Ex-HMAS Canberra Recreation Reserve (Ex-HMAS Canberra Recreation Reserve)


Ex-HMAS Canberra Recreation Reserve (Ex-HMAS Canberra Recreation Reserve)

The ex-HMAS Canberra, a former warship which served the Australian Navy between 1981 and 2005, is the first artificial reef in Victoria created specifically for diving. The vessel was scuttled off Barwon Heads in October 2009 and now lies in approximately 28 metres of water. Divers have the opportunity to explore a large portion of the ex-HMAS Canberra, including flight decks, bridge, engine rooms, galley and the accomodation quarters.

Over time marine life will continue to colonise the the wreck, transforming into a spectacular reef.

Wreck diving is a challenging, adventurous activity and can also be dangerous. Access to the dive site is restricted to only those participating in diving and snorkelling activities.

Divers must book a dive tour with a licensed tour operator or book a two hour time slot on the public mooring through Parks Victoria website.

Divers are reminded that they must be appropriately trained, certified and experienced in Victorian conditions to dive the site. Divers must comply with Australian Standard AS4005.1 as a minimum level of certification.

How to get there

Ex-HMAS Canberra Recreation Reserve (Ex-HMAS Canberra Recreation Reserve)

Need to know

Ex-HMAS Canberra Recreation Reserve (Ex-HMAS Canberra Recreation Reserve)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • Boating zones apply
  • Fees apply
  • Restricted opening hours
  • No fishing


  • Water hazards
    • Deep water
    • Rough Surf
    • Strong currents
    • Submerged obstacles
  • Animals and pests
    • Sharks
    • Stingers

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

Temporary removal of public mooring no. 2 and special mark

ex-HMAS Canberra public mooring no. 2 (recreational mooring buoy) and special mark buoy (north) have been removed until further notice due to maintenance work. The site can still be utilised by recreational divers however, bookings and fees will not apply during this time.  

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