ex HMAS Canberra Reef Location

Locating the ex HMAS Canberra dive site

Parks Victoria Dive Site Maps
Parks Victoria Dive Site Maps
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An ex HMAS Canberra Dive Site Map (Adobe PDF | 1.48 MB) has been produced by Parks Victoria. One page shows the location of the dive site and details of the moorings. The other page shows the starboard, port and top profile and diver entrances/exits.

You can dive the ex HMAS Canberra by booking with a Charter Boat Operator or Dive Shop. Divers using private boats can also book a time on the public mooring - see Dive Site Guidelines.

The waypoint for the centre of the ex HMAS Canberra Reef site is:

Latitude: 38° 17.9869′ S   (38.29978195° S / 38° 17′ 59.22″ S)
Longitude: 144° 32.6102′ E   (144.5435028° E / 144° 32′ 36.61″ E)

Datum: WGS84

The yellow marker indicates the centre of the dive site agreed on by VARS and the various authorities as the site for the ex HMAS Canberra Reef. The red markers show some of the other wrecks in the vicinity.
 

EXTENT YELLOW DOT
ex HMAS Canberra
Region: Port Phillip Bay
The ex HMAS Canberra artificial reef dive site.
ex HMAS Canberra
Type: Other
Entry: Boat
Max Depth: 30 metres
Depth: 30 metres
ex HMAS Canberra
Waypoint: CBRWRK
S  38° 17.987′
E 144° 32.610′
Datum: WGS 84
Altitude: -30 metres
Source: VARS
Accuracy: Excellent
RED DOT
J1 Deep Submarine
Region: Bass Strait
J-Class Submarine.
J1 Deep Submarine
Type: Wreck
Entry: Boat
Max Depth: 38 metres
Depth: 38 metres
J1 Deep Submarine
Waypoint: J1SUB
S  38° 18.952′
E 144° 33.233′
Datum: WGS 84
Altitude: -38 metres
Source: Public Domain
Accuracy: Unknown
RED DOT
J2 Broken Submarine
Region: Bass Strait
J-Class Submarine.
J2 Broken Submarine
Type: Wreck
Entry: Boat
Max Depth: 38 metres
Depth: 38 metres
J2 Broken Submarine
Waypoint: J2SUB
S  38° 18.893′
E 144° 34.737′
Datum: WGS 84
Altitude: -38 metres
Source: Public Domain
Accuracy: Unknown
RED DOT
J4 26m Submarine
Region: Bass Strait
J-Class Submarine that is accessible to AOW divers.

Infosheet
J4 26m Submarine
Type: Wreck
Entry: Boat
Max Depth: 30 metres
Depth: 26 to 30 metres
J4 26m Submarine
Waypoint: J4SUB
S  38° 18.060′
E 144° 33.730′
Datum: WGS 84
Altitude: -30 metres
Source: Public Domain
Accuracy: Unknown
RED DOT
J5 Intact Submarine
Region: Bass Strait
J-Class Submarine.
J5 Intact Submarine
Type: Wreck
Entry: Boat
Max Depth: 36 metres
Depth: 36 metres
J5 Intact Submarine
Waypoint: J5SUB
S  38° 18.658′
E 144° 34.118′
Datum: WGS 84
Altitude: -36 metres
Source: Public Domain
Accuracy: Unknown
RED DOT
Rotomahana
Region: Bass Strait
Steel Ship.
Rotomahana
Type: Wreck
Entry: Boat
Max Depth: 39 metres
Depth: 39 metres
Rotomahana
Waypoint: ROTOMA
S  38° 19.197′
E 144° 32.175′
Datum: WGS 84
Altitude: -39 metres
Source: Public Domain
Accuracy: Unknown
RED DOT
SS Coogee
Region: Bass Strait
Steam Ship

