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​SS Yongala Wreck

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The SS Yongala sank in 1911 and lies within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. It's one of the world's best wreck dives, lying at a depth of 14-28 meters, making it accessible for most certified divers. The wreck is renowned for its remarkable preservation and the dense concentration of marine life it supports. Diving the Yongala offers a unique blend of history and natural beauty, with the wreck acting as a magnet for marine life and creating an unforgettable underwater experience

When To Go Diving

The best time for diving at the SS Yongala wreck is between June and November. These months offer better visibility and sea conditions. Water temperatures are comfortable, ranging from 22°C (72°F) in the cooler months to 29°C (84°F) in the warmer months

What to see

The SS Yongala wreck, a 110-meter long shipwreck, is a thriving artificial reef. Divers can witness a vast array of marine life, including giant groupers, sea snakes, turtles, barracudas, and an assortment of rays. The wreck is also frequented by schools of trevally and various species of sharks. Coral growth on the wreck is abundant, providing habitat for numerous small marine creatures

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An abundance of sealife on a beautiful wreck
The ss yongala wreck was my no 1 dive in Australia. Although I went on a liveaboard to the great barrier reef and visited multiple popular sites such as ribbons reef and osprey reef, none had the abundance of marine life as the ss yongala. The wreck seems to be beacon for marine life within a large area where there is not much other stuff to see (no corals or walls), which is true as it lies in a shipping channel. The wreck itself is quite impresssevise. You cannot longer penetrate it, out of respect of the people who died o... Read more
n the ship as their remains still lie within the ship, but you can see the inside through the port holes. You can actually still see the toiletbowls etc. For me the fish around the ship were the most impressive, big schools of all sorts of fish, barracudas, tutles, giant travaleys, school of jacks, rays, stingrays, seasnakes, a large guitarshark gliding over the ship, etc. Make sure you are good on air, because you'll want to stay inder as long as possible. If you have time I would recommend even diving more than 1 day here, as every day is different. You will be in a small boat and the ride there will be quite bumpy so take this into account when you get seasick.
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