Scuba Destination Spotlight #8: SS Yongala Wreck, Australia

The largest, and most intact historic shipwreck in Australia, the SS Yongala inspires a sense of adventure in everyone that dives in its waters. On March 23th 1911, en route from Melbourne to Cairn, the SS Yongala steamed into a cyclone, and south of Townsville she sunk to the bottom of the ocean.

Rated top 10 diving spots of the world, this historic site is located in the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, it offers an unparalleled adventurous dive accompanied by spectacular marine life.

Scuba Diving SS Yongala Wreck, Australia

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Due to its unique location, the Yongala wreck is mostly untouched and intact. The wreck begins at 15 meters below the surface and extends to 29, with different artifacts, reefs, and underwater life fully visible along the entire dive.

The SS Yongala Wreck is considered the de facto best dive in Australia, and is located in the only large reef structure in the region.

Everything in this dive spot is large, from the fish, to the wreck, and the large schools of different types of fish, the spot creates a sense of wonder that’s seldom seen anywhere in the world of scuba diving.

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Located 12 nautical miles from Alva Beach, it can be reached via boat from Townsville, Ayr, or Magnetic Island. It’s an advanced dive, and is not recommended for anyone that hasn’t had deep dive experiences beforehand, as the deepest part of the dive is up to 30 meters.

All kinds of marine life inhabit this wreck, like groupers, marble rays, trevallies, barracudas, sea snakes, turtles, bull sharks, among many others.

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This coral encrusted wreck is truly the divers dream – it’s a wonderful adventure that truly is worth visiting over and over again, and if you haven’t already make sure to put it in your bucket list.

The SS Yongala Wreck is a dive spot worthy to dive in.

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