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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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    Lush Spot
    Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving - Lush Spot, Queensland Great Detached Reef is located at the northern end of the Great Barrier Reef off Queensland, Australia. It is about 125 nautical miles (230 kilometres) from Thursday Island in the Cape York area (the pointy tip of Australia) and 75 nm (140 kilometres) from Lockhart River. The is 45 nm (85 kilometres) east-north-east from closest point of the Australian mainland, Cape Grenville. It is just over 4 nm south of Raine Island, the largest green turtle nursery in the world.

    Cape YorkCape York
    A chart showing the location of Great Detached Reef (bottom right)
    and Thursday Island (top left)
    Great Detached Reef - Lush Spot
    is located on the south-western side of Wood Reef as marked

    Great Detached Reef is a reversed C shaped reef made up of a number of separate sections. It is located a little off what is the main outside section of the Great Barrier Reef, although here that reef is merely a series of small bommies or reefs. Great Detached Reef is 11.5 nm from north to south and 8.8 nm east to west. The west (open) side of the reef has a series of bommies and small reefs along a large part of its length.

    There are only a couple of boats that travel to this area, one being Kalinda which routinely does full boat charters there in November and December. Another boat does some trips there and one more might go there once or twice a year.

    Kelly and I travelled here in November 2016 on Kalinda with fellow members of St George Scuba Club when we chartered the whole boat. We flew into Horn Island (next to Thursday) and started our trip from there.

    Lush Spot is located on the south-western side of Wood Reef which is about 0.7 nautical miles south-west of the south-western corner of Great Detached Reef. Wood Reef is a triangular shaped reef about 2.5 by 1.5 nautical miles. The longest length runs north-west to south-east. Woodies' location is GPS S11Âș 48' 36.1" E143Âș 57' 50.8".

    Lush SpotLush Spot
    Kelly on the shear wallKelly with a few large gorgonias

    We anchored in a sandy gutter that runs from 8 to 25 metres. The reef wall here drops from five metres to over 70 metres. We start the dive by dropping down the anchor and then heading south-east along the wall.

    As mentioned, the wall drops dramatically, it is almost vertical in sports. As we swim along at about 30 metres, we see lots of gorgonias as well as a few sea whips and sea fans. Many of the gorgonias are huge, two or more metres across. The gorgonias and sea whips sometimes have small inhabitants. The sea whips nearly always have clingfish and a type of shrimp. The gorgonias have shrimp and sometimes spindle cowries.

    Lush SpotLush Spot
    Another huge gorgoniaA clingfish on a sea whip

    We gradually come up as we go, staying out of decompression. We see some sharks along here and lots of parrotfish and surgeonfish. These are in big schools, often all mixed up together.

    After 15 minutes we turn around and come back at about 17 metres. We cross over the sand gutter and head north-west for a little while. This section of reef is similar to the first part of the dive, perhaps the wall is even more vertical.

    Lush SpotLush Spot
    The leaf fish is so hard to findAnother photo of the leaf fish - head at right

    We come back at 12 metres to near the boat and spend the rest of the dive in this area. The last 20 minutes of the dive are spent at five metres looking for smaller fish. Kelly found a leaf fish in some staghorn coral, a great find!

    We dived here in November, the water temperature was about 28ÂșC, visibility was about 30 metres. An excellent dive site.

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