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

Date: 24-01-2010
After a couple of late nights even the cat's persistent early morning ambush couldn't get us out of bed. Today would be a lazy Sunday paddle. The forecast promised an easy sail back on a NE rising to 15 knots. The racks were only just going back on the car as the day group were leaving Point O'Halloran for Blakesleys. We rocked up around 10:30. After lugging the boats down the stairs we promptly sat down in the murky water to cool off.

The waterways were buzzing with boats. People populated Coochie's beach line and the queue for the ferry was only dwarfed by the numbers steeping ashore. It was another scorcher and time for swim number two. We shared the warm waters with water bikes, snorkelling kids and people puddling around on sit on tops.

The human congestion eased as we made a beeline for Blakesleys. Ribbons of cut sea grass streaked the surface. It looked like something had been mowing the meadows without a catcher. Five unrecognised paddlers passed 200m to the north. They manifest signs of potential puritans with rudders held high and a distinct lack of sail. We continued to bob our way along with a mild push from the NW. The water remained turbid and all we saw were a couple of large loggerheads.

Just off shore we met Ray, Stan and Dave on their return leg from the Dunwich bakery. Cruising into the SE point we landed on the gentle beach leading up to the array of smaller tents that come with kayaks. Apparently the overnight company was less than convivial. One person had to verbally fend off a drunk female who was about to water their tent. Charming.

Lunch was followed by another swim and some relaxed approaches to re-entry and rolling. Soon the day group were packing up. Not this little duck - the NE had not arrived and hey afterall this was a lazy Sunday paddle. It was another's concern for fading light that kicked a reluctant butt into action. The wind was starting to ruffle the surface as we cruised at 9kph. Mark was trying out a long narrow sea kayak blade and had already concluded that it was not for him. With limited surface area he had to wind up the frequency of his stroke with little accompanying pick up in pace.

If I hadn't seen it for myself I wouldn't have believed it. A black manta ray erupted from the water and landed with a whacking great belly flop. Mark only saw the re-entry splash. I have seen the little spotted eagle rays do this but never a manta ray. I wouldn't have expected to see this so far south as we have only come across manta rays around Crab Island. A couple more turtles were the sum of the wildlife on the way back via the north side of Coochie where we called in for a comfort stop.

When we left Coochie the NE was coming in at a steady 10. It pushed us by two magnificent white belly sea eagles resting in a mangrove tree near the base of the NW reef. Then it blew a little more and delivered us ashore at the end of an enjoyable lazy Sunday paddle.
Late starters
Funny cone thing off the pine
Leaving Point O'Halloran
Coochie play day
Looking good Navman
Re-entry practice
Afternoon sparkles
Coochie comfort stop
Local royalty