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Ex-HMAS Canberra 

 

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The ex HMAS Canberra is  scuttled off shores east of Barwon Heads on Sunday 4 October 2009 at approximately 2:00pm.
 

You can see it on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gQnxkHmhlI

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DIVERS TO MARVEL AT EX-HMAS CANBERRA IN DAYS From the Minister for Tourism and Major EventsThursday, 03 December 2009 The ex-HMAS Canberra will become Victoria’s newest tourist attraction this Saturday when it is opened for the first time to dive operators and recreational divers.

A final safety inspection and dives with tour operators were completed today by Parks Victoria and the site has the all clear to open this weekend.

Tourism and Major Events Minister Tim Holding said Victoria’s spectacular new diving attraction is now settled and ready to welcome divers from around the world.

“Since its scuttling, the vessel has adapted to its new underwater home and a number of safety inspections and familiarisation dives have been done to confirm that it is safe and suitable for diving and I joined one of these dives on Wednesday 28 October,” Mr Holding said.

“The creation of this fantastic new attraction has taken several years to complete and we are delighted that regional Victoria will now reap the rewards.

“Lying in approximately 28 metres of water, with the top of the mast about seven metres below the surface at low tide, the ex-HMAS Canberra vessel will provide spectacular diving year round.”

Mr Holding said the ex-HMAS Canberra offers one of the most interesting dive experiences in the world, as unlike most shipwrecks, many of the vessel’s original fixtures have been preserved for divers to discover.

“Divers will have the opportunity to explore a large portion of the ship including flight decks, the bridge, engine rooms, the galley and the accommodation quarters,” he said.

“The dive site offers a unique experience which will only get better with time as sea life develops in and around the wreck.

“The ex-HMAS Canberra will provide a windfall for Victoria’s tourism industry; with visitors to the dive site staying on and discovering the many other attractions along the Great Ocean Road.”

The Brumby Labor Government provided $1.5 million towards the creation of the dive site.  

An online booking system for moorings at the site is now open. Parks Victoria requires divers to be qualified and reminds all divers they are responsible for ensuring conditions are safe for diving. Forecast conditions look unsuitable for diving on Saturday but may improve Sunday.

Divers can book a dive tour with a licensed tour operator or book a two hour mooring through Parks Victoria in order to access the site.

A mooring will cost $30 per boat regardless of the number of divers on board – the money raised will contribute to some of the costs of managing the site.

For more information on the new dive site’s arrangements and to make a booking visit www.parkweb.vic.gov.au