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ex-HMAS Brisbane

The ex-HMAS Brisbane is a former warship that has been sunk off the coast of Mooloolaba in South East Queensland.  Mooloolaba is located about 1.5 hour drive north of Brisbane, or approximately 2 hours from the Gold Coast. The wreck is then a further 10km by boat from the mouth of the Mooloolah River.

To dive the ex-HMAS Brisbane you must book a dive tour with a licensed operator, or obtain a permit through the local Maroochy Tourism.  You obviously must be a certified diver.  Fees are $20.00 per person per two-hour timeslot.

Access

  • An off shore boat with a licensed operator is required as the site is in open water and is protected by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Authority.

  • The diving is great throughout all seasons of the year.

Water Temperature

Water temperature varies between a maximum of 27C in summer months and a minimum of 19C in Winter.  This a very comfortable range for diving.

Visibility

Visibility ranges from 10 to 25 meters, and is typically higher in winter and lower in summer.

Level of Difficulty

A range of dives is available for all skills levels, from open water level to advanced wreck divers.

Marine Life

There is a vast range of marine life than can be found in and around the wreck.  For a full list please click here.

More Information

For more information visit the Queensland Government Environment Protection Agency website.

Photos

8525 - Bicolor Combtooth Blenny                                                                                                                                                                                8524 - Bicolor Combtooth Blenny                                                                                                                                                                                8523 - Threefin                                                                                                                                                                                                8522 - Doubleline Fusilier                                                                                                                                                                                     8521 - Yellowband Fusilier
8520 - Lilac-tip Basslet                                                                                                                                                                                       8519 - Chinese Demoiselle                                                                                                                                                                                      8518 - Chinese Demoiselle                                                                                                                                                                                      8517 - Threespot Humbug                                                                                                                                                                                        8516 - Neon Damsel
8515 - Moon Wrasse                                                                                                                                                                                             8514 - Moon Wrasse                                                                                                                                                                                             8512 - Bigscale Scalyfin                                                                                                                                                                                       8511 - Blackbarred Wrasse                                                                                                                                                                                      8510 - Dwarf Hawkfish
8509 - Regal Demoiselle                                                                                                                                                                                        8508 - Barrier Reef Anemonefish                                                                                                                                                                                8507 - Threespot Humbug                                                                                                                                                                                        8506 - Forceps Fish                                                                                                                                                                                            8252 - Justin Leigh-Smith exiting the Ex-HMAS Brisbane, Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast QLD Australia
8250 - Teira Batfish                                                                                                                                                                                           8247 - Jonas Mortensen following a wreck penetration line through the Ex-HMAS Brisbane, Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast QLD Australia                                                                                8245 - Simon Mortensen entering one of the vertical entry cut-outs on the ex-HMAS Brisbane, Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast QLD Australia                                                                            8243 - Bow of the Ex-HMAS Brisbane, Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast QLD Australia                                                                                                                                    8241 - Chantal Leigh-Smith diving through one of the many swim-thru sections of the Ex-HMAS Brisbane, Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast QLD Australia
8239 - Will Riley diving through the control room of the Ex-HMAS Brisbane, Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast QLD Australia                                                                                             8237 - Jonas and Simon Mortensen taking measurements at the stern of the Ex-HMAS Brisbane, Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast QLD Australia                                                                             8235 - Sonya Karlsson diving in the engine room of the Ex-HMAS Brisbane, Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast QLD Australia                                                                                               8233 - At the Safety Stop on the Ex-HMAS Brisbane, Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast QLD Australia                                                                                                                     8216 - Divers around the forward gun on the Ex-HMAS Brisbane, Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast QLD Australia
8215 - Teira Batfish                                                                                                                                                                                           8214 - Descending on the Ex-HMAS Brisbane, Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast QLD Australia                                                                                                                             8213 - Hangin-out at the stern of the Ex-HMAS Brisbane, Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast QLD Australia                                                                                                                8121 - Hard corals growing on the Ex-HMAS Brisbane, Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast QLD Australia                                                                                                                    8120 - Soft corals on the Ex-HMAS Brisbane, Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast QLD Australia
8119 - Troy Hulyer enjoying the Roundface Batfish (Platax teira) at the safety stop on the Ex-HMAS Brisbane, Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast QLD Australia                                                           8023 - Soft coral inside the Ex-HMAS Brisbane                                                                                                                                                                  8022 - Yellowtail Kingfish                                                                                                                                                                                     8021 - Mark Bowman and Deb Aston at the stern gun of the Ex-HMAS Brisbane, Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast QLD Australia                                                                                             8020 - Hawksbill Turtle
