The S.S. Yongala Wreck

The S.S. Yongala Wreck is rated among the Top 5 Wreck Dives in the world! The Wreck is situated in the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and is protected under the Historic Shipwreck Act (1976). The artifacts, marine life and variety of corals that cover the wreck are utterly spectacular.

The 110m S.S. Yongala sank during a cyclone on March 23rd, 1911 with the loss of all 122 people aboard. It was not until 1958 that the wreck was first dived and due to its remote location it has remained mostly untouched. The wreck begins 15m below the surface and extends to 29m. Since it is the only large reef structure in the region, a huge variety of marine life gathers at the wreck creating Australia’s BEST dive site. Everything on this wreck is big- Big Fish, Big Schools, Big Wreck, BIG ADRENALIN!!

Often seen are Turtles, Sea Snakes, Giant Trevally, Queensland Gropers, Eagle Rays, Manta Rays, Sharks, thousands of Tropical fish and in the cooler months, even Humpback Whales. Diving the Yongala is a bucket list trip no scuba diver should miss!

You can visit the Yongala on a Day Trip or a Liveaboard, your choice!

The S.S. Yongala Wreck – Day Trip

Visit the SS Yongala on Wednesdays and Saturdays on our Day Trip, including 2 Dives on the Wreck, lunch and snacks. Make the most of this phenomenal dive site with a knowledgeable guide for just a few dollars more.

You can board from either Breakwater Marina, just off the Strand in Townsville or from Magnetic Island at the Ferry Terminal.

Your Day Includes:

  • Full day trip including 2 certified dives on the spectacular Yongala Wreck
  • Tanks and weights
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Tropical lunch
  • Iced water, cordial, tea and coffee throughout the day
  • EMC’s (Environmental Management Charges) and site mooring fees
  • Site briefings
  • Environmental education
  • Experienced, Professional, Fun and Safe crew with a passion for the marine environment

Prerequisites:Yongala Wreck Townsville - Rays

  • Must hold a Minimum of Open Water Diver
  • Must have a Minimum of 6 Logged Open Water Dives
  • If you have less than 15 logged dives you must dive with a guide


Scheduled departures: Wednesdays and Saturdays.

(Please note that all our trips are subject to passenger numbers and weather conditions. Confirmation is made the afternoon prior to departure).


Townsville Boarding Point: The Townsville Breakwater Marina at 7:00am. The boat departs Townsville at approximately 7:30am.

Magnetic Island Boarding Point: The Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal at 7:50am.

Sample Yongala Dive Day Trip Schedule

          07:00               Townsville passengers meet at the Townsville Breakwater Marina, located on the fuelling wharf at the end of Mariners Drive

          07:25               Depart Townsville

          07:50               Passengers board from Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island

          09:00               Morning tea

          09:50               Yongala Wreck site briefings

          10:20               Guided divers brief

          11:00               Arrive at the Yongala Wreck Site

          11:15               Dive 1

          12:00               Lunch

          13:00               Dive 2

          14:00               Depart site for Nelly Bay

          15:00               Afternoon Tea

          16:45               Arrive and disembark passengers at Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island

          17:10               Arrive and disembark at Townsville Breakwater Marina

Please note that the above schedule is as a guide only, actual times on the day may vary.

How much?

  • $279.00 Certified Diver with Tanks and Weights only.
  • $319.00 Certified Diver with Full equipment hire.

Optional Extras:Yongala Wreck Townsville

  • Guided Dive $10 (compulsory for divers with less than 15 logged)
  • PADI Adventure Dives $25 per dive
  • Enriched Air Nitrox $50 for two tanks (must be Nitrox certified)
  • Camera hire $65 (includes SD card, yours to keep)

This is a dive you do not want to miss!

So book with us at Adrenalin Dive and explore Australia’s BEST dive site!

The S.S. Yongala Wreck

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