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

Circumnavigate Macleay Island
Date: 11-01-2009
Launch: 09:00 Pt Halloran
Distance: 25km
Conditions: Wind 5-10kn Southeast
"They can't f***en do that." Dave, there are no rules in a knife fight and yes they can and yes they did. An adverse forecast had split the group asunder with most of those in the know leaving from Weinam Creek. We, on the other hand, were spoiling for a good SE and kept to Point O'Halloran with thoughts about heading from Karragarra to Blakesleys before firing back across the bay north of Coochie on a strengthening blow.

On the way we crossed paths with an unrecognised pigeon pair of blue Contours strapped to racks. Clearly not everyone had checked the late e-mail chatter. Five others turning up at Point O'Halloran including the Contour paddlers, Jane and Peter, Noel, Marie and Murray and (an unimpressed) Dave.

With a massive 2.7m tide due at 9:41am on the Brisbane Bar, at 9:06 it was just a matter of sliding the kayaks off the grass and straight into the water. Setting out into a light SE we made for the lee of Garden Island where the tide was brimming amongst the mangroves. The sea eagles had moved south from the entrance of the passage to a look out opposite the tip of Karragarra. With a suggestion of a kayak sail in the distance a call was put out on Channel 21 for Carol - after all she did get a UHF for Christmas. After hearing the call and not being too paranoid about the being the only Carol on Channel 21 she duly responded with her location then asked who was calling. Oops ... better improve the call protocol. Those in the know made a hasty beeline for the shore, after all if you want to improve your chances of getting a feed around this lot it pays to be bold (and quick).

We arrived to find the mutineers relaxing at the table where the water had passed under and out the other side with the last barge landing. Unfortunately no photos - it was all hands on kayaks. When we arrived the 6 knot sign only just had its head out of water and the swimming enclosure was not far off being totally submerged.

The quick got their share of some chocolate caramel slice while everyone (yes read these words carefully - there is a first time for everything) was given a home made chocolate muffin made by yours truly, Dave. And guess what, with their extra nuts (and anything else that was out of date in the pantry) they came up trumps.

After morning tea we went around Lamb in search of our wind. From the sails on a dual masted yacht sailing north, it was not looking good. There wasn't enough huff in it for her to fill her blue and white spinnaker and seeing this wiped Blakesleys off the agenda. The best we had was a tiddler swell which helped us make good time into Potts where we squeezed around a bench table. Murray was set up first making a billy of tea, but he almost missed out on a seat ... quick and the bold. Noel came up trumps with a beautiful coconut cake and Ray declared that there should be a ban on such delectable treats so soon after Christmas. Gee Ray, I was putting my tight fit lifejacket down to the PLB I got for Christmas, not the Christmas indulgence.

Those who had not checked their e-mail now came up trumps returning with a following wind. The mutineers were into a stiff outgoing tide returning to Weinam Creek. While there were a few swells to ride off Coochie that blow never arrived - it would have been lucky to have topped 15 knots all day. It was a while before the mutineers took their place at the cafe for a coffee calling an end to what was yet another great day on the bay.
Grassy launch
Setting off from Point O'Halloran
The Mutineers
Leaving Karragarra
Rounding Lamb Island
Keep it blue and yellow please
Sailing homeward
Circumnavigate Macleay Island Map
GPS Trackfile (OziExplorer .plt)