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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
    "Inscription Point is a great place to find sea dragons"
    Hungry Jacks
    While the location of many dive sites are passed on from one diver to another and others are found by searching interesting looking areas, some are found through chances of nature. Indirectly, this is how we found this dive site.

    Our plan had been to dive Pizza Reef off Jibbon Bombora at the northern end of Royal National Park. There was a strong southerly wind and large southerly swell running as we located the reef and dropped anchor off the southern end of the small reef. In a short time we hooked in and I checked the depth sounder, sure enough we were in about 21 metres, the right depth. What I did not realise was that the wind was actually a south-westerly so we were pushed in a north-easterly direction, parallel to the edge of the reef. We were not on Pizza Reef, but hooked up on an adjacent reef about 130 metres to the north-east. After the first divers entered the water I looked at the GPS and realised that we were not on Pizza Reef but as the others did not return, I figured that it must have been okay. This was actually the dive site we call Maccas.

    After we dived this location, we decided to investigate the reef to the north of this location. Using our depth sounder, we zig-zagged along the reef edge to the north, monitoring the wall. About 150 metres away we found another interesting section of wall. We named the new reef Hungry Jacks (since all the other dive sites in this area we have called after fast food chains (Pizza Reef, KFC, Maccas and Red Rooster).

    To find the site, go out of Port Hacking and turn a little to the south once you are level with Jibbon Bombora. The GPS mark for the anchoring spot is 34 04' 55.6"S 151 10' 48.5"E (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). The site consists of a wall that runs north/south. The depth of the sand is about 27 metres and it is about 20 metres on the reef top. Drop anchor on the reef top in all but noth-easterly winds.

    SeapikeNudi
    A huge school of seapike above the reefA nudibranch on this site

    Once you are on the bottom you will find a wall that drops from 20 metres to 24 to 25 metres or so and then slopes across some rocks to just over 27 metres. This section has many small boulders going out to a small wall and then the sand.

    Head north for about 10 minutes. As you go, the rocky section off the main wall disappears and is replaced by sand at 27 metres. There are some larger boulders along here. The main wall and the boulders have lots of very large sponges, some small gorgonias and many sea squirts. This is very colourful. As you go, look under the boulders and you may see some Port Jackson sharks and cuttlefish. On the sand there are sometimes sea dragons, although not very many.

    After 10 to 12 minutes the reef gets a little flatter. Here the reef peters out a bit and turns a little to the west. This location is probably where you should turn around. If you head to the west (across a small section of sand) you will come to an even more prominent reef. There are some low but large overhangs and tiny caves here. Head back to the south along this section of reef and you will come back to the main reef. Stay on the top of the reef and continue back to the anchor.

    AnchorStarfish
    A large anchor that appears
    to be an Admirralty type
    A starfish on this site

    Back at the anchor you probably will still have some time so go south past the anchor. Head out a bit deeper (to the east) and go south and then back to the west to the main wall. Follow this back to the anchor. Since you will still have some time left, spend it on the reef top exploring the small cracks and overhangs.

    The fishlife here is sometimes prolific. On dives here we have seen huge numbers of seapike, yellowtail, silver sweep and trevally. There are also lots of bastard trumpeters, black reef leatherjackets, one-spot pullers and other fish.

    Another great dive site out of Port Hacking.

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