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Diving the Yongala Wreck

There are so many breathtakingly beautiful dive-sites to be found within the Queensland area, but one of the most legendary sites across the world is where the SS Yongala sits on the ocean bed.

Fish on the wreck of the Yongala| Img via: Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0

The SS Yongala

This massive passenger ship was built by an English company for the Adelaide Steamship Company. It was named after a small town in the south of Australia, whose name means ‘good water’ in the native Nadjuri language.

The Story Behind the Sinking

The ship sank after being caught in a cyclone in 1911, which resulted in the death of all 122 passengers that were on board. It took more than forty years to discover the wreckage, which was found in 1958.

The Wreck

After sitting on the ocean bed for more than a century, the SS Yongala has become a thriving ecosystem for the bounty of marine life that is to be found beneath the water. Around 10,000 divers visit the wreck every year. If you’re on vacation at one of many hotels Townsville such as the likes of Oaks M on Palmer, you might want to think about a visit.

The Experience

The wreck is one of the best examples of its kind, with the skeletal remains of the ship still having many components such as the rudder and engine intact. You can also discover marine creatures ranging from manta rays to bull sharks.



Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+