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Technical Wreck Dive Sites
- Coolooli 38m-48m
A Bucket dredge, the Coolooli was sunk in August 1980 as part of an artificial reef and now lies on its starboard side on sand in 48 metres of water with her port side in 38m. The Coolooli is an awesome wreck simply because of its shear mass, plenty of swim through's with some limited penetration. Because it rises 15-16m off the bottom attracts vast quantities of fish life. Commonly seen are jewfish, kingfish and plenty of well-camouflaged bottom dwelling wobbegong sharks. The 'Coolooli' is regularly dived by Sydney's avid tech diving fraternity and is one of the best wreck dives in Sydney.
- Annie M. Miller 40m-43m
A steel steamship of 707 tons, the Annie M Miller foundered off Macquarie Lighthouse on the night of 8 February, 1929. Resting in about 43 metres of water at Diamond Bay, the superstructure has since collapsed although the keel, ribs, boilers and other fittings are still reasonably intact. Whilst the wreck has broken up the boiler and engine support a large number of fish. Due to the location pelagic fish are often seen around the wreck.
- Myola 45m-48m
The 'Myola' was a typical steam-powered collier of the early 1900's. She foundered in heavy seas off Sydney in the early hours of April 2,1919. In 1994 two Sydney divers, Peter Fields and John Riley, located the remains of the 'Myola' lying in 48 metres of water. Fish life around the wreck includes large cuttlefish, groupers, wobbegongs and port Jackson sharks. Due to it's depth, this dive is well suited to technical divers and is a great dive for individuals who enjoy deep diving and who have a true appreciation for wreck sites.
- Birchgrove Park 45m-51m
Built in Aberdeen in 1930, the Birchgrove Park was a steel steamship of 640 tons carrying coal between Newcastle and Sydney. She capsized and sank, drowning ten of her crew, on 2 August, 1956. Today she rests at a depth of about fifty-one metres and is one of Sydney's more popular wreck dives.
- Dee Why Ferry 45m-48m
Scuttled in May, 1976 in 48 meters of water off Long Reef - to the north of Sydney Heads lying on a sandy bottom about 4.25 kilometers off Narrabeen Beach - the 'Dee Why' was one of the ferry fleet plying between Manly and Sydney. One of the sunken fleet of deep wrecks lying in Sydney waters, the 'Dee Why' is a popular site with the deep and technical diving community. Even though the wreck has broken down a fair bit in the last few years there is still plenty to see and limited penetration.
- Meggol 45m-48m
The Meggol formally HMAS Doonba started life in 1918 as a class minesweeper, HMS Wexford. She was scuttled in 1976 off Long Reef and now sits upright on a sandy bottom in 48 meters, 25m south of the Dee Why Ferry. With good vis you can see the Dee Why from the bow of the Megol. South of her stern is a ferry pontoon about 20 meters away. The Meggol's stern allows for some penetration and her bow listing to the port side makes for good photography. This is an interesting dive coupled with The Dee Why allows for long bottom time with lots to see.
- Wreck of the Tuggerah 45m-48m
'The Tuggerah' transported coal from Bulli to Sydney and capsized and sunk in 1919. It sunk off Wattamolla, south of Port Hacking with the loss of six lives. It lays upside down and is half buried, with a small swim through and propellers visible. There is loads of fish life on the wreck including wobbygongs, cuttlefish, king fish, bullseyes and yellow tail. The bow is generally absolutely covered in nannygai and other small fish.
- Woniora 60m-63m
In 1979 the wreck of the Woniora was found after going down in heavy seas off Kurnell; it sunk in 1882 and all but one of her crew drowned. The wreck is at a depth of 63m and is located at the centre of the entrance to Botany Bay. Fish life is also quite prolific on the wreck, with lots of nannygai, yellowtail and other fish. This wreck can only be dived at certain times when there are no ships entering or departing Botany Bay and it is definitely only for the very experienced due to the currents and tides in the area.
- The HMAS Encounter 72m-75m
The Encounter sank in 1932 and is the largest wreck in Sydney at 113m. It has an average depth of 72m and a maximum depth of 75m. The bow area is the most dominant feature with some penetration possible. Marine life usually prolific with large schooling fish often seen. The Encounter can be found approximately 8km off Bondi close to the Koputai.
- The Koputai 75m-78m
The Koputai is a NZ tug paddle steamer that sunk in bad weather in 1920, sitting upright in 78m of water on sand about 8km off Bondi. The wreck was only discovered a few years ago, and lays close to the wreck of the HMAS Encounter. The wreck is broken up but the boilers, engine and paddles are still the dominant feature, and makes for a great photography. This is by no means an easy dive, but is very rewarding.