15 Great Australian Wreck Dives

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In terms of wreck diving, Australia is tough to beat with virtually eight,000 registered wrecks to select from. The number of wrecks is phenomenal and also you’ll discover a full spectrum of vessel varieties!

Listed here are a few of our favorite wreck dives from throughout Australia, so when you have a ‘lust for rust’, learn on!

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Ex-Navy Frigates

There's a host of ex-navy frigates unfold across the coast of Australia – all with totally different marine life and diving circumstances – listed here are a few of greatest recognized for scuba diving.

EX-HMAS Tobruk

Location: Hervey Bay space, QLD. 27km (17 miles) off shore between Hervey Bay and Bundaberg
Degree: All ranges. The wreck sits at between 11 and 30 meters (33 and 100 ft).

The Tobruk is among the world’s latest wreck diving websites and was formally opened for underwater exploration in late February 2019. The Tobruk website is over 100 meters lengthy and you may anticipate to satisfy a number of marine life alongside the best way!

EX-HMAS Brisbane

Location: Mooloolaba, four.6km (2.9 miles) off the Sunshine Coast, QLD
Degree: All ranges

This decommissioned guided missile destroyer is a vibrant dwelling reef and residential to hawksbill turtles, reef octopus, occasional eagle rays, nudibranch and even leopard sharks.

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EX-HMAS Adelaide

Location: The Ex-HMAS Adelaide is situated 1.four kilometres (zero.86 miles) from the Skillion at Terrigal and 1.eight kilometres (1.1 miles) from Avoca Seashore (NSW).
Degree: Advanced Open Water Diver (prime decks are at roughly 25 meters (82 ft), together with Technical Diving alternatives.

Once you dive the ex-HMAS Adelaide there's definitely loads of ship to see.  Simply cruising across the outdoors of the factitious reef, the sheer measurement makes an superior sight.  The ex-HMAS Adelaide lies in roughly 35 metres (115 ft) of water with the bow dealing with in the direction of the open ocean. There are a number of deck ranges in addition to diver entry holes to create straightforward entry and exit factors. A fantastic wreck for multi-level, penetration and extra superior diving.

EX-HMAS Canberra

Location: Melbourne (VIC)
Degree: All

The ex-HMAS Canberra, a former warship which served the Australian Navy between 1981 and 2005, is the primary synthetic reef in Victoria created particularly for diving. The vessel was scuttled off Barwon Heads in October 2009 and now lies in 28 metres (92 ft) of water, with the highest of the mast about 5 metres (16 ft) under the floor at low tide. 

Divers are capable of entry the superstructure of all decks. Highlights are the junior mess mural, the captain’s cabin, the bridge, galley, mess decks and operations room. These areas have been left as intact as attainable to create further curiosity for divers, plus nooks and crannies for creatures. 

EX-HMAS Hobart

Location: Adelaide (SA). Situated within the Speedy Head Sanctuary Zone – a part of the Encounter Marine Park
Degree: Superior Open Water Diver and Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox) advisable.

The 134 metre (440 foot) ex HMAS Hobart was a Charles F. Adams class guided missile destroyer within the Royal Australia Navy (DDG 39), inbuilt the USA of America and commissioned in 1965 in Boston. The vessel accomplished three excursions of obligation off Vietnam and in 1968, two sailors misplaced their lives and 7 others have been injured after the vessel was hit by “pleasant” hearth. The Hobart was sunk in November 2002 as a man-made reef and lies in 30 metres (100 ft) of water roughly 4km (three.73 miles) off Speedy Bay. 

Anticipate to see all kinds of marine life as you discover this colossal wreck!


Location: Albany (WA)
Degree:  All. Straightforward circumstances and shallow areas.

The ex HMAS Perth is a former missile destroyer vessel measuring 133 meters (436 ft) lengthy, so there's loads of wreck to discover!

The HMAS Perth lies on the sandy backside with a max depth of 35 meters (115 ft). There's loads of unique gear nonetheless intact and visual to divers together with holes within the hull from when the ship was underneath hearth! Marine life highlights right here embrace probability encounters with sea lions and in the course of the winter months maintain your eyes out to the blue for a passing humpback whale sighting.

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Location: Dunsborough, South of Perth (WA)
Degree:  All ranges together with newbies.

This former navy destroyer escort vessel is 113 metres (370 ft) lengthy and was scuttled in 1997 to be able to create a wreck dive website and a man-made reef. Sitting on a sandy backside at 30 meters (100 ft), the highest of the shipwreck is just 6 meters (20 ft) deep. For knowledgeable divers there are many penetration prospects and with assorted marine life, underwater images is well-liked right here too.

The wreck is house to round 100 totally different species of fish and frequent sightings embrace batfish, bullseyes, samson fish, cowfish, and lots of extra. The delicate coral, when opened can also be a vibrant spotlight.

SS Yongala

Location: 90km (55 miles) southeast of Townsville; 10km (6.2 miles) from Cape Bowling Inexperienced.
Degree: Superior divers on account of robust currents and depth.

It’s unimaginable to have a dialog about wreck diving in Australia with out mentioning the SS Yongala, which is usually cited by many wreck diving fanatics as being one of the best wreck dive on the planet.

For years after its disappearance throughout a cyclone in 1911, the ships ultimate resting place was unknown and remained a thriller for nearly 50 years. It was solely in 1958, that the wreck was lastly found laying on its starboard aspect in 30 meters (100 ft).

