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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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    Sydney Dive Site Hints
    "The Gullies has a feature called The Marble"
    Tumbledowns
    Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving - Tumbledowns The coastline of Royal National Park on the southern outskirts of Sydney has literally dozens of different dive sites. The coast all the way from Port Hacking in the north to well past Wattamolla has a skirting reef that extends a good distance from the rock platform and reaches a depth suitable for scuba diving (past Wattamolla I do not know as I have never tried to dive there).

    Since 1988 I have dived every piece of this coastline (more than 7 kilometres) and explored the whole length of the reef. With the exception of one small section north of Marley Point, it is all very good for diving. Just south of the most popular dive site, Barrens Hut, the reef edge turns back in towards the coast before again turning south. Just past here is a spot we call Tumbledown, due to the nature of the rocks collapsed from the cliffs onto the rock platform.

    To find this location, head to GPS Reading (sorry, not yet available) and run in towards the shore in line with the prominent pile of rocks. Anchor once the reef comes up from 24 metres. Just a short distance from the sand edge the reef comes up to 15 metres and then 12 metres. Any section of this coast line is suitable, you do not need to be exact.

    Once you have descended, head to the sand and follow the reef either north or south. There are some small rocks/boulders along here on the sand. Look carefully and you will see sea dragons, rays and even fiddler rays (I saw 11 on one dive). The sponge life here is very good. After a while, come up shallower and head back in the other direction at about 15 to 17 metres. There are a number of small canyons as well as a few swim-throughs and huge boulders.

    If you have air and bottom time, try going a bit shallower (to 7 metres) and there are more gullies ans swim-throughs. This area has a lot of fishlife and in Autumn you will certainly see Port Jackson sharks (as many as 50 on a dive). On this dive you may see huge schools of yellowtail, ladder-finned pomfret, seapike, silver sweep and one-spot pullers. Other fish seen include luderick, bream, morwong and heaps of leatherjackets (black reef and six-spined especially). I have also seen an eagle ray here. On a drift dive in April 2004 when in this area we saw a sunfish.

    SunfishSunfish
    The sunfish seen at this siteAnother shot of the sunfish
    You can continue past the anchor area before returning to the anchor or go further into the shallows if it is calm enough.

    Another great dive site.

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