The SS Yongala
Top on the list of popular dive sites around the globe is the SS Yongala in Australia. It is a well-known wreck that visitors will find at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This landmark is on the world heritage list and can be reached from Alva Beach in Queensland. It is a half hour trip or 12 nautical miles. The backstory is what attracts sightseers. Apparently in 1911, a cyclone hit causing the vessel to sink and disappear with 122 people on board. Ghastly yes, but the makings of a legend. After 50 years of submersion, coral had encrusted the SS Yongala and it was ready to be discovered. It?s a great underwater destination and a complete diving adventure due to a plethora of marine life. The ship may no longer sail the seas, but it does harbor giant groupers, rays, and assorted schools of fish. This artificial reef in effect is the focal point for a variety of marine life, the kind divers love to view and photograph. There are even turtles feeding in these depths and sea snakes gliding lithely about. Anyone with a sense of adventure will want to explore the SS Yongala, and do it many times! The tragic history recedes into the background as the diver experiences the wealth within.
|Depth:?25-30 meters.||Visibility:?10-15 meters.||Location:?Three hours by boat from Townsville or 30 minutes from Ayr, Queensland.||? ? ? 19?18’33″S ? 147?37’11″E|
?Watch a video of a recent dive at The S.S. Yongala Wreck