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Getting around Gabo Island
Brett Illingworth

The cooler months can be a bit of a drag, but there is still good diving to be had. Take every opportunity to dive as it comes.

Not a lot has been happening recently. The vagaries of the weather and swell, combined with the coming of winter, seemed to have the effect of nullifying any interest in getting wet. Recently I decided it was time for a red-eye run.

The weather was looking good enough for a foray to the far east of the state. Mallacoota was selected as the launch point, with Gabo Island the target to rekindle our appetites. Six divers on five jetskis made the last minute commitment to head down one Friday evening, to dive all day Saturday, and then make the return journey on the Saturday evening.

Mallacoota is the furthermost eastern town in Victoria and is a good six hour drive from Melbourne. The recent addition of a new breakwall and launching facility into the ocean at Bastion Point has been a real game changer for those who work and recreationally fish from Mallacoota. Once upon a time the ocean ramp was very exposed and not much fun.

The other option is to chance launching from the inlet itself and cross a most treacherous bar. This was always difficult as the channel moves on a daily basis and needs to be tackled at speed. It used to make for spectacular viewing, watching the abalone divers get plenty of air. Those days are past and things are a lot safer now. On the jet skis, we are rarely troubled by bar crossings; in fact, they’re quite fun, but why do things the hard way?

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