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S.S. Yongala Wreck

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SS Yongala Wreck - Australia's Best Dive

SS Yongala

The SS Yongala is one of the world's great wreck dives. The Yongala wreck is a national historic site, protected under the Historic Shipwreck Act (1976), and lies within the beautiful World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, near Townsville. The artifacts, marine life and variety of corals that cover the wreck are spectacular. Itís a dive experience you will remember for the rest of your life!

The SS Yongala sank during a cyclone in 1911 with the loss of all 121 persons on board. It was not until 1958 that the wreck was discovered, and due to itís remote location the wreck of the Yongala remains mostly untouched. The wreck begins 14m below the surface and lies on a sandy bottom at 28m. Since it is the only reef structure in the region, the marine life gathers at the wreck providing for an unforgettable diving experience!

 

Features of the SS Yongala Wreck :

Cast Iron Bath

Rudder

Aft Mast

Engine Room & Steam Room

Funnel Opening

Forward Mast

Forward Cargo Hold

Anchor

'Yongala' Name

Anchor Winch

1st Class Dining Room

Toilets

Port Holes

Yongala site map
 

OPTIONS

SS Yongala

The SS Yongala wreck can as day trips from either Townsville or Ayr. The Ayr trips run every day taking 30 mins to get the the wreck, and from Townsville it runs Wednesdays and Saturdays taking 3 hours.

Note: We no longer offer this trip out of Townsville.

Ayr is situated in Northern Queensland between Brisbane and Cairns, with Airlie Beach just 2 hours south and Townsville 1 hour to the north.

PLEASE NOTE AS THE DIVES ARE TO 30M, YOU MUST BE ADVANCED DIVER, OR SHOW DEEP DIVE EXPERIENCE WITH TRAINING. OPEN WATER DIVERS CAN STILL TAKE THE TRIP BUT WILL HAVE TO TAKE THE DEEP DIVE ORIENTATION DIVE AT THE WRECK (MAY BE COUNTED TOWARDS YOUR ADVANCED COURSE) FOR AROUND $25 EXTRA. AGE LIMITS APPLY.

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M.V. Yongala Express - Ayr

Yongala Express

Vessel
Yongala Express is a purpose built 10m rigid inflatable boat, powered by new twin 200 hp Yamaha four stroke outboards it is perfect for wave riding, ensuring a fast, fun and safe trip.

Departures
From Alva Beach it will transport you on an exhilarating 30 minute ride to the wreck, with speeds of around 25 knots. Itís overhead canopy and side curtains protect you from the sun, spray and wind - there is even a marine toilet on board. With only 12 passengers and up to four crew we ensure small groups.

Pickups
Daily at 3:25pm at Ayr Bus Stop daily when advised and drop off at 10.00am (possible 3pm if catching the bus). (Only for guests staying at the Dive Lodge accommodation). Accommodation $28 per night dorm style bunks or $66 for a double room.

Check in
Check in at Yongala Dive Store -56 Narrah Street, Alva Beach at 07:30 (30mins earlier on 2 trip scheduled days):
Shop opening hours are 07:30 - 5pm daily

Schedule
7:30am Check in at Dive Shop – Forms/Payment, Set up dive gear
8:10am Dive Briefing
8:30am Depart for the beach and S.S. Yongala – Make 2 dives with 1 hour surface interval
2:00pm Return back to Yongala Dive Shop
Lunch at the Beach Cafe, fill in logbooks, complete knowledge reviews and adventure dive paperwork
Photo Slideshow (option to purchase photo DVD’s), browse through Yongala Dive merchandise
3:00pm Drop-off’s back to Ayr

The above schedule is a guide only and times may change depending on weather and tides. It is important to call the Dive Shop between 3.30 – 5pm the day prior to your trip to confirm departure details. Please bring travel voucher, money, a towel and warm jumper for the boat. Certification card will be required to be shown prior to diving, if you do not have this please contact the shop prior to arrival.

Divers catered for
An open water certification and 6 logged dives with deep dive training is our minimum requirement for this dive. You must also be over 16 years of age.
The Yongala is an intermediate dive site and it is recommended that divers should be comfortable in conditions which can sometimes be challenging.
Novice divers (those with less than 20 dives) should ensure they have refreshed their skills within the last six months and will be provided with a dive guide (if adventure or advanced certified) or required to take a Deep Orientation dive. This may be counted towards the PADI Advanced course at extra costs (text book required)
The more experienced divers can choose to dive with a buddy or take a guided tour at no extra cost.

Food and snacks
Fresh fruit, cake, cordial and water will be provided during our one hour surface interval, when we often catch turtles sun-baking on the surface.
Then itís back into the water for our final dive before heading back to Alva Beach where you can shower, change and enjoy a wonderful Aussie BBQ whilst discussing your awesome dive experiences with your new found friends. Back at the dive store by 14:00 for the bar b que.

Booking Confirmation
To confirm departure details and weather conditions please call the crew (we will advise contact details upon booking) between 3.30 - 5pm on the day prior to your trip. Times may vary due to tides/sea conditions.

Cancellation/Refund Policy
A full refund will be provided if a trip is canceled due to unsuitable weather conditions if you are unable to reschedule your trip. No refunds will be provided for cancellations by passengers within 48 hours of departure (see additional info below), unless we are able to fill your space (at management discretion).
Between September and January any cancellation within 7 days is non refundable unless the seat on the boat can be filled by another.

 

PRICES (Valid until 31st March 2018)

 
MV YONGALA EXPRESS - AYR
COST
2 dives + tanks & weights only $220
2 dives + full gear inc. computer $250
Mooring fees and Reef Tax $22
4 dives + tanks & weights only P.O.A
4 dives + full gear inc. computer P.O.A
Accommodation/ Dive packages available  
Dorm bed per person per night* (inc breakfast) $28
Guided dives are free  
Nitrox Fills - per dive $15
PADI Adventure dives - per dive $25
PADI Advanced Course (3 days, inc. 4 wreck dives) $600
Return bus transfers from Airlie Beach $45

We take deposit of $37.50 upon booking for those wanting to dive with equipment hire leaving a balance of $212.50 plus taxes to pay. Diving with tank and weights only the deposit will be $33 and the balance will be $187. Reef taxes and fuel levies are shown as an additional cost above at $22.
Please note that the balance is taken at the time of booking the balance is taken in the next 48 hours. The mooring fees can be paid on the day.

* Note that discount applies to accommodation and diving over multiple days and nights. So for 2 nights accommodation with breakfast cost is $51. Private double bed room also available $66 per night

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

What to Bring
Certification card, log book, voucher/ticket, money, hat, towel, swimwear, sunglasses, sunscreen. MV Adrenalin has sun and wind protection for comfort, however a jacket is recommended for cooler days. MV Yongala Express has spray screens and warm gear would also be recommended on cooler days.

 

Sea Conditions
The Yongala Wreck is located in open waters. Passengers are advised to consult a pharmacist for anti-seasickness medication prior to departure, or "Travacalm" may be purchased on board. While moderate currents may be encountered at this site, ascent and descent lines are used to assist divers.

 

Insurance
Dive and travel insurance is recommended.

 

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A deposit is required at time of booking, with the balance paid on day of departure.

Please check availability with us prior to booking.

Aquapro Dive Services, PO Box 4842, Cairns, QLD 4870, Australia