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 Eden or Cape Conran

26-28 January 2018 

Coordinator: Sharyn Wragg 

Trip report

The rare run of mild northerlies was too good an opportunity to pass up Cape Conran, with uncharacteristically flat, clear seas all weekend. We were 3 non-divers and 12 divers, including two new members. We arrived to Jungle Beach Campground on Friday, set up camp and the compressor before hitting the water.

The first dive was to Yeerung channel to see the port Jackson sharks and weedy seadragons, then to Beware reef to dive the spectacular wreck of the Auckland.

On the Saturday, we ran two dives to the Auckland and two to the SS Ridge Park. The Auckland is a deeper dive, the wreck decorated with feather stars, colourful sponges, ascidians, sea fans, and bright yellow anthozoa. Fish life was abundant. The water was around 20 degrees and vis about 12-15m, with little swell, although there was a cooler murkier thermocline at the Reef’s base of ~26m. Seals buzzed us a few times on the wrecks. The SS Ridge Park is a more open wreck, shallower at ~ 14m, with some kelp. Urchins were more prevalent than in previous years, considered to be product of warming waters. Most of us enjoyed a dip in the warm waters of the beautiful Yeerung River on Saturday afternoon, before heading to Marlo Hotel for dinner. Local ranger Mike Irvine kindly supplied us with booklets on Beware Reef and identity guides.

We ran a double-dive to the Ridge Park and Yeerung Channel on the Sunday, enjoying a long encounter with a seadragon. Unfortunately, exploring the Pinnacle and Seal gutter dives will have to wait another day. Although it was a small trip, everyone pitched in to help it run smoothly – thanks all! Everyone seemed to enjoy the weekend immensely; I’m pleased to have introduced more club members to this beautiful stretch of coast.

Google photos/Video album contributors: Sharyn Wragg (if not otherwise accredited). Ray Vran, Jeremy Weinman, and Alex Chen.

Orginal trip notice

A new year, and time to start signing up for some new dive trips! Our next trip spans the Australia Day long weekend Friday 26 to Sat 28 January 2018.

This year's trip will be held either at Eden or Cape Conran, weather depending. Eden more likely. Twofold bay is well protected and usually divable where other locations are not. Cape Conran is rarely dived by the Club and offers a great variety of sites, but more often than not, the weather doesn't support a dive trip.

I will be checking the long range forecast, and making a decision on which site to dive 7-10 days out from the trip. Read more about camping and diving:

» if the trip is at Eden.

» if the trip is at Cape Conran.

If you're interested in joining us - please email me ( Sharyn Wragg ) and change the subject line with your name so I can sort replies :-) /

  1. Your name.
  2. Your mobile number.
  3. (Have you changed the subject line yet?? :-) - if not do it now!!)
  4. Which night(s) (Thu, Fri, Sat), and for how many people you would like camping for.
  5. Would you come regardless of where the trip is held, or prefer/only if Cape Conran or Eden is selected?
  6. Do you need to hire a Tank, BCD or Reg?
  7. Do you need a lift?
  8. Can you offer a lift?
  9. Can you tow a boat?
  10. Do you have a boat licence?
  11. Are you a F/T student?
  12. If you are new(ish) to the club or not known well to me, the number of dives you have done, and the most recent diving you have done.

Hope to hear from you and see you in the water!

-Sharyn Wragg

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