Quick facts on our Apollo wreck dive
- Location: 3NM offshore Long Reef Artificial Reef Area
- Diver Level: T1 / Tec45
- Depth: 47m
- Recommended Gas: 21% & 50% / 21/20 & 50% / 21/35 & 50%
- Dive time: 25-30min BT / 60-75min TRT
- Visibility: 5m to 40m
- Marine life: Tons of fish and large black bull rays
- Season : All year
A spectacular Sydney wreck dive
The Apollo barge was scuttle in the artificial reef area of Long Reef, she is fully intact, approximately 60 metres in length, 10 metres wide and 6 metres in height to the top deck. She lies in 47m of water with the top deck in around 40 metres; the wreck lies in a general direction of Northeast to southwest with the stern towards the west and sits upright.
Scuba diving through a fish-filled wreck
Divers can checkout the length of the main hold, penetrate the wreck in two areas, the bow through the foredeck hatch combing located behind the anchor winch or aft via a hole in the rear hold bulkhead, this hole will get divers into the power plant room, which is usually full of fish, once inside you can see old engine block located in the centre of the void, bilge manifold & pipe work on the hold bulkhead. The surrounding hull or stern has large corroded / missing sections along the old waterline, which deteriorated probably through electrolysis while the vessel was operating, this allows the many fish into the void and also additional light. Technical scuba divers can only enter or leave via the one hole so care should taken not to create a silt-out, which is always a major concern.
Plenty of fish on this Sydney wreck dive
The small wheelhouse located at the stern, now has a toilet as helm seat, a number of wrecks off Long Reef now have toilets as helm seats thanks to some creative tech divers. Scuba divers can checkout the rudder and the surrounding rock and sand, which gets more or less exposed due to the strong currents that are experienced regularly, these currents expose more or less rock depending on the time of year, big black bull rays can often be seen around this area and there is commonly a fish trap just of to one side of the wreck.
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