Yongala Express

  • 12 - Pax
  • 3 - Hours
  • 2 - Dives

This trip runs every day apart from Mondays and Tuesdays

Take the fastest trip to the historic S.S. Yongala wreck, voted as one of the Top 10 Dives in the World.  Yongala Dive will take you to wreck in 30 minutes.  The artifacts, marine life and variety of corals that cover the wreck are spectacular. It’s a dive experience you will remember for the rest of your life!

Ayr is situated in Northern Queensland between Brisbane and Cairns, with Airlie Beach just 2 hours south and Townsville 1 hour to the north.

Minimum requirements 
The minimum requirement for this dive is Open Water certification with 6 logged dives and deep dive training. Open Water divers must complete Deep Orientation dive (underwater skills) with a PADI Dive Instructor during the 1st dive at the wreck (extra cost applies). This may be counted towards the PADI Advanced course at extra costs (text book required) The more experienced divers can choose to dive with a buddy or take a guided tour at no extra cost.

Novice divers (those with less than 20 dives) should ensure they have refreshed their skills within the last six months and will be provided with a dive guide (if adventure or advanced certified) or maybe required to take a Deep Orientation dive (extra cost applies).

Minimum age – 16 years of age.

Yongala Express is a purpose built 10m rigid inflatable boat, powered by new twin 200 hp Yamaha four stroke outboards it is perfect for wave riding, ensuring a fast, fun and safe trip.

From Alva Beach it will transport you on an exhilarating 30 minute ride to the wreck, with speeds of around 25 knots. It’s overhead canopy and side curtains protect you from the sun, spray and wind – there is even a marine toilet on board. With only 12 passengers and up to four crew we ensure small groups.

Pickups and accommodation
Daily at around 3:30pm at Ayr Bus Stop when requested. Accommodation $40 per night dorm style bunks or there are a selection of cabins, and camping facilities  available.

Check in
Check in at Yongala Dive shop – 36 Braby Street, Alva Beach, at 07:30 (30mins earlier on 2 trip scheduled days): shop opening hours are 07:30 – 5pm daily.

Booking Confirmation
To confirm departure details and weather conditions please call the crew (we will advise contact details upon booking) between 3.30 – 5pm on the day prior to your trip. Times may vary due to tides/sea conditions.

Cancellation/Refund Policy
A full refund will be provided if a trip is canceled due to unsuitable weather conditions if you are unable to reschedule your trip. No refunds will be provided for cancellations by passengers within 48 hours of departure (see additional info below), unless we are able to fill your space (at management discretion).
Between September and January any cancellation within 7 days is non refundable unless the seat on the boat can be filled by another.


  • 7:30am Check in at Dive Shop – Forms/Payment, Set up dive gear
  • 8:10am Dive Briefing
  • 8:30am Depart for the beach and S.S. Yongala – Make 2 dives with 1 hour surface interval
  • 2:00pm Return back to Yongala Dive Shop
    Lunch at the Beach Cafe, fill in logbooks, complete knowledge reviews and adventure dive paperwork
    Photo Slideshow (option to purchase photo DVD’s), browse through Yongala Dive merchandise
  • 3:00pm Drop-off’s back to Ayr

The above schedule is a guide only and times may change depending on weather and tides. It is important to call the Dive Shop between 3.30 – 5pm the day prior to your trip to confirm departure details

Yongala Express - Rates + Bookings

2 dives + full gear inc. computer $270.00
2 dives + tanks & weights only $240.00
Deep Orientation Dive $25.00
Dorm bed per person per night* (inc breakfast) $40.00
Budget Cabin (2 people) per night $94.00
Ensuite Cabin (2 people) per night $130.00
Date of Travel
  • Prices valid until 31st March 2023
  • Prices do not include $22 Mooring fees
  • Accommodation and dive packages available
  • When booking please advise:
    Certification level
    Number of dives
    Date of last dive
    BCD size if hiring equipment
    Dietary requirements


  • Fresh fruit, cake, cordial and water will be provided during our one hour surface interval, when we often catch turtles sun-baking on the surface
  • Bar B Que lunch upon return to the dive shop
  • Free pick-up/return from Ayr (3.30pm only)
  • Free guide on each dive


  • Equipment hire
  • Nitrox fills ($15 per fill)
  • Mooring Fees (Government Taxes – $22 per person)
  • Deep dive orientation ($25)
  • Advanced course (3 days, inc 4 wreck dives $600)
  • 7.30am Pick up $25 (must be prearranged)