Mooloolaba Diving (Queensland)
Mooloolaba diving is most famous for one thing, the HMAS Brisbane. This is Australia’s only purpose designed wreck dive. As such, it offers divers a few major benefits, including but not limited to, convenient access to the wreck, both above and below the water. There’s also offshore reefs with swim throughs, caves and pinnacles. Depending on the time of year you choose to go Mooloolaba diving, you might even be able to pair the wreck and/or reefs with a swim with migrating Humpback Whales. Mooloolaba diving caters to divers of all experience levels, from the beginner to the advanced. Dive depth varies 5 – 20m.
Where is Mooloolaba? Right in the heart of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. It’s about an hour drive north of Brisbane’s airport or 20 minutes from the Sunshine Coast regional airport. As a destination, Mooloolaba offers fantastic beaches, suitable for swimming and surfing, and a range of accommodation, dining and shopping experiences.
Mooloolaba Diving Experiences
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.
Popular Rainbow Beach Diving Sites
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.
Mooloolaba Diving Bookings
Dive in Australia is pleased to provide an easy Mooloolaba dive booking service. You can even save money with no booking or credit card fees. We offer first-hand experience and advice on diving the HMAS Brisbane and other local reefs and dive sites. For more information and bookings, contact Dive in Australia on our Free Call 1800 323 703 or email@example.com
Mooloolaba Diving – The Facts at a Glance
• Day Trips, Wreck Dives
• Wreck: HMAS Brisbane
• Reefs: Flinders and more
• Depth: 5mtrs 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: Yes, included and compulsory.
• Dive Briefings: Yes and included. Covering equipment, dive sites and all important information
HMAS Brisbane Other Day Dive Trips Swim with Whales
HMAS Brisbane is approximately 2.9 nautical miles offshore. It’s a decommissioned guided missile destroyer, which was scuttled on 31 July 2005. The forward decks are 12m underwater, the stern is 18m. Dive inside and outside; coral cover, marine life and artefacts. Moololaba diving can also be booked to explore a range of local offshore reefs, including Flinders Reef. These can’t be completed on the same day as HMAS Brisbane trips, but can be booked on subsequent days, providing a complete Mooloolaba diving experience. When you aren’t diving in Mooloolaba you might like to go swimming with migrating Humpback Whales. This is one of the few places you can participate in this marine encounter in Australia. It’s strictly seasonal (July – October) and is a half day tour / experience. No diving. Just swimming.
HMAS Brisbane Shipwreck
Swimming with Humpback Whales (Seasonal)