The Early Years

HMAS Tobruk

  • Class Modified Sir Bedivere Class
  • Type Landing Ship Heavy (LSH) Pennant L50
  • Faithful and Strong;
  • Builder: Carrington Slipways Pty Ltd;
  • Laid Down: 7 February 1979;
  • Launched: 1 March 1980;
  • Launched by: Lady Anna Cowen;
  • Commissioned: 23 April 1981;
  • Decommissioned: 31 July 2015;
  • Dimensions & Displacement: Displacement: 5800 ton; Length: 127 metres; Beam: 18 metres;
  • Performance: Speed: 17 knots; Complement: Crew: 150; Embarked Forces: 520;
  • Propulsion Machinery: 2 x 54 ton, 4,800bhp Mirrlees-Blackstone KDMR8 diesel engines;
  • Armament Guns;
    6 x 12.7mm machine guns
    2 x Mini Typhoon guns
  • Helicopters In support of Amphibious Operations (ranging from the Squirrel AS350-B to Chinook CH47)
  • Awards Inherited Battle Honours
  • The amphibious heavy lift ship, HMAS Tobruk (II) was laid down at Carrington Slipways Pty Ltd at Tomago on the Hunter River, NSW, on 7 February 1979. She was launched on Saturday 1 March 1980 by Lady Anna Cowen, the wife of the then Governor-General of Australia Sir Zelman Cowen AK, GCMG, GCVO. She departed Tomago under her own power on 16 December 1980 and proceeded down the Hunter River for Newcastle. She was fitted-out and underwent harbour trials early in 1981.
  • So Come with us at Tobruk Dive Centre dive the tobruk dive hervey bay a great dive destination

An Awesome Vessel

She could transport up to 18 tanks in the tank deck, and more than 40 Armoured Personnel Carriers or Light Armoured Vehicles on the vehicle deck, which had been reinforced to enable the transportation of two Landing Craft Mechanical-8s (LCM-8) on specially designed cradles. In addition, two Landing Craft Vehicular Personnel units (LCVP) could be secured by davits on either side of the superstructure. The ship’s roll-on/roll-off function was supplemented by two 8.5 ton cranes and a 70 ton derrick. She had forward and aft helicopter decks, which could be operated simultaneously, and could provide accommodation for up to 520 troops.

Faithful and Strong

Tobruk’s final port visit was to Newcastle in June and she returned to to her home port of Sydney for the last time on 25 June. Her final voyage was recognised in Federal Parliament with both the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader acknowledging her service to the nation, noting that she lived up to her motto of ‘Faithful and Strong’.

To be a great wreck dive with respect

HMAS Tobruk decommissioned on 31 July 2015 after more than three decades of dedicated service. She was subsequently gifted to the Queensland Government for use as a dive wreck. In early December 2016 Tobruk was towed from Sydney to Bundaberg and prepared for scuttling. On 28 June 2018 she was sunk in the Great Sandy Marine Park, between Bundaberg and Hervey Bay, Queensland.

It does not disappoint

The fish life and the sheer size of the EXHMAS Tobruk will offer one of the BEST wreck dives in Australia come and dive hervey bay and the Tobruk Dive Wreck with us our dive centre is very well equipped to look after you

The EXHMAS Tobruk Site

25 Nautical Miles north of Hervey Bay The vessel is laying on the Starboard side at a depth of 30 metres

The Port Side of the Tobruk is in only 14 metres or less

This means ALL divers of all levels will get to visit the future best dive in Australia

Due to the massive size of her most keen divers will be back to dive her again

We are here to get divers out to the great dive site

It does not matter what dive organization you learnt to dive with PADI SSI NAUI we are all divers who love what we do explore

About Us Tobruk Dive Centre

Our Dive Centre

  • Tobruk Dive Centre
  • Is located right on the Marina at Hervey Bay our dive centre is very spacious with  lots of brand new modern dive equipment .
  • We have amenities very close by toilets showers cafe s free car parking for hours on end
  • The access to our dive boat is at our back door
  • Wash Down Facilities
  • Change Rooms

Our Dive Supervisor

  •  Glenn has had a very busy life now 63 years
  • His passion has always  been diving in fact for 38 years diving  35 years as a Master SCUBA Instructor
  • Prior to joining the Ambulance Service in 1989 he had dive shops in Queensland
  • During his career in the Ambulance he continued to teach diving
  • He is now retired from the Ambulance and owns operates Tobruk Dive Centre
  • Very few Instructors are so qualified to look after you

About the EXHMAS Tobruk

  • The EXHMAS Tobruk was scuttled in 2018
  • It landed on its Starboard side at about 30 metres
  • The Portside is at about 12 to 14 metres
  • The vessel length is about 130 metres
  • Distance out to the Tobruk Dive Site is about 25 nautical mile
  • It is accessible to Open Water Divers in some sections
  • The main attraction of the EXHMAS Tobruk will be the fish life it is incredible pelagics turtles reef fish even false killer whales  have been sighted at the wreck tobruk dive centre
  • More detailed Information can be found at

Diving The Tobruk

  • The EX HMAS Tobruk is now open from the 25th of february 2019
  • For recreational Divers
  • Call Us the Tobruk Dive Centre 0741258175
  • All Dives Include 2 Guided Dives 2 Cylinders weights
  • Hire Equipment is available for additional fee we do have a package special