To dive for...the ex-HMAS Brisbane
Welcome to HMASBrisbane.com.au, Australia’s original & growing Internet gateway to the ex-HMAS Brisbane, Australia’s newest scuba dive site on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Queensland. During its time in service, HMAS Brisbane was affectionately known by those who served on her as “The Steel Cat”. Huge crowds watched as the HMAS Brisbane was ceremoniously sunk at 10am on Sun 31 July 2005, just off the coast of Maroochydore & Mooloolaba.
Dive & explore the HMAS Brisbane artificial reef — now open for diving!
Divers can explore the 133 metre, former warship through large access holes that allow passage into the forward engine room, boiler room, & the ship’s interior including sleeping quarters used by the crew during the ship’s service from 1967 to 2001.
And, of course, divers also have the chance to explore the growth of the artificial reef, with substantial marine life already colonising the wreck.
For club & private divers wishing to make their own bookings, contact Sunshine Coast Information Centres on (07) 5459 9050 or 1800 882 032. Cost is $20 per diver per 2-hour time slot (or only $17.50 if you are a member of a dive club!). Dives start at 5am & finish up at 5pm. There are 2 nightdive times also available at 7pm & 9pm. Go to SunshineCoastVisit.com.au website>>
Diving shipwrecks requires careful planning. Divers must be experienced & have received the appropriate level of training. When booking a dive, Maroochy Tourism will require the name & recreational dive licence number of a nominated dive leader, the vessel registration number & the names & licence numbers of all other divers, plus the total number of people on board the vessel (diving or not).
Once you’ve booked, divers can pick up the permit from Maroochy Tourism on Sixth Ave, Cotton Tree.
For people wishing to book through commercial dive operators, those currently taking dive trips out to the HMAS Brisbane are: