The O-Fish-Al List Of Sydney’s Best Snorkelling Destinations

Been sweltering at your desk all week at work? Take a cool break this weekend and check out some of Sydney’s gorgeous marine life with a little snorkelling adventure. Here are some of the best places to make a splash and see all the pretty fish.

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Gordon’s Bay, Randwick

With Coogee Beach to the south and Clovelly to the north, Gordon’s Bay is nicely tucked away from the beaten track. In fact, the only way to access it is via the Coastal Walkway, so it’s usually pretty quiet and perfect for a secluded snorkel. You could even embark upon the Gordon’s Bay Underwater Nature Trail, which is just like a regular nature trail. Except, y’know, underwater.

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Clovelly

Remember this one? Well you should, since we only mentioned it about four seconds ago! Clovelly is one of those balmy beachside suburbs that make Australia the wonderful place it is, and the natural rock pool has a reputation as being the best snorkelling spot in town. It’s full of toadfish, kelpfish, starfish and sponges for you to spot – and if you’ve ever wanted to meet some groper fish up close, this is where to go. Friendly old Bluey is the resident groper in the bay, so remember to say hi!

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Image credit: Visit Sydney Australia
Image credit: Visit Sydney Australia

Silver Beach, Kurnell

A long sandy expanse on the edge of the Kurnell Peninsula, the shimmering silver beach certainly lives up to its name. The Bonna Point Reserve area is popular with dog walkers, but everywhere else is a snorkeler’s paradise. The waters are still and calm, making it perfect for families, and you never know what you might discover beneath the brilliant blue waves.

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Image credit: Inside History Magazine

Bare Island, La Perouse

Named after a certain Captain Cook dismissed it as “a small, bare island”, this dramatically rugged outcrop is actually filled with all sorts of incredible marine life. Seahorses, weedy seadragons, moray eels, velvet fish and giant cuttlefish have all been sighted in the surrounding waters, so grab your gear and get spotting.

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Image credit: Australian Traveller

Cabbage Tree Bay

A huge, 20-hectare reserve dedicated to protecting marine life, Cabbage Tree Bay is pure snorkelling heaven. It encompasses craggy rocks, golden beaches and stubborn woodland, all surrounding some of the most beautifully clear and dazzling waters you’ll ever set foot in. Hundreds of fish call the bay home, including numerous rare and fascinating species.

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