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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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    "Moulineaux Point has lots of artificial caves"
    Point Stephens Lighthouse - Fingal Sponge Gardens
    Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving - Point Stephens Lighthouse Sponge Garden Fingal Head is really an island that is sometimes connected to the mainland by a sand spit. It is located about three kilometres south of Port Stephens. The Point Stephens Lighthouse is on Fingal Head and to the north is a small island or rock that creates a channel. This is the location of a really great sponge garden.

    From Port Stephens, you head out the heads and head south-east or so. Aim for GPS mark of 32° 44' 33"S 152° 12' 5"E (Note that this is a very approximate reading and may not be very accurate) You should also note that all my GPS Readings are using AUS66 - if you use any other datum, you will need to convert the reading - see my GPS Page for more details.

    Anyway, from memory (I am writing this in 2006 and I last dived this site in 1993) bottom was rocky with some sand in between. The site consists of a large gutter that runs parallel to the shore and a couple of shallower areas. There are some canyons that run off at right angles to this main gutter. The rocky bits have excellent sponge and other fixed marine life.

    Fishlife here was also very good, on the couple of dives I did here I saw fiddler-rays, moray eels, bream, diamond fish, silver sweep, old wife, white ear, one-spot pullers, red morwong, blue groper, combfish, crimson banded wrasse, surgeonfish, six-spinned leatherjackets and long finned pike. I even saw a turtle here.

    Well worth many dives.

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