Camper Trailers: A Snorkel Lover’s Best Friend

People from all over the world view Australia as a dream holiday destination with a unique mixture of different environments. From big smoke cities, barren countryside, sandy deserts, tropical rainforest, and giant statues of animals and fruits (you can’t not see the Big Banana!) scattered across the country.

As well as all those grouse joints to see, Australia really likes to show off when it comes to having some tip top beaches and coastlines, and the wonderous underwater ecosystems and beautiful creatures that inhabit them. Fortunately, most of these ecosystems are shallow enough for people to snorkel around in.

While you’d naturally want to see all of the Great Southern Land, that doesn’t mean you can’t see what’s underwater too. Mars Campers can recommend some great campsites around the country to stay at while exploring our oceans.

Tortoise swimming in blue sea

Busselton Jetty, WA

The West Australian town of Busselton is home to the world’s longest wooden jetty, aptly named Busselton Jetty. Spreading 1.8km over the water into Geographe Bay, the jetty is impressive not only because of its crazy size, but also because it’s one of the top scuba diving and snorkelling sites in WA.

Some ideal snorkelling sites are alongside the jetty where marine life thrive. Take advantage of having more than 300 beaut creatures hanging out here to get the most out of your time. But if you’re not into snorkelling, then head over to the end of the jetty where the Underwater Observatory is located. Here you’ll be able to descend 8 metres down a spiral staircase to the ocean floor to gaze at the colourful tropical and sub-tropical marine life and corals.

Besides the jetty, the surrounding bay has 20km of pristine sandy beaches that are great places to go snorkelling too. At this rate, they should’ve called the jetty Snorks Jetty!

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Ningaloo Reef, WA

With the way it’s spelt, you’d be forgiven for perhaps pronouncing it as “ninja-loo reef”. You’d have to have smoked a bit of reef-er to think there were ninjas lurking about along some WA coastline. But the word Ningaloo is actually an Aboriginal word that means “promontory”, which is exactly what it is. On top of that, the reef is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

It is also Australia’s largest fringing reef that is 300km in length and covers 600,000 hectares! It’s bloody huge, mate! With all that space available, it’s no wonder that 250 coral species and more than 500 fish species live here! These factors make the reef a great place to go snorkelling, and snorkellers can easily walk to the reef from the beach. Among the more notable animals that live here are humpback whales, whale sharks, dolphins, manta rays, turtles, and orcas. Sweet as!

If you want to see some sites on terra firma instead, in this area is the Cape Range National Park. Here you can see some red kangaroos, rock wallabies, wallaroos, echidnas, goannas, and over 100 bird species. With both the reef and the park around, you’re really spoiled for choice.

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Tangalooma Wrecks, Moreton Island, QLD

Sometimes called “The Gem of South East Queensland”, Moreton Island is one of the largest sand islands in Australia. In fact, there are no roads because of all of its sand, so you’ll need a 4WD to drive around.

It’s a piece of piss for Brisbanites to get to Moreton Island, as it’s only 25km away from the shores of Brisvegas. Lucky them, because there’s some amazing scenery here. Besides all the bloody sand in the dunes and beaches, there are also clear lakes, rocky outcrops, and forest, giving the place variety. If you’re camping here, then you’re in for a treat, as the sky looks the way it should always look, as its full of stars as the island isn’t affected by light pollution, making it a perfect place for sleeping under the stars.

Besides what’s on land, Moreton Island is a great place for snorkelling to see what’s underwater too. The best snorkelling spot is located around a bunch of shipwrecks. Although it wouldn’t have been any fun to be on those ships when things went up shit creek, snorkelling around these clear waters is anything but. The area is surrounded by heaps of the local dolphins, turtles, and stingrays, and vividly colourful corals.

Nearby camping sites:

The Wrecks Camping Area

Ben-Ewa Campground

Comboyuro Point

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Julian Rocks Marine Reserve, NSW

As if Bryon Bay doesn’t get enough action from beachgoers already, Julian Rocks is a volcanic rock island only 2.5km away from town. The joint is the remains of a volcanic eruption that happened over 20 million years ago, but its unspoiled waters are as gorgeous as ever (no need for a facelift!).

