HMAS Adelaide FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions - Dive Wreck HMAS Adelaide II
When was the HMAS ADELAIDE be sunk?
The ex HMAS Adelaide was scuttled on Wednesday 13th April 2011 just before noon.
Where will the HMAS Adelaide diving wreck and artificial reef be located and how deep will it be?
The ex HMAS Adelaide is sitting on the sea bed in 32 metres of water. The top of the mast is 9 Mtrs. below sea level. She lays 1.5 kilometre SE of The Skillion.
What will the dives cost?
The Government Park Fee will be $18 per day available at Central Coast Tourism
Single dives are $60 plus fee, double dives are $110 plus fee.
Full Hire Gear
Single dives are $120 plus fee. Double Dive are be $180 plus fee.
What marine life can I suspect to see?
To start off algae and barnacles, which will attract small bottom dwelling fish but it should only be a few weeks before bream, yellowtail, sweep and kingfish should appear. Octopus and morays will find hidey holes within the wreck and of course we can always rely on a groper making a home on the site. Keep looking at our site and we will try to update the variety of species accordingly.
Can I hire dive equipment?
You can hire gear from us from a full kit - down to just a tank and weights.
What visibility will I expect?
Visibility will range from approximately 20 metres to 4 metres - with some days better or worse
How many dives will be required to explore the wreck?
We think that this will be a 6 dive wreck to fully explore the corridors, rooms, mess room, bridge, engine room as well as the decks and hanger.
Are boat or shore dives available?
The HMAS Adelaide dive wreck will be a boat dive. We do have however shore diving right outside our shop. We will also be taking boats out to the local reefs and other wrecks for people who do not want to dive the ex HMAS Adelaide all the time. It is also envisaged that Night Dives will be organised on the ex HMAS Adelaide Dive Wreck.
When is the best time to come dive the HMAS Adelaide?
Although the air is cooler in the Autumn and Winter that is the time we get Westerly Winds
which make the seas flat with water temperature down to 17c. Spring and Summer can have
wonderful visibility with warmer water up tp 24c.but expect a typical Nor-Easterly wind come up in the afternoon from about 3.00 p.m.
Do you have any other wreck or reef dives apart from the ex HMAS ADELAIDE Reef?
The seabed of the Central Coast is an underwater wonderland and, with over 40 years of exploring the coast, we think we know most of the best spots.
Many ships have foundered off the central coast and their skeletal remains can be found on the sea bed. These then become artificial reefs and havens great schools of fish. We have dives to suit the "very" experienced to divers who have just gained their Open Water Certificate.
The dive locations range from sponge and coral covered reefs to dramatic drop offs with underwater caves and swim throughs and gutters.
What is the time zone?
Terrigal is subject to Australian Eastern Standard Time which is UTC/GMT +10 . During the summer we take advantage of enjoying an extra hour sunlight when daylight saving is introduced and NSW switches to UTC/GMT +11.
Daylight savings come into effect on 2nd Oct 2011 and finishes on 1st April 2012.
Following that from 7th Oct 2012 and finishing on 7th April 2013.