Dive the world famous Yongala wreck off Townsville on the Great Barrier Reef on our new Yongala Wreck & Coral Sea Expedition over 6 nights and enjoy up to 27 dives into the deep blue sea
Our multi award winning Great Barrier Reef dive tour company originally started here in the waters just off Townsville in 1969 and we have been the pioneers in exploring the depths of the Great Barrier Reef north and south ever since with our famous dive trips on our luxury dive boats.
On our newly created 6 night Yongla Wreck and Coral Sea Expedition we will begin in Townsville and end up back in the city of Cairns our home port. This is a liveaboard dive trip for those that are advanced or have 15 logged ocean dives inc.5 in the last 12 months and it involves mega marine life wreck diving.
Our luxury dive boat has just recently undergone a refit during the pandemic and is now back in the water for these new ultime dive trips on the Great Barrier Reef. She has twin hulls that provide stability in the water and a more comfortable ride. She is 30m in length and also offer lots of space for guests to laze about or socialise as they desire.
With only 28-29 guests we have 12 crew on deck who will attend to your cabin daily and ensure that your liveaboard dive trip is the best that it could possibly be.
During our Yongala and Coral Sea Expedition divers can do up to 27 dives exploring wrecks caves and caverns.
Why is Yongala The Most Desired Wreck Dive In Australia?
Since the unfortunate sinking on 23rd March 1911, the ship has been lying dormant on the ocean floor of the Great Barrier Reef and over time it has grown massive varieties of Corals and thus attracted mega marine life to inhabit the wreck. The Yongala wreck is known as one of the worlds best dive sites due to the size and prolific varieties of marine life that now call the wreck home.
Experts in the region say you will see more marine life and fish in just one dive on the Yongala wreck tha you will see on 10 dives in outher Great Barrier Reef locations so if that is not enough to get you to book a dive trip to Yongala then not sure what else will.
Luxury Dive Boat Accommodation
Premium – queen or double bed, private bathroom, ocean views.
Standard – twin beds, private bathroom, ocean views.
Club – twin bunk beds, private bathroom, no ocean view.
Budget – twin bunk beds, share bathroom, no ocean view.
6 Night Yongala Wreck & Coral Sea Expedition featuring:
Wheeler Reef – Explore this pristine platform reef with white sands and spectacular coral gardens, schooling fish, sharks, turtles and rays.
SS Yongala – Australia’s largest, most intact historic shipwreck which sank in 1911, resting 14-28m below the surface. Claimed to be one of the worlds ‘top ten’ wrecks, the Yongala is renowned for its incredible diversity and abundance of marine life. Giant Queensland groupers, sea snakes, shovel-nosed rays and huge schools of fish abound at the Yongala.
SS Gothenburg & Old Reef – Whilst the history of the SS Gothenburg is less famed and regaled much less than the Yongala, it has an equally tragic story of her fate. Strewn across Old Reef, this wreck is a fascinating dive into Australia’s maritime history where she now lies amidst the home of some beautiful corals and their reef inhabitants.
Flinders Reef – Spectacular walls with vertical drops in excess of 300m (1000ft) and 40m (120ft +) visibility. Bommies and reefs are smothered with both soft and hard corals at dive sites ‘Trigger Happy and ‘ Fan Fair’. Huge soft coral trees, fans and sea whips decorate ‘Cod Wall’ where the ancient Gigantus Gorgonia fan spans over 5 meters. Sharks tuna and barracuda patrol the reef slopes drop offs, and fish school around the edges of the reefs where the currents diverge.
Holmes Reef – Explore the vast caves canyons and swim throughs connecting the abyssal drop off to the reef top at ‘Amazing’. Equally amazing, is to circumnavigate ‘Nonki Bommie’ adorned with huge brightly coloured soft corals, sea fans, critters and schooling fish.
Itinerary (Townsville to Cairns – 27 dives)
Sample itinerary, subject to change based on conditions.
Please note: Expedition boarding in Townsville & disembarking in Cairns, (commercial flight to Townsville not included and to be arranged by yourself).
