The HMAS Brisbane, sitting at a depth of 28-meters, is one of Australia’s best wreck dives. It was purposively sunk in 2005 and as it was a navy destroyer, it makes for a fascinating dive. It was scuttled, off Mooloolaba beach, which is a short drive from Brisbane. Whilst it was sunk relatively recently, corals and sponges have already colonized the ship.
Before it was sunk, extensive preparations were made to ensure the boat could be safely dived, but strategically placed holes were also made along the side of the wreck to provide divers with great access to all parts of the boat.
The wreck has quickly become a haven for over 200 different species. Anemone fish surround the boat, and wrasses are commonly found around the ship. Octopus, scorpion fish, Queensland groupers, and lionfish have all made the ship’s various chambers their home and can surprise divers as they enter the wreck. Groups of yellow-tailed kingfish have claimed the wreck, and they can be found circling the outside of the wreck. Other guests known to visit regularly include snapper, red emperor, and shovelnose rays. Eagle rays are also occasionally seen, as are leopard sharks. It was also confirmed recently that an octopus had decided to use a pyrotechnic tube up on the deck as its home, whilst a turtle has claimed the aft funnel.