Underneath is are shallow, crystal-clear waters that are ideal to snorkel in. Over 1,000 marine species call this joint home, including grey nurse sharks, leopard sharks, wobbegongs, turtles, nudibranchs, leaf scorpion fish, cuttlefish, pineapple fish, white anemone fish, and many other jaw dropping creatures.

Nearby camping sites:

First Sun Holiday Park

Byron Bay Holiday Park

Ingenia Holidays

The Low Isles, QLD

Port Douglas is one of those Queensland towns that gives the Sunshine State its great reputation as a holiday retreat. Only 15km away from the Port Douglas coast are the Low Isles, meaning you don’t have to hike to the middle of nowhere to see the area’s natural beauty and enjoy the best of Port Douglas itself.

The Low Isles include a four acre coral cay that’s surrounded by 55 acres of reef very close to the island, helping to make snorkelling much easier and way more fun. The Low Isles are popular for snorkellers to see plenty of underwater beauty, including a high population of sea turtles, clownfish, colourful corals, large fishes, and various types of other marine life.

Nearby camping sites:

Glengarry Holiday Park

Daintree Rainforest Village

Cape Tribulation

Snorkeling through corals

Ninepin Point Marine Reserve, Tasmania

The Ninepin Point Marine Reserve is situated in Gordon, a town only an hour’s drive away from Hobart. This rocky reef covers 59 hectares and extends 500m south into the Dentrecasteaux Channel. This Tasmanian reef’s water temperatures range from 8°C to 20°C, giving the water a tea colour that reduces the levels of light it receives. This lack of light makes it a perfect breeding ground for species that are normally only seen in very deep levels of water.

The area has over 80 species of red algae, 100 species of seaweed, sea tulips, sponges, lacework bryozoans, kelp forests, and many fish that are normally only found in much deeper water along the east coast of Tasmania. Living in this fascinating place are creatures like sea dragons, fairy penguins, and migrating whales.

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Jervis Bay, NSW

It’s easy for Sydneysiders to get to Jervis Bay, as it’s only 180km away from home. Anyone who comes here can easily set up their camper trailer or tent in the camping areas close to the beach in Booderee National Park. Jervis Bay is beautiful, so it’s highly recommended that you do some cycling or go on some bushwalks around the area where you can spot some local wildlife such as wallabies, echidnas, and lorikeets, to get the most out of your stay.

But let’s get to the snorkelling. These unspoilt waters are home to a wide range of tropical fish, including penguins, seals, whales, bottlenose dolphins, stingrays, octopuses, weedy sea dragon, eastern blue devil fish, sea urchins, and sea hares.

Nearby camping sites within the Booderee National Park:

Two guys watching coral reefs under water

Knuckle Reef Lagoon, QLD

You may be wondering why we haven’t mentioned the Great Barrier Reef yet, but we’ve been saving the best for last. Countless tourism ads for both Queensland and Australia in general have prominently featured the Great Barrier Reef, and for good reason.

The “great” in Great Barrier Reef is because it’s both tip top and so bloody huge! Like, ridiculously huge! Because it’s so huge, we’ll focus on the Whitsundays part of it. However, since the Whitsundays contains 74 islands, we’ll narrow it down to just the Knuckle Reef Lagoon, which is 100km off the coast from Airlie Beach.

The reef’s ideal water temperature is great for coral growth and it has a tidal range that helps to transport food and nutrients to feed the reef. This complex needs to work in order to feed the 1400 different species of coral and 200 fish species that live here. Its inhabitants include giant clams, slow-moving sea turtles, spotted fish, and clownfish.

Nearby camping sites:

Dugong Beach

Whitehaven Beach

Cairn Beach

Contact Mars Campers

If you’re ever keen to see what Australia has living under its waters, call Mars Campers on 1300 667 868 for our wide range of camper trailers to travel to these exotic locations.

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