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The Curtin Artificial Reef is one of the largest reef projects in Australia with over 30 wrecks, several cars and loads of concrete rubble.
|Name Dive Site:||Curtin Artificial Reef|
|Depth: ||16-27m (52-88ft)|
|Visibility: ||8-12m (26-39ft)|
|Inserted/Added by: ||bluezonescuba|
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Since 1968, members of the Underwater Research Group of Queensland have been sinking large vessels, cars, tires and pontoons to create the Curtin Artificial Reef. Today the reef pulsates with marine life - tropical fish, gropers, stingrays, eagle rays, trevally and other schooling fish. The reef is just off Cowan Cowan on the western side of Moreton Island. The first wreck to be sunk was the Amsterdam Barge on the 12th August 1968 and the last wreck to go down was the Hustler on the 13th September 1998. Between these two dates a total of 32 ships, car bodies, buoys, concrete pipes and tires have been laid to rest on the reef.
The largest is the wreck of the Bremer being 50 meters in length. The Bremer was a coal barge last used by the Riverside Coal Company. The smallest is the Solace that was a Ferro concrete yacht measuring 10 meters in length. Other wrecks on the reef include two old whale chasers built in Britain in 1929 and last used in 1968 by the Whale Products Company who used to work from Tangalooma.
The marine life that now live and visit the reef can only be described as amazing. Schools of barracuda and large Groper are a common site. Wobbygong sharks are in abundance with rays gliding past at every turn. King fish and Trevally can be seen on almost every dive. Depth ranges from about 16 meters to 27 meters (on the sand) and the tops of some wrecks are only 12 meters deep. This allows all divers to enjoy the reef in safety. Most of the wrecks have been cleared of obstructions and can be safely entered and explored, as you will be amazed by the sheer size of these vessels. This dive site is best dived at high or low tide although with care is a great drift dive.
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