for the wonderfully weird-looking wobbegong shark. Don’t worry – it’s not generally a biter!

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Lady Musgrave Island

Encompassing 14 hectares on Australia’s legendary Great Barrier Reef, Lady Musgrave Island is one of Brisbane’s top choices for a weekend trip. It’s about six hours out from the city, but it’s so very worth it. The whole area is absolutely beautiful, and the waters are tranquil, brilliantly blue and filled to the brim with an incredible array of ocean life. It’s an unforgettable experience for any snorkelling fan.

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Image credit: Lady Elliot Island.com

Lady Elliot Island

Lady Elliot Island is right at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, and it does require a short flight to reach. However, if you’re making a long weekend out of it, it’s the perfect spot for an amazing snorkelling trip. We guarantee you’ll find enough tropical fish, colourful coral, sea cucumbers, starfish and turtles to keep you entertained for hours. There are plenty of snorkel safaris and tours on offer that let you see it all, and it’s great for larger groups.

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