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

Nundah Creek
Date: 31-01-2010
There is something magical about paddling amongst tree tops or over grassy meadows. And we weren't the only ones fascinated by the inundation that comes with a 2.73m king tide. In squally conditions with a blustery easterly there were people paddling the creek, dodging waves along the boardwalk or driving through salty puddles as the tide and wind pushed the sea inland.

When we pulled up at the Shorncliffe foreshore only the triangle of the green channel marker was out and about and a 15 - 20 knot easterly firmly in play. The tide had hidden the boat ramp and claimed the footpath at the top of the breakwall leaving the launch exposed to buffeting by a choppy swell. Not a pretty in fibreglass, a distinct possibility of carnage and onshore entertainment for the tide watchers.

The wind and swell had us slewing up Cabbage Tree Creek in no time. The creek looked full but remained calm in the protection of the mangroves. We and all manner of flotsam made our way upstream. No camping signs would have been more appropriate as no paddling. The creek spilled over the wetlands and we went off road and over submerged grasses about 100m downstream of the boardwalk in a foot of murky water.

The conjoining with Nundah Creek was marked by a bright gathering of kayaks, possibly Sandgate paddlers. Some were waiting while others were having a rendezvous with bushes on the bank. Seeing what was happening we took our leave through a clear passage and headed out for the mouth of the creek. A collie on the boardwalk didn't like being bailed up by the waves and only stopped yelping when it was finally picked up and carried. I too sprouted a set of chicken feathers at the sight of the regular short swell that was cresting into a metre surf. Maybe if there had been more than just the two of us, or someone like Gaven to gaff hook me out of the water I would have continued on.

About face and back upstream along with an impressive array of vegetation. The tide came right up to under the boardwalk and gave us access to the Boondall Wetlands where even the picnic grounds had succumbed. Some of the houses backing onto Nundah Creek gave a new interpretation to pool fence or had a convenient maritime setting with boats afloat in the yard. One place stood out - it was a huge house that would have done Noah proud, ready and waiting for even higher tides.

We pulled in at the roadway where you can portage to Kedron Brook Floodway. Here we were joined by Brian and Andrew. We shared morning tea before heading back together on tide that was now racing toward a 0.2m low. Within half an hour the waters had dropped by a foot and the current gave us an impressive lift. The wind still had plenty of huff, this and a muddy bank in place of our earlier crossing soon has us back at the portage. There were few clues that the place had been taken by the creek only hours before and the magic lost to a rapidly receding kingtide.
Shore wash
Cross country
Bushy jam
Emerging from the mangroves
Access to the Information Centre
Boat hitching post
Maybe not today
Creek fencing
Afloat and waiting
Noah's place
Company for AM tea
Andrew and Mark
The usual crossing
Gone, all gone