The Ex-HMAS Adelaide is a former Australian naval warship that was purpose prepared and sunk to create an artificial dive reef. Located approximately 1.8km off Avoca Beach near Terrigal on the Central Coast of New South Wales, in 32 meters of water* this site has been prepared and optimally located to make it attractive to divers of all levels of experience.
The ship measures 138.1 meters from bow to stern, with a beam of 14.3 metres and original displacement of 4100 tonnes. Diver access holes are strategically placed throughout the vessel to allow easy access to explore the key features of the wreck. Divers will recognise the captain’s chair, console and chart table from the bridge, the helicopter hangars, the operations room complete with the shells of weapons and sensor consoles, the crew’s cafeteria and a limited number of bunks and amenities.
Scuttled before an estimated 18,000 thousand strong crowd on April 13, 2011 the Ex-HMAS Adelaide is already home to an establishing healthy marine community, where along with encrusting “first settlers”, the shipwreck is now home to a growing marine community which includes the giant eastern cuttlefish, eastern blue groper, kingfish, blennies, yellowtail, octopus, banner fish and bat fish to name a few.
Be among the first to dive this magnificent shipwreck with Expedition Dive and stay tuned to the website, or make plans to return in future to see who’s made Ex-HMAS Adelaide its new home.
Water Temp ~ 21 degrees Celsius
Max depth – 35.4m
Always descend and ascend on one of the mooring lines! Stay close to your buddy and monitor your air and bottom time. Highly recommended you do an extra safety stop at 10 meters for 3 minutes air permitting in addition to your 3 minutes at 5 meters. (on the mooring line)
Dive Type: Boat Dive | Experience: Advanced
the HMAs Adelaide was a long-range escort frigate with roles including area air defence, anti-submarine warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance, and interdiction. Built in the United states, HMAs Adelaide was commissioned in November 1980 and
was the first of six Adelaide class guided-missile frigates to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy.
the ship is 138.1 metres long, with a beam of 14.3 metres and original displacement of 4100 tonnes.
the HMAs Adelaide participated in the 1990/91 Gulf War,
in peacekeeping operations in east timor in 1999 and 2006, and was deployed to the Arabian Gulf in 2001 and 2004. the ship was also involved in the high profile search and rescue of solo yachtsmen thierry dubois and tony Bullimore from the southern Ocean in 1997.