Ex-HMAS Adelaide Dives

wreck of the HMAS Adelaide is located off Sydney’s Central coast. As Sydney wreck dives go, it is one of the most famous and a relatively recent one at that!

Quick Facts about our Ex-HMAS Adelaide dive

Ex-HMAS Adelaide the day of her scuttling off Avoca on 13 April 2011.
  • Location: Off Sydney’s Central Coast (Avoca Beach)
  • Diver Qualifications: Advanced
  • Depth: 15m to 37m
  • Recommended Gas: Nitrox 30%
  • Dive time: Generally, 35-70 mins
  • Visibility: 5m to 25m
  • What you’ll see: Humpback whales, southern right, seals, grey nurse sharks, whales, kingfish, tailor, yellowtail, squid eggs, colourful corals.
  • Best season to dive: Great in all seasons

We also offer this dive to technical certified divers so as they can do this dive in one long continuous dive of well over 70 minutes. This technical type long dive can be done at the same time as other recreational advanced divers who will be doing two separate dives.

Over the last year we have been commonly seeing large numbers of big grey nurse sharks and several Australian fur seals on the wreck, this maybe due to the large number of pelagic fish which now call the wreck home.

A Sydney wreck dive for advanced divers

Unfortunately, the ex-HMAS Adelaide sank side on to the prevailing sea conditions and has since subsided to a depth of 37m with the top of the mast at 15m. As such, divers must have completed an advanced dive certificate and it would be of benefit to have also completed a nitrox course. Divers should expect to experience a bit of surge on the wreck, in particular 

Departure from Pittwater for a safer dive

We operate our boat from Careel Bay Marina located in Pittwater on Sydney’s Northern beaches. This departure location saves hours of car travel for our divers and reduces the risk of decompression sickness due to the pressure change when returning by sea (instead of experiencing the significant pressure changes due to elevation were you to return to Sydney from the central coast via the M1 motorway!)

Loads of free parking, easy access for your car to drop off your dive gear straight onto the wharf.)

Highlights from our Ex-HMAS Adelaide dive

Our journey to the wreck may feature humpback and southern right whales as they make their way north or south. Once at the wreck site marine park, we can expect huge schools of kingfish, tailor (bluefish) and yellowtail.

Like many Sydney wrecks, expect to find squid eggs attached to the superstructure and handrails of the ex-HMAS Adelaide. The wreck is now covered by colourful hard and soft corals; an added bonus to feast your eyes on throughout this amazing Sydney wreck dive.

As you descend, the corals’ colours will fade starting with the reds down to the blues and greens.

An advanced Sydney wreck dive

As the depth range varies from 15m to 37m, this dive is designed for advanced open water divers. During our dive, we’ll explore the decks and galleys from the hanger deck on up (the lower decks are in excess of 30m and access to them is restricted by Crown lands who manage the site.)

Diving a Royal Australian Navy ship

Diving this relatively new and well-preserved military shipwreck is a unique privilege. The wheelhouse which houses the captain’s chair is a great spot for a keepsake photo as is the combat information centre (CIC). This area is one deck below and aft of the wheelhouse and easily accessible by a hole that has been cut into the deck in the wheelhouse.

Our wreck dive will take us through many of the ship’s cabins. We will exit via the stern either in the hanger deck or through one of the holes which have been cut into the ship to make the ship safe for divers. Depending on the conditions, expect visibility to range from 5m to 25m.

Strong surges may be encountered on this wreck, even in small seas, as the vessel was sunk side onto the prevailing waves. Once inside the wreck visibility will be good, irrespective of how it is outside the ship.

Quick takeaways when diving the ex-HMAS Adelaide wreck

  • The wreck’s bow points in an eastern direction  
  • There are 4 moorings on the wreck
  • Part of the wreck’s superstructure has already broken off (large side sheet metal panel)
  • The hull is steel, whilst the superstructure is made of aluminium 
  • Divers will need to sign a waiver from Crown lands before they dive

Come dive this beautiful wreck with us!

Sydney wreck diving doesn’t get much better than this! Dive the Old Adelaide with Sydney’s best scuba diving team.

