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Sunlight filters through the crystal clear water as you dive down to the wreck. The first thing you notice is the dazzling array of colours provided by the coral that now encases the old steamer. Tropical fish dart in and out of the structure as a huge marble ray glides overhead.

The S.S. Yongala has sat under the water off the coast of Ayr after a cyclone sank her in March, 1911. It is now known as one of the best wreck dives in the world, the warm tropical waters providing the ideal environment for diverse marine life including turtles, barracuda, enormous gropers and schools of trevally and cobia. Whales, manta rays and bull sharks are also a common sight.

Diving on the wreck is just one option for the adventure seeker. Try barramundi fishing in the Burdekin, test your hiking skills on the Thorsborne Trail or see how many platypuses you can spot in in Hidden Valley at Paluma. For a bird’s eye view of the region take to the clouds and go skydiving over The Strand.

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