8019 - Deb Aston photographing Mark Bowman on the stern gun of the Ex-HMAS Brisbane, Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast QLD Australia                                                                                   8018 - Paul Grieve under a school of Yellowtail Kingfish (Seriola lalandi) at the stern of the Ex-HMAS Brisbane, Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast QLD Australia                                                       7979 - Bow of the Ex-HMAS Brisbane, Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast QLD Australia                                                                                                                                    7978 - Yellowtail Kingfish                                                                                                                                                                                     7977 - Longfin Bannerfish
7976 - Deb Aston diving on the rear gun deck ex-HMAS Brisbane, Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast QLD Australia                                                                                                         7975 - Bait fish at top of ex-HMAS Brisbane, Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast QLD Australia                                                                                                                           7974 - Stern of ex-HMAS Brisbane, Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast QLD Australia                                                                                                                                      7973 - Yellowtail Kingfish                                                                                                                                                                                     7972 - Stern of ex-HMAS Brisbane, Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast QLD Australia
7971 - Mangrove Jack                                                                                                                                                                                           7933 - Scrawled Leatherjacket                                                                                                                                                                                  7929 - Queensland Yellowtail Angelfish                                                                                                                                                                         7928 - Painted Anglerfish                                                                                                                                                                                      1640 -
1655 -                                                                                                                                                                                                         1445 -                                                                                                                                                                                                         1689 - Ex-HMAS Brisbane - QLD Museum Team heading out to the ex-HMAS Brisbane on Scuba Worlds new Dive Boat                                                                                                    1688 - Scuba Worlds new Dive Boat                                                                                                                                                                              1687 - Croc One returning to port as we headed out to the ex-HMAS Brisbane
1686 - Queensland Museum Team on the way to the ex-HMAS Brisbane                                                                                                                                               1685 - Ian McKinnon owner-operator Scuba World, ex-HMAS Brisbane                                                                                                                                               1683 - Red Emperor                                                                                                                                                                                             1682 - Lunartail Bigeye                                                                                                                                                                                        1681 - Longnose Trevally
1680 - Common Lionfish                                                                                                                                                                                         1679 - Dusky Flathead                                                                                                                                                                                          1678 - Dusky Flathead                                                                                                                                                                                          1677 - Dusky Flathead                                                                                                                                                                                          1676 - Doubleline Fusilier
1675 - Jeff Johnson manager of Ichthyology (fish) Collection for the Queensland Museum                                                                                                                         1674 - Fringe-eye Flathead                                                                                                                                                                                     1673 - Fringe-eye Flathead                                                                                                                                                                                     1672 - Black Rabbitfish                                                                                                                                                                                        1671 - Yellowtail Angelfish
1670 - Starry Triggerfish                                                                                                                                                                                      1669 - Merrick Ekins at the stern of the ex-HMAS Brisbane                                                                                                                                                      1668 - Teira Batfish                                                                                                                                                                                           1667 - Paradise Threadfin Bream                                                                                                                                                                                1666 - Patrica Hendriks at the stern of the ex-HMAS Brisbane
1665 - Teira Batfish                                                                                                                                                                                           1664 - Teira Batfish                                                                                                                                                                                           1663 - Teira Batfish                                                                                                                                                                                           1659 - Black Rabbitfish                                                                                                                                                                                        1658 - Marine growth covering the ex-HMAS Brisbane
1657 - Merrick Ekins and Jeff Johnson part of the QLD Museum Survey Team, ex-HMAS Brisbane                                                                                                                     1656 - Scuba World Dive Boat Crew Noel Carbery and Michael McKinnon, moored at the ex-HMAS Brisbane                                                                                                            1654 - Doubleline Fusilier                                                                                                                                                                                     1653 - Doubleline Fusilier                                                                                                                                                                                     1652 - Ascidian
1651 - Horned Blenny                                                                                                                                                                                           1650 - Bryozoan                                                                                                                                                                                                1649 - Crescent-tail Bigeye                                                                                                                                                                                    1648 - Common Octopus                                                                                                                                                                                          1647 - Bryozoan
