ex-HMAS Canberra Reserve - Public Mooring 2
Hours: 24 hours a day. Each dive is 2 hours in duration with the exception of the 10:00 pm slot which is 6 hours.
The ex-HMAS Canberra dive site is the first artificial reef specifically created for diving in Victoria. It lies in approximately 28 metres of water, with the top of the mast about 5 metres below the surface at low tide. The site provides opportunities for divers with varying levels of experience and certification, from open water level certificates to advanced wreck divers, to enjoy this site.
How to book
1. Select your dive date.
2. Select your preferred time (time slots are 2 hours with the exception of 10pm)
3. Enter your vessel registration when prompted
4. Enter your contact details and make payment.
5. Enjoy your dive!
The site has been established specifically for diving. Snorkelling is also permitted. Access to the site is limited to those visitors who are participating in these activities only. The site offers divers the opportunity to explore a large portion of the ex-HMAS Canberra, including flight decks, bridge, engine rooms, galley and accommodation quarters, to name just a few of the features. Over time the wreck will be colonised by marine organisms adding to the experience.
Access to moorings is limited in order to safely manage the number of divers/ snorkellers on the site at any one time, to maintain the quality of the dive/snorkel experience and to minimise the impacts on the natural and cultural values of the dive site.
To enter the dive site visitors must either:
1. Book a dive tour with a licensed tour operator; or
2. Book a mooring through Parks Victoria.
Diving/snorkelling without such a booking is not permitted. An Authority to Dive/Snorkel is issued by Parks Victoria.
A dive/snorkel extends for a maximum period of two hours between 0400 and 2200 hours. Booking a dive from 2200 to 0400 hours represents one timeslot.
The ex-HMAS Canberra is located offshore from Ocean Grove, within Bass Strait in Victoria. It is approximately 25 minutes by boat from Queenscliff Harbour (on the Bellarine Peninsula) or Portsea (on the Mornington Peninsula).
To access the ex-HMAS Canberra dive site visitors will need to navigate through the Port Phillip Heads. Strong tides, currents and dangerous waves may be encountered when navigating this section of water. Access to the site is only to be undertaken in vessels manufactured for open water boating. Please refer to the Marine Safety Victoria website regarding the safety requirements for navigating the Port Phillip Heads.