Ex-HMAS Tobruk dive wreck is a partnership between the Queensland Government, Bundaberg and Fraser Coast Regional Councils; creating a world-class dive site in the Great Sandy Marine Park.
The ex-HMAS Tobruk site is a restricted access area (PDF, 313KB). Entry to the area is prohibited without a permit or written approval. This applies to everyone—all vessels, divers and snorkelers.
All divers must have a recognised scuba diving qualification. A range of dives are available, suitable for open water level certificate divers to advanced wreck divers.
It is important to remember that wreck diving is potentially dangerous.
Check weather forecasts before your dive trip.
Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.
If you’re planning to dive ex-HMAS Tobruk, take a look at these plans of the wreck (PDF, 882KB) showing which areas are open or closed, including access points.
Please note the ship is lying on its starboard side.
Ex-HMAS Tobruk has now joined Queensland’s list of artificial reefs, becoming a premier dive site in the waters off Bundaberg and Hervey Bay today.
The ex-navy ship has been flooded with water via pneumatic valves and will sit on the ocean floor in the Great Sandy Marine Park.
Minister for the Environment Leeanne Enoch said the ex-navy ship had undergone extensive preparations to become a world-class dive site for the past eight months in the Port of Bundaberg, as part of a joint project between the Palaszczuk Government and the Bundaberg and Fraser Coast Regional Councils.
“This is an exciting achievement for our government and will add such a prestigious asset to our portfolio of tourist attractions,” Ms Enoch said.
“This unique dive site will appeal to divers of all levels and ability. Diver access holes have been cut around the ship to provide access and lighting into the depths of the historic ex-navy ship.
“The upper rear decks of the ship are anticipated to be in water shallower than 18m, appealing to open water divers and snorkelers.
“The internal tank deck is anticipated to be at a depth of 25m, appealing to advanced and technical divers.”
Ms Enoch said the ship provided service throughout the last 34 years and would continue to serve as a unique tourist attraction from deep beneath our warm Queensland waters.
“It is expected that divers will be able to dive the site within approximately one month, depending on safety inspections and mooring installations.”
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said Queensland will be the envy of the diving community with a world-class dive site that will drive an influx of domestic and international visitors to the region.
“The scuttling of Ex-HMAS Tobruk will create a significant tourist attraction, boosting the local economy by up to $5 million per year and creating jobs across the Wide Bay region,” Ms Jones said.
“It’s great to see that the history of the ship has been captured through interactive displays to give visitors the opportunity to interact with the Tobruk.
“The Palaszczuk Government worked in partnership with the Bundaberg and Fraser Coast Regional Councils to deliver this project for the community and local tourism operators.”
The ex-HMAS Tobruk project has generated approximately 20 temporary full-time jobs for locals throughout the production, towing and scuttling operations, and will continue to have flow on economic benefits to major hubs such as Bundaberg and Hervey Bay.
Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said Maritime Safety Queensland played a critical role in ensuring the safety of the project.
“Maritime Safety Queensland provided specialist advice throughout the process as the Tobruk was prepared for scuttling,” he said.
“They also assisted in ensuring the Tobruk’s final resting place was outside major shipping routes and posed no risk to vessels operating in the area.”
Martin Simons General Manager of the Fraser Coast Regional Tourism & Events said the region has been waiting with anticipation for the scuttling of Ex-HMAS Tobruk.
“This new dive site is a big win for local tourism and will put the Fraser Coast-Bundaberg region on the map as an international-class dive location,” Ms Simons said.
“Queensland’s vibrant marine life from corals to turtles and the clear waters of Hervey Bay will make the wreck a magnet for divers from around the world.”
Winter is the BEST Diving for the EX HMAS Tobruk Dive Site
Clearer Waters different marine life maybe a whale or a manta ray now that would be spectacular
We also see lots of Turtles and Groper even Coral Trout
Feel free to visit during normal business hours. Tobruk Dive Centre near the Big Whale Buccaneer Drive Urangan
Whale Bay Marina Buccaneer Drive Urangan Hervey Bay Queensland Australia
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