Things to do
Queensland's Sunshine Coast offers a wide range of accommodation from camping to cabins, motels, self-contained units, houses and resorts. For more information see the tourism information links.
The ex-HMAS Brisbane provides excellent scuba-diving and some snorkelling opportunities.
- All divers must have a recognised scuba-diving qualification.
- Private divers and snorkellers need a QPWS permit.
- The site is not suitable for inexperienced divers without a guide.
- Recommended experience is a minimum of 10 open-water dives.
- Wreck 'penetration' should only be attempted by those with suitable equipment, training and experience.
- Wreck diving is potentially dangerous.
The two dive tour operators are licensed to offer dives within Ex-HMAS Brisbane Conservation Park. If you are a certified diver, contact the dive operators to find out which dive experiences they can offer you.
You need a permit and fees apply to snorkel the wreck. You do not need scuba-diving qualifications.
- summer visibility is about 10–15m
- winter visibility is about 15–25m.
The ex-HMAS Brisbane is covered with hard and soft corals, offering divers and snorkellers an underwater wonderland to explore. Just some of the sights you can see are:
- fish, including bat fish, mackerel, coral trout and small groper
- bottom-dwelling sharks such as wobbegongs
- sea urchins
- sea stars
- sea whips
- nudibranchs, including the fantastic spanish dancers.
See the description of the park’s natural environment for more details about the wreck's diverse marine wildlife.
Diving yes! Fishing No!
Access permits for general boating and fishing in and around Ex-HMAS Brisbane Conservation Park are not issued, due to the serious risks to divers from hooks and entanglement in discarded fishing line.
- On-the-spot fines may be issued to vessels entering the conservation park restricted access area without a permit.
- Boats should stand off at least 400m from the wreck in any direction to ensure they are clear of the restricted access area.
- Be aware: Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers regularly conduct compliance patrols.
The Sunshine Coast is full of attractions, including zoos and aquaria, golden beaches and wide rivers, wildflowers and beautiful hinterland rainforests in the Blackall Range, Mary Caincross Park and the Maleny, Kondalilla and Mapleton national parks.