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’98 Grand Tour de Nullarbor

Expedition Trip Report by Paul Hosie Intrepid adventurers that we are, we had two weeks planned – a full cave diving tour of the Nullarbor covering all the CDAA sites, and then some !! Craig & I left Perth Thursday afternoon with everything except the kitchen sink. We stopped at Kalgoorlie to hook up with … Continue reading ’98 Grand Tour de Nullarbor

04/02/2017 21:33 hrs
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trimixguy

An Introduction to Camooweal for Cave Divers 2000

An Introduction to Camooweal for Cave Divers By Henry Shannon. A while back there appeared on OZCAVERS a note from one Andrew Nelson, asking if anyone new anything about a dive line seen fastened in Hassels Cave, North of Camooweal. There was a good deal of correspondence about this and it took me a while … Continue reading An Introduction to Camooweal for Cave Divers 2000

04/02/2017 21:32 hrs
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trimixguy

Blue Creek 2002

Blue Creek 2002 Chris Ross, Per Thomsen, Rob Anderson and I have recently returned from Blue Creek Resurgence in NZ. The main cave is currently still going now over 220 metres from the entrance and seems to be bottoming out at around 65 metres in depth. Max depth 68 metres. Water temp hasn’t improved (7 … Continue reading Blue Creek 2002

04/02/2017 21:31 hrs
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trimixguy

Blue Creek Massive fundamental 2003

Blue Creek By Iain Brice, Had a couple of dives into Blue Creek and Riwaka. Made a massive fundamental cock-up not taking my dry suit with me. I had a semidry, 15mm across the torso, 7mm legs and arms. Could only last 20-25 minutes in the 7 degree water and I had to call the … Continue reading Blue Creek Massive fundamental 2003

04/02/2017 21:30 hrs
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trimixguy

Blue Creek Trip2001

Blue Creek Trip2001 Blue Creek Resurgence 2001 Crystal clear water, stark rock and undiscovered passageways make for great cave diving. Unfortunately, as in most endeavors there is usually a down side and in this case it was the water temperature, a cool 7 degrees Celsius. Blue Creek Resurgence is located in the Nelson province at … Continue reading Blue Creek Trip2001

04/02/2017 21:28 hrs
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trimixguy

Burnabbie Exploration – Jan 2004

Burnabbie Exploration – Jan 2004 Exploration Report of Burnabbie Cave, Roe Plain, Western Australia by Paul Hosie (WASG) Do you believe in Destiny ? Can?t say I was ever a big fan, but sometimes there is such an unlikely confluence of events as to make you think twice. This was the situation when I came … Continue reading Burnabbie Exploration – Jan 2004

04/02/2017 21:27 hrs
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trimixguy

Cave C215 Exploration & Discovery

Cave C215 Exploration & Discovery Trip Report for visit of 30 June – 01 July 2001 It is with some relief that I am happy to report that the cave C215 in the Cape Range near Exmouth, WA has been dived to its maximum current possible extent by Perth cave divers Karl Hall, Craig Challen … Continue reading Cave C215 Exploration & Discovery

04/02/2017 21:26 hrs
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trimixguy

Cave Diving or Gold Hunting

Cave Diving or Gold Hunting Gold fever ? beware!! Recent reports from New Ireland Province indicates that there was a Gold Bullion stashed away since the war in a cave that was being searched for. The Government mobilised the military to do the search, there was helicopters and all sorts buzzing around! They banned media … Continue reading Cave Diving or Gold Hunting

04/02/2017 21:25 hrs
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trimixguy

Cocklebiddy 2003 / The Push

By Paul Boler How does a trip like this start? With people that have a hunger for exploration and need an answer to questions that aren’t answered, such as: How far does Cocklebiddy go? Did Chris Brown push this cave to the END in his 1995 expedition? Is there another way on, other than the … Continue reading Cocklebiddy 2003 / The Push

04/02/2017 21:24 hrs
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trimixguy

Exploration of Nettle Cave

By Drs Petra Fundova & David P. Funda, Prague, Czech Republic, (Melbourne, Victoria) During our 3year+ visit in Australia we have had a great time diving down here. Herewith a description regarding one of our discoveries (new section of Nettle Cave 5L186) in Mt. Gambier region, which happened during August-September 2003. We have had a … Continue reading Exploration of Nettle Cave

04/02/2017 21:22 hrs
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trimixguy

