Since the eighteenth century, it is believed that over 1100 ships were wrecked along the Queensland coastline. Today you can dive some of these underwater museums and find out more about the lives of past generations of Queenslanders and others who visited these shores.
These sites can be accessed by those with their own vessel or by making use of one of the many commercial dive operators based in Townsville or Cairns. The first wreck on this trail is Queensland's most popular historic shipwreck - the Yongala. From the Yongala you have the option of continuing east to the Gothenburg or north-west to the Lady Bowen.
Dive guides are available for these three shipwrecks and can be downloaded from the Queensland Government website (see link under "Contacts"). These dive guides have been developed to educate divers about the history, locations, conditions, visibility, biology and responsibilities as divers on historic shipwreck sites.
Visitors are encouraged to enjoy Queensland's historic maritime heritage but are reminded that it is illegal to interfere with these fragile sites as all historic shipwrecks and their associated relics more than 75 years old are protected by law.