Trip Diary

08-2012 Peel Island (An Ekka tradition)
08-2012 Moreton Island
07-2012 Rocky Point
06-2012 Blakesleys
06-2012 The Bedroom
05-2012 Breakfast on Karragarra
05-2012 St Helena
05-2012 Perigee Bedroom
02-2012 Queen Mary II
02-2012 Mud Island
11-2011 St Helena
11-2011 Shorncliffe to Redcliffe
10-2011 Weinam Ck to Dunwich
10-2011 Peel Island
10-2011 Breakfast on Karragarra
10-2011 St Helena and Green Island
09-2011 Wivenhoe Dam
08-2011 Fraser Island
08-2011 Canaipa Passage
08-2011 Karragarra
08-2011 Stradbroke Island
07-2011 St Helena
07-2011 So long, and thanks for all the fish.
05-2011 Green Island
05-2011 Wivenhoe Dam
04-2011 Upper Noosa River Weekend
04-2011 Easter at Woodgate
04-2011 Mud Island
04-2011 Karragarra for Breakfast
02-2011 Bongaree
02-2011 St Helena
01-2011 Weinam Ck to Blakesleys
10-2010 Moore to Blackbutt Rail Trail
10-2010 Whitsundays
09-2010 Mud Island
09-2010 Redcliffe
09-2010 Girraween
08-2010 Upper Noosa River
08-2010 Potts Point
08-2010 Peel Island
08-2010 Gateway to City Bike Ride
08-2010 Mud Island
07-2010 Blakesleys Afternoon Paddle
07-2010 Kedron Brook to Scaborough (and return)
04-2010 Colmslie Beach
04-2010 Brighton Park
01-2010 Nundah Creek
01-2010 Blakesleys
01-2010 Upper Noosa River (with a difference)
01-2010 New Year Paddle
12-2009 Potts Point
08-2009 Raby Bay to Peel Island
08-2009 Wynnum Creek to King Island
07-2009 Sandgate to Redcliffe
05-2009 St Helena
04-2009 Wellington Point to Peel
04-2009 Breakfast on Karragarra
03-2009 King Island
03-2009 Mission Point
03-2009 Mud Island
01-2009 Morning Tea at The Pin
01-2009 Circumnavigate Macleay Island
01-2009 New Year Recovery Paddle
12-2008 Caniapa
12-2008 Pine Rivers
11-2008 Coochie Night Paddle
10-2008 Breakfast at Karragarra
10-2008 Girraween
10-2008 Coomera Falls Circuit
09-2008 Hinchinbrook Island
09-2008 Manly Harbour Festival
09-2008 Linville to Blackbutt Rail Trail
08-2008 Weekend at Blakesleys
08-2008 Old Woman Island
08-2008 Circumnavigate Macleay Island
07-2008 Upper Noosa River
07-2008 Weinam Creek to Dunwich
06-2008 Scarborough to Bongaree
06-2008 Wellington Pt to St Helena
06-2008 North Stradbroke Jazz Weekend
05-2008 Point O'Halloran to Blakesleys
04-2008 Upper Noosa River
04-2008 Aquatic Paradise to St Helena Is
04-2008 Eprapah Creek
03-2008 Paradise Point to Moreton Island
03-2008 Wynnum Ck to Tangalooma Point
03-2008 Amity Point weekend
03-2008 Bremer River
03-2008 Brisbane River - Gregors Ck to Barneys Rocks
02-2008 Play Day - Coochie Mudlo
02-2008 World Wetlands Day Paddle
02-2008 Brisbane River night paddle
01-2008 Australia Day Week
01-2008 Blakesleys 3/4 Moon Paddle
01-2008 Shorncliffe to Nudgee
01-2008 Brisbane River - Barneys Rocks to O'Sheas Crossing
12-2007 Raby Bay to One Mile via Blakesleys and Potts Point
12-2007 Diamond Head to Tipplers
12-2007 Wynnum Ck to Green and St Helena Islands
11-2007 Bike Ride Bay Islands
11-2007 Tingalpa Creek
10-2007 Potts Point Night Paddle
10-2007 Return to Gilligans Island
10-2007 Salt Water Creek and Coomera River
09-2007 Elimbah Creek
09-2007 Scarborough to Caboolture River
09-2007 Fraser Island Whale Watching
09-2007 Circumnavigate Russell Island
08-2007 Pine Rivers Night Paddle
08-2007 Linville to Blackbutt Rail Trail
08-2007 Brisbane River City Reach
08-2007 Peel Island
08-2007 Brisbane River
08-2007 Green Island Day Trip
07-2007 Pine Rivers Night Paddle
07-2007 Mooloolah River
07-2007 USS Kitty Hawk in Brisbane River
06-2007 Black Tie on Peel Island
05-2007 Harrys Hut Camping Weekend
04-2007 Theodolite Creek
04-2007 Upper Burrum River
04-2007 Circumnavigate Big Woody
04-2007 Walkers Point to Toogum
03-2007 Boat Passage to Big Sandhills
12-2006 Woodgate to Mon Repos
10-2006 Fraser Island Whale Watching
04-2005 Keppel Islands
12-2004 Fraser Island
10-2004 Munna Point Camping Weekend
10-2004 Mooloolaba to Maroochydore
09-2004 Coochie Mudlo Island
08-2004 Karragarra Island
07-2004 Wellington Point to St Helena Island
06-2004 Noosa River Camping Weekend
05-2004 Brisbane River Night Paddle
04-2004 Budds Beach to Moreton Island
10-2003 Bulwer to Tangalooma
05-2003 Eatonsville to Harwood Island


