Why a South West Rocks Weekend should be on every divers bucket list. By Kevin Deacon
Cherie and I crouch low on the rock strewn floor of Fish Rock Cave, beyond the shallow cave mouth blue ocean is visible as are the sunbeams that dance like a curtain of light through which grey nurse sharks patrol. Thousands of small fish school across the entrance and part in a synchronised ballet as the graceful sharks cruise back and forth into the cave.
I am concentrating through my camera's viewfinder waiting for that special moment when the composition is perfect. When that happens I will have only a split second to pull the trigger before that opportunity passes.
I can’t predict this image, but I will know it when I see it, if I see it!
Suddenly the pictures there, my dual strobes light up the sharks and the image is frozen in my mind. I just have to hope it looks as good on the computer later when I am enjoying a cold beer and reliving this magical experience.
There is nowhere else in the world where a scene like this exists and pictures like this can be created!
Imagine a tall oceanic pinnacle jutting out of the Tasman Sea just a short boat ride from the beautiful pristine bush and beach of Southwest Rocks near Kempsey, NSW.
That pinnacle is named Fish Rock.
Only seabirds call this home but the blue water surface conceals an incredible variety of temperate and tropical marine life species.
This marine wonderland is so unique and so diverse it has been proclaimed a marine park so it remains intact for all who dive to enjoy.
As if that is not enough, a large cave tunnel runs right through Fish Rock, its walls are decorated in sponges and algae in colours that would rival a Picasso painting.
All manner of sea life inhabit the cave and a swim through will reveal crayfish, morays, cod, fish schools, wobbegong sharks, giant stingrays and at the shallow cave mouth, grey nurse sharks often patrol.
Dive sites around Fish Rock feature anemones and resident clown fish, more giant black stingrays & both spotted and ornate wobbegongs, turtles, big blue gropers and shark gutters where Grey Nurse patrol and at any time, big pelagic fish can make an appearance.
In fact one must always be prepared to expect the unexpected, even schools of Hammerhead sharks can appear!
As important as the marine encounters is the diving infrastructure that gets you there and back safely.
Our preferred operators are Peter & Kevin of South West Rocks Dive Centre. They have a lifetime of experience, a fleet of custom built dive boats designed for your comfort and very capable dive guides that ensure you never get lost on your underwater excursions, especially the swim through that is Fish Rock Cave.
They also provide an affordable dive lodge with all the facilities of accommodation, gear washing & stowage, EANX fills and back up dive equipment in their dive centre if required.
And lets not overlook the après dive opportunities, scenic beach front and riverfront restaurants and bars that make relaxing after diving, a delight.
South West Rocks, in, out, under or above the water in this beautiful stretch of Australia’s spectacular coastline is an experience every diver should seize at the earliest opportunity.
Book now for our Easter Trip http://www.dive2000.com.au/local-weekends/south-west-rocks-weekend-dive-holiday we reserved spaces over 12 months ago, otherwise Dive 2000 would not be able to offer you this trip.
And if you miss out, oh well, there’s always Easter 2019 !