While quarry diving is popular in Europe and North America, Australians tend to stick to the wonderful diving spot off Queensland, known as the Great Barrier Reef.

While there are also some fantastic spots to dive around the rest of Australia, most are in the ocean. However, that said, the closest thing to quarry diving in Oz is in the Limestone Coast region of South Australia.

Here you’ll find 40-odd caves and sinkholes open to divers. Most travellers keen to explore head to Piccaninnie Ponds, Engelbrecht Cave and Cocklebiddy Cave to discover beautiful clear water and animal life. Expect to see tortoises, freshwater crayfish, eels and an abundance of species of fish.

But be warned, the amazing spectacle that are these caves can be extremely challenging. Only experienced cave divers should attempt this region and must apply for a permit with The Cave Divers Association of Australia (www.cavedivers.com.au), who can also help with courses and access information.

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