Yongala Dive

Adventure and Outdoors Tours

Yongala Dive is a PADI Dive Resort offering a full range of Dive Courses, Dive Accommodation and Day Trips to one of the world’s top dive sites- the historic S.S. Yongala Wreck.

In 1911 it sank without trace in a tragic cyclonic event. All 122 people on board died and a legend was born. It would be another 50 years before the coral encrusted structure was found and today it is one of the world’s most renowned dive sites and an adventure from start to finish.

Departing daily from the sleepy village of Alva Beach, only 16 kilometres from Ayr and 90 minutes drive south of Townsville, Yongala Dive will take you on an unique adventure – premier diving with a maximum of 12 people, experienced dive staff and a beach launch – getting there is half the adventure!


Service Types

Adventure and Outdoors Tours Cruises, Sailing and Water Tours Cultural and Theme Tours Nature and wildlife Sightseeing Tours Free Wifi


Scuba Diving Swimming


Basic Moderate

Disabled Assistance

Disabled access available


Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation Visitor Information Centre


ATEC COVID Ready/ WTTC Safe Travels Stamp COVID Clean Practicing Business COVID Safe ECO Certified (Ecotourism) by Ecotourism Australia Professional Association of Diving Instructors


From $262 to $292

The S.S. Yongala, once an ocean steaming vessel, is now an enchanting wreck, an artificial reef and home to an incredible array of marine life. Giant gropers, giant rays and schools of giant trevally congregate around the wreck while turtles lazily feed and sea snakes glide past. This is a diving experience for those with a sense of adventure, a passion to explore, to learn about the tragic history and to witness marine life matched by few other places on the face of this planet. It’s a dive you will never forget!

Departing daily from Alva Beach, near Ayr (90 minutes drive south of Townsville), Yongala Dive will take you on an unique adventure including premier diving with a maximum of 12 people, experienced dive staff, four wheel drive transfer to the beach and boat launch by tractor – getting there is half the adventure!

Experienced crew will guide divers with under 20 logged dives and Open Water divers will need to undertake Deep Dive Training to enable them to complete this dive.

Includes two dives with full gear hire, snacks and drinks on the vessel, barbecue lunch after diving.

Disabled Access


From $240 to $305

Be inspired by the Museum of Underwater Art and experience the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef all in one trip. Departing Townsville, they will head to John Brewer Reef (approximately 1.5 hours from the coast) where they will explore the newly installed Museum of Underwater Art Coral Greenhouse. After the first session of diving at the museum (or snorkelling if you prefer/are not dive certified) you will be treated to lunch on board followed by a session of snorkelling to explore the reef.

*This trip includes one dive (if Certified) and one Snorkel*

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly

From $200 to $340

Join Yongala Dive on an unforgettable day to the Outer Great Barrier Reef, and snorkel/dive this truly untouched, healthy and pristine coral reef.
The fun begins with a beach launch, followed by a 1.5-hour boat trip to this stunning part of the Great Barrier Reef. They are the only operator to access this section of reef, so no crowds! They will visit two sites where you can snorkel or dive, or both! Plenty of time to relax onboard for a light lunch, take a dip and soak up the sun.

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly

Book a private charter to suit your needs! They offer private group bookings for day trips to the SS Yongala, Great Barrier Reef, Fishing charters, Hens/Bucks Parties, Birthdays etc. A great day out to celebrate, relax or party with family and friends!

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly

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