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

Scarborough to Bongaree
Date: 29-06-2008
Launch: Scarborough Harbour
Tide: LT 11:30
Distance: 35km
Conditions: Wind Light

By the jam of speed boats and kayaks at the ramp, the word was out. The promise of a great day had everyone jostling for space and by the end 10 kayaks lined up on the muddy sand to the right of the Scarborough boat ramp. Passing the macabre remains of what would have been a truly magnificent groper we headed out from the protected harbour waters to cross Deception Bay for Bribie Island.

Hopeful sails made it easy to keep an eye on everyone as the group dispersed into three pods. On the way over one was privy to an up close and personal viewing by a curious pod of dolphins. While a determined crossing of the shallows from the western side just kept us in out boats, it was Brian who made the triumphant finish. For a change the sunny end of the table was the most popular seat in town. Although it was early, morning tea soon phased into lunch complete with table service courtesy of the local fish and chip shop.

Having enjoyed a moist slab of Carol's date, apple and pecan loaf, lunch was finished with a sour slice of Oscar, the rest of which now had a firm date with the worm colony. By the time we were back on the water the tide had turned and people were fishing all the way along the beach. Heading towards the tip of the island Dean noticed that the shoreline had a precipitous drop with schools of fish darting under what looked like rocky ledge. In summer it would be worth coming back to the tip of the island and snorkelling the shoreline. Only catch is that there is no shade along this part of the beach so it would need to be beach umbrellas in the hatches rather than chairs and tables.

A pow wow off the tip of Bribie saw four of us head for Gilligan's Island while the rest of the group went straight back to Scarborough. Identifying the nature of several fins was sorted for once and for all by the sound of a blow hole and the pod coming in close. It seemed to take an age to reach the waves breaking around and on Gillgans. Once there it was thigh deep water with small unpredictable multidirectional waves. All of a sudden it would rear up, and, if you were in the right place at the wrong time, greet you with a faceful.

With an incoming tide paddling along the sandbar that extends SW from the island gave us an easy 9Kph run. Next to this a rolling swell kicked up and gave some fun short rides. Sadly this current petered out and it was a plod all the way back, a plod against the backdrop of a beautiful misty afternoon. Gliding back into the harbour the tranquillity was ruptured the noise emanating from the Boat Club House. By the end of the 35Km I was feeling knackered as the day had been true to its promise and had changed sails into flags.

Line up for today
Calm waters
Should this have been taken ?
12Km to Bongaree
Hang in there
Lunch with table service
Return leg
Heading for Gilligans
Watch out for pop up waves
Yet another glorious afternoon
Seagulls' roost
Gliding home
Scarborough to Bongaree Map
GPS Trackfile (OziExplorer .plt)