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Dive Related Equipment
Shearwater Predator and Heinrichs Weikamp OSTC 2N
Uwatec Aladin Dive Computers
Apollo AV1 Underwater Scooter
Bauer Compressor
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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

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How Weather Affects Diving in Sydney
Visibility and Wave Averages in Sydney
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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
    "TSS Currajong is right under the main shipping channel in Sydney Harbour"
    The Cutting North Reef
    The coastline of Royal National Park has more dive sites than any part of Sydney. The whole section of coast is a dive site. I have dived every section from Jibbon Point to south of Wattamolla (it extends further south), a distance of about seven kilometres and there is not a spot that you cannot dive.

    One of the more popular sites is The Balcony. Immediately north of this is The Cutting. North of this is a small headland that we call The Cutting North Reef. This is located at GPS 34ΒΊ 05.808'S 151ΒΊ 09.953'E (using WGS84 - if you use any other datum, you will need to convert the reading - see my GPS Page for more details.

    The Cutting North ReefThe Cutting North Reef
    The Cutting North ReefThe Cutting North Reef

    Once you get to this spot, run into towards the headland and anchor when the reef comes up from 20 metres to about 12 metres. Do not go too close to the shore as it is quite shallow there. After you enter the water, head back out east or south till you drop over the wall. The wall drops to about 18 metres and then to 20 to 21 metres. This is on the sand. Follow the sand to the east and the reef will turn to the north. The bottom here has some small boulders and sand.

    As you head north, it remains much the same. After about 10 to 12 minutes you will see that the main part of the reef has come much closer to the sand edge. This is a good spot to turn around, but before you do, go up into the shallower area. There are lots of gutters in this area, with large schools of yellowtail and seapike in some. There are a few small caves here as well.

    The Cutting North ReefThe Cutting North Reef
    A small cave at The Cutting North ReefA large overhang at The Cutting North Reef

    Head back south along the main wall and then west past where you anchored. Drop back to the sand and keep going. After another five minutes head back up to the main wall and return to the east.


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