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About the Ex-HMAS Adelaide

Early marine settlement on the Captain's chair of the ex-HMAS Adelaide

The Ex-HMAS Adelaide sits in 32 metres of water, approximately 1.8km off Avoca Beach near Terrigal on the Central Coast, making it ideal for experienced divers.

Since its scuttling in April 2011, the ship has become a successful dive site helping local tourism and attracting divers from around the world.

The ship measures 138.1 metres from bow to stern, with a beam of 14.3 metres and original displacement of 4,100 tonnes.

Diver access holes are strategically placed throughout the vessel to allow easy access to explore the key features of the wreck.

Divers will recognise the captain’s chair, console and chart table from the bridge, the helicopter hangars, the operations room complete with the shells of weapons and sensor consoles, the crew’s cafeteria and a limited number of bunks and amenities.

The ship was scuttled before an estimated 18,000 thousand strong crowd.

Along with encrusting ’first settlers’, the Ex-HMAS Adelaide is now home to giant eastern cuttlefish, eastern blue groper, kingfish, blennies, yellowtail, octopus, banner fish and bat fish to name a few.

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