Townsville/Magnetic Island | Day Tours

More about Townsville/Magnetic Island | Day Tours

Townsville / Magnetic Island diving experiences are as diverse as the locations you are experiencing them. There’s everything here from shore diving on Magnetic Island, to boat diving around the island, dive trips to the Great Barrier Reef and of course, the SS Yongala shipwreck dive.  How you choose to package your Townsville diving experiences and holiday all depends on your budget, experience and itinerary. Some tips and information below.

Townsville / Magnetic Island Dive Trip Destinations
Townsville’s dive trips visit two great destinations, which we have briefly covered above. Now let’s look at these dive sites in more detail.

Townsville / Magnetic Island Outer Great Barrier Reef
Townsville is located on Queensland’s north-eastern coastline.  Townsville’s Outer Great Barrier Reef is approximately 65km offshore and travel time is between 2 – 3 hours (each way), pending weather. The preferred day dive trip location is Lodestone Reef, which has great coral cover and an amazing diversity of marine life. Water / dive depth varies anywhere from 1m to 20m.  You may encounter sea sharks and stingrays, clownfish and parrotfish, sea turtles and maybe even a Dwarf Minke Whale (seasonal).

Townsville / Magnetic Island Diving – The Facts at a Glance

  • Day Trips, Liveaboard Trip, Dive Courses
  • Reefs: Outer Great Barrier Reef, SS Yongala
  • Depth:  Great Barrier Reef – 5mtrs to 25mtrs | Yongala 14mtrs – 28mtrs
  • Currents: Various pending location, usually low and mild on Great
  • Barrier Reef, SS Yongala has a reputation for strong and wild
  • Dive Experience: Coral Gardens, Isolated Bombes of Coral, Wall Diving,
  • Drift Diving, Coral Swim Throughs, Wreck Diving
  • Marine Life: Both Pelagic and Macro life
  • Diver Level: Suitable to novice, experienced and advanced divers
  • Dive Guides: Yes available and included
  • Dive Briefings: The operators provide very detailed dive site briefings, highlighting specific coral formations, compass bearings and marine highlights of the dive site