Scuba Diving in Oak Park, Cronulla, New South Wales Australia

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Cronulla is a beach-side suburb in southern Sydney, at about 26 km/16 mi in the south of Sydney's CBD (Central Business District). Cronulla lies on a peninsula, between Botany Bay on the north and Port Hacking on the south. Cronulla is a popular tourist location and attracts many beach enthusiasts.

Apart from a great surf spot, Cronulla offers some excellent dive sites. Oak Park is one of the most popular dive sites in Sydney. Access to Oak Park can be made by Jibbon Street. Entry to the spot can be made by the northern end of the tidal pool. An alternate entry can be used, just to the south of the pool, in case of bad weather conditions.

The site is appropriate for novice and advanced divers alike. The average depth here is at 10 m/32.8 ft and the maximum is at 17 m/55.8 ft. Visibility is medium and varies from 5 m/16.4 ft to 10 m/32.8 ft. Water temperature is up to 21°C/69.8°F in summer and early autumn months and between 14-18°C/57.2-64.4°F in winter.

Oak Park boasts an abundant marine life including blue groper, sea dragons, sea horses, morays, goat fish, wobbegong, Port Jackson sharks, luderick, giant cuttlefish, old wife, yellowtail and turtles to name just a few. It is a crowded spot, so watch out for boat traffic and surfers, as the surf area of Sandshoes is directly in front of the Pavilion.

Last but not least, it is also an excellent site for night dive. Apart from diving, there is a variety of activities, attractions, restaurants and bars that lie on the streets around Cronulla.