Wreck diving has grown in popularity since the HMAS Brisbane was destroyed and set up as a diving site.The HMAS Brisbane was one of three Perth class guided missile destroyers to serve the Royal Australian Navy. She saw deployments to the Gulf and Vietnam Wars and was involved in the post-cyclone Tracy disaster in 1974. The HMAS Brisbane was decommissioned in 2001 and was professionally sunk as a dive wreck off the Sunshine Coast coastline about 9km from Mooloolaba in 2005.
Normally, to penetrate a wreck you either had to be a technical diver or have your wreck speciality certificate. However, regular maintenance has been carried out on the HMAS. As a result, the wreck is available for penetration for divers holding an open water certification. Nevertheless, Scuba Shane Diving strongly recommends that only Advanced Divers visit the HMAS Brisbane. This way, you will enjoy the wreck at more suitable depths.
Many divers visit the HMAS to complete their Advanced Adventurer course and Wreck Specialty course. The stern of the HMAS is located at a depth of 28 metres. The bow is found at 18 metres. As you descend into the wreck from the drop line, you come aboard the bow and are greeted by the forward gun (bang bang). Upon entering the HMAS Brisbane, you can swim through the engine or control room. This room in particular gives a little eerie feeling that makes the dive that more exciting. At the right of the engine room, you find the kill switches still intact; suddenly, you realise this was once a warship. The specially designed man holes allow light in all parts of the wreck. As a result, you are always able to see an exit out of the wreck to safety.
I have consistently been surprised every time I dive the HMAS Brisbane. Personally, I have observed yellowtail kingfish hunting the surrounding reef fish. I have also heard whales communicating with each other. At times, divers also come face to face with a giant cod that has made this sanctuary his home.
Come join Scuba Shane Diving in exploring this well-prepared warship!
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