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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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    "SS Woniora was discovered by Max Gleeson and John Riley"
    Bicheno General Information
    The eastern coastline of Tasmania is one of the most wonderous places I have visited, either in Australia or overseas. The scenery above the water is simply spectacular in spots, and just brilliant everywhere else. There are no cities along this section of the coast, only a few small towns. Probably the pick of the towns, at least as far as Kelly and I am concerned, is Bicheno.

    Bicheno is located 177 kilometres north-east of Hobart and it takes about two hours to drive there from the City (a bit less from the airport). Bicheno, like a lot of old towns on the southern coastline of Australia, was a whaling town. Luckily that era has ended and it is now well known for its diving and wildlife.

    Governor Island
    Governor Island and the boat harbour
    The dive sites are mostly on the far side of the rocks

    All the diving here is done within a few hundred metres of the boat ramp. There is a series of rocks off the ramp that create a small protected harbour and channel. The outside of the rocks is where the vast majority of the diving is done.

    When Kelly and I dived here we dived with Bruce from Bicheno Dive Centre (the only operator). After putting our gear together and onto the truck, you get into your wetsuit and are driven down to the boat ramp. Here you load the tanks etc onto the boat and climb aboard. The boat is launched and within a couple of minutes you are at the dive site.

    The boat is a large cat that has heaps of room and is very stable. You get a great dive briefing and there is a guide on all dives.

    Bicheno Dive BoatBicheno
    The Bicheno Dive Centre BoatBicheno from the lookout

    After the dive you return back to the shop in the shop's vehicle and unload and wash your gear. There is even a hot shower outside to wash yourself (and your wetsuit). There is a load of hanging space to dry everything after the dive.

    There is basic accommodation at the dive shop. In town, there are a number of motels to pick from. As well, you can rent a house as we did in February 2009 when we went there again with our dive club.

    There are quite a few cafes and restaurants, our favourite the first time was Rose's but the second time it was not too good. The bakery was much better, with good pies. There is a supermarket, a butcher (fantastic but expensive sausages) and other shops so you can cook your own.

    Other things to do are to walk to the lookout east of the town centre (good views over the dive sites), go to the wharf and look for penguins (we saw one a few metres off the wharf) and drive to Freycinet National Park and do some walks (great for your last day before flying home, do the Wineglass Bay walk and then across to Hazard Beach and back via the coast - see my 4WD article for photos and information).

    Finally, Bruce is one of the friendliest dive shop owners I have ever met (and I have met a lot) and I well recommend his services.

    Click here to read some more about the dive sites.

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