Amanda Carroll
Amanda Carroll
20:57 02 Feb 20
We had such an amazing dive with Sydney Dive Charters this weekend - loads of sharks and a Weedy Sea Dragon! So professional, impeccable service, they clearly know the dive sites so well which comes with years of experience and local knowledge, makes such a difference to making a dive good to great, relaxed, efficient easy going. Boat was spotless and well maintained, rental equipment good quality. I look forward to diving with Jason and his team again soon. Thank you guys!
Libby T
Libby T
21:44 27 Jan 20
Great experience with a professional, friendly, and helpful dive team. Jason gave clear briefings, had a great boat set up that is perfect for diving, and provided top of the line hire gear. Jason has great local knowledge, and makes safety a priority. Looking forward to diving with them again.
Chloe et Benjamin .
Chloe et Benjamin .
07:46 26 Jan 20
Amazing diving trip with Jason and his crew! Great gear and logistic. Discovered some of the most beautiful underwater creatures. Jason knows where to find the best spots in Sydney bay and how to improvise when schedule doesn’t go as planned.
Jacintha Symes
Jacintha Symes
04:27 17 Dec 19
Thanks Jason and Kate. We had a great day diving out to the apartments and Coral gardens. On time, will organised, friendly and warm people. Great value ! See you next time Jason !
Andrew Cronan
Andrew Cronan
23:28 16 Dec 19
Great double dive. Quality rental gear and a capable crew. Highly recommended. Andrew
Mick G B
Mick G B
02:33 10 Dec 19
Had a great day diving with Kate. Jason runs a solid operation. Awesome hire gear and boat. Highly recommend
sidney Mendonca
sidney Mendonca
02:20 09 Dec 19
Excellent dive, Jason and kate are very professional and friendly. The boat was comfortable and the dive sites were amazing. I would like give my special thank Jason as I left my wallet on the boat (luckily, it didn't fall to the water) , Jason Found it and called straightway. Thanks mate .
Kasia Brulinski
Kasia Brulinski
15:43 04 Dec 19
Thank you Jason and Kate for an amazing diving experience. As a relative beginner, I was a little nervous about my double-dive, but the team were so friendly and warm that I immediately felt comforable. The diving equipment was all new and state of the art, which made a world of difference, and the dives and visibility were spectacular. I look forward to coming back for more dives with this professional, passionate and kind team. Thanks again!
Mark
Mark
21:29 02 Dec 19
Well organized, we hired equipment, was good and thrustworty. Enthousiast crew and good dive sites and diving. Mark and Sandra
Rajdeep Roy
Rajdeep Roy
07:55 02 Dec 19
Great day out & a diving experience with Jason. His boat dive instructions are very clear and precise and helps every diver before entry and exit. The best part is when the divers are below, Jason makes sure that there's no other non-diving boat in the vicinity & keeps all the divers feel safe to surface. Gr8 job mate!
Yaofeng KONG
Yaofeng KONG
02:10 24 Sep 19
Amazing experience! Excellent boat crew, caring about the customers. Recommended to everyone!
Claudia Gilbert
Claudia Gilbert
12:01 21 Aug 19
Jason is so knowledgeable and despite being on a course... I learnt a heap from his advice and experience as well... he was also very caring and considerate... which I really appreciated 😉
D Abela
D Abela
11:55 19 Aug 19
This was our third time diving with Jason & Sydney Dive charters and we're looking forward to many more. Jason, a true dive professional, has an enormous wealth of diving knowledge and runs the dives smoothly and safely. We have done a few courses on his dive charters and have the utmost respect for him and the charters he runs. We thoroughly enjoy the diving and information and knowledge we gain every time we dive with Sydney Dive charters.
Paul Kirk
Paul Kirk
11:20 18 Aug 19
I’ve never seen such a well organised, clean and tidy boat which to me, means someone really knows what they’re doing, I’m in good knowledgeable, safe hands and they take pride in their work and I respect that. Jason and his dive boat are a 5-star AAA operation that won’t disappoint.
Javier López
Javier López
22:56 29 Jul 19
Great diving experience. Jason is very knowleadgeable and he made sure our dives were enjoyable and fun. We managed to see Sharks, Weedy sea dragons and many other interesting sea life!. The service is excellent and booking through the web is so easy that it makes the experience even better. I will definitely go with them in my next dives in Sydney!
Meg King
Meg King
09:41 23 Jun 19
Great dive experience with Jason and Xavier. I would highly recommend his service. They took great care of me and all my gear was all top notch. I will definitely be going out with him again.
Arie B
Arie B
05:13 29 May 19
Excellent communication and easy to organise our dives. Professional service with attention to detail. At no stage was anyone rushed to get into the water. Catered for all abilities. Very impressed. Will definitely book again
Roger O'Connor
Roger O'Connor
08:57 13 May 19
Great boat with a amazing crew best dive experience so far with Sydney dive charters i have being out with other dive centers boats and if conditions are not right they will all ways look for the easiest dive site . Even with big swell Jason was happy to go to the dive site we wanted..... Matt was a great guide...... I highly recommend these guys for a great dive experience in Sydney
Ilaria Caccamo
Ilaria Caccamo
09:53 12 May 19
Great diving. Jason is very professional and has great experience that allowed us to dive in safety without giving up a more challenging dive site despite tough weather conditions. He is always dedicated to the customers happiness and safety and always goes an extra mile to help out. Great addition to the team with the Dive Master Matt that perfectly guided our dives today. We saw heaps of sharks and a really giant cuttlefish. The boat is very comfortable and well equipped also with a toilet available. In addition the rental gear available from Jason is excellent quality.
riley9634
riley9634
00:56 23 Apr 19
Excellent day out! Highly recommended! I was considering going with another company, and was very happy I chose Sydney Dive Charters instead! New high quality gear, no ripped wetsuits and a good briefing on how to use it all! Jason was very knowledgeable and set us up in the best conditions as he knows the Sydney coast like no one else. Our dive guide was great, he also made the trip very memorable. I will be back again 100%
Raychel Follis
Raychel Follis
18:47 04 Apr 19
Such a good time diving with Sydney Dive Charters. Knowledgeable, professional and fun. They delivered on everything they said. The boat was comfortable and the tanks were full. Thanks again Jason! It was a perfect first dive in Australia, you set a very high standard for us!
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