Dates: arrive Wed 30th Sept, depart Mon 5th Oct (options to stay longer if you wanted)
Travel: Fly Sydney to Townsville (JQ912 on the way up, JQ913 on the way down, Virgin also fly at similar times of day), ferry from Townsville to Magnetic Island ($30 return). Accommodation: The plan is to book one or more Stayz rental properties (hopefully with a pool/beachside) for approx $70-100 per head per night.
Wow was the parking bad for those that arrived after 7.30am!
Owen, Pete, Sam and Ben set off to tinker with kit, take pics and in Petes case to get back into the water after a wee while. Mission accomplished. A warm humid day soon had the dry suit divers cursing us in wetsuits though that changed when we got into the water. A gentle bimble up the inner side of the reef, vis ............ mmmm poor, weed gives way to rocks and eventually to sand. Not much life to be honest, about 3 wobblegongs, large number of rays, some nice angel fish, a very unplayful cuttle fish and a bunch of friendly groupers. 40mins to an hour in the water depen...
With light winds and a low (but Easterly) swell we drove over to Bass Point just south of Shellharbour. Make sure you SatNav maps are up to date as the Shell Cove Marina developments are coming along fast. Our aim was Bushranger Bay, which from the viewing platform was looking spectacular. Unfortunately, many other people had the same idea, the carpark was chocker and alas the council is clamping down on people parking in non-designated spots. While you can dump the gear and leave the car at the other carpark ne...
With the sales in full swing and Christmas out of the way, it must be summertime. The sun was out at Shelly Beach and the water was 21'C at the surface and 19' at depth, well 9m. Ben & Owen had an enjoyable bimble for about an hour while Zoe, Tomoko and Andy chilled on the beach. The vis was not the best, but it didn't stop me messing around with the camera. Post dive, Owen rustled up a quick bacon & egg bap, while Andy was dreaming up plans for a dive down south while he still has a break from work.
God Bless the Queens, and more importantly Australia, for making her Birthday a public holiday!
It is only a couple of weeks until the winter solstice, and on Wednesday we were all enjoying the warmth of the fire at the Nelson. and moaning about the rain. However, the forecast for the long weekend was dry and sunny, so plans were made for a shore dive and (shock, horror!) there was even talk of doing some training.
Come the holiday Monday, Sydney was trying it's hardest to make you think it was still summer: Sunny and 20 degrees both on land and in the water. There was no sign of the student, so the training was abandoned and the toys came out. Dispite the recent rain, the vi...
We meet after work from 6pm most Wednesday nights at the Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel on Kent Street in The Rocks for dinner and a few beers.
We encourage potential new members to meet us on the first Wednesday of a calendar month as this is when most club members will be in attendance.