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5 Places to Visit a Shipwreck Near Brisbane

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by Vanessa M (subscribe)
I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published September 19th 2014
The stories behind some of South East Queensland's shipwrecks might not always be that exciting, but the sight of them will usually instil wonder in any visitor. There are over one hundred shipwrecks in Moreton Bay alone, yet most of these aren't accessible (or even located). There are some you can see without scuba gear though, and they'll delight young and old alike.

But where to go?

Woody Point - Brisbane
One of the easiest shipwrecks to see by anyone living in Brisbane is the HMQS Gayundah at Woody Point Beach in Woody Point (near Redcliffe). It's best viewed from the Gayundah Arboretum and while it's not a particularly grand sight, it's an interesting addition to what is otherwise a leafy picnic area.

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HMQS Gayundah


Dicky Beach Caloundra
At Dicky Beach in Caloundra, on the Sunshine Coast, you will find the SS Dicky. This shipwreck, which has been here since 1893 when it ran aground in heavy seas, won't be around for much longer though, as it's scheduled to be relocated at some point in the future.

Bulwer - Moreon Island
If you're willing to head out to an island, across the bay on Moreton Island there are plenty of chances to see shipwrecks and one of the best options for families is the Bulwer Wrecks. There are three shipwrecks here, half-submerged in the sand right in front of the town of Bulwer.

Tangalooma - Moreton Island
Anyone who wants to explore a shipwreck away from dry land should head to the Tangalooma Wrecks. You have to snorkel if you want to get close to these but this artificial reef off Tangalooma is well worth the effort. While you can swim out to the wrecks, a boat would be best.

Fraser Island
The most well-known shipwreck in the Queensland, possibly even Australia, the Maheno Shipwreck is located on the eastern side of the even more well-known Fraser Island. Admittedly, it will take longer than a day to visit it from Brisbane, but Fraser Island is somewhere you should go at least once, so remember the ship when you are here. It's a must-see on any tours to the island, though it can get quite busy and climbing on the frame is no longer permitted.

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The Maheno Shipwreck
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Why? You don't always have to don a scuba suit to see a shipwreck
When: Any day
Where: The waters near Brisbane and its surrounding areas
Cost: Free (but it may cost to get to some locations)
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