Dive the Ex-HMAS Brisbane

Dive the Ex-HMAS BRisbane with Sunreef

Choose from the trips below

Double Dive on the Ex-HMAS

Night Dive on the Ex-HMAS

Special Events

Photo credits: Colin Baker instagram.com/colbaker 

Matt Shepherd mattshepherd.com.au

Ex-HMAS Brisbane site and conditions

She is located only 2.9 nautical miles offshore. This makes it an easy 15 minute ride out to dive her all year round.

Even if this if your first time diving a wreck site, the Sunreef Crew will ensure you will have a safe and fun experience.

The Ex-HMAS seems to be in an ideal diving spot, sitting upright, her forward decks rest in 15 metres of water, and her stern is in 18 metres of water.

When you cruise around the Ex-HMAS you’ll see her sheer size alone is an amazing sight. She is 133 metres long. You may also have the opportunity to explore the depths of her hull.

Seasonally the water temperatures change – from around 19°C in winter, to about 27°C in summer. Visibility is generally around 15 metres, and 20+ metres is not uncommon.

The Scuttling

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 exploseives were detonated. In only 2 minutes and 10 seconds the former HMAS Brisbane found her final resteing place in 28 metres of water.



The HMAS Brisbane was a Charles F Adams Class DDG guided missile destroyer of approx 5000 tons. She was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy in 1967, and served Australia for 34 years, until she was decommissioned in 2001. The HMAS Brisbane served in both the Vietnam and Gulf War and assisted on a number of humanitarian missions such as the aftermath of Cyclone Tracy in Darwin. 

Divers please read the following

Trip confirmations: As with all our dives, your confirmation of the trip will depend on the sea conditions and weather. We will monitor this closely and if the weather or sea conditions are unsuitable, we will let you know as soon as we can. We will send out an email and text message the day before your trip around 3:30 pm to inform you of the status of the trip and its departure time.

If you have not dived in the last 2 years or more: You will be required to complete either a Scuba Review/Refresher Course or a Reactivate Course before you can participate in any diving activities. We will be able to arrange these courses for you on most days at set times. Please contact us on +61 7 5444 5656 for more information.

Seasickness and equalization: If you find yourself dealing with seasickness or being unable to equalize, our crew will look after you and ensure you are comfortable and safe. However, as this is not something in our control we will not issue any rebookings or refunds for inability to equalise or being seasick and not completing dives. We suggest you consider seasickness tablets to minimize the risk of seasickness affecting your trip. 


If you have all your own equipment, please remember that to dive the Ex-HMAS Brisbane during the day you must have a snorkel, computer, SMB, a whistle, and a torch along with the rest of your scuba equipment (BCD, tanks, weights regulators, mask, snorkel, fins, wet suit, gloves). If you are diving the Ex-HMAS Brisbane at night you will need two torches, please see our night diving page for more information.

If you don’t have all your equipment, all of the above required items are available for purchase or hire from our shop along with the rest of the necessary scuba equipment (BCD, tanks, weights regulators, mask, snorkel, fins, wet suit, gloves).

Diver Statement: Each diver must complete a Sunreef Diver Statement before diving with us. This will be sent out to you with your booking confirmation. If any of the medical questions on your Diver Statement or at check in are answered ‘YES’, a doctor’s clearance may be required before you can dive with us. If a doctor’s clearance is required and cannot be produced on the day of your dive, the cancellation policies on our Terms and Conditions will apply.

Parking: The Wharf complex has 4 hour parking available, however you will need to find suitable parking for the tour you are on as some of our trips will be over 4 hours. There are some unlimited parking spaces available outside of The Wharf Mooloolaba / SEA Life car park, however please keep in mind especially if you are on an 11:30 am or later trip that parking can get very busy. Please give yourself at least 15-20 minutes for parking. You can find a parking map of The Wharf Mooloolaba here.

Book a Double Dive on the Ex-HMAS Brisbane