Lake Barrine Social Event (18 January 2020)





When: Saturday 18th of January 2020, from 9am – approx. 2pm [or till when ever you wish]

Where: Lake Barrine – under the Tea House-  so whatever the weather – rain or shine – we have tables and seats plus shadow and a roof over our heads. 

Food & Drinks:  

  1. Morning Tea/Coffee with Scones @ 11am. 
  2. Bring A Plate for after swimming and lunch picknick. There are plates and cutlery available. 

There will be tea and coffee available from 9am in the morning. 
You can also obtain any food and drinks from the Tea House upstairs at any time you wish of course. 

Diving: you can dive in Lake Barrine – If you wish to dive, you have to bring your own gear and tanks. There is a grassy area adjacent to the terrace/ deck we can use for setting up tanks and swimming gear. 
Diving is at your own risk and initiative. You are responsible for your own safety. Dive always with a buddy, unless you have a ticket for solo diving. 

Boat tours: Nautilus Club members will receive a discount for the Lake Barrine boat tours on the day.  – Costs are $15 per adult [instead of $18 and children from 6-18years $8 – under 5years go for free.

Eco-friendly and conscious: Lake Barrine is a National Park. What we take in, we take out. And if you consider to bring anything from one of the fast food chains, please discard the packages immediately on arrival – as they don’t want to see that lying around and give the wrong impression to other guests. 

RSVP!! or Just Show UP – 
It would be nice to know that you are coming, but if you forgot, no worries.
I have booked for 30 for scones, and we have some scones/places left 🙂 There is enough space for everyone, there will be food [if you bring a plate] and the Tea House menu is also available.

But if you can, please let me know. Even if you are already driving the Gillies:)
Mobile: 0407 753 328

So looking forward to see you all at Lake Barrine !

Overseas Trip – Santo Island, Vanuatu November 2020

In November 2020, we will be visiting Santo Island, Vanuatu, home to one of the best-known wreck dive sites in the world: USS President Coolidge & Million Dollar Point.

SS President Coolidge (20-72m depth)

Considered by many divers to be the best wreck dive in the world, the SS President Coolidge was a luxury passenger liner converted to a troop carrier during WWII. While entering the Santo harbour she hit two friendly mines, providing divers with a remarkable underwater playground.

Almost completely intact, you can swim through the numerous holds and decks viewing the reminders of her glorious days as a cruise liner and the remnants of her days as a troop ship. There are guns, cannons, jeeps, helmets, trucks and personal supplies left by some of the soldiers, as well as the beautiful porcelain statue of “The Lady,” chandeliers and a mosaic tile fountain. The wreck is covered in coral and is the home to a plethora of marine life.

Million Dollar Point (max depth 40m)

At the end of WWII, thousands of tons of US construction equipment was dumped into the sea. Named for its worth, there are a multitude of bulldozers, cranes, fork lifts, and trucks piled upon one another in this unique dive site.

Those who do not wish to dive the wrecks multiple times or prefer to do reef dives can do so by paying top-up boat dive fees locally.


Package Deal Total price Approx. AUD 3000

NB: prices fluctuate slightly based on currency exchange rates and flight costs)

  • Pacific Dive 16 Dive Package
  • 8 Shore dives & 8 Boat dives
  • Espiritu Hotel 8 night stay
  • Fri 13 to Sun 22 November 2020
  • Optional Port Vila Add on to 27 Nov


  • Pacific Dive 16 Dive Package
  • 8 shore & 8 boat dives
  • Offer both Tec and Recreational diving
  • Dive Centre is within the hotel & provide a secure dive gear wash and storage room
  • Shore diving on SS President Coolidge and Million Dollar Point
  • Dives on the Coolidge build up from first reconnoitre to +30m.
  • Expect to do planned deco stops in warm, relatively clear water
  • Boat dives on nearby Reefs and other wrecks like USS Tucker (max 30m)

Port Vila Extension

For those of you who are interested in diving and/or exploring Port Vila, there is an option of extending your stay at the Hideaway Island & Marine Sanctuary Resort  for 3 – 5 nights an additional cost.


For further pricing and booking details check the email sent to the club members list. The approximate price above for financial members only! If you have any further questions please see contact details below.

