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HMAS Swan Dive Wreck | Dive Permits

Monday - Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday - Sunday: 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM
AUD $20.00
1/8 Clarke Street, Dunsborough WA 6281
The HMAS Swan Wreck site is located 1.3 nautical miles off Point Piquet, Geographe Bay. The closest boat access to the Swan site from Dunsborough is Old Dunsborough Boat Ramp and Dunsborough Professional Fisherman’s Ramp, Quindalup (4WD only). The closest access to the Swan site from Busselton is Abbey Boat Ramp, Dolphin Road Boat Ramp (4WD only) and Port Geographe Marina public boat ramps.
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Dive one of Australia's first sunken dive wrecks! The HMAS Swan DE 50, was a river class destroyer escort, purpose sunk in 1997 as a recreational diving site and artificial reef. The former HMAS Swan is 113m long, 12.5m wide and 22.5m tall, making it an exceptionally large dive site to explore.

  • 'Advanced' level dive: suitable for technical diving and training. 
  • Ideal conditions for diving: mid-September to mid-May. Depth range 9 - 32m. Visibility (peak season) 10 - 25m. Water temperature (peak season) 19-22°C. 
  • The Swan Wreck site is a 'No Take Zone'. Fishing and spearfishing within 200 metres of the yellow marker buoy are not permitted. Taking mementos from the structure or extracting marine life from the site is also not permitted.
The wreck has numerous holes cut into its aluminium and steel hull allowing divers the opportunity for swim-throughs to view the interior. Each entry point allows direct access to an exit point with multiple over-head and alternative exits. 

Points of interest in the interior of the wreck include the galley, magazine room, steering gear, control room, funnel uptakes, laundry, toilets and, of course, the bridge. The most recognisable feature outside the wreck is the communications tower or 'crows nest', the top of which sits in around nine metres of water. The yellow 'Swan Wreck' marker buoy indicates the position of the tower. The engine room is inaccessible to divers.

Possible marine life encounters inside the wreck include schools of bulleye and pike, blue devilfish, western talma, leather jacket, banded sweep and more. Possible marine life encounters outside the wreck include schools of juvenile demersal species such as snapper, as well as flathead, globefish, samson fish, kingfish, batfish and even the odd nudibranch. You may be lucky enough to meet one of the resident wobbegongs! You will find numerous species of hard and soft coral as well as colourful ascidians colonised throughout the entire wreck.

The bow of the wreck points towards Cape Naturaliste and the stern of the wreck points towards Busselton. There are currently two public moorings available for recreational use, indicated by white mooring floats - one at the stern and one at the bow of the ship. The wreck is owned and managed by Geographe Bay Artificial Reef Society (GBARS). A permit is required to dive the wreck and all funds are received by GBARS. Day, week or year passes are available for recreational divers.

Charters to the Swan Wreck are run by two local companies, Cape Dive in Dunsborough and The Dive Shed in Busselton.

Google Reviews

22
Nov
2018
Lovely dive set up, stress free access to the swan wreck. Great advice and a good all round diving day out Malcolm Weir
11
Dec
2018
Awesome day out, Tracee is an great skipper. Looked after us all day with a brilliant visit to the Swan.. Jonathan King
21
Apr
2017
Great friendly staff Awsome time had a laugh very relaxed atmosphere 👌🏻 Thanks scotty moffat
26
Nov
2012
I had two fantastic dives on HMAS Swan , Rachael the DM was very knowledgeable about the wreck , giving a great dive briefing and explained everything about the two dives confidently. Wanda the Skipper of the boat was also great and pointed out a penguin and a Humpback Whale whilst on our way to the wreck. I thought the dives were excellent value for money and would recommend Cape Dive if you are in the Dunsborough area. Gary Shuttleworth
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