Yongala Dive Tours – Certified Divers – S.S. Yongala Day Tours

Tour Code: 815

Departing: Townsville city

Yongala Dive Trip - Townsville
  • Scuba dive on one of the Top 5 Wreck Dives in the World, the S.S. Yongala on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
  • S.S. Yongala 1 day dive trips now available from Townsville and Magnetic Island for certified open water divers.
  • On your 1 day S.S. Yongala ship wreck dive you have the opportunity for 2 certified dives to see some of the most magnificent marine life in the ocean with species not seen in other parts of the world.
  • The S.S. Yongala ship wreck has been under the ocean for 109 years and is home to Queensland Gropers, Giant Trevally, Manta Rays, Eagle Rays, Turtles and other large reef fish along with magnificent vibrant coral towers.

Included In Price

  • Full day trip including 2 certified dives on the spectacular Yongala Wreck
  • full dive gear hire
  • Iced water, cordial, tea and coffee throughout the day
  • Mooring fees
  • Site briefings
  • Environmental education
  • Experienced, Professional, Fun and Safe crew with a passion for the marine environment

Louded as Australia’s Best Ship Wreck Dive site and one of the top must do dives in the world is our S.S. Yongala Wreck Dive. We now offer a 1 day Yongala dive tours from Townsville and Magnetic Island for certified open water scuba divers all year round on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

The S.S. Yongala ship wreck dive is today one of the most desired dive experiences in the world and its right here on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia near Townsville and Ayr, easily accessible by boat from both Townsville and Magnetic Island each Wednesday and Saturday.

The plethora of marine life and varieties of corals are second to none with some species not seen in other parts of the world.

More than 10,000 certified open water divers flock to Townsville and Magnetic Island on the Great Barrier Reef to see it for themselves and tick it off their bucket list of the most impressive wreck dives in the world they wish to visit.

S.S. Yongala Dive Tours - A bit of maritime history

The 110m steel hull passenger ship S.S. Yongala sank during a cyclone on March 23rd 1911 off Cape Bowling Green En-route from Melbourne to Cairns.

Unfortunately she was not yet fitted with wireless equipment and missed the cyclone flag signals that were hoisted after she departed the mainland, sailing thru the Whitsunday Passage and eventually losing sight of Mackay in the open seas of the Great Barrier Reef

All 122 people aboard the ship lost their lives in the treacherous seas.

Over the years as technology advanced the ship wreck was found and finally it was dived in 1958.

The S.S. Yongala ship wreck begins 15m below the surface and extends to 29m. Protected under the Historic Shipwreck Act (1976), the artefacts, marine life and variety of corals that cover the wreck are second to none.

She is one of the largest and most well preserved shipwrecks on the Great Barrier Reef 

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

S.S. Yongala Dive Tours – Ship Details

Built in 1903

Sank 1911 during a cyclone

Length 363ft (110m)

Breadth 46ft, 3 in (14.1m)

Found 1958

Loss of 122 lives

Gross tonnage 3664


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

09:50 Yongala Wreck site briefings

10:20 Guided divers’ brief

11:00 Arrive at the Yongala Wreck Site

11:15 Dive 1

12:00 Lunch BYO

13:00 Dive 2

14:00 Depart site for Nelly Bay

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.

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Townsville city

Departure Time
  • 7:00am Townsville Breakwater Marina
  • 7:50am Magnetic Island
Departure Instructions
  • Townsville Boarding Point: The Townsville Breakwater Marina at 7:00am, there is a map below for your information. The boat departs Townsville at 7:30am. Returns to Townsville at approximately 5:15pm.
  • Parking: Along the Strand or side streets along the Strand or full day paid parking at the Sealink Ferry Terminal starting at $8AUD for standard vehicles (approx. 15m walk to meeting point)
  • Magnetic Island Boarding Point: Please meet at Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal at 7:50am.

S.S. Yongala Wreck site

Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Wednesday, Friday

Closed Christmas Day


Full Day tour – Approximately 9 hours

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • $10ea Shared Dive Guide (Mandatory for divers with less than 15 logged dives)
  • $25ea Adventure Dives/ $295 PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course
  • Nitrox Tanks $25ea
Fitness Level Required



Scuba Diving Restrictions

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving.
  • Participation is subject to a medical questionnaire completed on board with the tour operator
  • Minimum age for scuba diving is 12 years.
  • Flying after scuba diving: a wait of 12 hours is recommended after one dive, 18 hour after 2 dives and at least 24 hours after multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.

Advanced Dive Medical Intro Dive Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Minimum age 12
  • Children under 12 no diving

All cancellations must be in writing.

Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee.

Please see our terms and conditions  for details prior to booking.

  • Cancellation Fee:
  • 20% with 14 days’ – 48 hours’ notice
  • 100% with less than 48 hours’ notice
  • Illness or seasickness is not a reason for a refund.
  • Reschedule fee:
  • 20% with less than 14 days’ notice
  • All passengers are strongly advised to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy that covers:
  • (i) Trip cancellation or rescheduling
  • (ii) Lost / damaged personal belongings or equipment, due to any reason, and
  • (iii) Evacuation and medical cover including Scuba diving.
  • Note: In a medical emergency, any evacuation, vessel relocation or medical expenses, are the final responsibility of that passenger. Divers Alert Network (DAN) and Dive Assure offer comprehensive insurance packages specially for scuba divers.
  • Border closure due to Pandemic:
  • Option One: If the boarder closes due to Covid-19 restrictions and you cancel your booking within 24 hours of the announcement we offer a full refund.
  • Option Two: If the boarder closes due to Covid-19 restrictions and you chose to keep your booking in anticipation of boarders reopening our normal cancellation policy applies.
  • COVID-19 Exposure:
  • If you have been in contact with the virus at least 2 weeks prior to your scheduled trip or have symptoms of the virus before the trip we are waiving our cancellation fees and you will be able to join another trip when feeling better again and are virus free.
  • In regard to diving after contracting the virus a dive please contact a dive medical specialist for a dive medical to show that you are fit and healthy to dive again.
  • All trips and courses are conditional on weather conditions, management’s discretion, vessel availability and minimum participants (vessel depending).
  • We endeavor to adhere to the scheduled itinerary but reserve the right to alter the proposed itinerary or cancel the trip. Trip itineraries are subject to change at the sole discretion of the management or master of the vessel. If a trip is delayed, dives or snorkels cannot be completed, or cut short due to weather, mechanical breakdown, or a medical emergency, fees will not be refunded. We will not be held financially responsible for weather conditions or illness as a result or for any alternative arrangements made by the customer in case a day trip is delayed or cancelled. Trip fees will not be refunded should you be unable to board in time for the scheduled departure (7AM) or be unable to complete all dives.
  • Trip Confirmation: day trip passengers will receive confirmation of departure by 4pm the afternoon prior to your scheduled tour from the tour operator.
  • 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
  • From 17 December 2021, all passengers must be fully vaccinated. A failure to do so will forfeit the right to travel. No refund will be issued.

Yongala Dive Tours – Certified Divers – S.S. Yongala Day Tours

Tour Code: 815

Departing: Townsville city

Yongala Dive Trip - Townsville



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$299.00
Family: au$1,286.00

Tour Code: 815



13 yrs & over

4 - 12 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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