Exploration of the Sarakata Underwater Cave

Exploration of the Sarakata Underwater Cave Discovery & Exploration of the Sarakata Underwater Cave by Kevin Green Only since 1994 has cave diving been discovered in Vanuatu. 1996 was the first real exploration attempt to see if the caves were worth further exploration and to rate and categorize the caves and establish the potential for … Continue reading Exploration of the Sarakata Underwater Cave

04/02/2017 21:12 hrs
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trimixguy

Gear Setup

This is the configuration we dived with. As you can see the rebreather has one bottle of O2 and one bottle of air strapped on in the standard manner. We then side mounted 2 x 11.5 litre cylinders which had t/mix 8/60 & t/mix 16/24. The 8/60 mix was plugged into the breather as the … Continue reading Gear Setup

04/02/2017 21:11 hrs
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trimixguy

Greenwich Tunnel

Greenwich Tunnel This New Paper Report has been approved by the The Australian News Paper and Sheryle Bagwell who wrote the story back in the 80’s. We Thank them and John for contributoring this to Trimix Divers. As it is an important part of Australian History must not be loss with time. Sadly it is … Continue reading Greenwich Tunnel

04/02/2017 21:10 hrs
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trimixguy

Guiness Boys Nullarbor Trip 02-07 Jan 2001

The Guinness Boys are: Dean Slater Robert Susac Paul Hosie Caves Visited & Objectives: Nurina Cave 1. Survey known underwater passages 2. Explore & survey underwater side leads 3. Photograph underwater seepage marks for Sydney Uni chemists 4. Survey South & East section dry passages (not the fauna passage !!) Mullamullang Cave 1. Photograph subaquatic … Continue reading Guiness Boys Nullarbor Trip 02-07 Jan 2001

04/02/2017 21:09 hrs
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trimixguy

How Close Are We To Fossils

“How Close Are We To Fossils?” Permission was given by Author to reproduce By John Dalla-Zuanna & assisted by Dave Nuttall Whilst diving Tank Cave the constant question of “How close are we to Fossils?” is often heard. For many years, and dives, the search continued to determine whether it was left or right of … Continue reading How Close Are We To Fossils

04/02/2017 21:08 hrs
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trimixguy

Kavieng Reveals It?s Underground Secrets

Kavieng Reveals It?s Underground Secrets by Andy Nelson It?s a long way from the deserts of outback Australia to the jungles of New Ireland Province, New Guinea, but it was enough to lure me on the promise of virginal cave diving in some spectacular and wild country. Well, I don?t live in the deserts of … Continue reading Kavieng Reveals It?s Underground Secrets

04/02/2017 21:07 hrs
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trimixguy

Kija Blue Sinkhole

Kija Blue Sinkhole Kimberley, Western Australia Western Australia?s, and one of Australia?s deepest sinkholes has been re-discovered by ASF cavers after four years of searching. That in itself is a separate story that is sure be told in the coming months, but this story is about the diving. The result of this re-discovery was the … Continue reading Kija Blue Sinkhole

04/02/2017 21:06 hrs
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trimixguy

Mullamullang Cave 98

Mullamullang Wet Dreaming An Exploration Trip Report by Paul Hosie into a Nullarbor Monster Karl, Andy and me headed direct to Madura on Friday morning and met Phil Kuhne who introduced us to the understandably wary station manager Dennis Nash who sussed us out before giving us clear directions on how to get to the … Continue reading Mullamullang Cave 98

04/02/2017 21:05 hrs
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trimixguy

Mullamullang ? X Lake 2002

Mullamullang ? X Lake 2002 by Paul Hosie 2002 should be remembered as the year that the magnificent Mullamullang Cave finally revealed extensive underwater passages. At least 750m of diveable passages have been added to the known cave, 600m+ at X Lake and 150m at Easter Lake. This story details the current exploration efforts made … Continue reading Mullamullang ? X Lake 2002

04/02/2017 21:04 hrs
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trimixguy

Nullarbor ’97 – Beneath the Plain

Expedition Trip Report by Paul Hosie Imagine. You?re 120m underground in 30m of water. The nearest air chamber is 300m behind you and the nearest sunlight three times that distance. You look up at a slab of rock representing 120m of limestone sitting over your head. Your buddy hangs suspended in mid-air a few metres … Continue reading Nullarbor ’97 – Beneath the Plain

04/02/2017 21:02 hrs
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trimixguy

Nullarbor 2000 – a SUSS Trip !

