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This phenomenal dive is one no open-water scuba diver should miss! The SS Yongala wreck is situated in the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Legally protected under Australia’s Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976, the site is designed to conserve wreck relics and artifacts.

Check in at Breakwater Marina, just off the Strand in Townsville, or board your boat at Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal on Magnetic Island for an early morning departure. Start with morning tea as you greet your small group of open-water divers, and receive tips from professional crew members about protecting the marine environment at the shipwreck site, located approximately 48 nautical miles (89 km) southeast of Townsville.

The upper sections of the 361-foot-long (110 meters) ship, which sank during a cyclone, begin 49 feet (15 meters) below the water’s surface. The ship extends to the depth of the sandy sea floor, approximately 100 feet (30 meters) down.

The SS Yongala carried 49 passengers and a 73-person crew. On its way from Melbourne to Cairns, it lost all 122 people on board. The wreck was first found in 1958, and due to its remote location and protected landmark status, it has remained mostly untouched.

When you reach the established artificial reef, keep an eye out for a diverse range of marine life attracted to this complex habitat. You’re likely to spot turtles, sea snakes, giant trevally, Queensland gropers, eagle rays, manta rays, sharks, thousands of tropical fish. In the cooler months, you might get the awesome sight of humpback whales and whale sharks.

Ice water, tea, coffee and cordials are available throughout the day. Enjoy afternoon tea and a tropical buffet style lunch before you’re returned to Townsville or Magnetic Island.

Please note: A minimum of six logged dives are required prior to diving this site. Unless you have 15 logged open-water dives, it is required that you pay the fee for a certified dive guide, but anyone can add on a guide to enhance this underwater adventure.
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Looking for a new underwater challenge? Embark on an unforgettable full-day scuba diving adventure in the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, open only to certified divers. Dive amid schools of tropical fish, manta rays and sea snakes; explore the remarkably preserved SS Yongala shipwreck and spot sea turtles and whale sharks. This small-group tour has a maximum of 21 participants and includes two open-water dives, lunch on-board and transport from either Townsville or Magnetic Island.
  • Scuba diving over the SS Yongala wreck from Townsville or Magnetic Island
  • Experience two open-water dives in the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
  • Search for sea turtles, sea snakes, eagle rays, manta rays and whale sharks
  • Add on a dive guide to enhance your exploration of the 1911 shipwreck
  • Enjoy morning and afternoon tea, cordials, and a tropical lunch
  • Tanks and weights, or full equipment, provided (depending on option selected)
  • Small-group dive limited to21 ensures individualized attention
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Reviewed 3 days ago
Adrenaline Snorkel Dive And Crew Deliver An Incredible Scuba Adventure To The SS Yongala Wreck—Townsville, Australia

My friend and I were overjoyed by our adventure to SS Yongala wreck located in the Great Barrier Lagoon just over two hours by boat from Townsville, Australia in Northeast Queensland. Bright and early, the ship's crew (CAPT Mike, Gunston, Lazlo, and Ariela) were ready...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Yongala was GREAT! Dived with Adrenaline

The life on the wreck is worth the effort to get there! (0700 start 1715 finish.) One of the best wrecks I have dived including the Thistlegorm in Egypt. Adrenaline staff were friendly but not overbearing. Boat was comfortable and spacious for a day boat....More

Thank MitchDavison
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great day!

I'm not a super experienced diver but the Yongala is by far the best site I've visited so far, on the day we went out the sea was glassy calm, visibility was good and the fish life was incredible. Amongst other things we saw giant...More

Thank Oscar H
Reviewed 30 June 2018

Booked the Yongala dive long in advance. Received a text message late in the afternoon the day before the dive saying the dive had been postponed due to strong winds. Called them and got a refund since they could give no day to which the...More

Thank Arwems
AdrenalinDive, Guest Relations Manager at Adrenalin Snorkel Dive, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there, Thank you to take your time to review us here on TripAdvisor. We appreciate any kind of Feedback. Unfortunately the weather conditions were not in our favour the day you were booked on with us. We do try to go the extra mile...More

Reviewed 22 April 2018
Yongala Dive: Simply The Best

I visit Townsville twice a year to dive the Outer Reef and the SS Yongala. I choose Adrenalin because they have over the years made me feel at home. Everyone, regardless of their diving experience can be assured that their needs are met. The skipper...More

Thank Kevin C
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