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

Weinam Ck to Blakesleys
Date: 02-01-2011
Launch: Weinam Ck
Distance: 26km
Conditions: Wind Light Easterly
By January 2 it was take two. On New Year's Day Moreton Bay had turned into a brown choppy morass and none of the islands were visible from Wienam Creek. With the wind buffeting the Feroza and a dirty full tide slapping the top of the boat ramp it was all too easy to turn tail and head home. In the meantime at Point O'Halloran Chris and Carol's camping plans went the same way as they munched on some Christmas cake in the shelter of a car.

With an outgoing tide, and predicted E-SE, making for Blakesleys from Weinam Creek would give us a circular route which we had not done for some time. The bay remained turbid and there was only the occasional birdlife as we headed north via Garden Island, up Lucas Passage then across to Blakesleys. Just north of Lamb Island Mark was pushed by the tide onto a substantial rusty post lurking just below the waterline. Had it been my boat I think it would have been hulled, but being a Natureline you have more glass between you and your assailant. The post may have been the remnants of a marker of rocks as a review of the track on Google Earth showed that we had scooted alongside all major sandbanks. You could claim precision navigation in tune with the ebb of the flow, but no we had simply arsed it, both there and back.

Blakesleys was marked by a flotilla of white dots. As we came in from the south, a bevy of kayakers were approaching from the west. All up around 16 kayakers put ashore amongst a friendly group of family day trippers and stoic campers. The mood was relaxed even amongst the off lead dogs. The water was starting to clear and after lunch the day started to smile with blue skies. A delicious assortment of home made biscuits, Christmas cake and other seasonal delectables did the rounds. We were in no hurry to leave and saw the rest of the group off before settling in for a siesta in the shade. Our return was via Potts Point which has been transformed. The old brick loo block is now a sandpit. The flash new loo has no need for literacy (no excuses Brian) and is complete with rainwater collection for flushing. There are also some new picnic shelters linked to the earlier one by a wide concrete path. A local who was happy with the upgrade reckoned the only reason it has happened is because the local mayor has a property on Macleay.

It was a relaxing paddle with a light tail wind. At low water you pass by some particularly sludgy looking mud banks. Banks you would not want to be on the wrong side of. We avoided such an invidious departure courtesy of the Beacon to Beacon and channel markers. The wake of a couple of speed boats came us a brief ride before coming into Weinam Creek. The water remained murky and is likely to remain so if this big wet continues as it has over the New Year. Maybe now could be a good time to paddle the Upper Brisbane River inland of Wivenhoe, or maybe even spend some time camping at Logan Inlet.
Leaving Weinam Creek
Lucas Passage
Heading for Blakesleys
New Year's revellers
Settling in for lunch
Leaving with blue skies
Pushing off
Setting sail
Colourful bevy
Heading for Potts Point
Weinam Ck to Blakesleys Map
GPS Trackfile (OziExplorer .plt)