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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Eprapah Creek
Date: 06-04-2008
Launch: Point O'Halloran
Tide: 09:30 HT
Brisbane Bar
Distance: 15.5km
Conditions: SE 15 - 20 Kn

The Met got it right today - it was a steady 10 Kn gusting to 15 SE by the white caps. It also gave Tom a reason to play with his anemometer and a good way to find out how easy it can be to over estimate wind speed. Squally skies and discussions for an alternative to the calendar paddle around Macleay whittled the starting pack from six to five. Piker Dean had put his tail between his legs and gone home. Not wanting Peter to go packing we settled upon Eprapah Creek as it was somewhere new, just around the corner and it was not far off the top of the tide. We had the numbers back up to six by the time we returned.

With the SE up our tails it was a brisk whip around the corner of Point O'Halloran into the shelter of the mangroves where you would be forgiven for not knowing there was any wind. Eprapah Creek is reasonably wide, it must also be deep as it is home to two boat yards with some monster sea faring cats well underway. Ideas were floated that one could become a mother ship, but lo and behold around the corner was a more realistic prospect - Burra Burra, with whom we had crossed paths earlier in the week in Caniapa Passage. Skipper David has been intending to join the Claytons Club paddles but never quite made it as they have plenty on their 'to do' list. Today also looked like a miss as he was not on board and the orange Prion was tied up out the back.

Eprapah meandered its way amongst a variety of mangroves which crowded the banks as the creek narrowed creating an intimate trail shrouded by overhanging branches. Sticky overgrowth brought the paddle to a conclusion in a wide pool next to attractive grassy banks. However these were edged by slimy mud and a decent drop off into the murky water so morning tea was taken back at the informal ramp access where the hard ground was littered with broken brown glass. It was a tricky place for some quiet relief as just when you thought you were out of view of the ramp, you were centre stage for the people on the boardwalk.

Back on the water we came across David who had come up the creek looking for us. The entrance to the creek is very shallow so by now you had to follow the channel. Into a rain squall the wind intensified to around 20 Kn and sent a dousing of rain which in the shallow water competed with the brisk little chop for wash rights. We decided to head for the shelter of northern Coochie which promised to be a work out and a half. However, Peter thought better of it and made for the sand bar where he had an easier walk on firm sand. Who needs a gym membership when you can choose a 20 Kn headwind ? David in the meantime had disappeared into the squall, but did come back to the beach at Point O'Halloran after he realised that we were no longer following his beefy effort across to the island.

Wet and chilly with the boats back on the cars we headed to Victoria Point for a nutritional feed of hot fish and chips and a burger while David took an express trip back up the creek. While it was only a 15 Km round trip, I reckon the wind extended the effort 20 Km and bought to close a day well spent on the water.
Brisk sail around the point
No need for a sail here
Sea monsters
Gliding the lower reaches
Shaded by large mangroves
Different varieties
Turn around point
Feral ramp
Into the squall
Eprapah Creek Map
GPS Trackfile (OziExplorer .plt)