Yongala Dive

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Yongala Dive is a PADI Dive Resort offering a full range of Dive Courses, Dive Lodge and Day Trips to one of the world's top dive sites, the historic S.S.Yongala Wreck.

In 1911 it sank without trace in a tragic cyclonic event, all 122 people on board died and a legend was born. It would be another 50 years before the coral encrusted structure was found and today it is one of the world's most renowned dive sites and an adventure from start to finish

Departing daily from the sleepy village of Alva Beach, only 16 kilometres from Ayr and 90 minutes' drive south of Townsville, Yongala Dive will take you on an unique adventure - premier diving with a maximum of 12 people, experienced dive staff, a 4WD transfer to the beach and a boat launch by tractor - getting there is half the adventure!

To extend your adventure, why not stay a little while longer in their on-site 'Dive Accommodation' just a stone's throw from the beach, or join one of the many training courses to further enhance your dive qualifications.

Facilities

  • Car park

Activities

  • Scuba-Diving
  • Swimming

Our Tours

Yongala Wreck Trip - One Day Diving (Two Dives)

The S.S. Yongala, once an ocean steaming vessel, is now an enchanting wreck, an artificial reef and home to an incredible array of marine life. Giant gropers, giant rays and schools of giant trevally congregate around the wreck while turtles lazily feed and sea snakes glide past. This is a diving experience for those with a sense of adventure, a passion to explore, to learn about the tragic history and to witness marine life matched by few other places on the face of this planet. It's a dive you will never forget!

Departing daily from Alva Beach, near Ayr (90 minutes drive south of Townsville), Yongala Dive will take you on an unique adventure including premier diving with a maximum of 12 people, experienced dive staff, 4WD transfer to the beach and boat launch by tractor - getting there is half the adventure!

Experienced crew will guide divers with under 20 logged dives and Open Water divers will need to undertake Deep Dive Training to enable them to complete this dive.

Includes two dives with full gear hire, snacks and drinks on the vessel, barbecue lunch after diving.

Indicative rates

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$210 $240

The S.S. Yongala, once an ocean steaming vessel, is now an enchanting wreck, an artificial reef and home to an incredible array of marine life. Giant gropers, giant rays and schools of giant trevally congregate around the wreck while turtles lazily feed and sea snakes glide past. This is a diving experience for those with a sense of adventure, a passion to explore, to learn about the tragic history and to witness marine life matched by few other places on the face of this planet. It's a dive you will never forget!

Departing daily from Alva Beach, near Ayr (90 minutes drive south of Townsville), Yongala Dive will take you on an unique adventure including premier diving with a maximum of 12 people, experienced dive staff, 4WD transfer to the beach and boat launch by tractor - getting there is half the adventure!

Experienced crew will guide divers with under 20 logged dives and Open Water divers will need to undertake Deep Dive Training to enable them to complete this dive.

Includes four dives with full gear hire, two nights dorm accommodation, snacks and drinks on the vessel, and barbecue lunch after diving.

Indicative rates

From To Inclusions
$450 $510

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Inkerman Hill

Home Hill, Burdekin Area
Free Entry
Inkerman Hill, a 10 minute drive south of the township of Home Hill, provides an excellent vantage point to take in the surrounding countryside. With an elevation of around 215 metres above sea level at the summit, local farms, the township of Home Hill, and some waterways around the Groper Creek area and Cape Upstart are visible. The broad delta plains irrigated from the Burdekin aquifer become apparent. The road to the top of the hill is also scenic, and a popular trek for locals in the early morning and late afternoon. Many fitness enthusiasts park their vehicles in the parking area at the base of the hill, to walk the road to the top. A picnic area is located at the summit of Mt Inkerman. Bring your own water as there are no taps. A dial at the lookout points out the direction to a variety of distant places. Keep an eye out for rock wallabies which inhabit the hillsides. The road to the top is not suitable for trucks, buses, caravans and trailers.

Groper Creek

Home Hill, Burdekin Area
Free Entry
Groper Creek is a laidback location, where you can sit back, relax and unwind. You can launch your tinnie from the boat ramp, or fish from the jetty. The area is well known for its fantastic fishing and crabbing. Groper Creek is located towards the mouth of the Burdekin River about 15 kilometres from Home Hill. Head out along Groper Creek Road and you'll travel past sugar cane farms, and through a wetland area full of birds and wildlife. Have a look around the Groper Creek settlement, at the huts built high on stumps. The kiosk and the public phone box are also up high. Bring your camera, as these buildings have their own personality! With the caravan park on the banks of the creek, if you decide to stay longer, check in, set yourself up and enjoy the surroundings.

