In January 2003, the Queensland Government agreed for the scuttling of the HMAS Brisbane off the Sunshine Coast as an artificial reef and dive site.
After careful preparations, the ship was finally towed to the Sunshine Coast. With the expertise of a crew with extensive background in scuttling ships to create artificial reefs. Explosives were placed in wooden frames on the inside of the ship, below the waterline.
On 31 July 2005, to the east of Mudjimba Island these explosives were detonated. In only 2 minutes and 10 seconds the former HMAS Brisbane found her final resting place in 28 metres of water.