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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Weekend at Blakesleys
Date: 23-08-2008
Launch: Pt Halloran
Distance: 21km
Conditions: Wind Sat SW 10-15Kn, Sun SE 10-15Kn
While a forecast for 25-30knots SW turning SE promises a great sail it comes with a dogged return and certainly did not curry much favour. However, as Brian pointed out on Friday night, the detailed forecast for the southern bay on was only showing 10-15knots. Good enough and game on for a Saturday night camp at Blakesleys.

It can get surprisingly cold in South East Queensland, something not lost on Patrick who endured sub zero temperatures on Fraser Island last month. While unlikely to get that cold this weekend, a SW can be bitey so we took a smaller tent and lashed a big fat dry bag with extra sleeping bags to the rear deck.

We decided on an abbreviated paddle from Point O'Halloran. The rising tide marooned the half packed boats on a sandy island. After lugging them back, the last hatch cover was secured when the tide floated the boats to a firm following breeze. Cruising at 9kph we surfed and sailed past Potts Point to make a beeline for Blakesleys. Thereafter the wind petered out leaving a calm deserted bay. Nothing quite like a strong wind warning to scare everyone else away. We pulled up at Blakesleys to find two tinnies and a couple of kayaks approaching from the south.

This was Christine and Bill from Queensland Sea Kayakers (QSK). They were part of a larger group, the rest of whom had decided to come the long way round. We set up camp towards the northern end of Blakesleys. Over the next four hours paddlers came in groups of two to four headed up first by Patrick and Phil. By late in the afternoon the beach had colourful and diverse congregation. Patrick elected to stay while Phil headed off in Frog Boat One.

The entrees started to do the rounds as the sun set. An impressive array and volume of nuts, dips, oysters, stuffed olive leaves, blue cheese, chips and crackers with spread worked the giant seated string. So much so that towards the end some offerings were looking distinctly familiar as they plied their bid to be consumed. As the temperature fell the warmth an open fire held more appeal than a campfire in a can. Soon the fire worshippers were toasting themselves on a steady blaze which created a great set of embers in need of a spud. Impaled marshmallows made a classic sickly sticky treat.

Later in the evening an emboldened tinnie occupant made his was over for a chat while his mates exploded aerosol cans in their fire. After waning rhetorical he still couldn't quite get the idea of why someone would want to paddle the distance to set up camp. He was quite convinced we would have to be a bunch of boy scout types. It was a blessing that he had decent skinful on board as he forgot the drop off, stepped backwards and fell flat on his back. Undeterred he got up and toddled off.

The next morning saw Nev and Patrick head off early into calm waters with little wind. Brian spent some time introducing himself to Jenny, really not necessary given that just the two of them had paddled across from Point O'Halloran the day before. Dolphins came in close and appeared to be feeding in the channel just west of Pelican Banks while a curlew collected his fill of crabs along the shore. A Brahminy kite cruised overhead and pardalotes took cover in their nests in the sand bank.

When all the boats were down at the waterline, the QSK headed for Coochie while most of our lot made for Potts for morning tea. The dated watermelon was a tired tragic, not so Mark's date roll - very nice thank you. No one was in a hurry to head back and the SE in the sails made a sufficient 2kph. We slowly diverged and made a quiet pace towards Steve and Kylie for an icecream stop on Coochie. As we landed the QSK crowd came down to head off for their destination Weinam Creek or Victoria Point. By the time we were back on the water the SE was getting more frisky, our efforts even less so. It was a lazy wind and a far cry from the forecast 30knots which appeared to have knocked the boat numbers very much in our favour.
Leaving Point O'Halloran
Diverse congregation
Distinctive profile
Start of sundowners
Last light
Photo by Tom
Toasted desert
Leaving on an incoming tide
Three amigos
Three more casual amigos
Weekend at Blakesleys Map
GPS Trackfile (OziExplorer .plt)