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About Scuba Dive The S.S. Yongala Wreck On The Great Barrier Reef.

Book Direct with the Owner at Scuba Dive The S.S. Yongala Wreck On The Great Barrier Reef. with Surfers Paradise Gold Coast in Townsville, for all your Attraction and travel needs.


The S.S. Yongala Wreck is rated among the Top 10 Wreck Dives in the world!

The Wreck is situated in the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and is protected under the Historic Shipwreck Act (1976). The artifacts, marine life and variety of corals that cover the wreck are simply spectacular. The wreck begins 15m below the surface and extends to 29m. Since it is the only large reef structure in the region, the marine life gathers at the wreck creating Australia's BEST dive site.

Everything on this wreck is big- Big Fish, Big Schools, Big Wreck, BIG ADRENALIN!! Often seen are turtles, sea snakes, giant trevally, Queensland gropers, eagle rays, manta rays, sharks, thousands of tropical fish and in the cooler months, humpback whales

The opportunity to site whales on their annual journey to warmer waters on our Great Barrier Reef tour during whale season. The humpback whales enjoy putting on a show for customers with tail slapping, pectoral fin waves and sometimes - full breaching!! WOW!

Stop At:

• Adrenalin Snorkel Dive, 66-70 Perkins Street West, Railway Estate, Townsville, Queensland 4810 Australia
• SS Yongala Dive Site, Cape Bowling Green Ayr, Alva Beach, Queensland Australia
  • Wednesday and Saturday
  • Iced water, cordial, tea and coffee throughout the day
  • Full day trip including 2 certified dives on the spectacular Yongala Wreck
  • Tanks and weights
  • Environmental education
  • Experienced, Professional, Fun and Safe crew with a passion for the marine environment
  • Use of SCUBA equipment
  • Guided dive. An additional AU$10 payable per person per dive direct on the day of travel. Compulsory for divers with less than 15 logged dives
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch - FOOD NOT PROVIDED - BYO Lunch and snacks. Fridge available on board.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Certified divers only. Minimum qualification: Open Water Diver. A minimum of six logged dives required prior to diving this site
  • Divers with less than 15 logged dives must be guided with the dive leader (An additional AU$10 is payable direct on the day of travel)
  • Divers must present proof of certification to crew on board on the day
  • Please wear your swimwear and bring a towel, hat, sun protection, light jumper in cooler months and camera
  • All passenger heights, weights, shoe size, number of logged dives and last dive date MUST be advised at time of booking.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 21 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • No boarding without proof of COVID-19 vaccination / no refund
Breakwater Marina, 26 Mariners Drive, The Strand, Townsville QLD 4810, Australia
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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4.5 based on 10 reviews

  • takgeecheung 1
    27 Dec 2019

    Office is useless. Booked the tour through a broker. Called the morning before the Yongla Dive. They didn’t return several calls from myself and the broker until 4pm to tell me that the dive boat was full and the booking system used by the booking agency was inaccurate. They have indicated that this has been so for years, but they’ve never done anything about it. Office was only open 2-4pm during one of the busiest seasons of the year. By the time I got the call, I had booked a hotel and a car to specifically go to Townsville. Cost me money and a valuable dive day. At a minimum, they should work with the booking system to make sure it is either up to date or they don’t include them in the system. And how is it that they are only open for 2 hours on Dec 27th??

  • Aquabate 5
    24 Jun 2019

    Over Easter we dived the Yongala on a day trip from Alva Beach with a different dive operator, paying $250 for 2 dives per person (with our own gear) We enjoyed our dive and decided we would return again, after much research, we opted to go with Adrenaline, we have always wanted to do a liveaboard and are SO glad we finally did! ADRENALINE- completely over delivered on our expectations! To say it was an incredible experience is an understatement.. * 3 day/ 3 night on a liveaboard including accomodation, 10 dives ( 2 of which were night dives) 6 meals a day = $1000 per person - very good value! * diving incredible, untouched and unspoilt reefs * morning dive on the yongala - best experience, prime feeding time 👌 * fantastic operators, Paul (captain and owner) Over 30 years in the business, knowledge of area and dive sights is amazing! * Wonderful staff - Lazlo and Perry are fantastic dive masters, instructors - assisting you out of water where required, leading dives, pointing out marine life, knowing where to find them and a thorough emphasis on safety and diving briefs. Kym is an excellent cook with great taste in music! continental and cooked breakfasts, chicken and salads, green curry and spaghetti bolognaise, apple pie and ice cream were some of the meals, enjoyed by all.. We can’t wait to return and dive with adrenaline again! A must do experience with pinch me moments, highly recommend!

