Curtain Artificial reef double dive
- Duration: 1 Days (approx.)
- Location: Point Lookout, QLD
- Product code: curtain
Curtin Artificial Reef is on the western end of Moreton Island and covers an area of over 40,000 square metres (500,000 square feet). The first vessel prepared and sunk on the sand bottom was the 18 metre (60’) barge, Amsterdam, and there are now over 30 wrecks.
The sunken potpourri includes tugs, barges, a yacht, a car ferry, over 2000 concrete pipes, over 60 car bodies, navigation buoys, a dry dock gate and an even an old Brisbane tram.
The largest vessel is the Bremer (50m/164‘), and the last vessel to be scuttled was the tug, Hustler, in 1998.
Now the artificial reef boasts an extraordinary array of marine life. Structures have become a substrate for corals and support a host of other invertebrates including nudibranchs, sea stars and sea urchins. A keen eye will also spot pipefish and sea horses.
The broken bottom created by the wrecks attracts huge schools of fish, including colourful tropical reef fish.
Massive Queensland groper hover around the wrecks while wobbegongs and bull rays are ever present on the sandy bottom. Massive schools barracuda, turrum, bat fish and trevally adorn the wrecks while sharks and pelagics such as kingfish, mackerel and cobia are regular visitors encountered by scuba divers.
Lucky divers might even encounter a dugong on the boat trip out
This is a full day charter that departs Amity Point on North Stradbroke island.
- Two dives including tanks/weights
- Light lunch on board vessel
- Nitrox (recommended)
- Dive guide (dive guide can be added, cost is $250 split between divers on boat)
- Hire dive equipment
*Depending on conditions, Tangalooma wrecks are the back up site for this charter.