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Post  ianqld on 3rd April 2010, 11:58 am

The HMAS Brisbane is a 133 metre, former warship that was sunk as a diving attraction on the 31 July 2005.
It lies on a sandy bottom in 28 metres of water, just off the coast of Mooloolaba.
The site is protected and a permit is required to dive on it. An easy option is to book a dive with one of the Dive shops at Mooloolaba.
This is the option I took and it was a very enjoyable experiences. The ship was set up for safe penetration diving before being sunk.
I don't normally like wreck diving, but I did enjoy this one.
Over the past four years good growth and plenty of fish have come to the ship.



The water was a bit murky, but it was fun.

This video shows the approach.





Swimming along the deck.





Down into the murky depth.

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Post  shaz on 3rd April 2010, 12:39 pm

wow -- ian that video is excellent -- so much sea life/ colours going on there --- NICE Smile . for only 5 years i feel !
last time i saw that ship i was a guest on it !

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Post  ianqld on 5th April 2010, 1:14 pm

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The swim back to the start position shows more fish life on the deck.
The area is protected from any kind of fishing or collection. The marine life is left alone to thrive.


The return swim, with plenty of fish.




Video showing the fish on the deck





At the end of a dive it is a safety requirement to stay at 5 metre depth for 3 minutes to allow the expanding gasses to escape the blood system. This ship has a convenient rail to hold onto and watch the marine life.




Hanging off the railing in 5 metres deep.




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Post  liquidg on 5th April 2010, 2:20 pm

Ian as usual your photographic skills are excellent, top shelf mate. cheers
It is a prerequisite as is in your dive to see happy moments on the sun shine coast hey. Laughing
I am with you in that I do not like wreck diving not just for the danger, not that the recently intentionally sunk ones are that un safe but for the fakeness,if that could be a word for the whole thing.
The sunshine coast waters were not all ways that silty, in the late 70s it was not much of an issue, canals combined with cane farming have a lot to answer for on this.
The back of old woman island literally had the barrier reef on the shore side back than,what a sight that was,back than,my first memory of that spot was to see three clown triggors swimming one after the other in les than 40 feet of water, things change.
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