HMAS Brisbane

A photo from HMAS Brisbane
Photo by Rick Grundy
A photo from HMAS Brisbane
Photo by Rick Grundy
A photo from HMAS Brisbane
Leave the handbag behind if you want to be quick through the fire exit
A photo from HMAS Brisbane
Photo by Rick Grundy

In an attempt to break the world record for the most $$$'s per dive, three fearless adventurers set off to Mooloolaba (about 1 1/2 hours north of Brisbane) to dive the HMAS Brisbane, which was scuttled just off the coast there in July 2005.

We stayed at the Mooloolaba Motel (no expenses spared on the accommodation) and as it was at 10pm on a Friday night, there is only one place to go for a cleansing ale: the classy and conveniently located Wharf Hotel.

A photo from HMAS Brisbane
Photo by Rick Grundy
A photo from HMAS Brisbane
Photo by Rick Grundy
A photo from HMAS Brisbane
Photo by Rick Grundy
A photo from HMAS Brisbane
Photo by Rick Grundy

Saturday arrived all to early but the weather was perfect. On the first dive, one of the fearless explorers over estimated the clarity of the water took their sunnies for a swim. Most of the first dive was spent swimming around the exterior of the 133m Perth class guided missile destroyer.

After an hour for tea cake, the second dive as a drop down the forward funnel, round the engine room, up the rear port side fire exit (bit of a squeeze!). The 36% nitrox was probably a bit of an over kill, as with all the excursion it was hard to get the tank to last long enough to get anywhere remotely near deco (well that was Ricks excuse for an early bath!).

A photo from HMAS Brisbane
Photo by Rick Grundy
A photo from HMAS Brisbane
Photo by Rick Grundy
A photo from HMAS Brisbane
Photo by Ben Crossett
A photo from HMAS Brisbane
Photo by Ben Crossett

After grabbing a bite to eat (back at the Wharf Hotel) it was back to civilisation, well Brisbane, for a celebratory steak n chips.

A photo from HMAS Brisbane
Rick's blinding camera lights
A photo from HMAS Brisbane
Photo by Ben Crossett
A photo from HMAS Brisbane
Photo by Ben Crossett
A photo from HMAS Brisbane
Photo by Ben Crossett
A photo from HMAS Brisbane
Photo by Stuart Marston