Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving Web Site
Home · Contact Me · Sydney Reef Dive Sites · Sydney Shipwrecks · NSW Dive Sites · Australian Dive Sites · Overseas Dive Sites · Dive Accidents and Incidents · My Yachting Adventures · 4WD Trips · Weather · Search 20 July 2024 08:21

About Me
My Diving
Web Links - Dive Clubs
St George Scuba Club
Some of my Best Photos
Contact Me

Dive Sites
Sydney Reef Dive Sites
Sydney Shipwrecks
Sydney Dive Visibility, Swell and Temps
Kelly Talking on ABC Sydney about Shipwrecks
NSW Dive Sites
Sydney Shipwreck Summary
NSW Shipwreck GPS/Marks
Australian Dive Sites
Overseas Dive Sites
Aircraft I have Dived
Old Bottles
Free Shipwreck Books

Dive Related Equipment
Shearwater Predator and Heinrichs Weikamp OSTC 2N
Uwatec Aladin Dive Computers
Apollo AV1 Underwater Scooter
Bauer Compressor
DIY Oxygen Stick - Nitrox
GoPro HD Hero Video Camera
My Camera Setup
Purchase of New Dive Boat
My Dive Boat - Mak Cat
My Old Dive Boat - Le Scat
My Dive Gear
GPS and Diving
Make Your Own Car Tank Rack

Marine Life
Rarer Sydney Marine Life
Bare Island Pygmy Pipe Horses
Bare Island Sea Horses
Bare Island Nudibranchs
Bare Island Marine Life
Encounter with Southern Right Whale and Calf

Other Dive Info
How Weather Affects Diving in Sydney
Visibility and Wave Averages in Sydney
Waves and Diving
Diving Weather and Sea Conditions
Tide Tables
Dive Accidents and Incidents
Dive Book Reviews
Site Map
Noel Hitchins 1951-2005
Lloyd Bridges - Mike Nelson in Sea Hunt
My Yachting Adventures
Below is a list of links to the main pages about my yacht, Catlypso and My Yachting Adventures:
  • Purchase of Catlypso
  • Details about Catlypso
  • Cleaning/Repairing Catlypso
  • My Yachting Adventures.
  • Login


    Forgotten your password?
    Request a new one here.
    Michael's 4WD Trips
    Click here for a list of my Four Wheel Drive and Camping Trips.
    Home Brewing
    Click here for an article about Home Brewing.
    Sydney Dive Site Hints
    "Maximum water temperature in Sydney is normally about 22 degrees Celcius"
    No Frills Hopper Barge
    Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving - No Frills Hopper Barge This wreck is one of the many vessels sunk at the Long Reef wreck site off northern Sydney. It is a very large and strange looking hopper barge. I have yet to discover the history of this vessel.

    Long Reef Wrecks
    A satellite photograph of the coast north east of Long Reef showing the location of the scuttled wrecks
    The No Frills Barge is clearly identified

    It was sunk in December 1979 and is located at GPS reading 34ΒΊ 08' 21" S and 151ΒΊ 09' 02" E. Note that all the GPS Readings on my Web Site are taken using AUS66 as the map datum. If you use another datum you may be about 220 metres off the wreck. See my GPS Page for more details and how to convert readings. You need to run east-west to cross the wreck. Best anchor is in westerly winds when you need to anchor on the western side. Anchoring on the top is unlikely to achieve a result.

    The name comes from the No Frills Dive Club which may have rediscovered it but Tom Byron's book (see references) lists this vessel.

    The wreck appears to lay north-south and sits on a sandy bottom of 50 metres. The top of the barge comes up to about 43 metres. The barge itself appears to be a very narrow and deep barge. It is about 61 metres long and 8 or so metres wide. It is perhaps 15 or so metres deep. The barge is lying on its side, so the width is the height of the wreck off the sand and the depth is the width of the wreck. The top of the wreck is a flat and slightly sloping surface, almost devoid of growth except for a covering of algae (?). Hence there is little for an anchor to catch on to.

    The top is on the western side and at either end there are some shallow holds. In the middle there is a deeper and larger hold. This also has a large rust hole over it. You can safely enter and swim through the hold area.

    The bottom of the barge (the eastern side) is quite strange to look at. It appears to be designed to sit low in the water with water able to enter the hull through the ends. You can also enter this area although extreme care needs to be taken as there are many cross-members and bits of metal to get caught up on. It is also very dark inside and could easily be stirred up to give nil visibility.

    A different dive, but only worth doing a few times but only by experienced deep divers.


  • Scuba Divers Guide to Northern New South Wales Coast by Tom Byron, page 189
  • Copyright © Michael McFadyen 1990 to 2024
    Non-commercial use of an article or photograph is permitted with appropriate URL reference to this site.
    Dive shops, dive operators, publications and government departments cannot use anything without first seeking and receiving approval from Michael McFadyen.
    This web site has been wholly thought up, designed, constructed and funded for almost 30 years by Michael McFadyen without any help from the Australian Dive Industry.
    Website created 1996!