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17 underwater photos that will make you want to be a mermaid

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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).

SNORKELLING

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.

Snorkelling Spot: Lodestone Reef, near Townsville North Queensland

Snorkelling Spot: Lodestone Reef, near Townsville North Queensland. Photo by Khy Orchard.

Snorkelling Spot: Manta Ray Bay, Hook Island in The Whitsundays. Photo by @julesingall

Snorkelling Spot: Manta Ray Bay, Hook Island in The Whitsundays. Photo by @julesingall.

Diving

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.

Diving Spot: Meet Manta Rays off Lady Elliot Island on the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Photo by Fabrice Jaine.

Diving Spot: Meet Manta Rays off Lady Elliot Island on the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Photo by @fjainephoto.

Diving Spot: Diving with sharks at Horn Amphitheatre, Osprey Reef off Tropical North Queensland.

Diving Spot: Diving with sharks at Horn Amphitheatre, Osprey Reef off Tropical North Queensland.

Snorkelling Spot: Fining Clownfish near the Green Island jetty in Tropical North Queensland: Photo by Island Jems.

Snorkelling Spot: Finding Clownfish near the Green Island jetty in Tropical North Queensland: Photo by @islandjems.

Diving Spot: Diving with Potato Cod at the Cod Hole Dive Site off Lizard Island, Tropical North Queensland.

Diving Spot: Diving with Potato Cod at the Cod Hole Dive Site near Tropical North Queensland.

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.

Waterfall Spot: Crystal Cascades, Stoney Creek Falls in Tropical North Queensland. Photo by Sean Scott

Waterfall Spot: Crystal Cascades, Stoney Creek Falls in Tropical North Queensland. Photo by @seanscottphotography.

Waterfall Spot: Fairy Falls near Cairns in Tropical North Queensland. Photo by Sean Scott

Waterfall Spot: Fairy Falls near Cairns in Tropical North Queensland. Photo by @seanscottphotography.

Rock Pools: Fairy Pools in Noosa National Park on the Sunshine Coast. Photo by Melissa Findley.

Rock Pools: Fairy Pools in Noosa National Park on the Sunshine Coast. Photo by @melissafindley.

Freshwater lake: Lake McKenzie on Fraser Island. Photo by Lauren Bullen.

Freshwater lake: Lake McKenzie on Fraser Island. Photo by @gypsea_lust.

Islands and Beaches

Take advantage of the water visibility and dive below the waves for a salty sea session at any of the beaches along the coast. Islands can offer a sheltered and calm waters to swim in.

Island spot: Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island. Photo by Scotty Sinton.

Island spot: Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island. Photo by @scottysinton.

 

Island spot: Daydream Island in The Whitsundays at sunrise. Photo by Katie Purling.

Island spot: Daydream Island in The Whitsundays at sunrise. Photo by @mycolourfulworld_.

Beach spot: Agnes Water on the Gladstone coast. Photo by Scotty Sinton.

Beach spot: Agnes Water on the Gladstone coast. Photo by @scottysinton.

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Beach spot: Yaroomba Beach on the Sunshine Coast. Photo by @loveandwater.

 

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Beach spot: Kawana Beach on the Sunshine Coast. Photo by @loveandwater

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Beach spot: Mudjimba Beach on the Sunshine Coast. Photo by @loveandwater.

 

 

So, where are you planning your next under the sea adventure?