Experience the best that Central Coast diving has to offer by exploring the decommissioned warship HMAS Adelaide which now rests on the ocean floor a few kilometers off of Avoca Beach.

Once a part of Australia’s Naval Fleet, the HMAS Adelaide has been decommissioned and was sunk 1.8 kilometers off of Avoca Beach on April 13, 2011. The remains of the warship now serve as an artificial reef and dive site, the first of its kind in New South Wales.

The new dive site provides a new kind of Central Coast diving experience for divers of all skill levels. Whether you’re an experienced diver or someone who wants to experience the thrills of diving for the first time, the safe and calm Avoca Beach dive site is a great site to visit.

Welcome Dive Site

For the different local diving companies and the Avoca Beach scuba clubs, which banded together in 2000 to form the Central Coast Artificial Reef Project, the scuttling of the HMAS Adelaide is a very big development indeed. After being unable to secure the ex-HMAS Brisbane in 2001 and the ex-HMAS Canberra in 2006, the group (as well as the people of the Central Coast) were extremely jubilant when the ex-HMAS Adelaide was finally brought to its final resting place.

Diving Opportunities

There are different ways that you can experience this new Central Coast diving site. You can either meet up and take advantage of the services of local dive operators that offer dive tours to the sunken warship; or you can opt to dive from a private boat. However, whether you are diving from a chartered boat or a privately owned boat, each diver needs a diver access permit and each boat needs mooring booking from Central Coast Tourism before you will be able to enjoy the sites of the new diving site.

Who Can Dive?

This Central Coast diving site is approximately 32 meters under the surface of the water. For even novice divers, this should give you an idea of the kind of skill level that you need if you want to enjoy the dive site. However, if you don’t think you have the necessary level of training for this particular dive, you can always ask for professional advice from a commercial dive operator. In fact, you can even get some training to prepare you for the dive at the Ex-HMAS Adelaide dive site.

Pricing per dive, per person varies depending on whether you dive with a commercial dive operator, a public one, or club booking. If you rent gear and diving equipment, then extra costs will also apply. You can always ask commercial diving operators for a quote on diving packages.

It has been a long time coming, but now divers are enjoying the beauty and excitement that comes from enjoying the EX-HMAS Adelaide – and so can you.