After a fun, entertaining (although very challenging at times) cave diving course in Gambier, Michelle and I were considering an SSAC road trip to Victoria and S Australia next Easter (since the public holiday gods have delivered ANZAC day and Easter Monday on the same week). The plan would be to drive to Torquay/Queenscliffe etc and dive the Victorian version of Long Reef (35-80m depth)*, then bimble along the Great Ocean Road and the Vic/SA coast to Portland, before spending a few days in Gambier, diving the caves, caverns and sinkholes. Accommodation would be a mixture of B&B, cabins or for Gambier- Just a Bed Lodge, depending on tastes and budget. We can def. get to do Kilsby’s and the Shaft may be a possibility (this is one of the world’s top dive sites) if we can persuade Terri.
Costs: Fuel and fills. Our recent 10 day trip to Gambier cost $600 in fuel and tolls. Darren at JABL in Gambier charges 8.50 a fill but you do get 240-250 bar ever y time.
If this interests you, please reply. Any questions about cave training, ask me, Al, Fe, Michelle or Rick. Lots more people have done cavern so we know it works. I can thoroughly recommend cavern training for anyone wanting to improve their in-water skills, even if you have no interest in caves.
*We will have plan B's for these dives as the weather often craps on dives here
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