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Aarhus Historic Wreck and Smith’s Rock
One of Queensland’s most significant historic shipwrecks, the Aahrus lies not far from Smith Rock. It was a 640 tonne sailing barque grounded hard on the Rock in 1894 and she sank in 12 minutes. Lying approximately 2 nautical miles off shore from Moreton Island, Smith’s Rock has three pinnacles the highest rises to about 6m below the surface; their jagged granite beauty belies their treachery to the shipping fraternity. Not as pretty as Flinders Reef but it has a rugged honeycombed terrain and plenty of structure that attracts a profusion of fish. With a maximum depth of around 20m the most interesting features sit around 15m. Good visibility will reveal large schools of batfish and butter bream and a large range of coral species like cod, angelfish, beaked coralfish, clownfish, and damsels. If you like the big stuff then wobbegong sharks, turtles and spotted rays frequent the area. And of course during the migration season you will hear the whale song.