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Sunreef HMAS Brisbane Double Dive

FROM $195

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The Dive

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.

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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.

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • 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 a cancellation fee of $155.00.
  • If cancelled or transferred within 24 hours, full payment is forfeited

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?

  • Wetsuit, BCD, Regulator and computer, Weights
  • Mask, Snorkel, fins, gloves
  • Tanks, torch

What is the cancellation policy?

  • 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 a cancellation fee of $155.00.
  • If cancelled or transferred within 24 hours, full payment is forfeited

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:

  • All first time Divers on the Wreck, regardless of qualification or skill level must have a familiarisation dive with a Sunreef guide for their first dive. No Penetration on your first dive.Open Water Divers may penetrate with a Sunreef Dive guide.
  • Advanced Open Water Divers have unlimited penetration with a Sunreef Guide to all depths of the wreck.
  • Wreck/Cave Specialty Divers or divers with appropriate experience may independently penetrate.  Divers in light locked areas must carry all appropriate specialist equipment.
  • You need to supply a certification card.
  • Please be aware that we are limited by Workplace Health and safety and if any person has not dived within two years we will require them to complete a refresher before taking them out on a dive. If you book this dive and have not dived within 2 years and you do not tell us then you may be refused the dive on the day and loss of payment may result.

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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