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Dive Review of Yongala Dive/Parkside Motel in
Australia/Ayr, Australia

Yongala Dive/Parkside Motel: "Yongala Wreck dive", Nov, 2015,

by Henry O Ziller, CO, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 29 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 8808.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Throughout the Caribbean, Micronesia, Indonesia, Philippines, Maldives, Tanzania, Australia.
Closest Airport Townsville Getting There Flights available from Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas currents
Water Temp 80 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 50 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions The routine is to go down the decent line to the wreck since the current can be quite strong. Today it was not. We circle the ship and returned via the same line. Report back on with 50 bar and report 50 bar even if you are at less.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments No camera for this trip ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments This was a dive scheduled into a tour of the east half of Australia. We wanted to dive on Kangaroo Island to see the weedy sea dragon, but the only dive shop on the island closed down. We thought about diving in Port Douglas north of Cairns, but most diving was off huge boats with 50 divers so we did not do that.
The dive we did do was on the Yongala Wreck near Ayr, Australia south of Townsville.
We stayed in Alva at the Parkside Motel that is about 30 minutes from the Yongala Dive, dive shop. Restaurants donít keep very convenient hours in some parts of Australia. Dinner and the bar at Parkside Motel is open from 6 PM to 8 PM. They only have room service for breakfast so just fill out your order the night before and it is delivered on time. The breakfast was huge. Since we had a fridge and microwave my wife and I ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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