SS Yongala Wreck, Great Barrier Reef

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SS Yongala Wreck, Great Barrier Reef, Far North Queensland, Australia

SS Yongala Wreck Dive, Great Barrier ReefA fantastic wreck dive on the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. The SS Yongala was sunk in 1911, when she steamed into a cyclone, on her way from Melbourne to Cairns. Since then, she has been home to countless varieties of fish and marine life. The SS Yongala was rediscovered in 1958 by two skin divers from Melbourne, who hoisted a barnacle-encrusted safe from the belly of the ship, hoping for sunken treasure, but after prising the safe open, they discovered it was filled with nothing but black sludge.

Today there is plenty of treasure aboard the SS Yongala, in the form of a wealth of marine life.

The SS Yongala is 110 metres in length, and lies in 30 metres of water, with the upper sections sitting around 16 metres below the surface.

Expect to see: Giant gropers, sea turtles, sea snakes, giant trevally and cobia, manta rays, moray eels and much more.

Getting there: From overseas, fly to either Cairns International Airport, then on Townsville, Queensland. Brisbane, Sydney, Darwin and Melbourne International airports also have connections to Townsville. From there, numerous operators will take you out to the SS Yongala which lies just 12 km offshore.

 

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