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East Coast Road Trip

October 29-November 1, 2012

To celebrate my 30th birthday, eek, Rob and I organised an east-coast dive trip.

We flew from Brisbane to Newcastle, rented a car and drove to Terrigal for the first dives of our trip on the HMAS Adelaide. We had tried to dive this wreck earlier in the year but had been thwarted by strong winds.

We lucked out on our return trip and had very calm conditions and no current, although the green vis did leave something to be desired. It didn't matter inside the wreck though, where the vis was better and we found an Australian Giant Cuttlefish hiding out in a shelf.

HMAS Adelaide

 

HMAS Adelaide

The next stop on our trip was South West Rocks, a favourite dive site of mine. Against, we had very calm conditions and okay vis. We saw a few sharks when we exited Fish Rock Cave and spent the second dive hanging out with the sharks cruising around the deeper gullies near the boat moring.

Fish Rock

 

Fish Rock

The third stop on our trip, and where we celebrated my actual birthday was Wooli - a first for both Rob and me. It's a cute little town and the gateway to the North Solitary Islands. We were the only divers on the boat, and enjoyed two leisurely dives around the anemone covered rocks of Anemone Bay and inside the Bubble Cave, inside ofwhich I really enjoyed taking photos of the trapped air pockets.

North Solitary Islands

 

North Solitary Islands

Our fourth stop, and final dives as it turned out, was at one of my favourite all-time dive sites, Julian Rocks at Byron Bay. We had the bluest visiblity of the trip here and spent the first dive at the Cod Hole with a few grey nurse sharks. On our second dive at the Needles we found a lionfish hunting that didn't seemed bothered at all by my camera.

Julian Rocks

 

Julian Rocks

We originally planned to dive at Cook Island off Tweed but the wind picked up and our dives were cancelled. If we did it all over again, which we might, we'd add a stop at Forster to break up the long drive between Terrigal and South West Rocks.

Scuba World will be running a similar east-coast trip next year.


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