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

Wynnum Ck to Tangalooma Point
Date: 23-03-2008
Launch: Wynnum Creek
Tide: 10:20 HT Sunday
10:49 HT Monday
Brisbane Bar
Distance: 70.1 Km
Conditions: Wind SE-E 15 Kn

Within 5 minutes Moreton Island was booked out. Completely. Even the camping places in the NW sector had been taken. At peak times the new permit system is not well suited for decisions based around the latest weather forecast. Having scored a permit for one solitary night it was now curtains for the original Easter paddle. Peel Island and all three council run camp grounds on the western side of North Stradbroke were taken so we settled on the invidious option of an overnighter to Moreton Island.

Leaving from Wynnum Creek at 0700, the idea was to head for the lagoon on the NE corner of Mud Island near the top of the tide before crossing to Moreton. Our run line for the island would be decided upon the conditions we encountered as a 15 - 20Kn SE was predicted to follow light SW breezes which had been inshore early. The last time we headed this way it was like a millpond. Clearly this was not going to be the situation today and I would be telling porkies if I said paddling this part of the bay didn't bother me. Within a couple of Km of Mud we were sailing in the midst of a three way chop of around a metre. It was fairly broad and had the occasional soft foamy crest. The steady 10-15Kn wind was due east so the Sandhills were quickly replaced by Tangalooma Point as the preferred destination. While slightly further, at least we could continue to sail albeit with our wits.

As we passed the Four Beacons off Middle Bank the wind became fluky under the influence of the island but the runout tide kept the pace around 8Kph. Sailing 4Km offshore the biggest swell was from the wake of a barge which would have ended in an unexpectedly large shore break. The fourth call on Channel 67 suggested the handheld VHF marine radios had a range of around 4Km. The call took us in just south of the resort perimeter fence. By the time I was out of the boat, while not quite needing a can of condensed milk I was not far off. Kind hands took the boat up the beach and the date slice and chocolate biscuits were most gratefully savaged.

After the neighbours bundled their gear into the Moreton Island Taxi we invaded their campsites. It was a great location set back off the tyre churned beach under the shade of hibiscus trees within an easy walk of the resort. Once set up it was off to snorkel the wrecks near the ebb of the tide. To be honest I was quite happy to have joed out, but snorkelling the wrecks with flippers instead of booties was an opportunity to be taken. By the time we got there it was two hours before the low and there was still a strong run out tide. Mark kindly let me have our only pair of flippers (did he had a choice) and waited with Kimberley. The visibility was around 10 feet, but in other ways it was 10cm as it is easy to head butt each other. At one point a person and their scuba instructor swam past four feet below seemingly unaware of us - could have been very funny had they not continued at that depth near the sandy bottom. Along the rusted hulks were plate corals, soft corals and a surprising variety of fish, some of which looked very palatable. Even though they were just there, no matter what, you couldn't touch them. Maybe some bread next time. The Wrecks was like a 4WD parking lot and there were plenty of boats and people about. The scattered showers arrived driving one beach goer into a classic beach posie on a folding camp stool below the high tide line with a golf umbrella in one hand, a stubby in the other watching the children play in the sand and shallows.

Back to camp via the resort for some premium alcohol and hot chips to share before returning to base in time for the sunset and sundowners. By now I was flagging and ready to crash. After dinner Ray and Mark rigged up Ray's sail on my boat as the mast had snapped when the sail struck a high tension fly rope. Clearly metal fatigued and a blessing that it went then as I would be needing all the sail help I could get tomorrow.

The following day presented a glorious still grey morning with a forecast of SE 10-15Kn changing to NE and seas to 0.7 metre. Not that you would think it capable of 0.7 of anything looking out from Tangalooma Point. It is very sheltered here, just like SW corner of St Helena alongside the jetty. After an early morning wake up swim it was onto breakfast and pack up all too soon.

Feeling significantly tired from yesterday I was not looking forward to the open crossing to Mud Island. Once out of the shelter of the island it was clear the bureau had the direction right. While the same design, rather than have a window, Ray's sail is 10cm higher of the deck so you can see under it. Blimey that 10cm makes a difference. The Artic Raider became positively skitty with a new tendency to lurch with gusts. By the end of the day I had crowded ribs and a crick in a fat roll on my left side. Even with the need to lean I was ever grateful for the sail as once I got the hang of the swell and how the boat was going to handle the sail, the wind was strong enough for us to make 9Kph with token paddle taps.

It was a wet ride in a predominantly beam sea. My challenge was to stay in the boat and to get to Mud Island. The SE pushed us 2Km north of our original run line and it was difficult to keep the sailing advantage without missing the island altogether. By the time we surfed into the NW lagoon it was a comfort stop in more ways than one.

It had been a dull grey day all the way and it did not start to lift until we called into St Helena for lunch. Here I lay for a while after lunch waiting for the Easter eggs and NE to kick in. Can't say either did so it was a plod for the remaining 7Km with the SE giving some push.

Just over 70Km in the two days, can now tick an overnight on Moreton off the list. Can't say that I would be keen to do it again. Put it down as an experience. Also something to be said about having compatible gear. Thank you Ray for the use of your sail, it was very much appreciated.
Wynnum Creek 0700
SW push to Mud Island
Leaving NE Lagoon on Mud Island
Greeting party
Ray snorkelling around the Wrecks
Photo by Tom
Shared sunset
Campsite companion
Sheltering in the NE Lagoon
Grey day - leaving St Helena
Homeward bound (at last)
Wynnum Ck to Tangalooma Point Map
GPS Trackfile (OziExplorer .plt)