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

Morning Tea at The Pin
Date: 18-01-2009
Launch: 06:45 Cabbage Tree Pt
Distance: 28km
Conditions: Wind 15kn Southeast
Today we were the early group, not quite the 3am Ted is so keen on, but at least an hour before the calendar getaway time. We also changed the route to make the most of the steady SE which was forecast to weaken in the afternoon.

Heading off from Cabbage Tree Point it was straight into into a 10Kn gym workout down the channel on a falling tide. A large National Parks Sign on Kangaroo Island beckoned us over. At 5Km into the paddle we found a clearing where you could happily set up tent on a Friday night. Sure there were a few friendlies around and it would be a place for tropical strength DEET, but it would be a handy start to a weekend away.

Even though it was pretty much right on a 0.8m low, there was enough water to skirt around Green Bank past the fishing huts to play dodgem with the big boys. Fortunately we had a number of sandbanks in our favour which gave cover from the chop and restricted their game plan. A leisurely morning tea was shared on the bank in dappled shade overlooking some befallen casuarinas. Then it was onto capture some wind to inspect the lagoon that was filling at the Pin. Lined by hopeful fishermen, the entrance to and the main body of the lagoon were surprisingly deep only an hour into the flooding tide. Securing the boats to a corkscrew dog anchor in the sand we headed across to take a look at the entrance to the Pin. It was blowing such that there was spin drift off the small breakers, the chop was grabbing at the mangrove banks at the entrance to Duck Creek, even the pelican had given up on his fishermen and decided to bunker down on the sand. The area was appealing, and on the right (and incoming) tide there could be places to ride some small waves.

Punching back into the wind we hugged the shoreline weaving amongst boats and a matching number of rods. The size of the fish on the end of the line appeared to have no relation to the size of the boat, but the numbers were steadily increasing in favour of the boats. One chap leapt off the front of his plunging into thigh deep water then waded ashore to throw the anchor. On turning around something obviously twigged, he grabbed at his pocket, muttered something not too happy and pulled out his mobile. Mmm, even a splash resistant phone would had difficulty coping with that effort. We chose to have an early lunch at the northern end of The Bedroom as stopping places were about to become scare. Couldn't say that about the SE as it continued to play into the sails. We made good time to Jacobs Well seeing some small sharks along the way. Amongst the mangrove channel to Cabbage Tree the boat traffic thinned out, probably in part relating to a 6Kn speed restriction for all boats over 8m around Jacobs Well. The wind thinned out too. Only for the last 200m were we hurled to shore by the wind on its way towards Rocky Point. The SE hadn't read the forecast.

The 1.5W UHF radios transmitted clearly. The signal was not wind affected, something which impressed us, as the 0.5W model under those conditions would have had some signal loss. As for changing times and routes, that decision was made on the fly on Saturday evening after checking the forecast. Don't know about you, but Breakfast at Tipplers with a 0800 launch seemed optimistic - was it too optimistic for anyone else ?
Early starters
Camping on Kangaroo Island
Towards Tiger Mullet Channel
Tying up in the lagoon
Checking out The Pin
Bunkered down in the SE blow
Lunch stop
Morning Tea at The Pin Map
GPS Trackfile (OziExplorer .plt)