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SS Yongala Dive Site

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Address: Cape Bowling Green | Ayr (via), Alva Beach, Queensland, Australia
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08:00 - 17:00
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Scuba Dive the S.S. Yongala Wreck on the Great Barrier Reef
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One of my top 5 dives ticked off the list

This truly is one of the great wreck dives, she is intact, reaming with life and so easy to see the structure. The dive group leaders are super helpful and the boat is well... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2017
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99 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

This truly is one of the great wreck dives, she is intact, reaming with life and so easy to see the structure. The dive group leaders are super helpful and the boat is well equipped. My tip would be take sea sickness medication even if you don't get sick. I have never been sea sick so I didn't worry about... More 

Thank JPWilso
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29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

Myself and a friend visited the SS Yongala in Jan. First off the boat was in good condition and the skipper was very good fish life was amazing. No safety brief tho. A few things that I thought strange, first off we had a dive brief inland with a range of ability levels and experience. The instructor didn't touch on... More 

Thank Sammy147
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

We went diving with these guys ( and girls) , a few days ago, had a great time, cool people, fun speedboats and one of the best diving sites Australia can offer. I would definitely recommend any diver going through Queensland to find this place and lock it in, I get the impression people are dead set on Cairns and... More 

Thank Rokenlulu
Perth, Australia
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

As everyone says the quality of the dive and site are weather dependant. A rought trip out and strong current could spoil your day. We had an unusually flat sea and good visability for the site. Lots of fish life and following the wreck profile is easy to follow a dive plan. Pick the dive company dependant on the boat... More 

Thank Rod P
United Kingdom
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88 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

The Yongala wreck is a fantastic site to dive. I cannot believe what Mother Nature has made out of a sunk boat! The dive in itself can be quite tricky due to the current so I would say it is not suitable for very junior diver. The amount and variety of marine life is impressive. Definitively recommend.

1 Thank LauraPhilly2010
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2016 via mobile

I had 2 Dives at the SS and it was amazing ,every thing there is Gigantic ! I done it (and strongly recommend to do it )on Nitrox . In 2 Dives I have seen from the nudibranch to the giant Marble Ray and QLD grouper ,Tawny shark ,turtle ,sea snake ...The wreck was surrounded by one million of baby... More 

1 Thank Nico4290
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2016

So many fish! Saw rays, sea snakes, massive gropers, wobbies... was epic! Rivals GBR in my opinion. Would strongly recommend this dive. The conditions can get a bit rough and there can be pretty strong currents so make sure you are a confident diver and familiar with your equipment. The team really look after you and go the the nth... More 

Thank nextairemily
Perth, Australia
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11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2015

Diving and Mother Nature is hit and miss at the best of times and on this occasion despite ok but not great visibility of 15-20 metres there wasn't really that much interesting to see on either of the two dives we had that day. The highlight was the Queensland Grouper (he was massive) a few sea snakes and that is... More 

Thank BanksyinPerth
Level Contributor
4 reviews
Reviewed 18 July 2015

I dived the SS Yongala a few days ago with my girlfriend. We are both dive masters with over 200 logged dives so we know what we're talking about. We chose Alva because of the short boatride. It's true, Alva is not the best place to hang around but if you do your shopping in advance it's actually not that... More 

Thank Rens V
Nowra, Australia
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322 reviews
162 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2015

this is a great dive. alert though- dive centre is prone to cancel. can be a bit rough going out but only 40 min ride. stay in Ayr as if cancelled at least can go and do stuff- we went to Bowen one day. allow a few days there so can get one day diving in. depth is 25-28 m.... More 

Thank dave w

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