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

Upper Noosa River
Date: 26-04-2008
Distance: Walk 14.5km - Paddle 30km
Conditions: Light Wind
The following day split into paddlers and walkers. Keen to complete the second walk from Harrys Hut to Figtree we set out with Chris and Ray. Ray reminds me of my lawnmower, start her up and she just goes no matter what you run over. A brisk leg stretch through some beautiful rain forest thick with palms presented us with what seemed like an extension of Lake Como. The lawnmower kept up the pace throughout the watery incursion although I doubt the mountain bike riders would have been as successful. Lunch was shared with fewer mossies than expected. There were thoughts of heading up to the Cooloola sandpatch for sundowners, but by the time we were back the idea had dissipated. Carol in the meantime had hauled Murray and Noel over 30Km to Campsite 15 and return. Cooloola sandpatch also had equally limited appeal amongst the paddlers and was replaced with casual sundowners on the jetty with universal approval.

The map shows a second arm of the Upper Noosa River not far from Lake Como. With the higher water level it seemed like an opportunity to check out what appeared to be a substantial watercourse. It was also a great day to go looking for the everglades with the water lilies Glenis and David had paddled. The river split and while the left arm was wide it quickly narrowed and became bounded by tall reeds. It was at least half a paddle depth but it was tortuous and it was this that had us backing out. No place for a 580. After morning tea at Figtree we paddled towards the island where the pelicans usually roost and turned left heading towards the top of Lake Cootharaba. A jet ski flying out of nowhere gave the position of the entrance to the everglades. There are many places better off without jet skis, this being no exception. Further inland the protected channel was lined by water lillies. It forked, with a log blocking the right arm, taking the left channel it split again with a log blocking the left arm. By now there was some water movement and we waited while Ray disappeared into the reeds. The channel did not go far before ending in what looked like swamp and Ray came out backwards.

Onto Teewah for lunch in the sun on the jetty and to wait for the promised wind. It was coming from the NW, but only doing around 10 knots offering a light push which Carol took advantage of with her newly fitted sail. It was a bit of a slow plod back with two very shiny Prion Millennium kayaks powered by colourful Werner paddles arriving at Elanda soon after.

A couple of beers didn't touch the sides at the pub and the coffee does not come recommended - but then again a pub does beer not f****** lattes. The drive home stalled in heavy traffic well before the Bribie Island turnoff - it was the only drag in what had been a another great weekend on the Upper Noosa River.
Setting out for Harrys
Walking the swamp
Tomato vine
Lunch at Figtree Point
Seen this before
A GPS can't save him now
Back to Harrys
Distinctive profiles
Leaving Camp 1
Where the river splits
And where you end up
Figtree for morning tea
Into the Everglades
Waiting for Ray to back out
The lily in the everglades
Arriving at Teewah Landing
Setting sail for Elanda
Beautiful day
Upper Noosa River Map
GPS Trackfile (OziExplorer .plt)