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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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    "Pygmy pipehorses can be seen at Bare Island at various places"
    The Boulders - Norah Head
    Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving - The Boulders, Norah Head The Central Coast of New South Wales is one of the most popular holiday locations in the State. Only just over an hour from the centre of Sydney (even less from the northern side), it stretches from the northern shore of Broken Bay to Lake Macquarie.

    The diving along this whole section of the coast is excellent, although to be honest I do not have a great deal of experience here.

    Eastern blue devilfsh
    Steve Shaw and an eastern blue devilfish
    One of the better places to visit is Norah Head which is towards the northern end of the Central Coast (90 minutes from Sydney). There are some very good dive sites here as well as some nice caravan parks to stay in. The only real problem with diving Norah Head is that the boats have to be launched from a very rough boat ramp straight across the beach into the open ocean. This limits the types of boats that can be used and also limits the weather conditions in which boats can be launched and retrieved.

    Just a little over a kilometre or so from the boat ramp is a bombora called The Bull or Bull Rocks. The reef here comes up from about 20 metres to the surface. To the north-west of The Bull is a dive site called The Boulders. The GPS reading is a latitude of 33ΒΊ 16' 21" S and longitude of 151ΒΊ 35' 00" E (using WGS84 as the map datum). If you use another datum you may be about 220 metres off the wreck. See my GPS Page for more details and how to convert readings.

    The site consists of a wall running from north-west to south-east. The reef is about 17 metres on the top and just over 21 metres on the bottom. Off the wall there are hundreds of boulders, some the size of a table, some the size of a room. There is a mooring in this area but when I visited the top portion was missing. From where you have anchored, swim around the boulders, looking at the great gorgonias, sea squirts, sponges and other fixed life.

    Fishlife includes one-spot pullers (lots) silver sweep, yellowtail and bream. You may also see large schools of luderick coming from the reef top to the bottom. Other things to see include eastern blue devilfish and giant cuttlefish.

    This dive site is only two hours from Sydney and can easily be done as a day trip. Highly recommended. Over the years the local dive shop has closed down and reopened a number of times. It has now moved to Toukley. You can also use Pro Dive Central Coast which has been operating under the same ownership for over 20 years. I recommend this operator as being the best to use.

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