HMAS Brisbane Shipwreck Dive

from $165 AUD

About your Shipwreck Dive

HMAS Brisbane has been intentionally scuttled to provide a unique wreck diving experience, while also creating an artificial reef. The boat itself is 133m long and was commissioned in 1967. She served in the Vietnam and Gulf wars and was decommissioned in 2003. Scuttled in 2005, divers have the unique opportunity to explore the wreck inside and out, with access to the engine and boiler rooms. There’s wide open entry and exist swim throughs, with lots of natural light.
As well as being Australia’s most accessible wreck dive, the HMAS Brisbane has attracted lots of marine life since beginning life at the bottom of the sea. You can expect to see a range of fish, including but not limited to kingfish, mackerel, cobia, snapper, lionfish, angelfish and gropers. Dive depth varies from 12-18m. Underwater visibility is usually good, varying between 15-20m. This day trip allows for two (2) certified dives.
Flinders Reef and Local Reefs are another popular destination for Mooloolaba diving. Although not a part of the Great Barrier Reef system, these reefs are home to an abundance of marine life and offer good water clarity and visibility most of the year. Dive depth varies from 5 – 20m. Travel time varies, pending your Mooloolaba diving destination of choice.
  • HMAS Brisbane – Australian War Ship
  • Being able to penetrate the wreck safely with side holes cutout throughout the wreck
  • Depth: 15mtrs to 20mtrs
  • Currents: mild to medium
  • Dive Experience: open access wreck diving, coral reefs, caves, swim throughs and pinnacles
  • Marine Life: Both Pelagic and Macro life
  • Diver Level: Open Water +
  • Dive Guides: Included


Mooloolaba diving experiences are varied, which is great for divers wanting an array of underwater encounters and environments. There’s the HMAS Brisbane Wreck and a range of offshore reef systems to explore. All are suitable for divers with Open Water certification, as dive depth does not exceed 18m and conditions are usually quite comfortable with limited swell and current.
Depending on the timing of your visit, divers might also be interested in the chance to swim with Humpback Whales and Mooloolaba is one of the few places you can experience this in Australia. This is a half day tour, catering to a maximum of 20 participants per trip. Wetsuits and snorkeling equipment is provided. Water temperatures range from 17-23 degrees and visibility can be up to 30m.
Other diving experiences available
  • Night Dive on the HMAS Shipwreck
  • Diving Flinders Reef
  • Local Reefs



  • 2 Certified dives on the wreck
  • Dive Guides
  • Unrestricted access to entire ship, including funnels, engine room and bridge
  • Light refreshments / water during surface interval



  • Merchandise available back at the Dive Centre after your dive
  • Camera Hire
  • Dive courses
  • Dive equipment rentals (if not already included), Nitrox & personal purchases.


Option Price
Certified Diver (No equipment - price per person) $165
Certified Diver (Full equipment - price per person) $284

Full Itinerary

Dives are scheduled for morning (weather permitting) and regular afternoon and night dives to the Brisbane Shipwreck.

Approximate Departure times:

Morning Dives depart 8.30am and are complete by around 12:30pm

Afternoon Dives depart 1.00pm are completed by 4:00pm.

When using “live availability” you will need to check all showing times for each departure date. 


  • It is necessary to call Sunreef on 07 5444 5656 for a weather check between 4 and 5pm the day before the dive.
  • If the dive is cancelled due to poor weather, then all monies will be refunded or transferred to another day.
  • It is necessary for you to give us at least 72 hours notice should you need to cancel or transfer your booking. Failure to do so will incur 100% cancellation fee of tour price.
  • If cancelled or transferred within 24 hours, full payment is forfeited

Trip confirmations: As with all our dives, your confirmation of the trip will depend on the sea conditions and weather. We will monitor this closely and if the weather or sea conditions are unsuitable, however we recommend you contact the operator the day before to confirm your trip and the departure time.

Seasickness and equalization: If you find yourself dealing with seasickness or being unable to equalize, our crew will look after you and ensure you are comfortable and safe. However, as this is not something in our control we will not issue any rebookings or refunds for inability to equalise or being seasick and not completing dives. We suggest you consider seasickness tablets to minimize the risk of seasickness affecting your trip. 


If you have all your own equipment, please remember that to dive the Ex-HMAS Brisbane during the day you must have a snorkel, computer, SMB, a whistle, and a torch along with the rest of your scuba equipment (BCD, tanks, weights regulators, mask, snorkel, fins, wet suit, gloves).

If you don’t have all your equipment, all of the above required items are available for purchase or hire from our shop along with the rest of the necessary scuba equipment (BCD, tanks, weights regulators, mask, snorkel, fins, wet suit, gloves).

Diver Statement: Each diver must complete a Sunreef Diver Statement before diving. This will be sent out to you with your booking confirmation. If any of the medical questions on your Diver Statement or at check in are answered ‘YES’, a doctor’s clearance may be required before you can dive with us. If a doctor’s clearance is required and cannot be produced on the day of your dive, the cancellation policies on the operators Terms and Conditions will apply.

Parking: The Wharf complex has all day parking available, however please keep in mind especially if you are on an 11:30 am or later trip that parking can sometimes get very busy. Please give yourself at least 15 – 20 minutes for parking. We recommend that you park your vehicle in the Sea Life (Underwater World) car park at The Wharf Mooloolaba, 123 Parkyn Parade.

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