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    Current Kareela Weather
    A summary of the current weather conditions at our house at Kareela, Sydney, is below. Click here for more Detailed Diving Weather and Conditions. Weather from Michael McFadyen's Tempe Weather Station


    Conditions at
    23:49 on 23/1/17

     
    Temperature 25.6°C
    Humidity 65.0%
    Barometer 1003.4hPa
    Rate -0.3hPa/hr
    Wind Speed: 0 km/hr
    Wind Direction S
    Rainfall for Today 0.0mm
    Rainfall last hour 0.0 mm
    Rainfall last 24 hours 0.0 mm
    Rainfall at Start of Month 814.6 mm
    Rainfall this Year 827.0 mm
    Today's Extremes
    High Temperature 31.2°C at 15:48
    Low Temperature 20.9°C at 6:27
    Peak Wind Gust 0km/hr at 0:00
    Weather from Michael McFadyen's Kirrawee Weather Station
    Yesterday's Extremes
    High Temperature 27.5°C at 17:11
    Low Temperature 19.8°C at 6:29
    Rainfall at Start of Yesterday 827.0 mm
    Rainfall at End of Yesterday 827.0 mm
    Weather from Michael McFadyen's Tempe Weather Station
    Astronomical Data
    Sunrise 5:06
    Sunset 19:05
    Moonrise 1:09
    Moonset 15:04

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    Welcome
    I established this Web Site about scuba diving in Sydney, NSW, Australia and the South Pacific, as well as a few other places, in June 1996.

    Since then it has gone through a few different versions. This latest version is the fourth and was completed in July 2006.

    The site has grown from a few pages to well over 900 separate pages. More than 650 dives are covered, mostly in detail and most with photographs and some with maps.

    I am fairly confident that this is not only the largest diving related web site in the World, it also has more hits than any diving related web site in Australia.

    This site is a non-commercial site and is unrelated to any dive organisation. It is purely here to provide divers with an information source to increase their enjoyment of scuba diving, shipwrecks and marine life in general. I hope that my experiences can help you when you are planning a dive trip, whether it is locally in Sydney, New South Wales, somewhere else in Australia or the Pacific Ocean region.

    Any and all comments are welcome, as is any information to enhance the pages, especially more information about ships or shipwrecks or corrections to pages.

    I have also included some articles on non-diving related interests, especially four wheel driving and camping. Starting 2014 it will have information about our yacht, a Lightwave 38 catamaran.

    NOTE:

    This site is best viewed using a screen sized at 1024 x 768 pixels. If you use a smaller screen, some photographs may force a page that extends off the screen and cause printing problems. I cannot avoid this problem. It may also cause some photos to run over top of text. If you find any of these, please let me know as I should be able to fix.

    In addition, some wide screen monitors (newer laptops especially) may have a screen that is too wide for the page and this may cause photos to appear in strange places. If you find this, let me know and I will see if I can fix.

    I have now added a Search facility to the site. You can access this by clicking on Search on the menu at the top of the page.

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    My Recent Dives - May to October 2017
    14 May 2017 - Lady Musgrave Island Lagoon Bommie
    Dived with Ian on a large bommie, one of three just past the entrance to lagoon. This was the SW one, we swam around it. Anemone with some clownfish, red bass, lots of small stuff, Moorish idol and some cabbage coral. Good to dive after a month without diving. Visibility very good.

    15 May 2017 - Lady Musgrave Island Outer Entrance Reef
    Ian dropped us about 200 m SW of entrance. We dived around this area for about 25 minutes and then swam towards the entrance. However, the tide had already turned but should not have till 1030. Had to swim all the way and only made it to the green channel marker where we surfaced at 45 mins as agreed. Ian collected us there. The channel is very nice, will try to dive there tomorrow. All the normal reef fish. Visibility excellent.

    15 May 2017 - Lady Musgrave Island Lagoon
    Dive to check on our anchor and the meassurement markings. Redid the 10 and 20 metre ones with extra cable ties. Anchor was hooked into a thick wire rope so untangled it. Visibility good.

    15 May 2017 - Lady Musgrave Island Clown Trigggerfish Reef
    Went a lot further south and anchored in 16 metres. Reasonable current from S, so went S. A few large bommies, lots of smaller ones. Saw two CTF near anchor, a small and a medium white-tipped reef shark. Lots of Moorish idols and butterflyfish and two large flutemouths. A very good dive. Visibility excellent.

    16 May 2017 - Lady Musgrave Island Pontoon Reef
    This was further south again from the previous dives we have done here. Almost mirror seas and no wind. Dropped into 16 metres about 20 metres off the wall. Went south again into very slight current. A few small bommies, lots of dead stag coral on sand. Saw some nice nudibranchs, lots of butterflyfish, some triggerfish, a larger yellow boxfish, a flutemouth and more. Another nice dive. Visibility excellent.

    2 July 2017 - Butterfly Bay Point, Hook Island
    Started ooutside between Butterfly Bay and Butterfly Bay East, then drifted back in on tide (very,very slight). Very dirty at 14 m and did not get better till inside the bay and we ascended above 10 m. Saw a huge crayfish, a large barramundi cod, some red bass and a few other large fish. Also a huge clam, biggest I have seen alive. Lots of butterflyfish and other tropicals. Also a large flatworm. We should have started inside the bay, best section was the last one third. Heard whales most of the dive. Visibility fair, but poor early on.

    4 July 2017 - The Stepping Stones, Bait Reef
    Dived near the same spot as 2 years ago. Lots of damage from Cyclone Debbie, looks like some whole bommies have been overturned, but not sure. Some spots have little damage. Went S, saw a few large fish, but nothing special. A few nice nudibranches, one a beautiful okenia. A few nice gorgonias, some large sea whips. Lots of the hard green coral damaged. Back to anchor and then N. One anemone and clownfish. Back to anchor, some nice coral on reef top at 5 metres here. Not as good as it was 2 years ago. Visibility very good.

    5 July 2017 - The Stepping Stones, Bait Reef
    Moved a little more to the south for this dive, off the large bommie to SW of us. Strong current on surface, Used lots of air moving anchor. Went S, reef in much better condition. Saw a huge eel, some more anemones with clownfish and a few nudibranchs, Did safety stop on top of another bommie which was under T2. Very nice! A better dive than the previous one. Visibility very good.

    6 July 2017 - Inner Lagoon, Bait Reef
    Inner lagoon to W of the moorings. Can only get here when tide is high as have to cross over the reef. About 12 metres deep, a bit silty due to very fine sand, but still good. Went SE and then S. Lots of finger reefs of coral off main reef and some overhangs. Plenty of fish, but nothing huge. Saw lots of anemones but none had clownfish, One had six glass shrimp, excellent! A nice dive, but not right at the location we wanted to go to as hard to see into the rising sun. Visibility good.

    Click here to see details of dives including profiles.

    For more details about these dives and other dives this year, click here.

    Michael on 01 May 2017 00:00 · Print
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