SS Yongala Wreck Dive Trip with Yongala Dive - Happy Travels

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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

Tour Description

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!


The wreck of the SS Yongala
Heaps of marine life - from groupers and rays to shoals of fish and maybe even manta rays and whale sharks!
2 dives on the SS Yongala
BBQ lunch at the dive centre



1 day | 2 dives on the SS Yongala
Fresh fruit, snacks, cordial and water on boat
BBQ Lunch at our Dive Centre
Shower available
What to bring:

Certification Cards
Suntan lotion, jumper

Divers with "own gear" must have a dive computer, safety sausage and whistle or additional cost applies, tanks and weights provided
6 dives minimum
BCD size (XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL)
Diver certification level (certification card must be shown on the day)
Number of dives
Date of last dive
Open water divers are required to undertake deep dive training during the 1st dive, option to upgrade to the PADI Deep adventure dive (to give additional knowledge) on purchase of a manual. A medical statement must be completed - if divers are taking medication/have any medical conditions which might prevent them from diving, they must call us to discuss this in advance.
Other divers with less than 20 dives will be provided with a FREE dive guide (if not dived during last 6 months will need to complete a scuba review the day prior)

07:30 Check-in at Dive Centre in Alva Beach (paperwork, payments, dive equipment)

08:30 Dive Brief in garden

09:00 Depart for beach in 4WD to Yongala (2 certified dives - 1 hour surface interval)

01:30 Return to beach and 4WD back to Dive Centre

02:00 BBQ Lunch served at the Dive Centre

03:00 Finish for day

Day trip is weather dependent, important to call us between 4:00pm and 5:00pm to confirm trip and departure time

$21 Reef tax and mooring fees (per person per day)

Open Water Divers

Open Water divers will be required to undertake Deep Dive Training to make them eligible to dive to 30m on the day. This will be an additional fee of $25.00. All divers undertaking training must complete a PADI Medical Statement. If they answer YES to any of the questions in the medical statement, they will be required to have a Medical Clearance from a Doctor approving them to dive.

Open Water divers can upgrade from the Deep Dive training to the PADI Deep Adventure Dive during their first dive by purchasing the Adventures in Diving Manual and completing an assessment. This will be an additional fee of $90 (manual and training).

Departs/Ends: Ayr. Open date tickets please give 7 days notice to book. All bookings MUST reconfirm between 4:00-5:00pm the day prior to travel. Ph: 07 4783 1519 (outside AU: +0011 61 7 4783 1519). Voucher MUST be provided on day of travel. Own gear includes tanks and weights only. Extra costs: AU$21 mooring fee and reef tax. OPEN WATER DIVERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO UNDERTAKE DEEP DIVE TRAINING AS PART OF THEIR 1ST DIVE (AU$25) OR UPGRADE TO THE PADI 'DEEP' ADVENTURE DIVE (AU$90 Inc. manual). A medical statement will be sent with booking confirmation - please check and advise Dive Centre asap if you are taking any medication/have medical conditions listed.

Cancellation Policy: 48-hours notice of cancellation is required, if the cancellation policy is not adhered to a 100% cancellation fee will apply.
$220 Per Person - without gear
$250 Per Person - with gear hire
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