THE SS YONGALA
The Dive Site
The S.S. YONGALA sank in a cyclone on the 23rd March 1911 and remained undiscovered for almost 50 years, not being positively identified until 1958. The wreck now lies on its starboard side in 14-28 metres of water and at 109m long is the largest and most intact, historic shipwreck in Australian waters.
She sank just 12 nautical miles off the coast of Cape Bowling Green in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park with the loss of all 122 passengers. Exactly what happened we will never know – although research indicates the vessel was steaming, the fact no life rafts were found indicate the loss of the Yongala was sudden and tragic.
It has now become known as one of the world’s top wreck dives and certainly one of Australia’s best dive sites due to the prolific variety of marine life. Giant Queensland gropers hang beneath the stern while schools of trevally and cobia congregate around the depths of the wreck. Queenfish, barracuda, turtles, sea snakes, eagle rays and clown fish are just some of the other incredible life inhabiting the coral encrusted structure.
The Great Barrier Reef is the most bio-diverse ecosystem on the planet including over 1500 species of fish and 350 different types of coral. The Yongala wreck has now become an artificial reef with more varieties of coral growing on it than most natural reef systems. It is also host to a huge diversity of pelagic and reef species found in the Coral Sea. You will see more fish in one dive on the wreck than ten on the reef. It’s certainly a dive experience you will never forget.
Suitable for Open Water Divers (certified to 18 metres)
Wreck certification is not a requirement to dive this site
Depth ranges from 6 – 28 metres
EAN (nitrox) is available upon request
Diving by yourself? We will buddy you up with another diver with similar experience
Labour Day long weekend Friday, 3- Monday, 6 October 2014
Bunk Share- $1,350 per person
Queen Share- $1,455 per person
Return flights from Brisbane to Townsville
3 nights accommodation at Alva Beach/ Yongala Dive
2 days of boat diving (4 dives total) on Australia’s most historic shipwreck
2 bags per person (1 clothes and 1 dive gear)
Private van transfers from Townsville to Ayr
Personal Dive Master for the group
Tanks and weights
All Dive Gear (excluding tanks & weights)
Personal spending money
Excess luggage surcharge
PDS is able to with a wetsuit, BCD, regulator, computer, tanks and weights for the weekend and please communicate your requirements on the booking form. Each diver must provide their own mask, snorkel, fins and boots (not available for hire). Underwater camera and torches are also available and are subject to availability.
The hire gear will be part of your luggage allowance and will travel with you and we will need to arrange to give this to you prior to the trip. Alternatively, gear hire can be arranged from the operator.
The group will travel on the same flight unless alternate arrangements have been made. Upon arriving in Townsville, the tour director will collect the hire van and transport the group to Ayr and Yongala Dive, where you will stay for the duration of the trip.
Day 2 & 3
2 dives in the morning each day and then you will return to Yongala Dive in time for Lunch. The afternoon and evening is at your leisure.
Day at leisure. At a time decided by the group, you will head into Townsville for lunch and site seeing prior to the flight departure in the evening.
(Due to the depths you will be diving at, we must leave 24 hours between your last dive and your departing flight. Due to the limited number of flights in and out of Townsville, we are unable to depart Townsville any earlier)
Specialities Suitable for this trip
Advanced Open Water
Under water Navigation
Digital Underwater Photographer
Search and Recovery
Peak Performance Buoyancy
Dry Suit Diver
HOW TO BOOK
Download the booking form attached to the page. Complete the required fields, scan and email to [email protected].