Alva Beach

Ayr, Burdekin Area
Free Entry
Alva is a relaxed Burdekin location, 15 minutes drive from Ayr. Holiday houses and permanent residences fill the township, with Alva Beach a short stroll over the sand dune. A lookout area is located to the right as you enter the township. At low tide Alva Beach makes for excellent exploring, with lots of small crabs, shells and birdlife. Outer sand bars create inshore lagoon areas popular with kite surfers on weekends. The beach is also popular for fishing, with many anglers bringing in decent catches to show off. On weekends during summer, the beach is patrolled by members of the Ayr Surf Life Saving Club. Located here since 1926, the club is one of North Queensland's oldest surf clubs. Care needs to be taken if swimming, due to changeable conditions and marine stingers. Alva's Yongala Dive operates a Dive Shop and accommodation, specialising in PADI dive courses, with day trips out to the SS Yongala wreck. This world renowned dive is one of the best on the Great Barrier Reef. Alva Beach Tourist Park has a kiosk. If you're spending the day at Alva, bring a picnic or barbecue lunch to enjoy in the park near the surf club.

Burdekin

Ayr, Burdekin Area
Just one hour's drive south of Townsville is the Burdekin Shire - the sugar capital of Australia, fishing mecca, bird watching paradise and traditional homeland of the Gudjuda Aboriginal people. The Burdekin region is one of the only districts in Australia which still employs the traditional practice of burning cane prior to harvesting. During crushing season the Burdekin horizon is often lit up by the spectacular sight of these cane fire burns. The district is made up of the neighbouring towns of Ayr and Home Hill and includes over a dozen other smaller centres. It is as famous for its rich, flat farmlands as it is for its amazing waterways and scenic beauty. The Burdekin maintains a healthy reputation for its friendly residents, great specialty stores and boutique shopping and a laid-back lifestyle. The Burdekin River Bridge, which links Ayr and Home Hill, is the districts best known landmark. Known as the Silver Link, the 1,103m crossing is the only bridge in Australia without a solid footing and is longer than the Sydney Harbour Bridge. An Engineering Heritage National Landmark award was unveiled of the southern side of the bridge in 2010. The district is a well known fishing mecca, with access to barramundi, mud crabs, other estuary species and off-coast reef fishing. The Burdekin is also the closest point to the world famous SS Yongala wreck. Ranked as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world, the SS Yongala gives divers first hand encounters with manta rays, bull sharks, turtles and barracudas. If you are seeking a more relaxed experience while in the Burdekin take a swim or relax at Alva Beach.

Home Hill

Home Hill, Burdekin Area
Situated on the southern side of the Burdekin Bridge (known as the Silver Link) with an economy driven by sugar and agriculture, Home Hill offers landscapes dominated by lush green canefields as well as access to some of North Queensland's finest produce. Start your experience in Home Hill with panoramic views of the regions towns, farmlands, wetlands, waterways and coastline from Inkerman Hill. Take in the pristine beauty provided by nature's greens and blues and enjoy a skyline that seems to go on forever. Other attractions include the historic World War Two radar stations which can be found on Charlies Hill and for a step back in time take a stop at Tom's Toybox to view a private collection of working farm machinery from yesteryear. The township of Home Hill was established in 1913 from land carved out of the Inkerman Downs Station and is located just 12 kilometres south of Ayr. The two towns are linked via the Burdekin Bridge, the districts best known landmark standing at an impressive 1,103m long and larger than the Sydney Harbour Bridge. To walk across the famous landmark, park near the Lion's Diorama at the southern approach to the bridge and head to the pedestrian walkway. While in Home Hill, visit the Ashworth's Tourist Centre to discover murals that depict the district's rural life and view original Islander artworks at Zaro's Cultural Gallery. Visit the Silver Link Interpretive Centre, which opened in 2007 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Burdekin River Bridge. Located in the main street of Home Hill, the centre tells the history of the bridge through more than 120 photographs. The Comfort Stop in the centre of town is a clean, modern facility with free restroom, shower and barbecue. There is ample parking for caravans and motorhomes.

Ayr

Ayr, Burdekin Area
Situated on the north side of the mighty Burdekin River, 85 kilometres south of Townsville, the prosperous rural community of Ayr is the main town in the Burdekin Shire. This is prime sugar country, with about 80,000 hectares of land under sugar cane, and an annual production of about 1.25 million tonnes of raw sugar. The district also contributes one-third of the nation's mango harvest and is a major producer of melons and many other fruit and vegetable varieties. The Burdekin sits on a vast natural aquifer which is artificially replenished with water from the Burdekin River. A rich network of creeks and mangrove lined estuaries make the area a mecca for fishing and crabbing. The Burdekin is a known hotspot for fighting fish, the barramundi, as well as estuary species such as mangrove jack and trevally. Nearby Alva Beach offers miles of unspoilt, sandy coastline and is a popular spot for beach fishing, birdwatching and windsurfing. It's also a close launching point for a dive tour to the world famous dive wreck, the 'SS Yongala'. The Burdekin's magnificent wetlands offer excellent birdwatching opportunities. About 280 species have been recorded in the area, including the cotton pygmy-goose, which is listed as endangered in New South Wales. The spectacular Burdekin River Bridge is the district's best known landmark and is the longest crossing of its type in the country. Known as the Silver Link, it is the only bridge in Australia built without a firm foothold.
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