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NSW Crown Land


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Conditions of Entry to Reserve

Conditions of entry to the reserve apply.

  • Designated Entry Point For and Conditions of Entry to Ex-HMAS Adelaide Reserve 1014968 (PDF 40.6KB)
  • Prior to entering the Ex–HMAS Adelaide Reserve you must acknowledge that your visit to the dive site is an inherently dangerous activity and you enter the Ex-HMAS Adelaide Reserve, entirely at your own risk.
  • It is your responsibility to be satisfied that you are appropriately trained, certified and experienced in diving conditions that are likely to be experienced in NSW to undertake the planned dive. You are also responsible for determining that the weather and sea conditions experienced at the time that you dive are suitable for you to undertake this activity, given your level of qualification and experience.

Booking Options and Costs:

Central Coast Tourism are the official booking agent for the Ex-HMAS Adelaide dive site and manage bookings for permits and moorings. Bookings can be made either online, over the phone or in person.

Permits are $18 per person, per day and are a requirement to enter the reserve. Mooring bookings are for 2-hour timeslots, deigned to accommodate one dive on the site comfortably per booking. The mooring fees are as follows: 

  • $80 for a 2-hour timeslot for casual commercial operators
  • $60 for a 2-hour timeslot for club and private bookings

Timeslots have been set to allow a safe and comfortable diving experience.

Dive tours can be booked through commercial operators servicing this dive site location. Alternatively dive clubs and independent, experienced divers, may choose to book a club or public mooring.

If booking through a commercial operator, you should note the following:

  • Only two operators are licensed to access an exclusive mooring:  Pro-Dive Central Coast and Terrigal Dive Shop.
  • Other Commercial dive operators servicing this dive site will offer tours using a casual commercial mooring. It is the responsibility of the tour operator to book the mooring. You may need to book your own permit through Central Coast Tourism unless your dive tour operator has arranged otherwise as part of your package.

Option 1 - Book a dive tour with one of the two commercial dive operators with an exclusive mooring:

Option 2 - Book a dive tour with a Commercial Dive Tour Operator servicing this dive site who has booked and paid for a casual commercial mooring through Central Coast Tourism. Talk to your dive operator about obtaining your permit. 

Option 3 - Book a timeslot with a 'Public' Mooring or ‘Club’ Mooring, and dive permit through Central Coast Tourism and use a private vessel to access the reserve .

How to Book with Central Coast Tourism:

Online: Through the Central Coast Tourism website using their 24-hour online booking system.

Telephone: Telephone bookings can be made via +61 2 4343 4444 or toll free 1300 132 975 and you can speak to the Central Coast Tourism Sales and Information team to secure your mooring and/or daily permit.

In Person: You can organise your booking over the counter at one of Central Coast Tourism’s three Visitor Information Centres:

Kariong Visitor Information Centre
52 The Avenue, Mt Penang Parklands, Kariong NSW 2250
Open: Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 9.30 am to 3.30 pm

Gosford Visitor Information Centre
200 Mann Street, Gosford NSW 2250
Open: Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 4.00 pm
Saturday 9.30am to 1.30pm Closed Sunday

The Entrance Visitor Information Centre
Memorial Park, Marine Parade, The Entrance NSW 2261


Just one hour’s drive north of Sydney and south of Newcastle by car, dive and stay awhile on the Central Coast.

The Central Coast Visitor Centres have a range of accommodation options or find a caravan or camp ground nearby at


Just one hour north of Sydney and south of Newcastle by car, you’ll arrive in no time.

Gosford railway station is 12km from Terrigal and local buses service passengers arriving to the area.

Public transport options can be sourced either through google maps [hyperlink to] (get directions by public transport) or Cityrail’s trip planner

 HMAS Adelaide
 HMAS Adelaide
 HMAS Adelaide
 HMAS Adelaide

Photographs by Justin Gilligan