The Waratea was a steel hulled steamship, built in Scotland, in 1883 with a length of 50 metres.
- On 30 November 1911, she collided with SS Glaucus near Point Nepean, Port Phillip Heads. Both vessels suffered only minor damage.
- On 24 September 1924 Waratea was involved in a collision with a barge in Port Phillip.
- Eventually stripped and scuttled in the ships graveyard, off Port Phillip heads on the 16 March 1945.
The Waratea sits in around 52 metres of water and is quite well preserved compared with other scuttled wrecks in the area, the stern and bow have chambers that can be penetrated. It is also a very pretty wreck which is covered in pink/white invertebrates. During the dive you are surrounded by schools of fish that use the wreck as a protection mechanism from large predators.
Water type: SaltWater Temperature: 10-20CCertification: Tech60Depth: 52M