The 110m hull is mostly intact and protected by the Historic Shipwreck
Act. Altering or removing artefacts is strictly prohibited.
As a result, wreckage such as chairs, port holes, lights, bottles
and human remains are still visible, providing for a fascinating
However, the Yongala is most famous for the abundant marine life. It is often said that you will see more
marine life on one dive on the Yongala Wreck than you will on half a dozen dives on the reef. Big schools of giant
Trevally and barracuda cruise the wreck. Giant grouper, bull rays, schools of eagle rays, sea snakes, turtles,
large coral trout, sharks and schools of colourful tropical fish patrol the length of the wreck. Hiding inside are
large cod and schools of small fish and hawk fish sneak out and take a peek.
For the invertebrate enthusiast, the wreck is covered in hard and soft corals, anemones and a diverse range of
crustaceans and molluscs including giant murex and nudibranchs. During the winter months, the calls of the
migrating whales can be heard and occasionally seen around the wreck.
The Yongala Wreck is a ‘must do’ on your list of dive sites in Australia. Very few dive sites in the world have
as much to offer as the Yongala and all who experience this incredible dive comment that it is one dive that will
remain in their memories forever.