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

Hinchinbrook Island
Date: 16-09-2008
Distance: 12.3km
Conditions: Light Wind
Lucinda to Sunken Reef Bay
The kayaks were all heavily pregnant and it was a fair way to lug them down to the beach. We shared two trolleys between the six boats and used lifting straps for the shorter distances. Close to the top of the tide we slid the kayaks into the water, or in Mark's case, almost under it, and eased off into glassy conditions. Being on croc hyperalert I came across a loggodile resting quietly before we cruised into George Point to greet the island and celebrate the successful launch of the 'no stress' paddle.

Next port of call was Mulligans Bay and the decision was whether to camp here or at Sunken Reef. Mulligans Bay has a creek at the northern end that oozes croc country. It is lined with mangroves and murky. I radioed my refusal to entree the mouth of the creek and landed on the sand where the water was clear so at least I could see it coming. Stepping out was a delight as the sand was soft and bubbly. A bit like walking on the sound of rice bubbles. Tactile pleasures aside the tide was dropping quickly and the reason why the others had opted for the creek. Chris found the campsite on the southern bank near the mouth had become overrun so we shoved off and plodded around to Sunken Reef Bay.

This was a beautiful sheltered cove with small creeks at both southern and northern ends. The northern creek had more flow making it easier to collect the water for the solar showers. The flotsam had already been used to create rat proof hanging (ie a plastic bottle acting like a sleeve). It lent itself to the creation of an extended dining suite in the shade of the pandanus tree. Ray acquired an entrance mat for his tent for the rest of the trip. Having the taj on board we were allocated the prime beachfront site, which while clearly the best possie, also the first to receive visitors from the sea. There was much mirth when I solemnly placed half paddle at each entrance to the tent. It made me feel better.

This paddle really was two adventures for the price of one as now we hit the Thorsborne Trail to visit Mulligan Falls. Heading inland the southern creek swelled and if we wanted dry feet it meant crossing the creek via a felled tree trunk. Ray continued in first gear as if it were the track. A similar performance from Chris but that was where the elegance ended. It was a hot day and I thought I was really in for an involuntary swim as I literally bumbled my way across. By the time we reached the top of the falls the water looked delicious but we showed restraint. Instead we continued down the trail with native lasiandra in flower alongside, to the base of the falls.

We came across several groups of bushwalkers and left Tom as he availed himself of the convenience. Well we thought we had left Tom. When we arrived at the falls there he was sunning himself in his jocks on a rock nonchalantly reading a book. I think I might have been watching too much Dr Who as that loo had taken on special qualities. 'Tom' probably thought us a bit odd as we stared. By the time the real Tom turned up we were in the cool clear water and enjoying a swimathon into the gushing flow. On the way back down a snake crossed the path between Chris and I, certainly on the move and wriggling fast. I had an attempt at spearing Tom with the walking aid when it came to crossing the log, but missed, just (next time Maureen).

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Kayaks are go
Lucinda sugar loader
Photo by Ray
Destination Hinchinbrook
Approaching George Point
Coming in to greet the island
Leaving Mulligan Bay
Arriving at Sunken Reef Bay
The taj and dining room
Bumbling across the creek
Photo by Ray
Thorsborne Trail heading down to Mulligan Falls
Mulligan Falls
Photo by Tom
Tom and his double
View over Mulligan Bay
Hinchinbrook Island Map

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