Infosheet
SS Coogee
Type: Wreck
Entry: Boat
Max Depth: 34 metres
Depth: 34 metres
SS Coogee
Waypoint: COOGEE
S  38° 18.519′
E 144° 34.220′
Datum: WGS 84
Altitude: -34 metres
Source: Public Domain
Accuracy: Unknown
RED DOT
SS Courier
Region: Port Phillip Bay
Steam Ship.
SS Courier
Type: Wreck
Entry: Boat
Max Depth: 42 metres
Depth: 42 metres
SS Courier
Waypoint: COURIR
S  38° 19.488′
E 144° 34.914′
Datum: WGS 84
Altitude: -42 metres
Source: Public Domain
Accuracy: Unknown
GRAY DOT
Castle Rock
Region: Point Lonsdale to Geelong
Lots of macro fauna and nudis. One wall is covered with tiny yellow zoeanthids.
Castle Rock
Type: Bommie
Entry: Boat
Max Depth: 20 metres
Depth: 12 to 20 metres
Castle Rock
Waypoint: CASTLE
S  38° 17.970′
E 144° 35.782′
Datum: WGS 84
Altitude: -20 metres
Source: Public Domain
Accuracy: Unknown

ex HMAS Canberra | J1 Deep Submarine | J2 Broken Submarine | J4 26m Submarine | J5 Intact Submarine | Rotomahana | SS Coogee | SS Courier | Castle Rock |

Location of Navigation Aids and Moorings

Navigation Aids
& Moorings
MGA WGS84
Easting Northing Latitude Longitude
In Shore (North) Nav Aid 285,227.5 5,758,135.2 -38° 17′ 57.06″ S 144° 32′ 38.16″ E
Seaward (South) Nav Aid 285,165.5 5,757,998.4 -38° 18′ 01.44″ S 144° 32′ 35.46″ E
Mooring Buoy 1 285,204.6 5,758,119.8 -38° 17′ 57.54″ S 144° 32′ 37.20″ E
Mooring Buoy 2 285,232.8 5,758,100.2 -38° 17′ 58.20″ S 144° 32′ 38.34″ E
Mooring Buoy 3 285,164.1 5,758,050.2 -38° 17′ 59.76″ S 144° 32′ 35.46″ E
Mooring Buoy 4 285,203.9 5,758,034.6 -38° 18′ 00.30″ S 144° 32′ 37.08″ E
  • Co-ordinate system is the MGA (GDA 94), Zone 55, Central Meridian 147 degrees East.

Location and Depth of Key Features

Key Features Depth MGA WGS84
Easting Northing Latitude Longitude
Bow 14.9 285,159.9 5,758,006.6 -38° 18′ 01.17″ S 144° 32′ 35.24″ E
Bridge 7.7 285,179.3 5,758,044.9 -38° 17′ 59.94″ S 144° 32′ 36.08″ E
Mid Mast 7.0 285,184.9 5,758,053.5 -38° 17′ 59.67″ S 144° 32′ 36.32″ E
Aft Mast 7.2 285,188.6 5,758,059.4 -38° 17′ 59.48″ S 144° 32′ 36.47″ E
Stern Least Depth 18.0 285,225.5 5,758,121.2 -38° 17′ 57.51″ S 144° 32′ 38.06″ E
Stern 20.1 285,223.4 5,758,128.7 -38° 17′ 57.26″ S 144° 32′ 37.98″ E
  • Depths are measured at the lowest astronomical tide Rip Bank Datum adopted as 1.460m below AHD.
  • Co-ordinate system is the MGA (GDA 94), Zone 55, Central Meridian 147 degrees East.
  • All values are in Metres.

ex HMAS Canberra Orientation

  • Roll — The wreck sits with a slight list to starboard at a 4.5 degree angle.
  • Heading — The wreck is facing in an orientation of 210 degrees to true North. (Based on soundings on the port and starboard side of deck at the rear of cabin.)
  • Pitch — The wreck has little to no pitch in position, less than 0.5 of a degree. (Based on soundings forward and aft on the roof of the rear cabin.)

Site Location Details

The agreed location for the ex HMAS Canberra FFG-02 artificial reef and wreck dive site is in Bass Strait, situated between Port Lonsdale and Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia. It is approximately:

  • 2 to 3 km offshore from the dune coastline of Ocean Grove,
  • 4.2 km from the mouth of the Barwon River and
  • 6.2 km from Point Lonsdale.
  • Vicroads reference Map 455 B12.

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