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!
Built in 1903
Sank 1911 during a cyclone
Length 363ft (110m)
Breadth 46ft, 3 in (14.1m)
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.
S.S. Yongala Wreck site
January - December
Closed Christmas Day
Full Day tour – Approximately 9 hours
Scuba Diving Restrictions
Minimum age 12
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.
Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.
Tour Code: 815