Quick facts on our Colooli wreck dive
- Location: Long Reef Artificial Reef Area. 2.5NM offshore
- 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: Roughy, slender roughy, kingfish, Australian fur seal, whiting, morwong, Port Jackson shark, wobbegong shark and giant cuttlefish.
- Season: All year
Our top Sydney wreck dive
The budget dredge Coolooli was scuttled off Long Reef on 19th August 1980 and lies in sand at 48 metres of water, she lies on her starboard side, the port side of the hull is at a depth of 44 metres, prior to 2015 the wrecks hull was at 40 metres, however Sydney had one of its largest storms which created the largest wave height ever recorded on Thursday 23rd April 2015, this serve storm damaged many of the offshore wrecks like the wreck Coolooli, which sustained damage to its superstructure and part of the hull.
A Sydney wreck filled with marine life
The Coolooli has a length overall all (LOA) of 50 metres, the wreck is lying on her starboard side in situated roughly a west to east direction with the bucket train to the east. The wreck has several areas that divers can enter, but caution must be observed due to the continual degradation of the wreck. Sydney scuba divers can enter several overhead structures or voids such as the area where the bucket train passes between the port and starboard hulls, this area is usually shrouded in fish life, such as the both roughy or slender roughy. The power plant room is another area technical Sydney scuba divers can enter but the entrance is hard to find unless shown by a local, the void has claimed the life at least one diver in the 1980’s, a plaque was laid at the base of a set of stairs but this cannot be seen any longer due to being covered by debris from one of the many internal structure cave in’s.
Plenty of fish on this Sydney wreck dive
Scuba divers can encounter Large kingfish on the upper hull area, however has gotten rarer and rare due to over fishing, the best time to see these fish or even the occasional Australian fur seal is when divers first descend to the wreck. In the area where the bucket train reach’s the main hull was the control room, this large section of the superstructure has now all but completely collapsed, several thick ‘I’ beams are still standing, showing the general area where the control man once operated the dredging control’s. Sydney scuba divers can see smaller school’s of whiting, morwong and is home to Port Jackson sharks and large wobbegong sharks. Giant cuttlefish can also be found in many areas of the wreck.
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