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: 18-07-2008
Launch: Elanda Point
Distance: 22km Night Paddle
16km Walk

If you got away early enough you saw the spectacle of a full pink moon rising out of the lavender haze over Lake Cootharaba. With the tail enders stuck fast in the usual Friday afternoon traffic snarl, there was just enough mobile reception for those closest to Elanda Point to arrange a dinner date at the Boreen Point Hotel.

Four kayaks made the 3Km crossing from Elanda to Boreen Point to sniff out a safe landing on a beach with rocky sentries. The people along the foreshore enjoying BBQs and car side evening meals were only too happy to give directions to the pub, with the next request resulting in a friendly local escort right to the door. We found Ray and Ted having finished their meal, then sent them off to pack their boats while we waited for our juicy steak burgers with chips.

By now a soft NE was blowing a small chop. Hints of scattered lights and broken radio reception saw Tom head in closer to shore to await the remaining kayaks and canadian while Mark and I continued onto Kinaba. The waypoint took us right into the middle of the channel where shags refused to give up their night time roost on the entrance markers.

It was not long before the remaining kayaks and canadian pulled up for a leg stretch. The kayaks were tagged by a variety of lights from a glowing honey pot to what looked like an epileptic fire fly. It was just before midnight when the first of the kayaks nosed into the beach at Campsite 4. Soon after the contents of the canadian, including the paddlers had a brisk swim. The front paddler had stood up, did a stylish wiggle with arms outstretched but over wiggled. Three pumps cleared the swamped vessel and before long, unlike its paddlers, the canadian was high and dry.

The campsite was intimate and riddled with tree roots. Some decided to take a place in clearings a little way from the log perimeter. It was a cold night and the air thick with mist suspended like pollen. The idea of laksa soup bolstered by rice might have been good in theory but the rice had had plenty of time to soak up the moisture creating laksa glug. After digging supper out of the thermos and sharing some welcome cake and chocolate it was time to turn in with no one claiming early start privileges.

The next morning the river was shrouded by mist. After a leisurely start it was off to Campsite 3 where most walked up to the sandpatch. Mark and I wanted to take a look at the old tracks that head up river to the log landing then further inland where on Google Earth it looks like it eventually leads down to the beach. Heading away from Campsite 3 the track was clearly a dog and roo highway. It crossed a small stream then forked to the left at the top of a small rise. We took the left branch onto a wide and occasionally rutted track heading back down to the river where it finished in a loop. At the end of the track the log landing was marked by rotten remains of very large sectioned trunks. Given the evidence of 4WD it was surprising to find no rubbish or remains of camp fires. There was plenty of fresh growth and a variety of flowers were out in force.

Returning 1.2Km to the main track we headed right at the next intersection. While the sand was soft and churned at the turnoff, it did not look like much traffic came along this southern section of track. It had a firm base, no tyre tracks and was even washed smooth in places. Had a 4WD turned up, I don't know who would have had the bigger surprise. The first of the two lakes was brimming and edged by a metre of lush green reeds which were starting to encroach the track. The second smaller lake was on the opposite side, set amongst a denser canopy and made less accessible by thick reeds. Here we had lunch surrounded by a variety of bird song including tinging bell birds. The road looked like it was getting greener and we decided to leave it for another day.

Sundowners were taken on the sandy bank whilst the river transformed into a looking glass. While Heinz peppered steak in a tin was tasty, it did not rate with the delicious roast some ingenious campers had treated themselves too. After a few more wines it was time to make a call and stir the life into Dave. Worked a treat. It was not long before everyone was tucked in their tent for another brisk clear night.

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Moon rise
Boreen Point
River mist
Campsite 4
Running stream over track
Turn off to log landing
Roadside flowers
Yellow foliage
Yellow profusion
More wildflowers from the delicate
To the show stoppers
Felled giants
New growth trackside
Perch lake
Disused vehicle track
Striking intensity
Upper Noosa River Map

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