17 underwater photos that will make you want to be a mermaid
If mermaid training was a real life thing, it would be mandatory for all Queenslanders to complete. We love the ocean, our waterways and our Great Barrier Reef.
Locals who grew up on the beach, will have fond memories of Saturday mornings spent at Nippers training with Surf Life Saving heroes and those further North didn’t need to watch Finding Nemo – they saw the real thing every chance they got.
For those with a strong desire to be a mermaid, it’s time to pretend with these amazing photos of underwater experiences in Queensland. Oh, and make sure you bring your underwater photography gear and brush up on these tips to capture the moments (and share them with #thisisqueensland).
Reach lower depths and spend more time under the water by adding a snorkel and fins. Go snorkelling on the Outer Great Barrier Reef for sites with deep coral drop-offs and bommies or walk straight in off a Queensland Island and explore the fringing reef within metres of the shore.
Diving is as mermaid-as-it-gets. You don’t need to be a certified diver to dive on the Great Barrier Reef, there are plenty opportunities to do Introductory Dives and if you are hooked, take a Learn to Dive holiday.
For those Certified Divers there are world-renowned dive sites to tick off your list including the SS Yongala Wreck, diving with sharks at Osprey Reef and Potato Cod at the Cod Hole dive site.
Diving and snorkelling are the best ways to meet the Great Eight marine animals of the Great Barrier Reef aka a mermaid’s tribe.
Waterfalls, Freshwater Lakes & Rock Pools
Take the alternative way and freshen up with a dip in the waterfalls, natural swimming holes and freshwater lakes of Queensland’s rainforests, sand islands and National Parks. We’ve covered some of the best places near Brisbane here, on the Sunshine Coast here, in Tropical North Queensland here and Southern Queensland Country here.
Islands and Beaches