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Julian Rocks Marine Reserve (Byron Bay) New South Wales, Australia

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If you’re looking for a snorkeling adventure way down under, than make sure to add a visit to Byron Bay on your vacation list. Bryon Bay is rated as one of the top snorkeling spots in Australia and is home to the protected Julian Rocks Marine Reserve, which means there is no shortage of spectacular sea creatures for you to observe. Sea turtles, cuttle fish, eagle rays, and moray eels are just a few of the many regulars hanging around the Bay all year. Some other individuals that come in for part of the year are the nurse sharks in the winter and the leopard sharks in the summertime with the occasional manta ray in the early autumn if you’re lucky. The sea creatures here are known to be unusually docile and accustomed to passive snorkelers; meaning if you are calm in the water you have the chance to get up close and experience some of these amazing creatures.
                Julian Rocks rests only about 2.5km off the shore of Bryon Bay which is not on accident. The marine reserve itself is an extension of the bay and is made up of ancient, sedimentary rock which came from a volcanic explosion millions of years ago. This event created the perfect sanctuary for over 500 species of marine creatures to thrive in. The location of the bay is unique in another aspect as well; it is a site where warm oceanic currents mix with cooler, temperate waters. The result of this is an absolutely one of a kind marine environment where you can see certain species interact here you won’t see anywhere else in the world.

 

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