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Old 09-15-2007, 07:40 PM   #1
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Bargara?

Hey all

i'll be in bargara (near bundaberg, queensland) for a week in jan.

which operators are good to go with and which sites?

anything else i need to know...?

thanks very much!
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Old 09-16-2007, 03:14 AM   #2
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I've not dived there but I have dived along the Sunshine Coast, which I believe is about 3 hrs south of Bargara. If you feel like doing the trip, I'd recommend going down to Mooloolaba and diving the HMAS Brisbane with Sunreef Dive (http://www.sunreef.com.au/). I thoroughly enjoyed my dives with them - great crew and great dives. I walked around with a huge smile on my face for days.

If you go south further still, Byron Bay was another good dive, but that is probably a bit far to go and if you are going to travel that sort of distance you might be better off going north towards the GBR.
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Old 09-16-2007, 06:42 AM   #3
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Hey all

i'll be in bargara (near bundaberg, queensland) for a week in jan.

which operators are good to go with and which sites?

anything else i need to know...?

thanks very much!
I believe that there is a dive shop located at Bargara. I havnt been there myself to tell you what they are like. Been told that the reef off the shore is really good.

Another spot a little north from there is the Town of 1770. I have some friends that work up there and have been told the diving is pretty good.

I also heard of a really go liveaboard that departs from Bundaberg and does the southern GBR and they are really good. I have to find out the name of the company.

Do forget to go to the Bundaberg rum distillery when your there.

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Back in 2002 I dove with Salty's Dive Center in Bundaberg. Did a 3 day liveaboard to the southern GBR was very nice. Seems to be less dived and in better condition then the reefs off Cairns.

I'd also 2nd the recommendation to go the rum distillery. Hmmmm!
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great stuff! Thanks all.

actually i'm spending most of the time in brisbane, so i might check out the mooloolaba one (i've heard of it before) and also byron bay.

also hoping to catch some diving in cairns on the same trip.
in oz for a month.

hey, anything good in the sydney area? i'll be there for a day or two...
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great stuff! Thanks all.

actually i'm spending most of the time in brisbane, so i might check out the mooloolaba one (i've heard of it before) and also byron bay.

also hoping to catch some diving in cairns on the same trip.
in oz for a month.

hey, anything good in the sydney area? i'll be there for a day or two...
I recently dived with Ian from scubaworld which is another dive shop that dives ex-HMAS Brisbane (DDG) which is off Mooloolaba. The underwater world is right next door which is also a great place to visit and look at some of Australia underwater critters. I think underwater world is better than the Syndey Aquarium.

I dive Byron Bay on a regular basis and I still think its one of the best sites in Australia.

As for diving off Cairns, spend the money on a good liveaboard and you will see the true beauty of the GBR. The Day boats are very sub-standard.

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If you can get to Byron Bay
Call into SunDive and ask for Giac, mention Chriso and he will look after you. Lived in Byron for three years. In 13 years of diving Julian Rocks is still some of the very best diving I have ever had.
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I'll second the recommendation for SunDive. They were another great crew and Julian Rock was fantastic.

In between Brisbane & Byron Bay is the Gold Coast. Did a couple off the Gold Coast at Cook Island. There might be better spots there but I thought this one was good. However I wouldn't go with the people I went with - too laid back and given my inexperience back then I wasn't too comfortable with that. There are plenty of dive shops around there so you'll have no problems picking another.
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