A Trip Report by Paul Hosie of the Surveying and Scientific Extravaganza with the Sydney University Speleological Society (SUSS) into some of the Nullarbor’s Best This was certainly the most interesting little trip that I?ve done to the ?bor so far. With so many learned speleologists, chemists and geologists from Sydney University on the trip, … Continue reading Nullarbor 2000 – a SUSS Trip !

04/02/2017 21:02 hrs
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trimixguy

Nullarbor 2003 – The Great Escape

by Paul Hosie ?Great Escape from certain death stuck in some grovelly little hole? I hear you say ?! Well no (though not through a lack of trying !!), but escape from incineration by a can of beer and escape from a Qantas airborne disaster ? these were the greater risks on this particular adventure. … Continue reading Nullarbor 2003 – The Great Escape

04/02/2017 21:00 hrs
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trimixguy

Nullarbor Expedition 2003

Nullarbor Expedition 2003 Paul Boler’s report of The Cocklebiddy Push is now up for reading, along with Paul Hosie’s summary of the new discoveries – including two new diveable Nullarbor caves. The maps are the existing old ones until Stuart McGregor’s mapping results come in later this year. Cocklebiddy Maps Nullarbor 2003 by Paul Hosie … Continue reading Nullarbor Expedition 2003

04/02/2017 20:58 hrs
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trimixguy

Nullarbor May 2004

Nullarbor 2004 By Paul Boler This was the first trip to go under the new A.S.F. Special Interest Group (S.I.G.) banner and had cavers from WASG, SUSS, NHVSS and CEGSA. This trip was mainly a tidy up loose ends trip. Very little exploration was planned but we couldn?t help ourselves, and we did find more … Continue reading Nullarbor May 2004

04/02/2017 20:55 hrs
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trimixguy

Olwolgin Cave – Discovery & Exploration

by Paul Hosie The doline of cave 6N1950 was first discovered by Nullarbor dry caving legend ? max Hall of Balladonia from a light aircraft and by his own admission ? ?pretty much by accident?. Returning to Esperance from a Flying Caving search further to the East, max spotted a number of dolines scattered in … Continue reading Olwolgin Cave – Discovery & Exploration

04/02/2017 20:53 hrs
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trimixguy

Pearse Report 2001

By Dave Apperley I began writing a huge, lengthy report on the trials & tribulations of being the leader of an ?expedition? or probably more to the point, ?dive holiday to remote location?, but gave up after a couple of pages of waffle about the various hassles in organisation, logistics, trip member?s guided or misguided … Continue reading Pearse Report 2001

04/02/2017 20:52 hrs
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trimixguy

Rebreather for Cave Diving ? to Buy or Not to Buy?

Rebreather for Cave Diving ? to Buy or Not to Buy? 10/8/05 John Vanderleest,Melbourne Australia The use of rebreathers in caves is not new. In fact, the first recorded incidence of the use of rebreathers in a cave like environment is in the mid 1800s when Paul Lambert used Henry Fluess? new ?rebreather? to penetrate … Continue reading Rebreather for Cave Diving ? to Buy or Not to Buy?

04/02/2017 20:49 hrs
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trimixguy

Sarakata Resurgence 2005

“Sarakata Resurgence 2ES0033” A Wet cave approx 1700mtrs in length at Vanuatu Richard “Harry” Harris (www.divedoc.net) Easter 2005 The resurgence of the Sarakata River, on the island of Espiritu Santo Vanuatu, has only been visited by 2 small groups; one in 1997 and one in 1999, and still contains huge potential for exploration and new … Continue reading Sarakata Resurgence 2005

04/02/2017 20:48 hrs
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trimixguy

Tables

Table 1 This table was for when things turned to custard, The GOLDEN RULE FOR REBREATHER DIVING must be that you always have enough open circuit gas to complete the dive. This table assumes I swap to open circuit at 13mins and stay with it all the way through the deco. You?ll notice the total … Continue reading Tables

04/02/2017 20:47 hrs
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trimixguy

The Nullarbor History

The Nullarbor History Geomorphology There is evidence that most of the caves were formed phreatically during ages of substantially higher rainfall over the past 2 million years (ie underwater scalloping effects in Weebubbie and Cocklebiddy Caves) and that development since then has largely been through salt wedging and breakdown processes. There is also evidence that … Continue reading The Nullarbor History