 Jim Murdoch Guest Overseas Trip Coordinator, Nautilus Scuba Club – Cairns

January 2020 Club Dive (Port Douglas)

We are privileged to have again organised this month’s club dive with: Divers Den aboard their newer vessel, AquaQuest out of Port Douglas.
10 places are reserved and booking is easy over the phone.
Divers Den allows unguided dives for Nautilus Club members.

Date: Sunday 12th January, 2020
Check In: 08:00 (see below)
Departs: 08:30 sharp !

Special members only rates, NOT for publication – please refer to your member email.

Hire gear and Nitrox is available – discuss you needs at the time of booking as additional cost may apply. Ask about these options when you call to book if required.
A  1 or 2 dive option may be available at a lower rate.

Book direct with Divers Den. You MUST be a current financial member and quote your membership card number when booking to obtain the Special members only rates. Membership Card must also be shown when checking in on the day.   Your place is secured with full payment.

On the day:
Arrive at 08:00 to check in directly on the boat. Go down the main marina wharf to the end, then to the right. The boat departs 08:30 sharp.  Have your club and cert cards with you on the boat AS YOU WILL NEED THEM, both are critical.

Any other questions please call either Divers Den on Ph. 07 4046 7333, or
send an email to (allow 48 hours reply time) or ask at an upcoming club meeting.

Enjoy bubble-blowers,

Darren Ramsey,
Nautilus Club Dive Coordinator.

December 2019 Newsletter


Please share your diving experiences with the club! Please send your stories and/or photos before deadline to

Deadline: Our editor Phil will accept content for the next newsletter until the 11th of March 2020.

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September 2019 Newsletter

Please share your diving experiences with the club! Please send your stories and/or photos before deadline to
Deadline: Our editor Phil will make the newsletter approx 1 week before the club meeting on the last Wednesday of the month.

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OVERSEAS TRIP – Manado & Lembeh (N. Sulawesi, Indonesia) November 2019 CLOSED


Diversion Dive Travel has put together exclusively for our club a fabulous combination trip of 5 nights in Manado + 5 nights in Lembeh in North Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Manado is among the highlights of diving in Indonesia.  When you’re scuba diving in Bunaken National Marine Park, you’ll witness some of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world, with outstanding fish variety and world-class steep walls that descend down to as deep as 1600m.  The clear, warm waters contain astonishingly high numbers of species, whether corals, sponges or fish.   There is also an opportunity to dive further north in Bangka Archiapelago (beautiful coral meadows, variety of marine life) and south in Popooh (muck diving).

Thalassa 5 Star Padi Resort Manado

Lembeh probably requires no introduction at all, being regarded as the top muck dive site in the world with a huge variety of weird and wonderful marine creatures such as the flamboyant cuttlefish, wonderpus and mimic octopus, to name a few.   It is a must for keen photographers, but also for anyone simply interested in seeing rare critters.

The trip dates are  Thurs 14 – Tues 26 November 2019:  10 nights/18 boat dives + unlimited shore dive package, flying with Virgin/Singapore Airlines/Silk Air.  As this will require overnights on both legs of the journey, the whole trip will be 12 nights/13 days departing Cairns. 

We have reserved 5 nights each in Manado and Lembeh with a maximum capacity for 18 pax:

Thalassa Manado Resort   
9 x Seaview Hilltop Rooms (twin/double)

Thalassa Lembeh Resort
8 x Seaview Bungalows with private terrace (5 x doubles + 3 x twins)
3 x Split bungalows  (single rooms)

All with air-conditioning and private bathroom. Single supplements apply for sole occupancy with the exception of the single Split bungalows.

For more info on the resorts, have a look at their website:

  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Full board meal plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • 18 boat dives
  • Unlimited house reef dives
  • All airport and resort transfers
  • Free wifi

 Additional extras:

  • Return flights from Cairns to Manado (see below)
  • National marine park fees
  • Nitrox and gear hire
  • Drinks
  • Other land-based excursions

To book please check your emails from Overseas Trip Co-ordinator, Akiko for more information regarding Flights and Deposit/Payment. Approximate price above for financial members only!  If you have any further questions please see contact details below

 Akiko Murakami Overseas Trip Coordinator, Nautilus Scuba Club – Cairns

MALDIVES TRIP SEPT 2020 – BOOKED OUT!! Join the waitlist

Nautilus Scuba Club, Sept 2020 Trip: MV Emperor Voyager, Maldives

Dedicated Club Charter: 20 places only: 7 Nights, 17 Dives, Full Board, Transfers ex-Male, Free Nitrox

Trip put together by Diversion Dive Travel especially for Nautilus Scuba Club Members

Why Maldives Liveaboard?

