It's one of Australias most unique scuba dive sites - explore the history of the SS Yongala and enjoy two wreck dives with Yongala Dive Centre
Australia is home to some incredible dive sites – from colourful coral reefs to shark cage diving.
One of the most unique though is the wreck of the SS Yongala – which sits off of Ayr, a short hop south of Townsville.
The SS Yongala sank without trace during a cyclone in 1911 (yup, over 100 year ago!) and wasn’t rediscovered until 50 years later.
The 109m long wreck is now an incredible artificial reef teaming with life – which frequent visits from gentle giants like manta rays and even whale sharks if you’re lucky!
Giant Queensland groupers chill out beneath the stern, whilst giant rays, schools of fish, turtles and stealthy looking barracuda also call this eerie wreck home.
The wreck itself sits at between 14-28 metres so if you’re only certified to open water you’ll need to add in your deep dive speciality on your first dive of the day (just an extra $25) and you’ll be guided around the Yongala by and experiences and fully certified guide.
It’s one of the most famous dive sites in Australia and attracts scuba divers from all over the world, so if you have a passion for the underwater world and are looking for a unique dive site this is something you just have to do!