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

Mud Island
Date: 01-08-2010
Talk about timing. Saturday started out picture perfect for Dean's early bike ride but by the afternoon the day had been blown asunder. Two days later on Monday the cool dry SW was blasting up the coast. The forecast for Sunday was morphing from SW to NE and while the BOM seemed undecided about the direction it was only reaching 10 - 15 knots. Mud was go.

A casual group of six regulars turned out for what was a classic winter paddle. Leaving on a rising tide the entrance to Kedron Brook Floodway only gave grace for tinnies and other shallow drafted vessels. Even we had to follow the channel to make a break for the bay.

For a while we wondered if Brian wanted to take a walk. He chose to stay close in to shore heading in the direction of Luggage Point. He may have been keeping his distance having fessed he was not in the mood for being on the pointing end of a joke. I mean is that asking for a poke or what ? We left him be until it came time to cross the shipping channel east of the mouth of the Brisbane River. While everyone was duly radioed in it gave rise to a medley of colour heading in a vaguely coherent direction. Maybe the prow of a large shipping vessel could have been more effective.

As the coffee pots set the scene on a sparkling morning Chris happened to be caught on camera in true form - that is having morning tea number one. The SW gave the sails a suggestion of form and the swell was slight. Not big enough to skip across for a quicker ride. We found the entrance to the NW lagoon closed and the island wearing a broad skirt of slimy wet coral. We decided to carry the boats across the coral embankment to the lagoon and settle in for morning tea number one or two. Carol celebrated her first landing on Mud, and gazing out to the horizon quipped in memory of absent paddlers, remind me why do we do this ? Morning tea morphed into lunch, coffee, an equal share of zucchini cake and scrummy lollies so the tide was not rushed to flood the entrance.

A palm sized jellyfish that looked like a rotten cauliflower pulsed alongside the the boats in the water. Next point of interest (after food) were two UK made kayaks cruising the island in a counterclockwise direction. They disappeared into the mangroves then came back, put their German paddles to rest and tied up. They were beautifully kitted out with all the good gear. They were surprised to find people on Mud Island. I wonder if they were more surprised to find such a happy a rag tag bunch in the middle of nowhere. (If you need another shirt Trads Liquidators in Cannon Hill have long sleeve dark navy and fluoro yellow shirts (UV50+) for $10 each.).

The NE started to tickle our cheeks and our hopes of a return sail. By the time the entrance had filled it had drowned my hope of getting back by 3pm for the Ferry Rd harp duo. Leaving the lagoon we took Carol to the main creek just to the north. The entrance to Ron's campsite was duly pointed out. No one was prepared to visit for a kissing competition with the midges or sandflies given that their intimacy in the past was a long affair that persisted way beyond the shoreline.

The return paddle seemed to keep us further out from shore than the earlier track although the GPS said otherwise. Mark's lead GPS had an ongoing QA audit courtesy of Dean. About 6Km from the ramp the wind had the audacity to swing around to the N - NW. Enough to ruffle your hat and just right for a gym work out which became more loaded when we hit the run out tide in Kedron Brook Floodway. It was then I decided to go snooping for a ride and sat on Mark's tail. He thought he could shake me off so I shoved the nose of the Raider up his armpit for good measure and discovered that the best draft was not far astern of that, so that is where we stayed.

Cruising in under a flapping sail (aka please don't hit me sailing) we slithered onto the sandy mud on the eastern side of the ramp in succession. It had been a brilliant day on the water finished off with a few Km of work that just has to be good for you, yet another reason why we do such things.
Yellow boats are go
Kedron Brook Floodway
Gathering of the crew
Setting out
Entrance to the floodway
Past the port
AM Tea (Number One)
Winter sparkles
Coral skirt
Over the embankment
Carol has landed
Settling in for Am Tea (Number Two)
Leaving the lagoon
To go up the creek
More secret men's business ?
No, it is the precision kayak team
Back towards port
Happy crew
Chivalry makes a (rare) appearance
Come in Brian
Carol's landing
That was far enough