Snorkeling in Mudjimba or Old Woman Island, Sunshine Coast, Queensland Australia

Mudjimba is a beautiful suburb of the Sunshine Coast, that took its name after a local plant, the Midyam bush. Mudjimba Island or Old Woman Island is located at about 1 km/3.28 mi off the coast and it is considered to be the best surf break in the Sunshine Coast.

Old Woman Island is also a popular snorkeling location, thanks to its abundant marine life. The average depth here is at 10 m/32.8 ft and the maximum is at 15 m/49.2 ft. Visibility is good and varies from 10 m/32.8 ft to 30 m/98.4 ft. In addition, the spot is suitable for all snorkelers and it can be dived all year long. The average water temperature is around 28°C/82.4°F in summer and around 20°C/68°F in winter.

Old Woman Island is home to numerous hard and soft corals, nudibranch species and sea sponges. Snorkelers are able to admire the coral gardens of Mudjimba Island that start at 2 m/6.56 ft depth and encounter tropical fish, crayfish, starfish, turtles, sea whips, gorgonians, stingrays, moray eels, wobbegong sharks, coral trout and small groper. Last but not least, it is also a great location for first timers. Note: book a boat dive in one of the many scuba schools located in the area.