04/02/2017 20:43 hrs
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trimixguy

The Pines (5L61) July November 2003

The Pines (5L61) July November 2003 New passages and a hidden chamber discovered in The Pines (5L61), July-November 2003 by Petra Fundova and David Funda Who would have expected it? One of the most frequently dived caves in Mount Gambier as well as a popular CDAA training site, yet over 100 metres of absolutely virgin … Continue reading The Pines (5L61) July November 2003

04/02/2017 20:40 hrs
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trimixguy

The unseen hazard in some cave

The unseen hazard in some cave Thanks to Garry K. Smith for edited version on Co2 in Caves be sure to scroll down to see maps etc. ‘Naked Flame Test’ when you or a member of your group experiences the first signs of labored breathing, headaches, clumsiness, loss of energy or any of the other … Continue reading The unseen hazard in some cave

04/02/2017 20:39 hrs
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trimixguy

Top End Trip Septermber 2002

Top End Trip Septermber 2002 After a few months of planning we were finally on our way. Paul Hosie had just flown down from Mt. Isa to give a presentation at the Oztech Diving conference so he had left his car and trailer in Mt.Isa. After the 2 day presentation on Cave Diving in the … Continue reading Top End Trip Septermber 2002

04/02/2017 20:36 hrs
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trimixguy

Camoweal Trip report

Trip Report by Andrew Nelson OK, here’s the full story! Fri 0500 Claire Elliot and I (cave divers) and Sherrie (dry caver) departed Darwin for the 1400 km drive to Camoweal, just across the border in sunny Queensland, meeting Hank Coppus (dry caver) that night. Sat morning short drive to Niggle Cave just off the … Continue reading Camoweal Trip report

04/02/2017 20:35 hrs
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trimixguy

Pearse ResurgenceTrip Report Feb 2001

Trip Report Feb 2001 Trip Report By Jason McHattan Cave diving in New Zealand. Five of us(David Apperley, Jason McHattan, Costa Dongas, David Hughes and Gordon Harris) went to the Mt Arthur region of the south island to dive the Pearse Resurgence, a resurgence being where an underground river emerges from the ground. Ours was … Continue reading Pearse ResurgenceTrip Report Feb 2001

04/02/2017 20:32 hrs
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trimixguy

Jan 2000 Pearce Resurgence Trip

It is January 2000. Dave Apperley, Tim Cashman and myself (Michael Collins) make our way to New Zealand?s South Island to dive the Pearce Resurgence. This would be the first time for me, but the second time in two years for Dave and Tim. Dave and I had to fly from Australia to New Zealand … Continue reading Jan 2000 Pearce Resurgence Trip

04/02/2017 20:30 hrs
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trimixguy

Warbla Cave Report

Warbla Cave – New Subterranean Lake Discovered Under Nullarbor by Paul Hosie A recent underwater survey of Warbla Cave by ASF (Australian Speleological Federation) and CDAA (Cave Divers Association of Australia) cave divers with the Sydney University Speleogical Society (SUSS) has uncovered a whole section of the cave never seen before. The new section includes … Continue reading Warbla Cave Report

04/02/2017 20:28 hrs
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trimixguy

Weebubbie 2002 Trip Report

by Paul Hosie During March / April 2002, a group of ASF cave divers utilised APD Inspiration Closed Circuit Rebreathers in Weebubbie cave. The chance to dive in this awesome site in total silence was like diving it for the first time again. The four divers: David Apperley, Paul Hosie , Paul Boler and John … Continue reading Weebubbie 2002 Trip Report

04/02/2017 20:26 hrs
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trimixguy

Gear Setup

This is the configuration we dived with. As you can see the rebreather has one bottle of O2 and one bottle of air strapped on in the standard manner. We then side mounted 2 x 11.5 litre cylinders which had t/mix 8/60 & t/mix 16/24. The 8/60 mix was plugged into the breather as the … Continue reading Gear Setup

06/02/2015 09:47 hrs
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trimixguy

Exploration of the Sarakata Underwater Cave

Discovery & Exploration of the Sarakata Underwater Cave by Kevin Green Only since 1994 has cave diving been discovered in Vanuatu. 1996 was the first real exploration attempt to see if the caves were worth further exploration and to rate and categorize the caves and establish the potential for serious cave diving. It didn’t take … Continue reading Exploration of the Sarakata Underwater Cave

