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Adelaide, the City of Churches, has a rich history to explore. The city is full of parks, a lot of which are Stage Heritage Listed, and heritage listed buildings. If you are looking for entertainment Adelaide also hosts a series of festivals: Adelaide Festival; Adelaide Fringe Festival; and WMODelaide, to name a few. If you explore outside of the city area you will find world-famous food and wine regions, such as the Barossa and McLaren Vale, on the doorstep.

The diving opportunities include many shores dives and also boat dives. Although temperate the waters can be dived all year. Dive the jetty at Rapid Bay, Port Noarlunga, Glenelg, or explore the colourful marine growth on the local reefs.  There are a couple of artificial reefs, including an old breakwall (the Glenelg Blocks) and tyre reef to be explored. Local wrecks range in depth from 20-40m | 65-130ft.

The waters around Adelaide are home to the leafy sea dragon. These are one of the most ornately camouflaged creatures on the planet. Each dragon is adorned with gossamer, leaf-shaped appendages, the colours of which blend into the seaweed and kelp which they live amongst. They feed on tiny crustaceans, such as sea lice, and can grow up to 35 cm in length. The males are responsible for childbearing and the tail of the male leafy sea dragon turns bright yellow when he is ready to mate.

Dive Sites

Ex-HMAS Hobart II

Depth (30m | 98ft) |
Guided missile destroyer, length 134m | 440ft, scuttled as a dive site 5 November 2002. Known as the “Green Ghost” due to her speed. Prepared for scuba divers with openings cut for access and original equipment left as points of interest. See the bridge, engine room, missile magazine, & mess deck.
 

Port Noarlunga Jetty

Depth (18m | 59ft) |
SA’s most popular shore dive, within a natural rocky breakwater paralleling the shoreline, this site has over 200 marine species including fish, bryozoans, sponges, hydroids, ascidians and molluscs. Best on at slack tides.
 

FV Claris Wreck

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Trawler (14m | 46ft length), steel construction, also known as Clarries or Klarries.
 

South Australian Wreck

Depth (20m | 66ft) |
Self-propelled cutter suction dredge (40m | 133ft length by 9m | 29ft width), built in Holland 1911 and worked the Port River. Scuttled as artificial reef 16 January 1985, remains intact and sitting upright on a sandy bottom.
 

HA Lumb Wreck

Depth (18m | 59ft) |
US Navy Tug built 1943, steel, 24m | 78ft length. Eventually worked as a trawler before scuttled as a dive site 30 November 1993. The wreck was prepared for divers with access holes for easy penetration. Nudibranchs, kingfish and mackerel are common on this wreck.
 

Saurian Barge Wreck

Depth (30m | 98ft) |
Iron barge built 1871, 2 boilers, 50m | 164ft length, scuttled 24 November 1954. Lots of structure on a sandy bottom. As an artificial reef they attract large schools of whiting, pike and bullseye. Near the Stanvac Barges.
 

Stanvac Barges Wrecks

Depth (30m | 98ft) |
Two barges each 21m | 70ft length with lots of structure on a sandy bottom. As an artificial reef they attract large schools of whiting, pike and bullseye. Features large nudibranchs. Near the Saurian Barge.
 

FV Seawolf Wreck

Depth (18m | 59ft) |
Tuna boat built 1943, steel, 32m | 105ft length. Originally the Matsu Maru, confiscated off Darwin and bought by a tuna fisherman from Port Lincoln. As long lining became less economical against aquaculture she was bought by Seawolves dive club, renamed and scuttled 23 March 2000.
 

Glenelg Barge Wreck

Depth (20m | 66ft) |
Hopper barge used by the Glenelg Dredge to transport silt from the Port River out to sea. Scuttled 1984 as an artificial reef. Penetration possible for the work rooms and hull.
 

SV John Robb Wreck

Depth (18m | 59ft) |
Two mast iron, built 1979, 23m | 77ft length, wrecked in a collision with the Tug Falcon 24 April 1954. The wreck is mostly broken up on a sandy bottom, with only the bow recognisable, Marine life can be good with schooling pelagics or barren.
 