  • Maldives are very spread out – so a Liveaboard is the best way to visit the most sites
  • Itinerary: ‘Best of the Maldives’
  • Rasdhoo Atoll: Hammerhead Dive, Beautiful Reef with Pelagics
  • North Ari Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Maaya Thila Night Dive, Multiple Manta Cleaning Stations
  • South Ari Atoll: Whale Sharks, Beautiful Pinnacles
  • South Male Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Other Pelagics, Beautiful Macro Wreck.
  • Vaavu Atoll: Beautiful channels with magical soft corals and pelagic delights. Action packed night dive with Nurse Sharks and others.
  • North Male Atoll: Beautiful Pinnacles


  • Sat 5 – Sat 12 September 2020 (liveaboard)
  • (Fri 4 – Sun 13 Sept 2020 for the whole trip)

Getting There:

  • Airfares Cairns to Male via Singapore with Singapore Airlines
  • Brief overnight needed on both legs of the journey (can stay at Changi Airport short-stay hotel)

MV Emperor Voyager

  • Emperor Divers is a well respected operator with liveaboards in Maldives & Indonesia
  • The MV Emperor Voyager is a welcoming modern, 30m spacious liveaboard built to a high standard, accommodating 20 guests in 7 twin and 3 double cabins, all ensuite with air-con and a fan.
  • 7 days package on-board includes:
  • 3 meals per day, afternoon snacks
  • Free Nitrox
  • Unlimited drinking water, tea, coffee
  • 17 dives per week in total (2-3 dives per day but no diving on the arrival/departure day)
  • Dedicated Dhoni with 3 dive guides
  • Tanks, weights, Nitrox (certification required)
  • Transfers for boarding and disembarking
  • GST 12% & Green Tax
  • 1 BBQ night on a local island
  • (weather & conditions permitting)

As the trip is planned for September 2020 the following needs to be taken into consideration:

  • Pricing is exclusive to Nautilus Club members: discounted based on 3 FOC (effectively 15% off)
  • Per person liveaboard price will be charged in EUR converted to AUD at the exchange rate at the time payments are made.
  • All cabins will be sold on a first come first served basis.
  • Deposit required: AU$ 600 now to secure your place.
  • Final balance three months prior to the trip
  • As per Club policy, deposits are non-refundable – but are transferrable.
  • For further info contact Jim on 0427794993, email

2020 Photo Comp Update & Rules

Hi All,

Next year the club will be holding a 3 week Exhibition of our Underwater Photo Competition at the TANKS for the wider community to enjoy & the Awards Night will be held on the final night of the exhibition.

Here are the updated rules for next years Underwater Photo Competition. We encourage you to read these as they are different to last year.


Some of the main changes include:

  • Closing date for entries is 15th April
  • Award night will be Thursday 11th June
  • We have further defined the GBR category to “The beauty of the GBR”.

With the success of this years event, we expect next years to be even bigger so we need your help. Let us know if you can Volunteer on the Photo Comp Sub Committee. Even if you can just help us set it up! We would really appreciate it. Email us @

Kind Regards, 

Peter, Phil, Kirrily 


Sticky: Special Dive Events – What They Are

The club organises periodic specialized dive trips for members catering for:
• differing levels of dive experience;
• variety of diving interests;
• venture beyond local GBR waters;

These trips vary in pricing & complexity and include Australian destinations, some outside of Queensland.
Trips are planned in a way to avoid or minimize financial loss to the club (cut off dates, opening offers to non-members, wait lists, etc) so it is important to read ALL the details as the trips are released.

Some upcoming trips in the planning (Tentative, not assured) may include:
*  Frankland Islands;
*  Local Live-aboard trips;
*  Fitzroy Island (shore diving);
*  Shark Diving (South Australia);
*  Yongala (wreck);
*  and many more.

So keep a watch on the Website (this page), Newsletter, financial Member Emails and of course by attending the Monthly Member Meetings (details HERE ) !!


2019 Underwater Photo Comp Newsletter

WOW What a night!

This was our biggest year yet, with the most entries and a record crowd at the Exhibition night held at The Tanks on 26th June.

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