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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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    "The Colours is a spectacular dive site"
    Agincourt Reef North

    This dive site is located at the northern end of Agincourt Reef. There is an entrance from the Coral Sea into the inside of the Great Barrier Reef between this reef and the reef to the north. The GPS Reading for the drop site is S16° 04' 17.1" E145° 51' 04.6" using WGS84 as datum. It is 62 kilometres from this site to Port Douglas.

    Agincourt ReefAgincourt Reef
    A photo at the start of the dive at Agincourt ReefKelly McFadyen and a large gorgonia at Agincourt Reef

    The plan was to drift out from the drop site on an outgoing tide. This means heading east. After being dropped close to the reef, you will see that you are in about 15 metres and that the wall is a bit away to the north. Here there are lots of canyons running into the reef, creating an almost "streetscape" scene. Descend to the bottom and follow one of the canyons to the north where you will find a wall that drops to 35 metres.

    Turn right and follow the wall. Every now and then you will see that the wall is interrupted by another canyon. There are a few gorgonias on the wall and bottom and it is quite nice. I did not see many big fish.

    Agincourt ReefAgincourt Reef
    A huge gorgonia inside the cave at Agincourt ReefKelly McFadyen and an extremely large coral at Agincourt Reef

    After 10 minutes the reef turns a bit to the south for a very short distance and then back to the east. There are some large coral bommies in this area. Around here there is an excellent swim-through, almost an arch.

    Agincourt Reef
    A colourful nudibranch at Agincourt Reef

    A bit further on we headed up one of the canyons. We had now been in the water about 30 minutes and were low on bottom time. The top of the reef here was over 15 metres deep so we needed to head shallower. We went up onto the top of the ridge next to the canyon and this was about 12 metres. Further south the reef was about 8 to 10 metres.

    In this area there was a huge amount of soft corals, as well as some hard corals. This was quite an interesting location,

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