Julian Rocks, one of the best dive sites near Brisbane, is situated 2.5km off Byron Bay consisting of ancient sedimentary rock and the remains from a volcanic eruption some 20 million years ago. Byron Bay is well known for its laid back lifestyle and its beautiful beaches.
As a diver it’s nearly impossible to stay at Byron without diving the rocks which provides shelter and food for many species of tropical fish. Julian Rocks has to be a dive site best described as a “jack of all trades.”
Usually a diver can go to any dive site in South East Queensland and be able to dive with the marine animals that you have always dreamt about and swim side by side, gazing into their eyes.
If you wanted to dive with a particular marine animal throughout the year normally you’d have to change dive sites to experience different animals, however when you hit Julian Rocks (a marine reserve from 1982) you will encounter whatever marine life is in season.
When the water is cooler you will have the grey nurse sharks but in the warmer water the leopard sharks will move in. Spring will also entice the blue tang fish to come in for a visit and then you’ll have the manta rays from summer to autumn dancing and gliding in the depths of the sea.
Of course you have your residents that have made this nursery their home and you are almost guaranteed to encounter turtles, wobbegong sharks, cuttlefish, eagle rays, moray eels, guitar fish, shovelnose rays and heaps more. I have dived when the schools of fish have been so thick I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face at full stretch. Such an amazing experience.
The current here can get fairly strong so you need to make sure you use the mooring lines that have been put in place to descend onto a reef filled with soft and hard coral. This has been put in place to protect the amazing aquatic world. You can also use the current to aid in your dive around the rocks and most dive charters will do a drift dive, so make sure you have your SMB (surface marker buoy).
Depths will vary from 10m to 30m but usually you can have an average visibility of 15m any time throughout the year.
During the winter months the temperature will drop to 18⁰C and get up to 25⁰C during the summer months.
Julian Rocks has been rated in the top 5 dive sites in Australia from other dive stores and I can’t really see any argument to deny this with the simplicity and the vast choices of marine life this location has to offer. It’s a safe bet for any dive.
Byron Bay diving is a perfect excuse for a weekend away with diving and a few cocktails looking over the beach with Julian Rocks just sitting there enticing you to come back for another dive.
You never know what you may see on your next adventure in the serenity of the ocean.
Contact us to book your next visit to Julian Rocks, Byron Bay.