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Above Water - Jayne Jenkins

Above Water - Jayne Jenkins

Marine Life

Marine Life Water temperature variations from 16 to 24ºC (depending upon the time of year) - combined with Sydney’s close proximity to the deeper waters at the edge of the Continental Shelf - attract a remarkable variety of marine life, including dolphins and whales. Although different from their tropical counterparts, the reefs around Sydney support a multitude of colourful soft corals, sponges, anemones, sea-squirts, tube-worms and sea-mosses that decorate every surface. Carried southward by the warm summer currents, tropical species often put in an appearance, but it’s the temperate water life that is often the most remarkable. Giant Cuttle-fish, some measuring a metre or more in length, are commonplace, as are large rays and sharks – including lethargic wobbegongs, (a type of carpet shark sometimes three or more metres in length), and Port Jackson sharks that, during their winter breeding season, can be seen in their hundreds lying around on the sand. Now a protected species that once faced extinction from Sydney waters, the Grey Nurse sharks are again returning to provide counterpoint to the colourful leatherjackets, sea-horses, flutemouths, seadragons, globe fish, porcupinefish, yellowtail; mados, sea-pike, pomfrets, roughy’s, stripeys, tuna, mackerel, marlin and large Eastern Blue groupers ........ The list is endless and consists of many species only found in Australian waters. A city that’s perfectly in tune with the sea there’s more to Sydney than surface appearances suggest. Conditions Photos: Aengus Moran The list is endless and consists of many species only found in Australian waters. Photo: Jayne Jenkins Subject to the vagaries of the weather, diving conditions in Sydney can change on a daily basis – particularly after high seas or heavy rains when the wave action or storm-water run-off from the land may reduce the underwater visibility. Although seldom less than 8-metres, the very best visibility and sea conditions usually occur during the dry winter months (June - August) when the combined effects of the prevailing offshore winds and the “blue-water” currents produce visibility often exceeding 30-plus metres. Water temperatures reach a high of about 24º C. in summer, (February/March) and drop to 16º C. towards the end of winter (August/September) when more thermal protection is required. For most people, however, a 5mm wet suit is adequate for use throughout the year. SD Photo: Aengus Moran Photo: Aengus Moran For full details of Sydney’s amenities contact:- Tourism New South Wales, Ph. +61 (2) 13 2077. Fax. +61 (2) 9931 1490. http://nsw.tourism.nsw.gov.au/tnsw/sydney/index.html Photo: Aengus Moran Photo: Aengus Moran Photo: Chris Miller Photo: Aengus Moran ScubaDiver A U S T R A L A S I A 79 GETTING THERE Most International carriers offer direct flights to Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport, just 6 kilometres from the City centre. Depending on the time of day regular shuttle-bus services or metered-taxis will cover the distance in about 15-minutes. CLIMATE Temperate, with four seasons. Driest month - August: Wettest - February. Mainly sunny throughout the year with cool, mild winters (June - August) and hot, humid summers, (December - February). Average temperatures range from between 9 - 15ºC. in Winter, to 22 - 28ºC. in Summer. ACCOMMODATION Sydney has a full complement of accommodation types, from 5-star luxury hotels, through to back- packer hostels and self-serviced apartments. BEST TIME TO DIVE Good, year round diving, but considered to be at its absolute best during the winter months between June - August. Water temperatures range between 16ºC. in late winter, up to 24ºC. in late Summer (February). OPERATORS Abyss Scuba Diving, Ramsgate (61) 2-95839662 | Aquatic Explorers, Cronulla (61) 2- 95231518 | Atlantis Divers, Palm Beach (61) 2-99744261 | Deep 6 Diving, Clovelly (61) 2-96657427 | Deep 6 Diving, Ryde (61) 2-98086400 | Deep 6 Diving, West Ryde (61) 2-98584299 | Dive 2000, Neutral Bay (61) 2-99537783 | Dive Centre Bondi Road, Bondi (61) 2-93693855 | Dive Centre Manly, (61) 2-99774355 | Diving Plaza, Sydney (61) 2-92210089 | Frog Dive Guildford, (61) 2-98923422 | Frog Dive Willoughby, (61) 2-99585699 | Mermaid Scuba Academy, Surry Hills (61) 2 92801088 | Pro Dive Academy, Ultimo (61) 2-92816166 | Pro Dive Coogee, (61) 2-96656333 | Pro Dive Cronulla, (61) 2-95442200 | Pro Dive Drummoyne, (61) 2-98197711 | Pro Dive Manly, (61) 2-99775966 | Pro Dive Midcity, Sydney (61) 2-92646177 | Scuba Warehouse, Parramatta (61) 2-96891389 | Snorkel Inn Dive Centre, Kogarah (61) 2- 95881152 | Southern Cross Divers, The Spit (61) 2-99695072 | St George Underwater Centre, Beverly Hills (61) 2-95022221 | Sub Aquatic Adventures, Beverly Hills (61) 2-95704222 | Sydney Dive Academy, Matraville (61) 2-93110708 | Sydney Divercity, Kurnell (61) 2-96688200 | Wilderness Sea N’ Ski, Liverpool (61) 2-98224112

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