The Ex-HMAS Adelaide is a former Australian naval warship that was purpose prepared and sunk to create an artificial dive reef. It was created with the help of sponsors and contributors. Located approximately 1.8km off Avoca Beach near Terrigal on the Central Coast of New South Wales, in 32 meters of water* this site has been prepared and optimally located to make it attractive to divers of all levels of experience.
The ship measures 138.1 meters from bow to stern, with a beam of 14.3 metres and original displacement of 4100 tonnes. Diver access holes are strategically placed throughout the vessel to allow easy access to explore the key features of the wreck. Divers will recognise the captain’s chair, console and chart table from the bridge, the helicopter hangars, the operations room complete with the shells of weapons and sensor consoles, the crew’s cafeteria and a limited number of bunks and amenities.
Scuttled before an estimated 18,000 thousand strong crowd on April 13, 2011 the Ex-HMAS Adelaide is already home to an establishing healthy marine community, where along with encrusting “first settlers”, the shipwreck is now home to a growing marine community which includes the giant eastern cuttlefish, eastern blue groper, kingfish, blennies, yellowtail, octopus, banner fish and bat fish to name a few.
Be among the first to dive this magnificent shipwreck and stay tuned to the website, or make plans to return in future to see who’s made Ex-HMAS Adelaide its new home.
Qualification and skill levels:
Please supply log books and certification cards to one of our staff members so we can organise the dive to that of your experience levelOpen water divers may penetrate with a Dive Imports Australia dive guide to a Max depth of 18metres.
Advanced open water divers have open penetration with a Dive Imports Australia dive guide.
Wreck cave and specialty divers or divers with appropriate experience may independently penetrate the wreck.
Divers in locked areas must carry all appropriate specialist equipment.
You need and must supply a certification card for your level.
Dive Brief : Night before :
- you charge your camera
batteries & torch
- Meet your guide at our shop 45
minutes before depart time
- Get your gear + tanks
- Do the paperwork
- Gear up + Scuba Dive perhaps 2 dive sites (weather permitting).
- Return gear to shop and brag about great dives to anyone who will listen
- Return next day/week and do it all again.
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