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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Date: 06-10-2010
Launch: Joes Beach - Whitsunday Island
Distance: 22.5km
Conditions: 10-15kn SE
Joes Beach to Crayfish Beach
The following morning we were happy to make a getaway from the March flies leaving Joe's Beach close to the top of the tide. The SE made it an easy sail, drift, shove and occasional paddle up the western side of Whitsunday Island. We caught and overran boat wash without even trying. While Ray thought he saw a Dugong as we left Cid Harbour, aquatic wildlife was seldom seen.

The Hook Island underwater observatory soon came up on our left. Created as a private venture in 1969 it now looks like a cyclone away from demolition. It was a bit like some of the tourist boats - striking at a distance but the brochure's glamour fades with proximity. We had heard that the resort on Hook Island is not quite what you might expect of a resort so we called in for a gander. It was alive with sunburn, but who knows they may have all been day trippers. This place seems like a mecca for the one day wonder experience with people swept away before they look too closely, or have to use the toilet.

The tide dropped quickly as it continued to rip out so we did not tally, the last thing we needed was a beaching. Heading north Mark and I went in closer to have a look at Hooks Island's rocky eastern coastline. Not many places to land, and although there was little wind, a surprising amount of clapotis. So much that we thought better of looking at more of the same and headed directly for the next point. I do not remember much about this leg of the paddle aside laughing when Mark commented that it made the washing machine off Peel look like the rinse cycle. It was confused, quite large but the Raider felt stable and we we moving well under full sails with the ebb tide. Off the next point it morphed into standing chop and it was easy to loose sight of each other. There would have been no more than 10 knots of wind and it made me keen to go offshore further before heading around the final point and into Crayfish Beach.

Rounding into Crayfish Beach we paddled by the one and only turtle we saw. There were kayaks at the camp site and another group of paddlers on the beach across the bay. Landing on fine sand a couple of hours before the high the wheels came into their own. We were greeted and welcomed by four men who were camping with their four 13 year old sons as a celebration of their friendship and a coming of age for the boys. They were most hospitable and cleared one of the two tables for us - really very decent of them as they had booked the site and it was our itenerary that was in tatters. Mark and I went for a snorkel to find an impressive array of staghorn and many small fish. Certainly none that were platter size and probably with good reason - we were yet to reach the green zone. The loo had gone down market a bit, it was missing the roof and door.

These guys were pretty green and the crows were having a field day having made off with a whole burito and almost scored a packet of vita wheats. The night tides were huge and they almost gave their boats to King Neptune. I guess that would be one reason why a GPS tracker is attached to the deck bungy.
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Leaving Joe's Beach
With the run out tide
Easy sailing
Heading for Hook Island Resort
Whitsunday Island western coastline
Underwater observatory
Hook Island Resort
Counterclockwise around Hook Island
Sloppy sailing
Crayfish Beach
Excellent camping with few March flies
Sundowners on Crayfish Beach

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