SV Norma Wreck

Depth (12m | 39ft) |
Four mast steel barque built 1893, 2164 tons, 84m | 277ft length, designed to carry large cargoes for Britain’s colonial trade. Wrecked 21 April 1907 at anchor when rammed amidships by the iron barque Adencraig. Lots of identifiable wreckage and fish life.
The four-masted steel barque, Norma, was designed to carry large cargoes for Britain’s colonial trade and experienced numerous incidents as it sailed to ports around the world. 
On its maiden voyage, under Captain D. McDonnell, the Norma carried 8,500 tons of coal from Glasgow to Rio de Janeiro. Unfortunately a revolution broke out while the barque was unloading its cargo and, in a very nasty experience, the hull was marked all over by bullet splashes. To escape the flying bullets, the crew had to constantly take refuge under the hatches. There were no causalities amongst the ship’s company but, unfortunately, a ballast lighterman was killed by a rifle bullet. On one occasion, a shell burst overhead with a piece weighing about kilogram falling on the Norma’s deck.
In another incident, in 1903, the Norma arrived at Newcastle (NSW) in a gale and attempted to sail into the port without the assistance of a tug. The barque came too close to the reef at the north end of the entrance and had to put down two anchors to avoid running onto the rocks. Luckily the anchors held, but by then the vessel was washing over the reef. The Newcastle lifeboat went out, but the Captain, William McLaughlin, refused to abandon his ship and signaled for a tug.
Several tugs went out and, although hawser after hawser was made fast to the Norma, the towing lines held and, with the lifeboat alongside, the barque lay in the broken water of the reef all through the night. The next day the powerful tug Champion arrived from Sydney and was eventually able to drag the Norma out of the surf and to a berth in the port. As the two vessels passed by, other shipping in the port cheered.

Glenelg Jetty

Depth (5m | 16ft) |
The jetty structure attracts lots of marine life. Well known for macro such as nudibranchs, octopus, cuttlefish, and shrimp. The wreckage of earlier jetties provides additional heritage and structure. Best at slack high tide.
 

Glenelg Blocks

Depth (8m | 26ft)
Shallow dive on the large concrete blocks of the old Glenelg jetty and breakwater which washed away in a 1920s storm. There are resident seals, carpet sharks, frog fish and a colony of seahorses. Best without recent rain.
 

Devil’s Elbow

Depth (10m | 33ft) |
Two separate reef shelves meeting at an elbow bend. There are cuttlefish, blue devils, dusky morwong, silver drummer, old wives, hula fish, boar fish, and bullseye.
 

Seacliff Reef

Depth (14m | 46ft) |
The ledge is part of the ancient shoreline and has large numbers of schooling pelagics and reef fish. This site is known for large numbers of blue devils, and you can also find leafy sea dragons.
 

Milkies Reef

Depth (18m | 59ft) |
Visit this site to see spider crabs. There are blue devils, cuttlefish, and crayfish under the rock ledges.
 

Oliver’s Reef

Depth (18m | 59ft) |
Rocky ledges and bommies with lots of juvenile fish species, as well as stingrays, nudibranchs, crabs, shrimps, and bullseye schools. A prominent feature is the large purple soft coral (2m | 6.5ft diameter) sheltering blue devils and sea spiders.
 

Fred’s Rock

Depth (24m | 79ft) |
The only rock in a large patch of sand it is a focal point for marine life and schooling pelagics. Within the Claris Wreck area.
 

Northern Outer Reef

Depth (22m | 72ft) |
Part of the ancient shoreline it consists of ledges and overhangs. This site has may juvenile blue devil fish and may be a breeding ground.
 

Glenelg Tyre Reef

Depth (18m | 59ft) |
An artificial reef built of tyre tetrahedrons set down in 1983, this is a popular fishing spot and attracts schooling pelagics, old wives, and spider crabs.
 

Marino Rocks

Depth (6m | 20ft) |
Intertidal rock reefs with carpet sharks, bullseye, old wives, moonlighter, zebra perch, magpie perch, silver drummer, cuttlefish, pipefish and nudibranchs.
 

Hallett Cove

Depth (6m | 20ft) |
Shallow reef with Port Jackson sharks, blue devils and schools of bullseye.
 

Broken Bottom

Depth (10m | 33ft) |
Part of the old shoreline, this area consists of natural rock piles hosting sponge growth and many spider crabs. Fish life is attracted to the reef but not consistent.
 

Grange Tyre Reef

Depth (15m | 49ft) |
Artificial reef made up of tyre squares laid down by the Fisheries Department in the later 70s.
 

Leather Jacket Alley

Depth (10m | 33ft) |
Natural rock gutters which attract a range of fish life. The site is notable for occasional visits by great schools of sea pike which appear as an impenetrable wall of fish.
 
There are many more dive sites in this area that can be arranged on request either to the skipper on the day of this event for normal dives,
or by Contacting Us for specialist technical dives.
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