Gold Coast Jinx

1 month 1 week ago #303583 by AB
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April this year, Mary and I flew to the Gold Coast having already aborted plans to dive the Seaway due to flooding after the cyclone. Just to make sure we didn't get any dives in, Mary spent most of the week in hospital with a kidney stone. A couple of weeks ago, we have another go. Weather looks good, but we found the access road to the Seaway site has been dug up and blocked off to the public. Expletive. Plan B is a double dive at Cook Island reserve out of the Tweed. A dozen Humpbacks entertained us on the trip out. The water was green, courtesy of northerlies over the past few days, and no doubt made worse by a dredge operating north of us. All not lost however, as there were heaps of fish, sharks, turtles, and other critters almost visible through the underwater snow storm. It was just good enough that we have to give it one more try.....Anyway, here is a link to the video. vimeo.com/238153298

Alan

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3 weeks 4 days ago #303590 by slug
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Good video record Alan despite the conditions.

Just got back from the Gold Coast and got 7 out of 9 days of foul weather. Not there for diving thank goodness but did get to see the V8 race, (not sure that's a recommendation). I have family there.

That dredge has been working the coast for months. I was there in May and it was spraying sand back then. Certainly can't be helping the dive industry.

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3 weeks 4 days ago #303591 by AB
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Thanks Slug! We can't seem to ever find good conditions along this coast, from Byron to Bundy we've struck poor vis. I believe the reports that it does get good a times, but we've yet to strike it!

Alan

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3 weeks 3 days ago #303592 by slug
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I remember doing a couple of dives about 15 years ago, one on what they called 12 fathom reef out from the seaway and the other on a wreck off main beach (I think it was the Scottish Prince or a name similar). The conditions were good that trip and the bottom carpeted with wobbygongs there too.

I've yet to get in at the seaway and by the work going on there, I probably won't!

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