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

Need to know

Ex-HMAS Canberra Recreation Reserve

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed



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