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With the decommissioning of the HMAS Hobart in May 2000, the Fleurieu Artificial Reef Society Incorporated identified an opportunity for South Australia to gain a world-class eco-tourism dive site. The State Government submitted a proposal to acquire the vessel and in June 2000 it was gifted to South Australia by the Federal Department of Defence.

On 5 November 2002 after many months of preparation the Hobart was scuttled in Yankalilla Bay. The extent of diver access and the 'memorabilia' remaining on board offers a unique diving experience. The Hobart is the only artificially prepared naval wreck in Australia where divers can access an engine room.

The ex-HMAS Hobart has a restricted zone. Diver access is regulated and fishing is prohibited. You will need to apply for a permit to dive this wreck.

Vessel name

Vessel type


ex - HMAS Hobart

guided-missile destroyer

2002 - sunk as an artificial reef and dive site by Fleurieu Artificial Reef Society Incorporated


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