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

Blakesleys Afternoon Paddle
Date: 25-07-2010
It was another silvery day with high cloud streaming across the sky. A persistent smudge stealing the warmth, turning the water green and hiding the piercing blue that is more a part of this time of year. Somethings don't change with the seasons, including etiquette in the vicinity of the Victoria Point boat ramp. Leaving on the low, the four kayaks were resting on the mud next to the foot of the ramp. Slip, slop and slapped with a photo for the start, a boatie just couldn't wait another 10 seconds and hustled for the the kayaks closest to the ramp to be moved. No great urgency, he wanted to sit his tinny on what was must have been a prime piece of mud. Simply no other mud would do.

Off and into a south easterly we skirted the sand bar into a gently rocking swell. We had scampered to be at the ramp by 1pm and my head was reminding me that I had forgone my mid morning coffee. Potts is not particularly pretty on a low, but neither is caffeine withdrawal. A call on the radio downed all paddles and a suggested redirect was accepted. The bommies mushroomed like stepping stones as we picked our way to the shoreline with a beached swimming enclosure. A lone figure greeted us and joined us for a chat as we took a pew in the sun for coffee and the surprise of a cake. Carol had made a rich lemon tea cake skimmed with a sharp lemon icing. A beautiful contrast complemented by the astringency of fresh strawberries. And guess what there were only four of us.

Turns out the person on the beach paddled an Artic Raider which in his opinion is a good boat. During the chatter he told us of the day he found himself in a SE blowing 40 - 45 knots heading north from Zoe Bay off Hinchinbrook. Caught out and on his own, he just had to rely on the boat. Because of the direction of the wind and swell he couldn't make it to any of the Family Islands. He continued to the shelter of Dunk, came into Mission Beach and paddled back along the shore to Cardwell where his car was. Turns out that this was Digby, a K1 paddler of considerable repute. Sounds like I have a decent boat, too bad about the power source.

With a happy head, we went back out into what was now a southerly rendering the sails redundant. The first of the Pelican Banks were a foot under water. However, as to be expected the final stretch just off Blakesley was not be paddled across if only by a span of six feet. Ray was out of his boat first, soon followed by Mark who knuckled his way over. The age of chivalry has clearly expired with this lot. They buggered off just as Carol and I came to a scraping halt.

Nev and Terry came down to great us. They had just set up camp and had two golf umbrellas speared into the sand as rain protection. Not sure how these were going to he helpful in a tiny tent in the middle of the night. After another slice of that delicious cake (isn't a small group great), catch up and a change into dry warm clothes we were heading back into the sunset. The wind filled the sails as the bay became quiet with the shades of silver morphing to black studded by shore lights.

Being out on the water in late afternoon and early evening can be quite solitary, definitely quiet, even eerie. An ominous low cloud bank settled in over Stradbroke as the moon broke through over Potts. The fishermen were surprised by the sails and had a friendly chat as we slipped by. The red and green of the ferry to Coochie with green on our left was hardly reassuring, being flashed by their spotlight was. A couple of years ago we were impressed by the lighting at the Victoria Point boat ramp. Complete with centre strip lights it had taken on the appearance of a place to put down a light air craft. This time we found the ramp to be pretty much in the a dark. Whether this has been vandalised or is being replaced as a part of the overall works in the area is unclear.

What we all enjoyed was was the timing of this 20Km paddle. Heading out in the early afternoon gives you a chance to do some things in the morning, see the bay at the end of the day, share an evening meal before coming in at an hour that does not take the shine off the next day.
Shove off for the tinny
Arrival at Potts
Still no water
Knuckling across the final Pelican Bank
Terry & Nev
Securing the light
Nev's nightly blessing
Into the sunset
Rugged up for a Queensland winter
And shes off