1646 - Crescent-tail Bigeye                                                                                                                                                                                    1645 - Demon Stingerfish                                                                                                                                                                                       1644 - Oyster                                                                                                                                                                                                  1643 - Common Lionfish                                                                                                                                                                                         1642 - Bryozoan
1641 - Longnose Trevally                                                                                                                                                                                       1639 - Longnose Trevally                                                                                                                                                                                       1638 - Hydra                                                                                                                                                                                                   1637 - Ascidian                                                                                                                                                                                                1636 - Horned Blenny
1635 - Tarwhine                                                                                                                                                                                                1634 - Sponge                                                                                                                                                                                                  1633 - Moon Wrasse                                                                                                                                                                                             1631 - Demon Stingerfish                                                                                                                                                                                       1630 - Common Lionfish
1629 - Eyestripe Surgeonfish                                                                                                                                                                                   1628 - Red Emperor                                                                                                                                                                                             1627 - Yellowtail Kingfish                                                                                                                                                                                     1626 - Yellow-back Puller                                                                                                                                                                                      1625 - Indo-Pacific Sergeant
1624 - Green Moon Wrasse                                                                                                                                                                                       1623 - Ascidian                                                                                                                                                                                                1622 - Rhopalaea crassa                                                                                                                                                                                        1621 - Sponge                                                                                                                                                                                                  1620 - Ascidian
1619 - Sponge                                                                                                                                                                                                  1618 - Brown-banded Bamboo Shark                                                                                                                                                                               1617 - Black Rabbitfish                                                                                                                                                                                        1616 - Sponge                                                                                                                                                                                                  1615 - Hydra
1614 - Hydra                                                                                                                                                                                                   1613 - Capricorn Cardinalfish                                                                                                                                                                                  1612 - Marine Scene                                                                                                                                                                                            1611 - Moon Wrasse                                                                                                                                                                                             1610 - Bryozoan
1609 - Brown-banded Bamboo Shark                                                                                                                                                                               1608 - Bryozoan                                                                                                                                                                                                1607 - Phallusia julinea                                                                                                                                                                                       1606 - Moses Perch                                                                                                                                                                                             1605 - Bryozoan
1604 - Maori cod                                                                                                                                                                                               1603 - Hydra                                                                                                                                                                                                   1602 - Bridled Triggerfish                                                                                                                                                                                     1601 - Sponge                                                                                                                                                                                                  1600 - Longfin Bannerfish
1599 - Bryozoan                                                                                                                                                                                                1598 - Gulf Damsel                                                                                                                                                                                             1597 - Gulf Damsel                                                                                                                                                                                             1596 - Gulf Damsel                                                                                                                                                                                             1595 - Gulf Damsel
1593 - Jeff Johnson manager of  Ichthyology (fish) Collection for the Queensland Museum                                                                                                                        1592 - Yellowspotted Rockcod                                                                                                                                                                                   1591 - Yellowspotted Rockcod                                                                                                                                                                                   1590 - Purple Rockcod                                                                                                                                                                                          1589 - Purple Rockcod
