The Ex-HMAS Adelaide is a former Australian naval warship that was purpose prepared and sunk to create an artificial dive reef. Located approximately 1.8km off Avoca Beach near Terrigal on the Central Coast of New South Wales, in 32 meters of water* this site has been prepared and optimally located to make it attractive to divers of all levels of experience.
The ship measures 138.1 meters from bow to stern, with a beam of 14.3 metres and original displacement of 4100 tonnes. Diver access holes are strategically placed throughout the vessel to allow easy access to explore the key features of the wreck. Divers will recognise the captain’s chair, console and chart table from the bridge, the helicopter hangars, the operations room complete with the shells of weapons and sensor consoles, the crew’s cafeteria and a limited number of bunks and amenities.
Scuttled before an estimated 18,000 thousand strong crowd on April 13, 2011 the Ex-HMAS Adelaide is already home to an establishing healthy marine community, where along with encrusting “first settlers”, the shipwreck is now home to a growing marine community which includes the giant eastern cuttlefish, eastern blue groper, kingfish, blennies, yellowtail, octopus, banner fish and bat fish to name a few.
Be among the first to dive this magnificent shipwreck and stay tuned to the website, or make plans to return in future to see who’s made Ex-HMAS Adelaide its new home.
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A permit is required to dive or snorkel the Ex-HMAS Adelaide site and are priced at $18 per diver, per day and divers must access the site aboard a boat with a mooring booking.
There is a $60 mooring fee if you have your own boat, or divers planning to dive with a commercial dive operator are advised to speak to them first, as many operators will arrange permits on your behalf as part of a complete dive experience.
See the Bookings section for further information on available booking options.