About Tobruk Dive tours

 

Interested in diving the Ex HMAS Tobruk, Australia's latest military wreck soon to be sunk in the pristine waters off Hervey Bay?

The Tobruk is a unique ship with some distinguishing features making for one of the most interesting military wreck dives in the world. As you explore the ship and her surrounds you can expect encounter a bounty of fascinating marine life.

The Tobruk will soon be set to rest on the seabed with her topmost point only a few metres below the surface. There will be ample interesting sections for the beginner, intermediate and advanced divers to feel comfortable and challenged.

It will be a short cruise to cover the 25 nautical miles (exact lcoation to be confirmed) to the dive site. The shelter of World Heritage Fraser Island means the wreck can be dived year round.

The HMAS Tobruk

The Tobruk was a Landing Ship Heavy of the Royal Australian Navy. She was planned in the 1970's to provide the Australian Army with a dedicated sealift option. She was built from 1978 to 1980 by Carrington Slipways on the Hunter River near Newcastle, New South Wales. She was launched in 1980 and commissioned the following year.

Designed as a flexible roll-on/off heavy lift transport HMAS Tobruk's defining feature was her massive "barn-door" bow doors. Utilising this feature with her stern door and reinforced deck running the length of the ship, Tobruk could carry up to 500 soldiers plus cargo or vehicles. Once loaded she could deploy troops and vehicles directly by beaching.

While the sheer size, unique doors and cargo deck make for a fascinating dive, many other features will interest both casual diver and military wreck enthusiast alike.

HMAS Tobruk

Tobruk features

HMAS Tobruk layout
  • Pennant: L-50
  • Displacement: 3353 tonnes
  • Length: 127 metres
  • Beam: 18.3 metres
  • Draught: 4.9 metres
  • Built: Carrington Slipways, Pty Ltd, New South Wales
  • Laid Down: 7 February 1978
  • Launched: 1 March 1980
  • Commissioned: 23 April 1981

Further exploration

For Tobruk Divers there's lots more to do on the Fraser Coast...

Hervey Bay offers visitors ample opportunities for further adventure such as Guided of self-drive tours of World Heritage Listed Fraser Island and Hervey Bay whale watch and whale swims.

Fraser Island tour

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