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Diving the Yongala Wreck

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Sunk in 1911 due to a cyclone and undiscovered till 1958, this amazing wreck sits on the sandy bottom with no reefs nearby. This means there's an incredible about of fish life and activities here; the wreck is 109m in length and sits roughly 30m down. It is known as one of the top diving sites in the world!

After a small internal debate regarding the price, I knew I had to go and do it. We went with Adrenalin Dive. Luckily it was a bright sunny day and the waters were "calm" according to the crew (though this did not stop me from getting seasick between dives...does the boat rock the other way in the southern hemisphere?)

I decided to start my Advanced Open Water course on the boat since I needed a guide anyway to go down to 30m. This probably didn't help the seasickness situation as I tried to read and write on the boat, but I was determined. Later, I'd realize it would have been cheaper to do the whole course on a liveaboard boat off Cairns, instead of starting it here but it seemed like a good idea at the time.

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The dive itself was unbelievable! Most of the ship itself is gone, but the coral still holds the shape of the wreck and we had awesome visibility. We'd opted to rent a camera and Anna managed to get some amazing pictures and videos. Unfortunately, I was a little overwhelmed with it all and couldn't manage / share the camera so all the pictures and videos are taken by Anna.

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We saw a turtle having some lunch.

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We saw a ton of spotted eagle rays. They're so elegant and graceful as they soar through the waters.

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I didn't recognize this ray, but it was HUGE! The video takes a couple seconds for it to swim into view, but you'll see at the end as it swims by a person, just how big it actually is...

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Apparently there are sea snakes, more deadly than anything on land but they're not aggressive at all and occasionally mildly curious. So they'll even swim around your legs and up through your BCD if you're lucky (or unlucky).

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After getting back ashore, we tried to load the pictures onto my computer from the memory card and it wasn't working! Yikes! We went through 3 days of panic and that sinking feeling when technology fails you, before we were able to stop by the shop to see if they could fix the problem. They couldn't. So we headed over to a camera store and for the same price as the camera rental, we were able to recover the pictures and videos. Luckily there were good pictures and videos that it was totally worth it to recover them all!

Posted by smr1188 16:35 Archived in Australia Tagged diving wildlife australia scuba wreck east_coast

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