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Gold Coast Artificial Dive Attraction Precinct

A catalyst project set to raise the profile of the Gold Coast as a leading dive destination

  • 3

    Levels of Diver Capability

  • 100m

    Minimum Dive Path

  • Gold Coast, Queensland

    Gold Coast, Queensland

Helping to create a new diving attraction

The Gold Coast is well known for its gorgeous beaches, hinterland, sea life, and a list of tourism attractions which is constantly being evolved. One of the latest additions to that list is a dive attraction based on an artificial reef. Our work on this project was recognized and celebrated at the 2024 IPWEA (Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia) Australasia Excellence Awards, winning two award categories for ‘Best Public Works Project between $2.0 - $5.0m’ and ‘Project of the Year’!

We were engaged by the City of Gold Coast to provide a wide range of multidisciplinary engineering and environmental services to support the creation of the region’s first artificial dive attraction. Known as Wonder Reef, the attraction is the world’s first submerged/floating reef and features nine tethered flutes that have become covered in marine growth. The flutes are situated at Main Beach, at a depth of about 30 metres. Before the flutes were put in place, we provided extensive pre-opening monitoring to understand the likely impact of the flutes and to model flute movements to ensure diver safety. Our team also provided metaocean design, seabed stability assessment, coastal process assessment, advice on approval applications for Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC) Act/sea dumping, preparation of principal’s project requirements, and fabrication task reviews.

With the project now complete, it is expected to provide significant economic benefit by generating jobs and building the capacity of operators and businesses within the local tourism industry. It will foster greater appreciation of marine life and the natural environment and provide marine research and educational opportunities.

At a Glance

  • City of Gold Coast
  • Subcon Blue Solutions (Constructor)
  • Daniel Templeman, Sculptural Artist
Image Credit
Courtesy of City of Gold Coast
IPWEA, Australasia Excellence Awards, Project of the Year, 2024
IPWEA Australasia Excellence Awards, Best Public Works Project between $2.0–$5.0m, 2024
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Senior Principal, Coastal Engineering

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