Townsville, Townsville Area
Bursting with colour and home to the most spectacular marine life you will ever encounter, diving the SS Yongala is simply breathtaking and ranked as one best dive experiences in the world.
The SS Yongala is a 110 metres long and 28 metres deep shipwreck that sank off the coast of Ayr during a tropical cyclone in 1911. Today it is a well renowned wreck dive in the Great Barrier Reef and home to a captivating array of large fish and enormous structures of coral. Much of the ship is still intact making for a stunning sight and a remarkable experience.
As this is the only reef formation in the area, it attracts a much higher amount of marine life than most other dive sites. You will be overwhelmed by the diversity and size of the species and are likely to see eagle rays, turtles, giant Queensland gropers, schooling barracuda, sea snakes and much more. You might even be lucky enough to come across the majestic Humpback Whales during their migration season.
Regular dive trips operate to the SS Yongala site. Divers are required to have open water certification and a minimum number of logged dives.