S.S.Yongala history

Over 100 years ago the Steam Ship Yongala sank in a cyclone in the Great Barrier Reef marine Park (that’s 1 year before the Titanic ! ) One of the most tragic maritime disasters in Australia, now the Yongala lives on in harmony with the marine environment.

Located just 12 nautical miles from Alva Beach (near Cape Bowling Green) the wreck lies on its starboard side, 14 metres deep on the top and 28 metres on the sand.   It’s the largest, most intact historic shipwreck in Australian Waters – 109 metres long and home to mega marine life just waiting for you to explore…

Why is this Australia’s most famous wreck dive ?

  • Mystery – research shows the Yongala was steaming, no life rafts were found which indicates the loss was sudden and of course tragic……but we will never know exactly what happened.  Did it take on water and broach ?
  • History – Sunk in a cyclone on 23 March 1911, 122 passengers were lost at sea, a 7 day search found no trace of the vessel so she lay undiscovered for almost 50 years, only positively identified until 1958.  A Navy vessel did identify a possible ‘wreck’ in a mine-sweeping mission in 1947 but it was never followed up.
  • Wildlife – Come face to face with the charismatic mega marine life of the Yongala and the GBR.  Known as one of the world’s best dive sites due to the amazing size and prolific variety of marine life…..everything is BIG.? Giant gropers, giant marble rays and giant trevally as big as people alone would be amazing but swimming amongst schools of barracuda, eagle rays, turtles, sea snakes, bull sharks (and too many more) on a coral encrusted wreck combine to make this a ‘bucket list’ dive that cant be missed by any serious divers!
    You will see more fish in one dive on the Yongala than 10 on the reef, Its a dive experience to stay in your mind forever !!

Mystery, History and Wildlife…discover it for yourself ….

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