**Maurie Vierow driving the dive boat, arriving at Julian Rocks **
The first we heard of \\The Julian Rocks\\ was a magazine feature in the Californian SKIN DIVER magazine, in 1962.
In those days we were based in Sydney and when traveling north there was an urgency to get to Tweed Heads ASAP.
Byron Bay was not on the common list of hot spots. The Julian Rocks often missed the blue current that was common further north at \\Nine Mile Reef\\, \\Cook Island\\ and especially \\Flat Rock.\\
Plus an abattoir at Byron was not a pleasant thought, the blue water seemed to pass well offshore often missing \\The Julians.\\
PEOPLE AT BYRON BAY: **Bill Silvester** saw a good potential and was first to establish a dive shop in town. **Bob Beale** and **John Heyer** were the next players, Bob is still in Byron, now with National Parks and Wildlife.
Maurie Vierow (pictured above, in 1981) is today a senior inspector with a state government department responsible for inspecting dive shop filling stations.
On the last dive I had with Maurie, (one of the few times I’ve been diving **without**an underwater camera), what amazing sight occurred did I miss getting on film? **A wobbegong shark eating a live sea snake!**
We now understand why there are not too many sea snakes in southern semi-tropical waters.
The venomous sea snakes get swept south in currents but don’t seem to last long.
Snakes have been noted washed ashore on Bondi Beach in rare examples.
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As very young child my parents brought me here to line fish during summer Sunday’s. The water is quite deep – to me back then, this was the ocean.
Hard hat divers working on the wharf piles would have been my first introduction to diving. I played with a plastic toy hard hat diver at home in the bath tub.
Later as a teenager I experienced a burst eardrum alongside the wharf while practicing free diving.
Tathra is better known to Canberra (A.C.T.) and Victorian holiday makers. Sydney people tend to drive north rather than to the south coast.
It’s a fascinating and picturesque part of the eastern Australia, the coast with the nicest scenery in the state of New South Wales. Unspoiled.
The downside – summer’s are short.
We also came to this area to dive professionally for abalone (1966). The water was a bit too cold for us from the north, the main factor in not sticking it out. Trips to The Coral Sea had spoiled us. Anyway, we had underwater movies to make which was far more interesting at the time.
Camouflaged shark. The tropical version of the wobbegong shark has a different pattern on it’s skin to the southern cousins.
This was off the beach on the north side of Great Keppel Island.
Captain Ron Isbell (centre), Jaws author Peter Benchley (right), Cameraman, Stan Waterman (left) in Australia 1975