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Alva Beach Diving Experience

Please note these dive trips are only suitable for experienced divers with a minimum of advanced certification. The current can be strong. There are no restrictions on dive times, but a one hour surface interval is required. Small numbers, big dive experience.

This unassuming piece of coastline would be relatively un-noteworthy, if it weren’t for the presence of the Yongala. Instead, this dot on the map has been added to the bucket list of hundreds of divers from around the world. Such is the majesty and beauty of the SS Yongala, that David Attenborough added it to his list when covering the Great Barrier Reef. This dive site has to be seen to be believed.

The easiest access to the SS Yongala is with a short, 30-minute boat ride from the coastal township of Alva Beach, a small community in North Queensland. Alva Beach is a 15 minute drive from Ayr (a slightly larger centre), which is about a 1 hour drive south from Townsville, which is the closest regional centre with domestic airport (for fly in / fly out divers).

Other than the wreck itself this dive site is known for its concentration and quantity of mega fauna! We’re talking massive Queensland Gropers, Bull Sharks, Rays and so much more.

The Yongala Wreck Dive – The Facts at a Glance

  • Shipwreck – 109 metres in length
  • Depth: Highest point of wreck 14m – maximum bottom depth 28m
  • Currents: Can be modest to very strong currents, at different times of the day
  • Dive Experience: Wreck diving and diving with the giants of the deep.
  • You can’t penetrate the wreck, but this dive site is known globally for its amazing diversity of marine life.
  • Marine Life: Both Pelagic and Macro life.
  • Diver Level: Must have completed a minimum of 6 dives and dived within the last 6 months. Open Water Divers can complete a PADI Deep
  • Dive and Wreck Dive Specialty, which will go towards your PADI Advanced Course. (Additional Charges Apply)
  • Dive Guides: Experienced divers with their own dive buddies can dive the wreck unguided. A dive guide is available for divers wishing a guide (no additional charge)
  • Dive Briefings: The operators provide very detailed dive site briefing on the wreck, highlighting depths, do’s & don’ts, marine life and safety stops
  • Photo/Video: If you don’t have your own underwater camera they are available for hire (limited supply)
  • Dive Gear: You can hire out all dive equipment but having a good set of full blade fins and decent mask is recommended
  • Accommodation – although this is a day dive trip, Ayr is some distance from any major centre, so most divers do like to stay the night before (and sometimes after) the day dive trip. Dive Accommodation
    options range from dorm rooms, private cabins, camp sites which cater to Motorhomes, RV’s and Vans. Included with your accommodation is access to a swimming pool, WIFI, Camp Kitchen and Laundry services…the complete Yongala Dive experience is available…you can eat, sleep and dive deep”