Dive one of Australia's first sunken ship 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 at 22.5m tall, she makes an exceptionally large dive site to explore.
More informationDepth Range: 9-32m
Visibility (peak season): 10-25m
Water Temperature (peak season): 19-22 degrees Celcius
Level- Advanced. Suitable for Technical diving and training.
The Swan Wreck site is a No Take Zone. Fishing and Spearfishing within 200 metres of the yellow marker buoy is not permitted. Taking mementos from the structure or extracting marine life from the site is also not permitted.
The Swan Wreck has numerous holes cut into her aluminium and steel hull allowing divers the opportunity for swim-throughs to view her 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 9 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 Devil Fish, 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 Flat Head, Globe Fish, Samson Fish, King Fish, Bat Fish 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.
There are currently 2 public moorings available for recreational use. The bow of the Swan Wreck points towards Cape Naturaliste and the stern of the wreck points towards Busselton. The public moorings are indicated by white mooring floats, one at the stern of the stern and one at the bow of the ship. The Swan Wreck is owned and managed by Geographe Bay Artificial Reef Society (GBARS). A permit is required to dive the Swan Wreck and all funds are received by GBARS. Day, Month and Yearly 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.