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Ex-HMAS Brisbane Conservation Park

Mudjimba, Sunshine Coast Area

Dive the Brisbane and experience this historical treasure and budding environmental wonder. The ex-HMAS Brisbane Conservation Park is an artificial reef and dive site off the Sunshine Coast, and is set to become one of Australia's premier dive attractions.

This is the only former Navy dive wreck in Australia offering divers the unique opportunity to explore both the forward engine room and the boiler room.

A former missile destroyer, the HMAS Brisbane, was scuttled 2.8 nautical miles east of Mudjimba Island on 31 July 2005 to begin its new life as the 'anchor' attraction for dive tourism in Southern Queensland.

Divers can explore the 133 metre former warship and view different areas of the ship. Access holes allow passage into the ship's interior, where divers can swim through living and sleeping quarters used by the crew during the ship’s service from 1967 to 2001.

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Adult $15 - $25
Mudjimba Island
2.8 nautical miles east of Mudjimba Island
Mudjimba, Sunshine Coast Area
Queensland
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Ex-HMAS Brisbane Conservation Park

Mudjimba, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$15 - 25
Dive the Brisbane and experience this historical treasure and budding environmental wonder. The ex-HMAS Brisbane Conservation Park is an artificial reef and dive site off the Sunshine Coast, and is set to become one of Australia's premier dive attractions. This is the only former Navy dive wreck in Australia offering divers the unique opportunity to explore both the forward engine room and the boiler room. A former missile destroyer, the HMAS Brisbane, was scuttled 2.8 nautical miles east of Mudjimba Island on 31 July 2005 to begin its new life as the 'anchor' attraction for dive tourism in Southern Queensland. Divers can explore the 133 metre former warship and view different areas of the ship. Access holes allow passage into the ship's interior, where divers can swim through living and sleeping quarters used by the crew during the ship’s service from 1967 to 2001.

Mount Coolum National Park

Mount Coolum, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
Mount Coolum National Park, especially the green-cloaked dome of Mount Coolum, dominates the skyline of the Sunshine Coast lowlands. After rain, waterfalls cascade down steep craggy cliffs to open eucalypt forest skirting the lower slopes. Towards the summit, rare montane heath grows. The park also protects coastal wallum, paperbark wetlands and rainforest remnants. Climb the steep, rough 800 metre trail up the mountain's eastern side from the carpark to the summit. Carry water and snack food. Be rewarded with 360 degree views - most spectacular at sunrise. Look for peregrine falcons nesting along cliff faces. In winter and spring, photograph wildflowers. See how many different types of banksia you can find!

Mudjimba (Old Woman) Island Dive Site

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
Mudjimba (Old Woman) Island can be found a short boat ride from Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast. The Island offers treats for both snorkellers and divers, with coral gardens starting at just two metres deep for brilliant dives. Extensive fields of hard and soft coral cover the gardens, with plenty of gullies, ledges, bommies and small drop offs as you venture out further. An amazing variety of nudibranch species and invertebrates provide perfect subjects for macro photographers, with butterflyfish, lionfish, moray eels, wrasse, angelfish, morwong, surgeonfish, damsels, pufferfish and gobies easy to find on every dive.

Magic Mountain Dive Site

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
Magic Mountain, a dive site on the Outer Gneerings Reef off Mooloolaba's coast, is a dive for more experienced divers due to its depth and the complex structures formed by rocky outcrops. The large group of outcrops extend from the sandy ocean floor to form numerous gullies, ravines, bommies, swim-throughs and pinnacles, all housing soft and hard coral colonies. Fish calling Magic Mountain home include morwong, wrasse, leatherjackets, batfish, bullseyes, butterfly and angelfish. Numerous urchins, nudibranchs, anemones, feather and brittle stars, crabs, crayfish, wobbegongs and the occasional groper are also found on this rugged structure.

HMAS Brisbane Dive Site

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
Just a few kilometres from Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, HMAS Brisbane is a retired Royal Australian Navy guided missile destroyer that is now one of Australia's top dive sites. The ship was scuttled in July 2005 - the 133 metre wreck is sitting upright on her keel, lodged in sand 27 metres below sea level. The main decks sit at a depth of 15 metres with the ship's funnel only three metres below the surface. Open water divers can explore the top structure and its large population of marine life, while suitably qualified divers can enter many compartments further down, including the kitchen, engine room and boiler room. The site is part of the HMAS Brisbane Conservation Park, managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, and is teeming with clown fish, colourful wrasse, octopi, lion fish, turtles, gropers and more.

