HMAS Swan Dive Wreck | Dive Permits
Wednesday - Sunday: 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM
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.
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.