1532 - Cuttlefish                                                                                                                                                                                              1531 - Cuttlefish                                                                                                                                                                                              1530 - Cuttlefish                                                                                                                                                                                              1529 - Brushtooth lizardfish                                                                                                                                                                                   1528 - Pink-banded Grubfish
1527 - Pink-banded Grubfish                                                                                                                                                                                    1526 - Clam                                                                                                                                                                                                    1525 - Demon Stingerfish                                                                                                                                                                                       1524 - Scuba Worlds Boat returning from a dive on the ex-HMAS Brisbane                                                                                                                                         1523 - Scuba World friendly Crew Ralph Dye and Mick Murrell, ex-HMAS Brisbane
1522 - Off loading dive gear after a trip to the ex-HMAS Brisbane. Scuba World                                                                                                                                 1521 - Roboastra luteolineata                                                                                                                                                                                  1520 - Roboastra luteolineata                                                                                                                                                                                  1491 - Adam Matthews, Amanda Blickley & Wiebke Teichel on the way to ex-HMAS Brisbane                                                                                                                          1490 - Paul Burnett on the way to ex-HMAS Brisbane
1489 - Magnus Kravik on the way to ex-HMAS Brisbane                                                                                                                                                            1487 - Andreas Brandhuber on the way to ex-HMAS Brisbane                                                                                                                                                       1486 -  Zan Hammerton & Simon Hartley on the way to the ex-HMAS Brisbane                                                                                                                                       1485 - Longnose Trevally                                                                                                                                                                                       1484 - Crescent-tail Bigeye
1483 - Yellowtail Kingfish                                                                                                                                                                                     1482 - Sea Urchin                                                                                                                                                                                              1480 - Longnose Trevally                                                                                                                                                                                       1479 - Amanda Blickley finishing her first dive on the ex-HMAS Brisbane                                                                                                                                        1478 - Valerian Voegelf, from Austrria, after his dive on the ex-HMAS Brisbane
1477 - Adam Matthews finishing his first dive on the ex-HMAS Brisbane                                                                                                                                          1476 - Obscure Hypselodoris                                                                                                                                                                                    1475 - Inside the ex-HMAS Brisbane                                                                                                                                                                             1474 - Crescent-tail Bigeye                                                                                                                                                                                    1473 - Amanda Blickley and Herb Ilic scuba diving on the ex-HMAS Brisbane
1472 - Longnose Trevally                                                                                                                                                                                       1471 - Transfer at Sea                                                                                                                                                                                         1469 - Free Diving at the ex-HMAS Brisbane                                                                                                                                                                     1468 - Longnose Trevally                                                                                                                                                                                       1467 - Marcel Korte & Andreas Zengel (Bond University Students) scuba diving inside the ex-HMAS
1466 - Andreas Zengel & Marcel Korte (Bond University Students) scuba diving inside the ex-HMAS                                                                                                                1465 - Golden Trevally                                                                                                                                                                                         1464 - Yellowtail Kingfish                                                                                                                                                                                     1463 - Longfin Bannerfish                                                                                                                                                                                      1462 - Crescent-tail Bigeye
1461 - The Crew                                                                                                                                                                                                1460 - The Skipper                                                                                                                                                                                             1459 - The crew                                                                                                                                                                                                1458 - Crescent-tail Bigeye                                                                                                                                                                                    1457 - Andy Murray, Herb Ilic & Paul Burnett ready for the 2nd dive on the ex-HMAS Brisbane
1454 - Capricorn Cardinalfish                                                                                                                                                                                  1452 - Staircase on the main deck of the EX-HMAS Brisbane                                                                                                                                                      1451 - Ingunn Hofstad on the way back to shore after diving on the Ex-HMAS Brisbane                                                                                                                            1448 - Main Deck of the Ex-HMAS Brisbane                                                                                                                                                                       1426 - Simon Hartley & Zan Hammerton scuba diving on the Ex-HMAS Brisbane
1425 - Red Emperor                                                                                                                                                                                             1422 - Longnose Trevally                                                                                                                                                                                       1421 - Divers ascending up the bow of the Ex-HMAS Brisbane                                                                                                                                                     1420 - Spangled Emperor

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