06/02/2015 09:46 hrs
by
trimixguy

Exploration of Nettle Cave

By Drs Petra Fundova & David P. Funda, Prague, Czech Republic, (Melbourne, Victoria) During our 3year+ visit in Australia we have had a great time diving down here. Herewith a description regarding one of our discoveries (new section of Nettle Cave 5L186) in Mt. Gambier region, which happened during August-September 2003. We have had a … Continue reading Exploration of Nettle Cave

06/02/2015 09:44 hrs
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trimixguy

Cocklebiddy 2003 / The Push

By Paul Boler How does a trip like this start? With people that have a hunger for exploration and need an answer to questions that aren’t answered, such as: How far does Cocklebiddy go? Did Chris Brown push this cave to the END in his 1995 expedition? Is there another way on, other than the … Continue reading Cocklebiddy 2003 / The Push

06/02/2015 08:58 hrs
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trimixguy

Cave Diving or Gold Hunting

Gold fever? beware!! Recent reports from New Ireland Province indicates that there was a Gold Bullion stashed away since the war in a cave that was being searched for. The Government mobilised the military to do the search, there was helicopters and all sorts buzzing around! They banned media from entering the area and the … Continue reading Cave Diving or Gold Hunting

06/02/2015 08:55 hrs
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trimixguy

Cave C215 Exploration & Discovery

Trip Report for visit of 30 June – 01 July 2001 It is with some relief that I am happy to report that the cave C215 in the Cape Range near Exmouth, WA has been dived to its maximum current possible extent by Perth cave divers Karl Hall, Craig Challen & myself, with kind assistance … Continue reading Cave C215 Exploration & Discovery

06/02/2015 08:54 hrs
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trimixguy

Burnabbie Exploration – Jan 2004

Exploration Report of Burnabbie Cave, Roe Plain, Western Australia by Paul Hosie (WASG) Do you believe in Destiny? Can’t say I was ever a big fan, but sometimes there is such an unlikely confluence of events as to make you think twice. This was the situation when I came to meet The Crazy Czechs!! David … Continue reading Burnabbie Exploration – Jan 2004

06/02/2015 08:32 hrs
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trimixguy

Blue Creek Trip 2001

Blue Creek Resurgence 2001 Crystal clear water, stark rock and undiscovered passageways make for great cave diving. Unfortunately, as in most endeavors there is usually a down side and in this case it was the water temperature, a cool 7 degrees Celsius. Blue Creek Resurgence is located in the Nelson province at the top of … Continue reading Blue Creek Trip 2001

06/02/2015 08:29 hrs
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trimixguy

Blue Creek Massive fundamental 2003

Blue Creek By Iain Brice, Had a couple of dives into Blue Creek and Riwaka. Made a massive fundamental cock-up not taking my dry suit with me. I had a semidry, 15mm across the torso, 7mm legs and arms. Could only last 20-25 minutes in the 7 degree water and I had to call the … Continue reading Blue Creek Massive fundamental 2003

06/02/2015 08:26 hrs
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trimixguy

Blue Creek 2002

Chris Ross, Per Thomsen, Rob Anderson and I have recently returned from Blue Creek Resurgence in NZ. The main cave is currently still going now over 220 metres from the entrance and seems to be bottoming out at around 65 metres in depth. Max depth 68 metres. Water temp hasn’t improved (7 deg C) but … Continue reading Blue Creek 2002

06/02/2015 08:23 hrs
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trimixguy

An Introduction to Camooweal for Cave Divers

By Henry Shannon A while back there appeared on OZCAVERS a note from one Andrew Nelson, asking if anyone new anything about a dive line seen fastened in Hassels Cave, North of Camooweal. There was a good deal of correspondence about this and it took me a while to remember a phone call I got … Continue reading An Introduction to Camooweal for Cave Divers

06/02/2015 08:22 hrs
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trimixguy

’98 Grand Tour de Nullarbor

by Paul Hosie Intrepid adventurers that we are, we had two weeks planned – a full cave diving tour of the Nullarbor covering all the CDAA sites, and then some !! Craig & I left Perth Thursday afternoon with everything except the kitchen sink. We stopped at Kalgoorlie to hook up with Karl and load … Continue reading ’98 Grand Tour de Nullarbor

06/02/2015 08:16 hrs
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trimixguy

Wet Caves and Shipwrecks Australia