The HMAS Tobruk served in the Royal Australian Navy for 34 years. It transported soldiers, tanks and helicopters across the globe and was involved in 26 major operations.
The 127-metre ship was home for up to 520 troops. It could also carry up to 18 tanks and had two helicopter decks.
After sailing 950,000 nautical miles, the HMAS Tobruk was decommissioned and later scuttled in the waters off Hervey Bay and Bundaberg.
The ship is now a world-class dive destination and a sister wreck to the popular dive spot, the ex-HMAS Brisbane.
Diving tours of the wreck are run daily by Tobruk Dive Experience. They head out in a 27-metre luxury high-speed catamaran and offer guests two dives and a buffet lunch.
If you are interested in getting out to see the wreck, check out Bundaberg Aqua Scuba and Tobruk Dive Experience, who both depart from Bundaberg, and Hervey Bay Dive Centre and Tobruk Dive Centre Hervey Bay in Hervey Bay.
The wreck lies between 12 and 30 metres. Divers can explore the outside of the ship as well as head inside to explore the tank deck and wheelhouse. There is also an abundance of wildlife to admire, including turtles.
A great place to stay when in the Bundaberg region is the Bargara Beach Caravan Park. The waterfront park has plenty of room for caravans and tents; it has powered and non-powered sites.
The park also offers one and two-bedroom cabins, which are ideal for families. The park is close to the region’s tourists attractions and next to the town centre with its restaurants, cafes and shops.