Queensland Tourism promotes Tobruk dive site


Tourism and Events Queensland has released a stunning new video to promote the ex-HMAS Tobruk dive site offshore from Bundaberg.

The promotion will reach a global audience through www.queensland.com and social media.

Environment Minister Leanne Enoch has said the former Royal Australian Navy ship will become a major tourist drawcard for the Wide Bay region.

“The wreck is expected to generate about $1.7 million for the local economy annually and support between 20 and 30 jobs in the region,” she said.

“Following the scuttling last year, the ship has been transformed into a magnificent marine ecosystem, providing homes and shelter for hundreds of species of fish, including grouper, trevally and wrasse along with molluscs, hard corals and various species of ray.”

The Tourism and Events Queensland video has been published on YouTube with an accompanying post on the Queensland Blog. The YouTube description reads:

“Just when you thought scuba diving in Queensland couldn’t get any better, the ginormous ex-HMAS Tobruk has been scuttled a short distance away from Hervey Bay and Bundaberg. The enchanting shipwreck is now a must-do activity for those with an appetite for adventure and has the potential to become one of Australia’s finest dive experiences. If you want to explore the inner sections of a mammoth former Royal Australian Navy ship, or you are captivated by the prospect of spotting some of the epic marine life that surrounds the wreck, then the ex-HMAS Tobruk needs to be your next dive.”

Tobruk dive site
The ex-HMAS Tobruk dive site is attracting visitors from afar. Picture: Tracy Olive

The blog post says divers can expect to see a huge variety of marine life including manta rays, groupers, cod and Spanish mackerel.

“As breeding turtles have a soft spot for the waters around the Fraser Coast and Bundaberg, our flippered friends are expected to be regulars in and around the wreck,” the article reads.

“Divers can also expect to see and hear migrating humpback whales as they traverse through the area from May to November.”

Ms Enoch said the Government was investing $1 million dollars in the Wide Bay region to promote tourism opportunities.

“The dive site will be a major drawcard for national and international visitors to the region who want to witness an ocean wonderland up close,” she said.

To book a dive, take a virtual tour of the vessel, or for more information, visit: https://www.qld.gov.au/exhmastobruk

Entry to the Tobruk dive site area is prohibited without a permit or written approval. This applies to everyone — all vessels, divers and snorkelers.

To book a dive on ex-HMAS Tobruk visit Bundaberg Tourism for tours with Bundaberg Aqua Scuba or Lady Musgrave Experience.