Dive Travel: South West Rocks Weekend

Explore Fish Rock cave

Meet endangered Grey Nurse Sharks and enjoy beautiful South West Rocks

A little background information on diving at Fish Rock Cave and more at South West Rocks, New South Wales.

The Dive Site

Fish Rock Cave is the only true ocean cave dive in Australia, running 125 metres right through Fish Rock – which lies two kilometres south-east of Smoky Cape, South West Rocks. Fish Rock is home to a completely unique ecosystem – including endangered Grey Nurse Sharks. The temperature inside the cave is always at least one degree warmer than the surrounding ocean and the water always clear.

Although the Rock is usually prone to current, it is this current that brings the nutrients to the area and attracts the fish life.

The Marine Life

The shallow entrance of Fish Rock Cave at a depth of 12 metres is a large naturally lit cavern fringed by pink gorgonian corals and teeming with enough life to fill an entire dive.

Throughout the year, Grey Nurse Sharks rest in the shallow entrance of the cave, which is an awesome diving moment for even the most experienced diver! This also presents an unparalleled photographic opportunity for novice and experienced photographers.

What You’ll See

Grey Nurse Sharks can be seen at Fish Rock all year round. You can expect to see resident black cod, large wobbegong sharks, black rays and giant cuttlefish before ascending up one of the two chimneys into the main section of the cave.

Around the island the depth varies on average between 15 and 30 metres and deep gutters form perfect aggregation areas for the sharks and other marine creatures who reside here.


  • 4 boat dives at Fish Rock Cave
  • 2 nights accommodation (dorm room – private rooms available at extra cost)
  • Continental breakfast
  • Nitrox with all dives

Not Included:

  • Transport to South West Rocks (car sharing available)
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Rental equipment (full available at $100)

The Location:

  • South West Rocks is a small town on the scenic NSW Mid North Coast
  • Breathtaking beaches, rivers and National Parks
  • 5 hours drive north of Sydney (1 hour south of Coffs Harbour).


Travel Day: Friday 13th December

  • The journey is approximately six hours but can be longer based on the traffic leaving Sydney. As a rule if you leave before 4pm you miss the rush.
  • Arrival at accommodation – which is  available all day Friday!

Dive Day 1: Saturday 14th December

  • 7am meet downstairs at SWR Dive Centre to get dive gear ready.
  • Double boat dive at or around Fish Rock.
  • Soup and coffee available between dives.
  • 7pm Dinner out in South West Rocks.

Dive Day 2: Sunday 15th December

  • 7am meet downstairs at SWR Dive Centre to get dive gear ready.
  • Double boat dive at or around Fish Rock.
  • Soup and coffee available between dives.
  • Finish time will be approximately 1pm.
  • Head home or head off sight seeing! 

Cost $475

(or just $430 for dive club members)

Orange Level Trip: Minimum Advanced Open Water Diver with Enriched Air Specialty.
Full gear rental available at $100 for duration of the trip.

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