Scuba Diving in Ardrossan Barge, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia Australia

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Following the implementation of a Protected Zone around the historic Zanoni shipwreck in 1983, the Australian Department of Fisheries decided to establish a new artificial reef nearby, and acquired an obsolete barge for the purpose.

The Ardrossan Barge measured 140 ft/42.6 m in length, 26 ft/7.9 m width, 13.5 ft/4.1 m depth and had a capacity of 450 cubic yards. The steel barge had 9 watertight compartments and 6 sets of hopper doors, which were originally opened by hand but later converted to hydraulic operation.

The barge had been used to dump spoil from dredging operations in Port Adelaide and most major out-ports, but became surplus to requirements after the commissioning of two self-propelled barges in 1978. On April 11th, 1984 the motorized barge Denis O’Malley towed No. 5 dumb hopper barge to a site one nautical mile south of the Zanoni shipwreck.

The spot is recommended only for advanced scuba-divers who should also keep an eye out for great white sharks, which are common visitors when the snapper run is at its peak.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Adelaide
80.7 mi / 130 km, 1 hr 33 mins
Head North along Port Wakefield Road, following the signs to Port Wakefield Continue onto Port Augusta – Port Wakefield Road, Continue on Port Wakefield Road, Take a slight left towards Copper Coast Highway (signs for Ardrossan/Bute/Kadina), Continue straight onto Copper Coast Highway, Turn left at Yorke Highway On the left you will see a ‘Welcome to Yorke Peninsula’ sign, Turn right to stay on Yorke Highway, continue onto Port Clinton and the next town is Ardrossan where you will be based. Boats from Ardrossan will ship you to Zanoni Wreck.
Adelaide International Airport,
95.6 mi / 154 km from Adelaide

There is no train service for this spot.


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Rafting & Outdoor activities, Queensland
/ Australia, Queensland, Tully River

Summer/Autumn 2016-2017


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