The Ex-HMAS Tobruk rests on the seabed in a area just North of Hervey Bay. She came to rest on her starboard side and does not disappoint as Australia latest dive wreck!
The unexpected orientation only makes for a more interesting and unusual dive. The Tobruk is like no other wreck in Queensland or the world! She offers a unique diving experience with excellent access and awe inspiring scale. Her stern doors are open revealing her colossal main tank deck and providing a full-length (almost 120m!) swim-through experience like no other.
Resting on her side the dive depth ranges from 12 - 30 meters with ample interesting sections for open water and advanced divers to feel comfortable and challenged.
It will only take a short period of time for nature to reclaim this majestic behemoth. Divers will explore the ship and her surrounds encountering a bounty of fascinating marine life.
Colourful reef fish and anemones will greet excited divers as they descend. Octopus, Lion & Puffer fish and sparkling schools of Baitfish may part as you swim through the second-to-none cavernous tank deck.
For those experienced enough to descend to the seafloor, grouper, cod, wobbegong sharks and rays will await your company.
About the Tobruk
HMAS Tobruk (L 50) was a Landing Ship Heavy (LSH) of the Royal Australian Navy. Planning for the ship began in the 1970s to provide the Australian Army with a permanent sealift capability. Her keel was laid down in Newcastle, NSW in 1979, launched in 1980, and commissioned in 1981. She was a multi-purpose heavy lift ship capable of transporting soldiers, heavy vehicles and tanks, and delivering them to shore via landing craft or directly by beaching.
The HMAS Tobruk was decommissioned by the Australian government in July 2015 with the state of Queensland successfully tendering for the vessel in late 2016. The ship was towed from Sydney to the port of Bundaberg in December 2016 for preparations for scuttling in Wide Bay in June 2018.
The Dive Tour
Our guided ex HMAS Tobruk Dive Tours departs daily from our on water dive facility conveniently located on the Boat Club Marina in the harbour. We operate 2 high speed dive vessels and for safety only carry a maximum of 10 dive customers per trip ensuring personalised service and attention. You will be guided by members of our highly qualified PADI dive team who are passionate about our unique marine environment and diver safety. Your tour will include 2 dives on this mega wreck; Tanks and weights are included and a torch is recommended. Our price per diver is $200 plus $8 for the marine park fee. Additional charges apply if you wish to hire all equipment. Tech Divers and scuba clubs are welcome at the Hervey Bay Dive Centre.
Equipment for Hire
- Air Tanks & Weight Belt
- Regulator / Ocky
- Torch (night/wreck dives)
- Mask, Snorkel and Fins
- Go-Pro’s (limited)
Features & Facilities
- On-board toilet
- Free car park
- Tank refills
- Tech Servicing
Adults: $200 + $8 Marine park fee
- 2x guided dives of Ex-HMAS Tobruk
- Tanks & weight belt
- Tea / Coffee and refreshments throughout the day
- Ample Car Park Spaces
- Experienced Dive Guides
What to bring
- Your diving certification info/logbook, gear and towel
- Warm jacket and hat
- Camera, GoPro