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Adventurer Anthony Malloch

Elimbah Creek
Date: 30-09-2007
Launch: 09:15 Toorbul
Tide: 11:50 HT
Brisbane Bar
Distance: 35.5km return
Conditions: Wind 10-15kn Northeast
Elimbah Creek is worth paddling as it presents its own series of surprises, one of which is it's size and how far you can go on an incoming tide. The last time we were here the creek showed no signs of petering out at the place we had lunch with the mossies. Google Earth gave the impression that it was only another 3Km before some sort of dam which became our destination for today.

Six kayaks left Toorbul on a classic still morning with hardly a ripple. The Glass House Mountains rose up into a soft haze which dissipated into clear blue skies. The tide was coming in and we hitched a lift with the flow passed the oyster lease and into the creek. A series of houses lined the banks. I don't think the functionality of the 40 gallon drum jetties or the surf ski speared in the mud overseen by a raunchy manikin would have been appreciated by the waterfront dwellers of the Gold or Sunshine Coasts.

The creek wanders inland and at times you have a three way choice. Keep following the flow and you will come across a bridge to nowhere. The concrete piers in place look modern and sturdy but the bridge only makes it to the first pier from the Southern bank.

The last time we paddled Elimbah Creek we came across a couple bathing naked. They had come down to a grassy bend that looked like it would have made a great place for AM tea. We did not stop as we thought they may have preferred their privacy. Around the bend today and for yet another surprise, there were plenty of captain winkies and doodle dandies out and about. Turns out this is where people staying at a 'clothes optional resort' come to bathe. Peter knew one of the bathers (you can't get away with much around Brisbane) and another chap asked if we knew the Roscoe Group ! We were invited to pull in for AM tea and did so. The dress code taken up by people across the generations seemed a sure invitation for sunburn and a mossie attack in painful or awkward places.

There is a lot of bird song and while the creek banks may give the impression of undisturbed bush, look more closely and you will see you are paddling through forestry plantation. Every now and then you hear the racket of trail bike riders. The banks are muddy and the water turbid so it comes as a surprise when rock formations loom up for rudder strike. The rock shelves were peppered with smooth holes suggestive of once turbid flow.

As the creek continued to narrow three ducks were herded upstream, lizards plopped off branches, snakes were seen swimming and the surface became strewn with leaf litter, bottles, bits of foam and other rubbish. The plastic pots a plenty from last time must have either sunk or made there way out to the bay. It was hard to figure out exactly what was on Google Earth when the creek became straggly. What we came across was a series of fallen trees. Maybe you could float over on a kingtide, but certainly not today. Peter got out to check for the possibility of a port and returned with a definitive 'no', to both boats and walking.

There are few places to pull up on the steep or muddy banks of Elimbah Creek. There were only two reasonable possibilities before having to share lunch space with an eyeful of worangdongle et al. The lunch spot was a bit squeezy, had it's share of mossies and the gentle sounds of trail bikes. Nevertheless it was a welcome break as by now we had travelled 20Km and there was an industrial watermelon in my back hatch to celebrate the beginning of watermelon season.

Tanked up on tucker and melon we headed off hugging the banks as the tide was still coming in quite strongly. It was not until another 5Km or so that it was in our favour by which time the NE was not. The sails provided some welcome assistance for the final 1Km of the 36Km day.

So Dave, if you have read this far, maybe you should come along on the next paddle up Elimbah Creek as you might just get to enjoy some of its surprises.
Time, tide and Brian wait for no man
Where else but Queensland ?
Bridge to nowhere
Donnybrook Road
Typical Elimbah Creek
End of the line
No port or walk
Back for lunch
Coming in for lunch
Another one for lunch
Making room at the lunch squeeze
Elimbah Creek Map
GPS Trackfile (OziExplorer .plt)