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

Wellington Pt to St Helena
Date: 15-06-2008
Launch: Wellington Point
Tide: LT 13:01
Distance: 20km
The amount of chatter suggested there would be a good turnout today. While the forecast wind raised the spectre of Plan B, it was never enacted. Instead we shared a beautiful blue day with many sail boats. Even Mick managed put on a tasty performance and had not succumbed to water bruise.

Fourteen kayaks took a pew on the beach as we watched with interest the approach of unidentified craft under sail. Turns out this was who Brian knows as the "Churchie" group. They had paddled from Manly. Dave, who was in a double, came for a chat and to find out who our congregation was related too. "Just friends" was the reply much to his apparent surprise as his "friends" amounted to three other kayaks.

Plan B was still hovering on a steady breeze so it was decided to paddle to off King Island, suck it and see. That took us on to Green Island for morning tea. The SW generated a tidy little swell which just had to be ridden. So off on my pat malone I was having a nice little quiet time a fair way off from the group until something struck the rear of my boat. First thought was "what has bitten my boat". Second thought "it is a long way from where I am sitting so I can have a look". I turned around to find a Marlin hitched up in my decklines. The sneaky attempt to frighten the daylights out of me was thwarted by a realistic, "oh shit but was is it" approach.

Green was approached on a falling tide exposing the mudlflat strewn with coral rubble. Not a good feel in kevlar socks - really miss those Teva sandals. Someone else might be enjoying them now. Whenever you paddle with Carol and Ted there is a high probability of something to have with your tea or coffee. A fact clearly lost on Dean as he made his tea in self imposed exile on the end of the spit. We willingly consumed the apple and raspberry plait followed by a homemade date loaf whilst basking in the sun sheltered by the casuarinas. By the time Dean decided to join us Mick was ready. He turned out to be better than expected with no hint of water bruises that had spoiled many of his compatriots.

The SW continued to blow and took with it Plan B as we headed over to the jetty on St Helena. We dropped the chairs and table enroute to a comfort stop to find them set up and happily occupied on our return. After ousting the imposters everyone settled into yet another caloric refill and a warm siesta in the shelter of the rock wall. The tide was right on the low by now and the bay had drained.

Initial thoughts were to return via the eastern side of Green, but the wind had a fair degree of west making it possible to sail back the way we had come. With yet another change of plan on the fly the hand held UHF radios came into their own. Probably just as well we did take the western side as by now the bay was filled with regattas and we would have had to cross paths with many a yacht which made us look somewhat insignificant.

Back at Wellington Point there was plenty of chatter with interested people on a diversity of topics as we packed the gear and loaded the boats. While we enjoyed a coffee finale at the restaurant the bay was looking still and picturesque. Two kayakers were seen in the distance - it looked like Silvio and Paul returning from Peel. Whichever way you went it was yet another simply a magic day on the bay.
Today's turn out
Setting out
Milling off King Island
Then onto Green
Is it something he said ?
This is where you take AM tea
Leaving a stranded Green
Approaching St Helena
Parking in the shade
Lizzards basking
Heading back
Amongst the big boys
Sole paddler
Wellington Pt to St Helena Map
GPS Trackfile (OziExplorer .plt)