The ex HMAS Brisbane is a magnificent 133 metre guided missile destroyer situated off the Queensland coast of Mooloolaba, which is 100km north of Brisbane (about 80 minutes) by road. The HMAS Brisbane is fast becoming one of Australia’s premier world-class artificial reef dive destination as it the only purpose designed dive wreck in Australia where you can actually dive inside the engine and boiler rooms.
The HMAS Brisbane sits bolt upright on a sand bed in 27 metres of water, the top of the funnel only 5 metres below the surface, 15 metres of water over the forward decks and 18 metres over the stern. This multi-tiered superstructure and gun turrents on the main deck has become home to a variety of marine life with a prolific growth of embryonic corals covering most of the structure. The HMAS Brisbane sheer size is awesome, the amount of fish life breathtaking. Schools of bait fish, yellowtail kingfish and cuttlefish happily cruise the upper decks, while turtles, large groupers, large bull nose rays and wobbegong sharks occupy underneath the stern.
Double dives are conducted daily both are 50 mins with a 45 min surface interval. There is a short 10-15 min boat ride out to Sunreef’s exclusive mid ship mooring line which descents between the two funnels to the Mag deck at 15 metres, from here it’s a leisurely swim to the bow or stern. The HMAS Brisbane has wide opening entrances and exit swim throughs offering Open Water, Advanced, Wreck and Dive Photographer the opportunity to safely and easily explore the wreck. Visibility average is 15 to 20 metres, water temperature range from 17C in winter to a summer high of 27C and minimal swell.
PLEASE NOTE: All penetration divers (including Wreck/Cave Specialty Divers) must do an initial orientation dive accompanied by a dive guide and carry a torch. Subsequent dives MUST BE with an equally qualified dive buddy and carry appropriate dive gear and torch.
About the HMAS Brisbane
Commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy in 1967 the HMAS Brisbane served Australia faithfully for 34 years, till she was decommissioned in 2001. Serving in both the Vietnam and Gulf wars and assisted on many humanitarian missions such as in Darwin in 1974 after cyclone Tracey. The Scuttling - On 31 July 2005 The HMAS Brisbane was towed for its last journey to Mooloolaba, explosives were carefully positioned in specially made wooden frames hard against the inside skin of the ship, below the waterline. These explosives were detonated and in 2 minutes and 10 seconds, the HMAS Brisbane was on the bottom in 28 metres of water.
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.
What are the different pricing options for me?
Pricing up to 31st March 2016
Charter only – $165.00 (No gear supplied - trip only)
Double dive with tanks & weights – $185.00
Double dive with all scuba gear supplied (no torch/gloves) – $235.00
Double dive with all scuba gear supplied - $265.00
What is included in the Full Scuba Gear hire?
What is the cancellation policy?
What are the Dive Requirements and Recommendations to dive the HMAS Brisbane?
To dive the HMAS Brisbane you will be asked to complete appropriate online diver statement.
For those wishing to penetrate the ship the current regulations are as follows:
PLEASE NOTE: All divers must dive with a dive computer (one per diver) They are available for hire. Divers, who wish to penetrate the wreck, can do so on the second dive but must carry an underwater torch/flashlight. Guides are available, at no cost, for those not qualified or experienced in wreck penetration. It is also highly recommended that all divers wear gloves to avoid any cuts and abrasions.
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