Experience the thrill of diving in a shipwreck at the ex-HMAS Canberra. The dive site offers divers the opportunity to explore a large portion of the former Australian Navy ship. Swim over flight decks and through the bridge, engine rooms, galley and the accommodation quarters.
The HMAS Canberra was the second of four FFG-7 Class Guided Missile Frigates built for the Royal Australian Navy by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation Seattle, Washington, USA. The HMAS Canberra was commissioned on 21 March 1981 and de-commissioned on 12 November 2005.
The vessel hull is constructed of steel and the superstructure is aluminium alloy. It has an overall length of 138.1 metres and a beam of 13.7 metres. In service, the height from keel to top of the mast was approximately 39 metres. Parts of the ship, including the gas turbine engines, rudder, missile launcher, a section of the mast and propeller were removed by the Navy, prior to it being prepared for use as a dive site.
Over time, marine life will continue to colonise the wreck, transforming it into an even more spectacular reef.
Access to the site is limited to visitors who are participating in diving or snorkeling activities.
A dive permit is required for all independent recreational dives. Fees apply. Permits are available for a maximum of two hours (except for the 10pm time slot which is six hours).
The permit allows use of mooring number 2 only. Mooring 1 is reserved for licensed tour operators. You do not need a permit if you book your dive through a licensed tour operator.
Divers are reminded that they must be appropriately trained, certified and experienced in Victorian conditions to dive the site. Divers must comply with Australian Standard AS4005.1 as a minimum level of certification.
Any vessel with divers operating from it must always display signals by day or night to inform other users. Signals should be placed to ensure all round visibility.
Divers are advised to take all necessary precautions, be aware of changing weather conditions and watch for potential hazards.
Parks Victoria regularly monitors the condition of the ex-HMAS Canberra in accordance with the long term management and monitoring plan for the site.
As beaches and coasts are natural environments, you may encounter hazards. Follow our water safety advice to make sure your day out at Ex-HMAS Canberra Recreation Reserve is a safe and enjoyable one.
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Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.
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Stay safe this summer around beachesBeaches may have hazards such as steep cliffs, slippery rocks, strong ocean currents, large waves, rips, and sudden changes in weather conditions. Stay safe on your day at the beach by only swimming where there are lifeguards and by staying in between the red and yellow flags. Always heed warning signs and advice even if you are not planning to go in the water and be aware of changing weather conditions. Always wear a lifejacket whenever boating, rock fishing, or using a watercraft.