About Ex-HMAS Brisbane
Good light, great sights
- Access inside the ex-HMAS Brisbane is optimal with:
- all internal areas offer three points of natural light
- wide and open entry and exit swim-throughs.
- Access holes allow passage into:
- the forward engine room
- boiler room
- gun mount
- ship's interior with crew quarters.
- The smoke stack starts at just 3m below the surface.
- The ship is:
- eight stories high
- seven cricket pitches long (133m).
RAA—protecting divers and site
The conservation park, and its restricted access area (RAA) protection, ensures that the site can be enjoyed, yet managed to maintain the cultural, historic and aesthetic values of the ship, as well as the ship's 'dignity', that is, showing respect to its historic service to Australia during the Vietnam and Gulf wars.
The ex-HMAS Brisbane may have finished its military service, but still serves today as excellent habitat for large and small marine life, a stunning artificial reef and exciting exploratory dives for years to come.
The ship was kept, as much as possible, in its original condition before scuttling. The bridge, missile launcher and propeller were removed by the Royal Australian Navy and serve as interpretive displays at facilities including the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. A few minor items were removed for safety, but essentially the ship's structural integrity was maintained.
Great dive. Safe dive.
Diver and snorkeller numbers are limited for safety. Controlling numbers in the site, at any one time, maintains the quality of the dive and snorkel experience, and minimises impacts on the reef and the wreck.
The following conditions apply when you dive this site:
- Divers/snorkellers must not deface, damage, interfere or remove any material from the ex-HMAS Brisbane.
- Divers/snorkellers must not interfere with or collect marine life or any other naturally occurring material in the park.
See the general guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.
The wreck and artificial reef is managed as the Ex-HMAS Brisbane Conservation Park under the Nature Conservation Act 1992. The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is responsible for managing the site and regulating access by licensed dive tour operators, dive clubs and recreational divers and snorkellers. It has the authority to restrict or prohibit activities that could compromise safety, amenity or protection of the site, such as fishing and anchoring.
Conservation park status provides for a range of recreational, commercial and scientific research opportunities and the ability to regulate activities for ecologically sustainable use of, and access to, the dive tourism infrastructure, by current and future generations.
Commercial activity agreements under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 have been negotiated between QPWS and dive tour operators for the provision of commercial and recreational dive tour services at the site. Dive tour operators that hold this agreement are required to manage the site in a manner that is consistent with the proposed management intent and use of the conservation park.
Day-to-day management of the artificial reef includes:
- managing visitors
- administering dive tour activity
- surveillance and compliance
- communication and community engagement
- risk assessment and mitigation
- environmental assessment and monitoring
- installing and maintaining moorings and navigational aids.
QPWS aims to minimise risks to divers and snorkellers by:
- managing conflicting activities
- requiring operators to practise safe diving procedures
- removing hazardous material and protrusions
- minimising risk of entrapment.
QPWS rangers undertake regular daytime and night-time patrols of the site.
The following dive tour operators are licensed to issue QPWS permits to private divers, snorkellers or club divers using the public mooring.
Sunshine Coast Destination Limited
For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.
Dive medical advice and emergencies
Divers Emergency Service (DES) Australia: Phone: 1800 088 200 (24 hour service).
For medical emergencies: Call Triple Zero (000).