HMAS Brisbane: a Great Wreck Dive on the Sunshine Coast

HMAS Brisbane Dive - MooloolabaHMAS Brisbane was a destroyer produced in the late 60s that served during the Vietnam war. In 2005, it was sunk in Mooloolaba to create a dive site on the Sunshine Coast.

It’s amazing to have such a great dive site a couple of hours away from Brisbane. We reached the wreck after a 20-minute boat trip from Mooloolaba wharf.

 

Who can dive the HMAS Brisbane?

The depth ranges from 6 to 28 metres. The main deck of the wreck is within the 18-meter limit, making the dive suitable for Open Water Certified Divers. But it’s more fun for Advanced Certified Divers who can go to the bottom of the wreck at 26 metres deep and penetrate the wreck to explore the different levels.

 

How is it to dive the HMAS Brisbane?

HMAS Brisbane Dive - MooloolabaDiving a wreck gives a special feeling. It’s dark and gloomy. Get ready for an exploration: you never know what may be hiding behind those small doors. It’s also fun to be able to interact with the wreck by playing with the old machines

The number of schools of fish was impressive. I recognised a clownfish, a lionfish, a big flathead and the usual pomfrets and stripeys. Among many others.

It’s located in the open sea. With the current, the surge and the narrow passages inside the wreck, I don’t think it’s an easy dive. It was my first time inside a wreck and it required an excellent buoyancy. I had to focus every second in the water, and I felt exhausted after the two dives! Despite all these efforts, I loved it and I will do it again. The wreck has many openings so it’s easy to get out at any time. I wasn’t scared at all. It’s actually fun to add some technique, and it’s very different from the other dives in the area.

Our night dive there got cancelled twice so I’m looking forward to rescheduling it.

 

 

Have you dived the HMAS Brisbane? How was it? Share your experience in the comments below!

 

Where is the HMAS Brisbane?

 

The wreck is only 20 minutes away from Mooloolaba by boat, on the Sunshine Coast. It takes less than 1.5 hours to drive there from Brisbane.

 

I am a part-time traveler: I combine a full-time job with a passion for traveling. I love to share my trips and tips to inspire others to explore what's around them. Before moving to Australia, I lived in France, England and Turkey. I've finally found my balance in Brisbane.

11 thoughts on “HMAS Brisbane: a Great Wreck Dive on the Sunshine Coast

  1. Lovely photos and amazing experience! It is super fun to dive in a ship wreck because there could be surprises at different corner or places, and it’s extraordinary to see so many fish swimming around it! Thanks for the introduction and I might go there next time I am in Brisbane!

  2. I’ve always wanted to go diving in Australia! How many hours did you have to train before getting certified? And what is the range of cost for something like this? Thanks for the post!

    1. Hi, Kayla. I got certified in one weekend. You can study online and then get the PADI Open Water Diver Certification by doing three dives in a pool and two dives in the ocean, with exercise to complete. Diving tariffs always depend on the location where you dive and what’s included (boat dives or shore dives, equipment…). In Australia, which is an expensive country, it’s often around $100 per dive when the site isn’t too far away. But you can often find better deals when you do a certification!

  3. Wow I have always wanted to do wreck diving. for that, I planned my trip to Coron but chickened out at the last min as it can get claustrophobic down there. Were you nervous at all? Looks like amazing fun though :)

    1. Hi, Jo! This wreck is actually perfect for someone who has never dived a wreck before. You can easily get out at any time as all the windows and doors are fully opened. I’m not particularly claustrophobic so I can only compare my experience with yours to a certain extent, but as I knew I could go out at any time if I needed I wasn’t too nervous. We also had a guide who dives there every day. Also, we did the first dive around the wreck without going inside so I knew what to expect. Some wrecks are a lot harder to dive than others. I hope you’ll give wreck diving another go as it’s indeed very fun!

    1. Yes, Chloe. It’s really as you describe: mysterious and amazing. I’d recommend being a bit experienced before diving a wreck so you can relax and enjoy it more. It’s very fun as you never know what’s gonna be in the next room you go in! Really worth trying at least once!

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