In 1911, the luxury passenger vessel SS Yongala disappeared south of Townsville.

One of the fascinating dive locations in Australia is the SS Yongala Wreck.  Diving here provides you with the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and a taste of history.

In 1911, the S.S. Yongala sank during a cyclone, taking 122 lives.  Although the exact cause of the disaster remains unknown, the wreckage is the most intact and historic shipwreck in Australian waters.


Today, the SS Yongala Wreck is one of the world’s most visited wreck dives as it hosts abundant marine life and history.

Inside the SS Yongala, schools of trevally and many other marine creatures find refuge.

The wreckage has now become an artificial Reef, hosting a variety of coral growths.

Its bio-diverse ecosystem is home to Queenfish, turtles, sea snakes, barracuda, eagle rays, clown fish and more!  You’ll see more fish on this wreckage site on one dive than at any other Great Barrier Reef dive location.

The SS Yongala has been on the ocean floor for over 100 years.  SS Yongala Wreckage truly offers a one-of-a-kind diving experience.  Its location in the most extensive Reef system in the world provides a historical and educational experience simultaneously.

The main points of interest when diving into the wreck include:

  • Rudder
  • Alt Mast
  • First Class Dining Room
  • Anchor
  • Forward Cargo
  • Forward Mast
  • Funnel Opening
  • Engine Room

The Historic Shipwreck Act protects the luxury vessel; therefore, altering or removing artifacts is prohibited, which allows you to see everything that was once on the ship, including bottles, lights and portholes.

This wreck makes for a highly fascinating dive!

Bull-Rays-SS-Yongala-Australia Dive


Whether you’re a fan of history or shipwrecks, or a diving enthusiast, the Yongala Wreck offers the best of both worlds in one location.

The incredible dive has much to offer everyone–no matter your preference.

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