Dive Sites Around Townsville

From coast to outer reef, between 18°00’S and 20°00’S

This database is intended as a resource for recreational divers who wish to dive around Townsville. The information it contains has been passed on from fellow divers. I haven’t personally dived every site and cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information. It should go without saying that only suitably qualified divers and boaties should be out exploring the underwater world. Take care of yourselves and the environment and have fun.
I welcome any further information or dive reports on included dive sites and would love to receive details of new sites. Obviously I would like the information to be as comprehensive as possible, but am happy to receive anything – including ‘rumours’ of lost wrecks that others may be able to shed more light on.


Thanks
martinhodgson@hotmail.com

Sections

The database is split into the following areas:
TOWNSVILLE– Halifax bay, West channel and Cleveland bay.
MAGNETIC ISLAND
EAST OF CAPE CLEVELAND – The Yongala
THE PALM ISLANDS
THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
Information for each dive site


In an ideal world the following information would be provided for each dive site:
NAME
COORDINATES– and how these were derived (GPS or chart). See note below.
DEPTH RANGE – and how this was determined (dive log or chart).
HOW TO GET THERE & DISTANCE
MARINE PARKS STATUS
DESCRIPTION
CONDITIONS – e.g. The Yongala is very exposed and seas often lumpy!
SEA LIFE
SUITABILITY FOR SNORKELLING OR SPEARFISHING

 
 

Notes


GPS COORDINATESare obviously pretty useful for finding some dive sites. Tobe sufficiently accurate for finding a wreck or coral bommie a set of coordinates should be quoted along with the map datum used. If one map datum was used for obtaining coordinates and a second is set on a GPS unit for locating them, a positioning error of over 1km can be introduced! A good default map datum to use is WGS 84. I will try to specify the map datum used for each set of coordinates quoted in this database.
COORDINATESwill generally be quoted as degrees°minutes’.decimal
MARINE PARKS information can be obtained from www.gbrmpa.gov.au
 
 

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