Friday, Wheeler Reef: (2 dives + night dive)
Check in on the dove boat at Breakwater Marina, Townsville between 9:30 – 10:00 am
10:00 am depart for Wheeler Reef
Assemble dive gear and complete pre-dive briefings
12:00 pm Lunch
2:30 ‘Open Dive Deck’
4:00pm afternoon tea
6:30pm Night dive brief
Saturday, SS Yongala Wreck: (4 dives + night dive)
This is a sample of a ‘typical day’, however exact times may vary to optimise the prevailing conditions on the day.
6:30 am: Wake up call, light breakfast available in dining room
7:00 am: Dive brief & diving commences
9:00 am: Full cooked breakfast
10:30 am: Dive brief & diving. “Open decks” accommodate 1-2 dives either am or pm
2:00 pm: Lunch
3:30 pm: Dive brief & diving
4:30 pm: Afternoon tea
6:30 pm: Night dive brief & dive
8:00 pm: Dinner
Sunday, SS Yongala & SS Gothenburg: (4 dives + night dive)
7am to 2pm ‘Open Deck’ at SS Yongala (3 Dives)
Afternoon and night spent at ‘Old Reef’ & SS Gothenburg
Monday – Tuesday Flinders Reef (4dives + night dive)
Cod Wall, Geronimo’s, Watanabe, Rock Arch, Fan Fair, Trigger Happy
Wednesday, Coral sea Holmes Reef: (4dives)
Nonki Bommie, Amazing, Abyss, Cathedral
As above (no night dive), exit last dive 5pm
As the sun sets, we pour the champagne as we ready for an Aussie BBQ party night. Don’t forget to wear your loudest tropical shirt or dress and sing along to music played by our talented crew
We cruise overnight to Cairns
7:00 am: Light breakfast
8:00 am: Disembark and courtesy transfer to Cairns inner city hotels, the airport or our office where we can store your luggage until 5pm if you have a later flight
We recommend that you allow 24 hours between your last dive and your onward flight (all diving is finished by 5pm Wednesday)
A popular dive site located about 100km from Townsville. With an average visibility of 30m plus and dive site depths ranging from 2m to 30m, perfect dive profiles and long bottom times are easily achievable. Wheeler is rated as one of the best night dives on the reef, so enjoy.
This world class shipwreck is the one of the key subjects in Sir David Attenborough’s documentary on the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. Recognised as one of world’s best historic wreck dive sites, this 111m wreck lies on its starboard side in 30m of water. Sunk in a cyclone on 23 March 1911, she is now home to a spectacular concentration of marine life.
Visit the site of one of Australia’s worst maritime disasters. In 1875, this 60m steamship encountered a severe storm and ran aground at Old Reef, 130km southeast of Townsville. The wreck lies in 9 – 16m of water and an extensive coral garden has flourished around the ship’s remains with pelagic fish and sharks a common sighting.
Scan spectacular walls that drop 300m (1000ft) with visibility averaging 40m+ (120ft). Descend to gorgonian fans up to 5m wide (the Gigantus Gorgonus) and huge soft coral trees. Mingle with patrolling sharks, tuna and barracuda.
A twin reef system about 240km east of Cairns, Holmes Reef offers adventurous divers a range of caves, swim-throughs and deep fissures to explore. Go deep to explore the dozens of caves festooned with soft corals, or stay higher up to play with the fish. Sites we will visit: Nonki Bommie, Amazing and South Holmes.
See more amazing liveaboard dive boat options on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia here.
Check in at Townsville at Breakwater Marina between 9.30am and 10.00am
March - April, November
2020 Departure 20 November
2021 Departure 26 March - 23 April
Scuba Diving – minimum age 12
Scuba Diving Restrictions
Not Suitable for children
All cancellations must be in writing.
Operator’s Cancellation Policy:
Insurance should be taken to cover: weather problem; expedition cancellations; airline difficulties; medical problems and lost or damaged luggage. Unforeseen weather or machinery problems may cause us to cancel or change an itinerary. No refund is offered for time lost due to the medical evacuation of a guest or reduction of dives due to weather conditions. No compensation is offered to guests to change flights or holiday plans. DiveAssure offers cover for both Australian residents & non-residents traveling to Australia.
Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.
Tour Code: 874