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Harvest Road Jetty

Harvest Road Jetty

Wednesday 2 January 2019

Harvest Road Jetty diveWith an onshore 15 knotter blowing small dogs across South Fremantle beach at teatime, it was clearly going to be a river dive that evening. Ever searching for something different, the tides were showing high slack for 7pm at Rocky Bay which is notorious for otherwise ripping currents and often very long walks back from the opposite shore. But with two wrecks in the offing it was looking tempting. Having thrown the dive flag float in at the Harvest Road jetty by the WA Marine Police HQ, and seeing it not move for two minutes, two adventure hungry divers came beating down the path, and we were on!

Its great diving at sunset as the light fades underwater watching the anemone unfold and the blue swimmers starting to emerge. And emerge they did in their dozens, with the results better than we’ve had in recent months elsewhere up river. Twenty five minutes upstream swim later keeping to the 4m contour, out of the darkness falling to 5m loomed the 20m wooden wreck of the Mayfield and close by in the adjacent shallows the scant remains of the City of Perth.  The engine blocks of the Mayfield still easily recognizable and a decent amount of structure protruding from the riverbed made for good photography and nosing around, captivating us for over 20 minutes. Cobbler scurried for cover and shoals of Hardyheads and Silverbellys darted past in the torchlights. A swim back out into the nearly 6m sand flats revealed Flathead all over the shop, and a Seamoth with its characteristic clockwork toy scurrying around as a bonus.  Funnily though I only saw one solitary big prawn the whole dive.

Seventy one minutes later we emerged back at the jetty and not the slightest current yet in sight. With big crabs in bags, the undersized ones back in the river, and smiles all over our faces we all concluded, that was a great evening. You should have been there.

Martin Crossley – PADI Instructor


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