The Yongala is just not solely a shocking wreck, over a century underwater has reworked it right into a thriving synthetic reef which is adorned in kaleidoscopic corals and residential to hoards of marine species together with: noticed rays, loggerhead turtles, olive sea snakes, triggerfish, groupers, white tip reef sharks, reef octopus, seahorses and guitarfish.

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Woman Bowen

Location: 60 minutes by boat from Mission Seashore.
Degree: Superior divers as a result of depth and currents.

This deeper wreck sits upright at 34 meters (112 ft) and, just like the SS Yongala, has develop into a gorgeous, dwelling reef which is teeming with life and bursting with color.

Though the Woman Bowen has been underwater since 1894, the hull continues to be clearly identifiable on this 68 meter (220 foot) steamer. Widespread marine life sightings embrace groupers, sea snakes, turtles, lionfish and barracuda.

The Ships Graveyard

Location: South of Melbourne (VIC), boats run out from Portsea and Queenscliff
Degree: All ranges

South of Melbourne there's a Ships’ Graveyard. It’s situated 7 kilometres (four.three miles) east of Torquay’s Fisherman’s Seashore by means of to Level Lonsdale. For wreck divers this can be a dream come true as there are 46 recognized wrecks to select from within the ‘graveyard’. They include tugs, dredges, barges, lighters, coastal freighter, World Warfare One submarines, a paddle steamer plus a patrol boat. Many of those vessels have been stripped down and scuttled by an explosive cost or an opened valve cock, and lots of stay pretty intact to today. There's definitely a lot to see for all ranges!

The Coolooli

Location: Sydney (NSW)
Degree: Superior and Technical divers.

The Coolooli sits at 47 meters (154 ft) and is 50 metres (164 ft) lengthy, mendacity on her starboard aspect. The wreck has suffered injury through the years from storms however there are nonetheless some penetration factors (warning suggested). This technical wreck is a superb dive and marine life right here can also be a drawcard. Look out for giant kingfish on the higher hull space and even the occasional Australian fur seal could be noticed too! Different sightings embrace, small faculties of whiting, morwong, Port Jackson sharks and enormous wobbegong sharks. Big cuttlefish can be discovered in lots of areas of the wreck.

The Glenelg Dredge

Location: Adelaide (SA)
Degree: Superior and Technical divers.

The Glenelg Dredge and the close by Glenelg Barge are a part of the underwater fleet which additionally consists of three barges – The Stanvac Barges (1954), The Lumb (1994), MV Seawolf (2002) and Ex-HMAS Hobart (2002) which can also be listed above.

The Dredge now lays upright and intact on sand at 21 metres (69 ft). The depth of the deck is 15 metres (50 ft). The wreck helps many species of fish together with brown noticed boarfish, long-snouted boarfish, numerous leatherjacket species, bullseye, previous wives and dusky morwong. Extra occasional, however spectacular to catch a glimpse of, are sleek blue devils, cuttlefish may be seen occasionally and sightings of widespread sawshark have been reported.

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The Key of Biscayne

Location: Perth (WA)
Degree: Superior and Technical divers.

The Key Biscayne was a jack up oil rig which now sits the wrong way up on its legs on a sandy seabed in 42 metres (138 ft) of water. The very best level of the wreck being at 26 metres (85 ft), makes this a dive for superior divers and people with Technical Diving certifications. The rig is now residence to quite a lot of marine life, and the dimensions of the rig presents skilled divers a memorable dive throughout occasions when visibility is sweet.

Look out for giant faculties of pelagics similar to trevally and samson fish which circle the wreckage together with gray nurse sharks. Western Australian dhufish, snapper, Port Jackson sharks are additionally widespread sightings.

SS Nord

Location: Tasman Peninsula (entry from Hobart)
Degree: Superior divers on account of depth, present and chilly water.

Situated on the tip of the Tasman Peninsula, the SS Nord wreck is a protected 81meter (266 foot) lengthy cargo ship that was inbuilt 1900. The SS Nord sank in 1915 after putting a sunken pinnacle close to Hippolyte Rock a couple of miles from Tasman Island. The SS Nord now rests at 42 meters (138 ft). The wreck continues to be splendidly intact and is a agency favorite of many Australian wreck diving lovers.

The SS Nord may be penetrated by skilled divers and there are nonetheless a couple of artefacts to see, together with Chinese language crockery and brass fittings. A plethora of marine species could be discovered right here together with angelfish, butterflyfish, parrotfish, barracudas, and groupers.

SS Satara

Location: South of Seal Rocks, New South Wales.
Degree: Superior divers because of depth and currents.

The SS Satara struck a shallow reef south of Seal Rocks and sank in 1910 though the wreck was not found till 1984. This 130 meter (427 foot) lengthy vessel got here to relaxation at between 35 meters (115 ft) and 44 meters (144 ft).

The SS Satara is a large wreck with lots to see however because of the depth, its greatest suited to technical divers who may have longer backside occasions.  The currents that sweep over the wreck might be robust however deliver with them the prospect to see gray nurse sharks and black cod.

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Are you feeling impressed to discover a few of Australia’s most well-known ship wrecks? Begin your Wreck Diver course online with PADI eLearning and locate a PADI dive shop to start out exploring these wrecks. You gained’t be dissatisfied!

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