33 Beautiful Underwater Photos That Will Make You Want To Dive In Down Under

Australia is girt by sea. Pics via Tourism Australia's Instagram.

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1. You may have heard a rumour that Australia's oceans are rather special.

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2. Well, the rumours are true.

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3. Australia has 35,876 km of coastline (22,292 miles) – and is surrounded by oceans teeming with wildlife.

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4. We're not saying you're guaranteed a spectacular marine encounter each time you jump into the ocean.

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5. But you pretty much are.

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6. So what are we waiting for? Let's take a trip down under, Down Under.

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7. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world's turtle breeding hotspots.

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8. From a turtle's point of view, there are definitely worse places to hang out.

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9. And turtles have been hanging out here for some 150 million years!

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10. With the GBR covering 344,400 square kilometers, you're pretty much guaranteed to see a turtle if you spend even a little bit of time underwater (or looking underwater from the surface).

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11. They're pretty chilled!

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12. Of the seven species of marine turtles in the world, six occur in Australian waters, including this lovely loggerhead.

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13. Hey, if you spent 200 years in the East Australian Current, you'd have barnacles on YOUR head too!

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14. Of course turtles don't just stick to the 2,300km of the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland. You can see them in all Australia's oceans – like here at Byron Bay off New South Wales.

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15. On Ningaloo Reef in north-west Western Australia.

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16. And here off Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.

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17. Do yourself a favour and come for a swim with one of these fabulous fellas.

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18. Swimming with a turtle is an experience you will NEVER FORGET!

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19. What about Australia's fantastic fur seals?

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20. Seals and sea lions are incredibly curious.

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21. And happy to pose for pictures.

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22. Swimming with sea lions is another must do to add to your bucket list.

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23. Down under Down Under! Yolo!

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24. Australia's waters are full of dolphins too. And they're a pretty photogenic bunch!

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25. Like here in the crystal clear waters of Kangaroo Island, South Australia.

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26. Or here off Stradbroke Island, Queensland.

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27. Australian waters are home to a large number of magnificent marine mammals, including 45 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises.

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28. We hadn't even got started on the whales!!!!

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29. Or the wonderful whale sharks, the biggest, friendliest fish in the sea.

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30. So what have we learned? Dip your head down under Down Under and you're in for a good time.

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31. See!? So what you waiting for?

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33. And if for some bizarre reason the ocean frightens you, Australia offers plenty of exciting underwater encounters on Terra Firma ;-)

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