  • Canuck_frog 5
    12 Jun 2019

    I had not been diving for a few years so booking a 3-day trip including a wreck was bot exhilarating and scary. Needless to say, Adrenalin Dive hit the mark on all account: professionalism, safety, food, knowledge of the reef, individual care. Despite what I would consider a relatively rough sea, Paul, Lazlo, Perry, and Kim were fantastic at all times of the trip. From boarding, to dive briefs, material outfitting, underwater guidance, biology of the species encountered, meals, everything was very organized and on-time for a group of 16 divers. Yes, the reef is far from Townsville but the experience I had was certainly better than on some of the 100s-pagenger boats leaving from more popular locations. And while I didn't not dive 10 times, the opportunity was there making each dive under $100 not counting the live-aboard amenisties and experience. So all in all, if you have only a few days, this is by far the best and cheapest way to dive both the reef and the Yongala. david

  • annemilieb 5
    12 Jun 2019

    Awesome daytrip to the S.S Yongala wreck. We highly recommend going with Adrenaline Snorkel and Dive if you want to discover this world class dive site. Though the sea was a bit choppy and there were medium current at the dive site we enjoyed every moment thanks to a very professional crew that offered five stars service during the day. Thanks again for this great day!

  • noamyaffe1310 5
    01 May 2019

    Extremely professional crew who looked after me as a rusty scuba diver. Yongala was breathtaking, and though we didn't see any rays or sharks, visibility was excellent. Adrenalin's equipment was top-notch. The team went beyond the call of duty and when I forgot my wetsuit on board, they dropped it to the ferry terminal.

  • pbolger91 5
    06 Dec 2018

    The dive was brilliant with epic marine life. The crew were brilliant, very helpful and really entertaining! And my god they know how to do a good lemonade!

  • Rebekah_M 5
    03 Dec 2018

    The crew was excellent. The surface water was choppy, but the staff did a great job follow up to make sure I was ok and safe. They did a great job of explaining the site, history, and wildlife.

  • fangcat 5
    14 Aug 2018

    My friend and I were overjoyed by our adventure to SS Yongala wreck located in the Great Barrier Lagoon just over two hours by boat from Townsville, Australia in Northeast Queensland. Bright and early, the ship's crew (CAPT Mike, Gunston, Lazlo, and Ariela) were ready and waiting to take us to the SS Yongala Wreck from Townsville. The boat (Adrenaline), equipment, and crew were set and ready to welcome divers and adventurers aboard. We left promptly and returned promptly. The crew were highly experienced, safety conscious, professional, friendly, and helpful. We had two of the safest dives we have ever attended. We enjoyed the snacks, a great lunch, and the beautiful weather on the water. Bring a camera for great pictures or rent one on board. Be prepared to see breaching whales along the way and perhaps a few curious dolphins. It was a relatively calm day, but a few folks forgot to take medicine for seasickness. The crew were helpful and professional to minimize their discomfort. During lunch, we received a great briefing about the SS Yongala wreck. The history is fascinating, and Gunston helped us to appreciate our ability to see a bit of Australia's history. Both Lazlo and Gunston are incredible guides for the underwater experience. Their leadership and experience makes your underwater experience feel safer and more enjoyable. Ariela is always there to assist during buddy checks and to safely help you leave and return to the boat after each dive. I look forward to another dive with Adrenaline Snorkel Dive very soon.

  • fangcat 5
    14 Aug 2018

    I was recently PADI certified for open water scuba diving by some of the best instructors I've ever encountered at Adrenaline Snorkel Dive. After Completing the required online eCourse for the open water certification, I worked with Wayne and Lazlo at Adrenaline Snorkel Dive for both the pool skills demonstration part of the course and the open water skills tests. Their expertise and amazing instruction gave me the confidence to demonstrate the requisite skills to become an open water certified diver. Through their instruction and encouragement, my confidence grew during each dive. After being certified, I continued to work with the Adrenaline Snorkel Dive crew to apply my newly acquired skills. They offer guided tours to Keeper Reef and Lodestone Reef and the SS Yongala wreck. I highly recommend them as instructors and guides. The crew are professional, friendly, and wonderful to spend the day with on the Great Barrier Reef or the Great Barrier Lagoon. Ariela and Gunston were always available to lend a helping hand and to provide a safe scuba or snorkel experience for all aboard. CAPT Mike was a pleasure and guided us safely to and from Townsville, Australia to some of the best spots to see the Great Barrier Reef. I can't wait to book another scuba diving adventure with them.

  • MitchDavison 4
    05 Aug 2018

    The life on the wreck is worth the effort to get there! (0700 start 1715 finish.) One of the best wrecks I have dived including the Thistlegorm in Egypt. Adrenaline staff were friendly but not overbearing. Boat was comfortable and spacious for a day boat. Food and drinks were provided regularly. Only minor issue was some cylinders were low on pressure but we swapped them out and got 200bar.


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