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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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    Bare Island Bombora
    Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving - Bare Island Bombora On the northern side of Botany Bay, just to the south of Sydney is Bare Island. Bare Island was first described by Lieutenant James Cook while he was in Botany Bay in April 1770. He described it as:
    ... a small bare Island which lies close under the north shore.

    Bare Island Panorama
    A panoramic photograph of Bare Island on a perfect day
    The local Aboriginal tribes of Gweagal and Kameygal are almost certain to have given the small island a name, but it has not survived through to present time and is not even known now to the locals.

    Bare Island Satellite Photo
    A satellite photograph of Bare Island
    The bombora is where the white water from
    the waves are breaking at bottom left
    The island has certainly changed since those tranquil days. In the 1870s the people of Sydney had the view that the Russians were thought likely to invade Australia. Therefore, in 1877 two British fortification experts, Sir Peter Scratchley and William Jervois were sent to Australia as a result of a request from the Colony of New South Wales. They were given the task of designing and co-ordinating the defence of Sydney and they planned a series of forts and gun batteries to protect against attack. Bare Island was planned as the sole defence of Botany Bay. The fortifications on the island were built during the period 1881 to 1889 under the direction of the Colonial Architect, James Barnet. The barracks were completed in 1891. It became apparent that the fort and barracks had been subject to substandard workmanship and this led not only to the resignation of James Barnet, it led to a Board of Inquiry and then to Australia’s first Royal Commission.

    For more information about the Bare Island Fort, see the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Web Site.

    Joined to the mainland by a small timber bridge, Bare Island is perfect for either day or night diving in almost all weather. In even moderate seas you can safely dive in almost any spot and in very heavy seas you can usually dive the protected side of the island. A number of different dives can be done around the island itself, as well as along the shore on either side of the bridge. These include Bare Island Left, Bare Island Right and Bare Island Circumnavigation.

    When diving here, beware of small boats and jet skis which regularly speed under the bridge, taking no notice of dive flags. When ascending at the end of a dive in the channel, make sure you listen before leaving the bottom.

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    A map of Bare Island
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    This dive, on the Bare Island Bombora, is one that can only be undertaken in completely calm seas. Like a couple of the other dives here, you start on the island itself. Walk across the bridge and climb down onto the rock platform via the stairs. Walk around the island towards the open sea until you come to the very back corner of the island. This spot is an ideal entry point when the seas are calm.

    The bombora is located due south from this point. Snorkel out about 20 metres and then about 20 metres to the south. Sink to the bottom and navigate by your compass towards the bombora which is located about 150 to 200 metres from the island (due south as mentioned above). It should take you about 10 to 15 minutes to reach the bombora. You should not linger a bit on the way as you can explore the reef on the way back. Once you reach the bombora (really two small bommies), have a look in between the two shallower sections.

    If you have a large tank, you can swim right around the bommie, looking into all the nooks and crannies. There are some large overhangs. If you only have a small tank or are heavy on your air consumption, you should only examine the front part of the bombora. Above the bombora there are normally quite a few huge old man snappers. These are giants, the size you will very rarely, if ever, see anywhere else. In fact, every time I have dived here I have seen them. Worth diving just to see the snappers. You will also see huge schools of bream, sweep, luderick and ladder-finned pomfrets. You may even see a few very large kingfish (I did in March 2001).

    After leaving the bombora, swim to the north-east. After a while (depending on where you leave the bombora) you will meet the sand edge. Follow this all the way back to the bridge. See the Bare Island Left page for more details. Along the way, look out for sea dragons. On the March 2001 dive, I counted 25 sea dragons along this edge and my buddy reckoned that there were at least 10 that I did not point out to him as were motored past (we were using scooters and as well as diving the bommie, we went right around the island).

    Whatever, you do, make sure you leave adequate air for your return to the island. I prefer to return right to the bridge area and exit there, however, if you find yourself a bit short on air, return to the island and since this dive is only done when calm, you will be able to exit onto the rock platform.

    Fishlife on the rest of the dive is similar to the other Bare Island dives.

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