HMAS Brisbane was a destroyer produced in the late 60s that served during the Vietnam war. In 2005, it was sunk in Mooloolaba to create a dive site on the Sunshine Coast that any scuba diver can enjoy. Diving HMAS Brisbane was a fantastic experience for discovering wreck diving.
It’s amazing to have such a great scuba diving site a couple of hours away from Brisbane. We reached the HMAS wreck after a 20-minute boat trip from Mooloolaba wharf. But if you’re travelling around Queensland with limited time, the HMAS Brisbane was not my favourite wreck dive in Queensland or in Australia. Check out the SS Yongala near Townsville if you can!
Diving HMAS Brisbane: who can do it?
The depth ranges from 6 to 28 metres.
The main deck of the HMAS Brisbane wreck is within the 18-meter limit, making the dive suitable for Open Water Certified Divers. But diving HMAS Brisbane is more fun for Advanced Certified Divers who can go to the bottom of the wreck at 26 metres deep and penetrate the wreck to explore the different levels.
Diving HMAS Brisbane: how is it?
Scuba diving on a wreck gives a special feeling. It’s dark and gloomy. Get ready for an exploration: you never know what may be hiding behind those small doors. It’s also fun to be able to interact with the wreck by playing with the old machines.
The number of schools of fish was impressive. I recognised a clownfish, a lionfish, a big flathead and the usual pomfrets and stripeys. Among many others.
It’s located in the open sea. With the current, the surge and the narrow passages inside the wreck, I don’t think scuba diving HMAS Brisbane is an easy experience. It was my first time inside a wreck and it required excellent buoyancy. I had to focus every second in the water, and I felt exhausted after the two dives! Despite all these efforts, I loved it and I will do it again. The wreck has many openings so it’s easy to get out at any time. I wasn’t scared at all. It’s actually fun to add some technique, and it’s very different from the other dives in the area.
Our night dive there got cancelled twice so I’m looking forward to rescheduling it.
Have you dived the HMAS Brisbane? How was it? Share your experience in the comments below!
Where is the HMAS Brisbane?
The HMAS Brisbane wreck is only 20 minutes away from Mooloolaba by boat, on the Sunshine Coast. It takes less than 1.5 hours to drive there from Brisbane, making it a great Brisbane scuba diving day trip, but also a fantastic weekend destination for scuba diving.