SUNREEF TO HOST “FREE HMAS BRISBANE DIVE EXTRAGANZA” TO CELEBRATE ex-HMAS BRISBANE 10th ANNIVERSARY

Whale_5057-web.jpgSunreef Mooloolaba are holding a two-day “FREE HMAS Brisbane Dive Extravaganza” to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the scuttling of the dive wreck.

Sunreef Mooloolaba owner Dan Hart said the HMAS Brisbane had generated hundreds of millions of dollars for the Sunshine Coast economy in the 10 years since it was scuttled.

“As the largest diving company on the Sunshine Coast, with two moorings on the wreck, we have been just one of the tourism businesses to benefit so to celebrate the anniversary we want to offer a very special opportunity for people to dive the wreck for free on Saturday 1st August and Sunday 2nd August,” Dan said.

Dan said while the dives would be completely free of charge, Sunreef were encouraging people to ‘pay it forward’ and make a donation to SunnyKids, a great Sunshine Coast charity supporting at risk young people in our community.

“Sunreef will supply everything you need including wetsuit, mask, snorkel, fins and tanks – absolutely everything – and divers can experience our very own world-class dive wreck and give back to the Sunshine Coast community with whatever donation they would like to give.”

Now a marine park, the ex-Australian Navy Destroyer is 133m long and lies in 28m of water, with the main deck in 18m and the funnels only 4m from the surface, and was specifically prepared to allow safe diver penetration for any level of certified diver, to explore the Captain’s cabin, engine, boiler, control rooms and more.

There are more than 200 species of sealife call the wreck home including large schools of pelagic fish, various rays, turtles, grey nurse sharks, Queensland Gropers and bait fish, as well as the amazing soft and hard corals and vast amount of macro life.

A double dive on the Brisbane with all the gear is usually $265 per person but its up to everyone what they want to pay over the HMAS Brisbane Dive Extravaganza weekend.  All you need to dive the wreck is an Open Water Dive certificate.

“We will have four boats each day so that’s 160 people who can join us so lets have fun and see how much we can raise for SunnyKids. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity – call the Dive Centre on 5444 5656 to secure your place, email dive@sunreef.com.au or message us via Facebook @Sunreef Dive.”

Dan said the actual anniversary of the scuttling of the wreck was on 31st July so it would be three days of celebrations.

“We have big plans already for Friday 31st but we are keeping them under wraps for now but we wanted to extend the celebration and help the ex-HMAS Brisbane to give even more back to the Sunshine Coast.

Sunreef Mooloolaba, based in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, is the longest established dive centre on the Sunshine Coast (Queensland, Australia) with roots starting back in 1976.

Sunreef is a 5 Star PADI Training Centre and offers accredited dive courses for all levels of divers as well as local reef dives, snorkelling trips and diving on the ex-HMAS Brisbane. Sunreef also plans and guides international dive trips and travel as well as dive equipment sales and servicing.

The whale swimming and watching operations work out of Mooloolaba in the heart of Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast.

For more information on Sunreef and diving the exHMAS Brisbane visit www.sunreef.com.au or call 07 5444 5656.