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Scuba Dive the S.S. Yongala Wreck on the Great Barrier Reef

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    What to Expect
    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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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Breakwater Marina, Townsville


    The Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal, Magnetic Island
    Departure Time
    7:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Lunch
    • Afternoon tea
    • Iced water, cordial, tea and coffee
    • 2 dives on the S.S. Yongala Wreck
    • Reef levy
    • Guided dive. An additional AU$10 payable per person per dive direct on the day of travel. Compulsory for divers with less than 15 logged dives
    • PADI Adventure Dives. An additional AU$25 per dive, payable direct on the day of travel
    • Enriched Air Nitrox AU$50 for two tanks (must be Nitrox certified)
    • Camera Hire AU$65 (includes SD card, yours to keep)
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Certified divers only. Minimum qualification: Open Water Diver. A minimum of six logged dives required prior to diving this site
    • Divers with less than 15 logged dives must be guided with the dive leader (An additional AU$10 is payable direct on the day of travel
    • Divers must present proof of certification to crew on board on the day
    • Please wear your swimwear and bring a towel, hat, sunscreen and camera
    • All passenger heights, weights, shoe size and number of logged dives MUST be advised at time of booking.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Popular mentions
    Over Easter we dived the Yongala on a day trip from Alva Beach with a different dive operator, paying $250 for 2 dives per person (with our own gear) We enjoyed our dive and decided we would return again, after much research, we opted to go with Adrenaline, we have always
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    Response from AdrenalinDive, Marketing Coordinator at Scuba Dive the S.S. Yongala Wreck on the Great Barrier Reef
    Responded 7 Jul 2019
    Hi there, thank you for your amazing review. We are glad we could deliver a memorable experience for you. Our crew are extremely passionate about what they do and I am sure they went above and beyond for you and the rest of the guests. We hope to see you again in the future and if you do come back, remember that you get to enjoy a 10% repeat customer discount! Cheers!
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    I had not been diving for a few years so booking a 3-day trip including a wreck was bot exhilarating and scary. Needless to say, Adrenalin Dive hit the mark on all account: professionalism, safety, food, knowledge of the reef, individual care. Despite what I would consider a
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    Response from AdrenalinDive, Marketing Coordinator at Scuba Dive the S.S. Yongala Wreck on the Great Barrier Reef
    Responded 7 Jul 2019
    Hi David, thank you for your kind review. We must have missed this one and we apologise for taking so long to reply. We are glad that you enjoyed your liveaboard experience with us. Cheers!
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    Awesome daytrip to the S.S Yongala wreck. We highly recommend going with Adrenaline Snorkel and Dive if you want to discover this world class dive site. Though the sea was a bit choppy and there were medium current at the dive site we enjoyed every moment thanks to a very
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    Response from AdrenalinDive, Marketing Coordinator at Scuba Dive the S.S. Yongala Wreck on the Great Barrier Reef
    Responded 7 Jul 2019
    Hi Anne, thank you for your kind review. We must have missed this one and we apologise for taking so long to reply. Glad that you enjoyed your experience with us. Cheers!
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    Extremely professional crew who looked after me as a rusty scuba diver. Yongala was breathtaking, and though we didn't see any rays or sharks, visibility was excellent. Adrenalin's equipment was top-notch. The team went beyond the call of duty and when I forgot my wetsuit on
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    Response from AdrenalinDive, Marketing Coordinator at Scuba Dive the S.S. Yongala Wreck on the Great Barrier Reef
    Responded 11 May 2019
    Hi there Thank you for your kind review! We always try and go above and beyond for our customers to ensure that they have the best possible experience. We are glad you had an enjoyable time with us! Cheers!
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    The dive was brilliant with epic marine life. The crew were brilliant, very helpful and really entertaining! And my god they know how to do a good lemonade!
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    About the operator
    By: Adrenalin Snorkel Dive
    455 reviews
    Certificate of Excellence
    Emerald, Australia
    Fantastic Day
    I went out to snorkel while my wife did a refresher diving course. We both had a fantastic day. The crew were very
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    Robert H
    Calgary, Alberta
    Fantastic, over the Moon Trip
    If there is only one thing you can do when in Australia and in particular in Townsville , then that is to go out
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    Mount Gambier, Australia
    Reef Dive
    Very professional company. Staff were great. It was well organised. Had a great day out in the reef and even had
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    Ghent, Belgium
    Great low key daytrip to the reef
    We had a great day snorkling at the reef with these guys. The atmosphere was fun and friendly, and you could see
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    Graham W
    Fun with the fish
    It was amaZing! I'd never done anything like this before. I'd recommend this trip to anyone...you'll have an
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    best day in australia yet
    this daytrip to the great barrier reef was just amazing! i had so much fun and learned a lot about the reef and
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    Leeds, United Kingdom
    Excellent Day
    Just had a great day on Lodestone Reef trip. The weather wasn't the best but the organisation and knowledge of the
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    Canberra, Australia
    Paul is a walking reef treasure
    We had the utmost confidence in Paul (the skipper) throughout the entire dive trip. He knows the reef and its
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    Brisbane, Australia
    Had to do once in my life ... but now want to do again and again!
    Despite being a lifelong Qld resident, I've never been on the GBR or snorkelled before. The best complement I can
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    Kiernin B
    Small group and great guides
    After having gone out on a few snorkle tours from several different places this one way by far my favorite. There
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    Geraldine, New Zealand
    Choppy Dive
    We had an adventurous day going out to the Great Barrier Reef. Lazloe is a fabulous frontman for this company.
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    Norfolk, Virginia
    Fantastic snorkeling at Keeper Reef
    This is a very well and professionally run snorkeling and dive company. I did the day trip to Keeper Reef to
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    Jane M
    Great adventure to the reef
    We did the resort dive. And a snorkel. The crew were fantastic, the reef was better. Helpful, knowledgeable and
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    Warrnambool, Australia
    My daughter and I were blown away by the entire experience. The crew were super knowledgeable, caring and kind. It
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    Newcastle, Australia
    Amazing day on the reef
    We took the tour from magnetic island out to Loadstone reef. My husband and teen sons were diving and I was
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