Curtin Artifical Reef

Curtin Artificial Reef


On the 12th August 1968, the URGQ began to 'build' an artificial reef in Moreton Bay. 

Today, over 25 vessels, concrete pipes and pontoons provide a sheltered dive site and an important habitat for a wide variety of marine life including fish, sharks, rays and turtles.

Some of the vessels sunk on the Curtin Artificial Reef include the tug Melbourne; two whale chasers, Kos I and Kos II; a coastal trading vessel, the Lady Norman; gravel barges, Bremer, Estrella del Mar and Barrambin; the car ferry, Point Lookout; the whale oil carrier, Centipede; the tug, Lovenstein; the Cairncross dock gate; and a Brisbane Tram.

Today the Curtin Artificial Reef has been down for over 45 years and the ocean has reclaimed some of the reef. While the vessels on the Curtin Artificial Reef offer spectacular diving, penetration of the vessels is dangerous and divers are advised not to enter. URGQ advises that safe diving practices are the responsibility of the individual divers. 

The Curtin Artificial Reef is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of many URGQ members, especially Frank Curtin and Linton Holroyd.