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Published August 24th 2021
Discover the secrets of the sea
Scuba World mission is to create safe, comfortable, enthusiastic divers who always have a personal and enjoyable experience. Scuba World is located in Mooloolaba, in the beautiful Sunshine Coast, offering world-class dives, including the wreck of the Ex-HMAS Brisbane.
The ex-HMAS Brisbane lies in 28 m deep water off the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland. The HMAS Brisbane was decommissioned and it was sunk on 31 July 2005 using explosive charges. The ship sunk to the bottom of the sandy sea where it has become an artificial reef and it is now a magnificent wreck dive site. With time, the ship has been colonised by a variety of corals, offering a safe place for a great variety of marine life.
The ex-HMAS Brisbane is covered with hard and soft corals and the divers can sight lots of different fish including Batfish, Groupers, sharks such as Wobbegongs, Crayfish, Sea Urchins, Anemones, Turtles, Stingrays, Cowrie and Nudibranch, including the beautiful Spanish dancers.
Visitors must obtain a Queensland Park and Wildlife Service dive permit or book a dive tour.
Diving with the grey nurse sharks
There are populations of Grey Nurse Sharks that live along the coast of southern Queensland. The sharks can be seen in big numbers from August to September.
Diving with the Grey Nurse Shark experience includes:
Half-Day Trip (Double Dive)
From $119* Mid-Week
From $189* Weekends
2 shark dives with the endangered Grey Nurse Shark (up to 25 sharks!)
Experienced dive guide. Our maximum ratio is one dive guide to six divers
Baked goods, fruit, and Anzac biscuits during your surface interval (soup in winter months)
A $29 refund is provided if you DO NOT see any Grey Nurse Sharks
Suitable for Open Water Certified Divers (certified to 18 metres)
Male sharks reach sexual maturity at 4-6 years of age, while females at 6-8 years. The gestation lasts 9-12 months and the young are born in winter.
Towards the end of the gestation, the more fully developed embryos feed on the less developed embryos and unfertilised eggs inside the female uterus. As a result, only two pups are produced. This is a low reproductive rate and these sharks are more susceptible to other factors, like pollution and fishing, that impact their lives and make these sharks an endangered species.
Grey Nurse Sharks can be seen in shallow inshore waters, especially on sandy bottoms and rocky caves and close to islands. Sharks are protected today but illegal fishing still occurs and accidental capture by fishermen poses a serious risk for the life of these sharks.
Unfortunately, it has been reported a large number of sharks have hooks and lines in their mouth. Sometimes hooks are in the stomach and they can cause perforation of inside organs.
Grey Nurse Sharks are more active in the night when they feed on fish, squid and crustaceans.
Grey Nurse Sharks have large sharp teeth but they are not very strong. These sharks are not a threat to humans and scuba divers enjoy swimming and spotting the Grey Nurse Sharks.
Dive Mooloolaba Coral Reefs
Depth: 12 – 18 metres
Location: Outer Gneerings
Certification Required: Open Water
Average visibility: 10m (summer), 15m (winter)
Half-day trip (double dive)
$160 No hiring equipment
$190 Hiring tanks & weights
$245 Hiring all mandatory equipment
Sunshine Coast's beautiful local reef is home to amazing corals and marine life. Scuba diving in the reef is suitable for beginners and for the most advanced divers. The reef is a short ride by boat and scuba divers can experience the fantastic, colourful and diverse reef.
Flinders Reef is perfect for open water divers, easy diving and beautiful clear water.
$294 No hiring equipment
$339 Hiring 3 x AIR tanks & weights
$389 Hiring all mandatory equipment inc. 3 x AIR tanks & weights
Flinders Reef is a protected marine sanctuary in Moreton Bay Marine Park, where many stunning corals are abundant, including Staghorn, Brains, Plates, Gorgonians and Sponges.
When you scuba dive, you discover that Flinders Reef has an array of marine life including many Reef Fish, Stingrays, Wobbegongs, Sharks and even Manta Rays. In particular, scuba divers can enjoy seeing Wrasses, Sweetlips, Trevallies, Parrots, Bats and Surgeon Fish. Sightings of Whale Sharks are on the eastern side of Flinders. During June to September, whales can be seen on the surface during their migratory journey to warmer waters.
Scheduled trips to Cherubs Cave run from February to November.
Scuba World runs last-minute trips during summer when the weather is beautiful.
$304 No equipment required
$394 Hiring 3 x Nitrox 32% tanks & weights
$439 Hiring all mandatory equipment inc 3 x Nitrox
Cherubs Cave is a great diving spot for adventurous scuba divers. Cherubs Cave is a large, circular cave with four main exits. The area is rich in rock gullies, smaller caves and overhangs with a big variety of marine life. In winter, it is common to see the placid Grey Nurse Sharks.
Cherubs Cave is located 4.1km off the eastern side of Moreton Bay. Once a sculpture was there to give the name to the place. Inside the cave, there is enough light coming through the entrances. The area is covered with kelp.
Learn to scuba Dive
You can become a certified scuba diver with Scuba World.
Locals price* – $725 (SAVE $225!!!)
The locals' price is for Australian residents who live between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast only, please call to clarify if you are unsure of the zoning.
Standard price – $950
Your own Aqualung wetsuit to keep (worth up to $600)!
Access to online training
Sausage sizzle at the pool
Highly qualified, very experienced Scuba World Instructor for your theory, pool training and ocean dives
Two full days of pool training
4 boat dives on the beautiful Mooloolaba Reefs
Morning tea and light refreshments during your boat dives
Use of all hire equipment (excluding mask, snorkel, fins and boots)
Internationally recognised Open Water Certification card
In the shop, you can find all that matters for scuba diving, including regulators, BCD accessories, computers & gauges
masks, fins, snorkels, torches and knives. Scuba World is the only dive shop in Australia that is an Aqualung Partner Centre.