Sunshine Coast: Scuba Dive the Ex-HMAS Brisbane Ship Wreck

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Dive into the world of the Ex-HMAS Brisbane, a decommissioned destroyer. Explore the outside of the wreck and encounter an abundance of local sea life. Must be a certified diver.

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  • Dive Ex-HMAS Brisbane: one of the world's best wreck dives
  • Explore the outside of the wreck and encounter an abundance of local sea life
  • Visit the depths of the hull, enter the engine room, and visit the control room
  • Enjoy consistently good water clarity and minimal swell for great diving
  • See a large variety of marine life, including turtles, eagle rays, and more


Dive one of the world's best wreck sites, the Ex-HMAS Brisbane, a decommissioned guided missile destroyer. Located just 2.9 nautical miles offshore, it is an easy venture out and is available to dive all year round. Sunreef has exclusive use of the two midship moorings, making for two leisurely dives that allow divers to comfortably and safely visit the entire wreck. Explore the outside of the wreck and encounter an abundance of local aquatic sea life that inhabits her. Discover the depths of her hull, enter the engine room, or even visit the control room where her kill switches are still intact. The vessel now serves as a world-class artificial reef and diving site. She has attracted divers from all over the world. Divers from Open Water level, to Divemaster, Instructors, dive shop owners, and ex-servicemen who served on the HMAS Brisbane all sing the praises of this great wreck dive. Sitting bolt upright, the Ex-HMAS Brisbane has 15 meters of water over her forward decks and 18 meters over her stern. Consistently good water clarity and minimal swell makes for great diving. Just one dive on the Ex-HMAS Brisbane, and you readily understand why Sunreef is privileged to have been issued a license by the Environment Protection Agency of the Queensland Government to conduct dive trips on the former HMAS Brisbane. The dive is phenomenal. There is certainly a lot of ship to see. Just cruising around the outside, its sheer size makes it an awesome sight. Water temperatures range from 17°C in winter to a summer high of 27°C. Visibility averages around 15 meters but up to 20 meters or more is not uncommon. Environmental studies commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency and conducted by scientists from the University of the Sunshine Coast and Queensland Museum confirm the diversity of marine life that has made the Brisbane home. Local inhabitants include a large bull & eagle rays, angler fish, lionfish, blennies, nudibranchs, sea hares, squid, and a school of juvenile red emperor and snapper. Other visitors include a shovelled nose rays, greasy cod, and eagle rays. An octopus has made a home in a pyrotechnic tube on the deck. A resident school of predatory yellow-tailed kingfish now ‘buzz’ the schools of bait fish that surround the Ex-HMAS Brisbane. Up to 10 huge Queensland grouper have been seen at one time off the bow of the ship. A turtle has taken up residency on the aft funnel and eagle rays cruise between the 2 funnels. There’s also a huge amount of soft corals to be seen and hard corals are really getting established as well.


Return boat trip Light snacks Marine Park permits Qualified PADI Dive Instructors or Divemasters to Guide you on your dive.

Important Information

  • All participants must hold a current scuba divers certification or at least open-water dive and must have been scuba diving within the past two years. You need to bring your dive certification card or digital card with you on the day. This price DOES NOT include dive equipment but it can be hired for an additional cost on the day. Cameras can also be hired at an additional cost. Pregnant women are not allowed to participate in this experience. You need to sign a diver statement before participating. All scuba equipment can be provided if required at extra charge payable on the day and is in excellent condition. A diving torch is required for all penetration dives (an extra charge applicable if required).

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