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My Diving
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St George Scuba Club
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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.
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    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
    "Marley Point has an excellent three way swim-through"
    Gold Coast General
    The Gold Coast is generally considered to be the section of South Eastern Queensland from the southern side of Brisbane to the New South Wales border. This is one of the fastest growing areas in Australian and can now be considered to be the fifth biggest city in Australia.

    It has long been a holiday destination for Australians, with people flocking to Surfers Paradise and the many locations between here and Coolangatta on the border. Even the movie Mad Max II (The Roadwarrior in USA) had Surfers Paradise as the goal of the people stuck out in the desert in the post-nuclear nightmare.

    Nowadays people go to the Gold Coast not just to see the beaches, but to go to the many tourist attractions. Places like Warner Brothers and Sea World attract people from all over Australia and overseas.

    One thing that many people do not realise is that there is excellent diving located within a few kilometres of the centre of Surfers Paradise.


    You can fly into Brisbane from most capitals in Australia and many overseas locations. You can fly into Coolangatta (Gold Coast) from Sydney and Melbourne and some other Australian capitals as well as some New Zealand cities. Within Australia, you can use Virgin Blue, Qantas or JetStar. I would not use JetStar if you are taking your dive gear as you WILL have to pay baggage excess.

    Of course, you could drive from locations within Australia. It is about 12 hours from Sydney, one hour from Brisbane and two days from Melbourne.


    If you fly you will need a hire car to get around. Cars can be hired from the airports.


    There is no shortage of accommodation in the Gold Coast area. There are thousands of hotels, motels etc.


    There are not that many dive operations.

  • Devocean Dive
  • Dive Jam Scuba Diving
  • Diving the Gold Coast - I have used Ian Banks' operation and can recommend

    The following are just some of the dives available in the Gold Coast area.

  • South Wall Pipes
  • South Wall Drift
  • South West Wall
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