Marcoola Beach

Marcoola, Sunshine Coast Area
Marcoola Beach is located just north of Maroochy River and boasts quiet uncrowded beaches, which are best suited for serious surfers and walkers. Marcoola Beach is a great escape - unwind for a quiet barbecue or picnic with open grassy parkland, shady trees and children's park. Apartment style accommodation, as well as a range of hotels are available with eateries within easy driving distance. Marcoola Beach is close to the Sunshine Coast Airport, and about 10 minutes' drive south of Coolum.

Buderim

Buderim, Sunshine Coast Area
Perched high on the red, fertile soil of Buderim Mountain above the Sunshine Coast, Buderim might be small, but no town or city in the state can match it for vibrant colour. The colour flows from the bougainvillea, poinciana, frangipani and hibiscus, which adorn just about every garden in town. Although the area’s prosperity has been built on timber, sugar, citrus, coffee and bananas, the name of modern Buderim is synonymous with ginger, which is marketed directly in every conceivable form. You can taste the fruits of the good earth at the markets or many of the local culinery establishments. The link to the timber industry is preserved in the faithfully restored cottage built from hewn cedar and beech by pioneer John Kerle Bennett in 1876. The hinterland in which Buderim is set is sprinkled with a number of parks and reserves, which give the visitor a glimpse of the original vegetation in the area. The parkland within the area includes Mooloolah River National Park, where the wallum heathland bursts into a riot of colour in spring, Buderim Forest Park, with its signature waterfalls and boardwalk, and the beautiful Foote Sanctuary.

Buddina

Buddina, Sunshine Coast Area
Buddina is a thriving suburb of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. A notable feature of Buddina is the Kawana Shoppingworld shopping centre, which is one of the largest shopping centres on the Sunshine Coast and features over 100 stores. The eastern half of Buddina fronts the Pacific Ocean, with a long stretch of beach that’s perfect for many activities. The Coastal Pathway runs adjacent to the beach and is great for walking, jogging and cycling. the Kawana Surf Life Savers Club patrols the beach on weekends and public holidays from the September School holidays through to the end of the Easter school holidays. The crystal clear water, fresh ocean breezes and the beautiful long stretch of golden sand make for an unforgettable experience. Visitor accommodation can be found in Buddina, especially self-contained apartments opposite the beach and holiday houses.

Mudjimba

Mudjimba, Sunshine Coast Area
If a laid-back beachside holiday is your idea of heaven, then beat a path to the best kept secret on the Sunshine Coast, Mudjimba. This secluded stretch of golden beach is surrounded on two sides by the clear, blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and Maroochy River and flanked by the Maroochy River Conservation Park. It's an oasis of unspoiled natural wilderness within a short drive of Sunshine Coast hot-spots such as Coolum, Noosa and Maroochydore. Tucked away from the main roads of the Sunshine Coast, Mudjimba is the perfect retreat for a relaxed holiday with family or friends where sun, surf and sand are the order of the day. With its wide open beach, Mudjimba attracts serious surfers in search of the perfect swell; however the patrolled areas of the beach are also safe for the kids to practice on the boogie board. If you like your seafood fresh, head to the northern side of Maroochy River and catch yourself a fishy feast. Indulge in a round of golf at the nearby golf course or explore the conservation park, brimming with birdlife. Accommodation at Mudjimba includes up market apartments, holiday resorts, self-contained units and camping. Mudjimba is located 20 minutes drive south of Noosa.

Maroochydore

Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast Area
With its funky cafes, multicultural cuisine and thriving live music scene - Maroochydore is the cultural capital of the Sunshine Coast where you can enjoy an ocean dip during the day and a cocktail at night. The seaside suburb of Cotton Tree is a popular place for a picnic or barbecue - with several play areas for the kids and lots of shade. There's a range of holiday accommodation on offer in this area as well as some great coffee shops along the waterfront. For those who like being out on the water, Maroochy River offers sunset cruises, fishing charters, canoe hire and aquatic activities like wind-sailing and stand-up paddle boarding. To catch a wave or work on your tan, head to open beaches like Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland and Maroochydore. Retail therapy can be found at Sunshine Plaza - the largest shopping centre in the region with over 220 specialty stores. Maroochydore is about 100 kilometres north of Brisbane.
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