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

St Helena
Date: 20-02-2011
The cicadas knew, and by his desertion of the usual morning possie in the sun, so did the cat. Thanks to the BOM we were in the loop. Today was not a day to dig holes, trundle out to the landscape supplies and pay for the privilege for an alternative fill. With the forecast high of 34C, today was destined for the water. Even more so with a near king tide and a NE predicted to reach 15 - 20Kn by 4pm.

Road works associated with the building of the new bridge at the Boat Passage made for a circumloquacious route. By the time we wended our way back to the car park the sun was high and hot, the tide full with two more hours to the top. No point hurrying for a sweat so we dawdled at an appropriate pace along the fringe of mangroves gracing the southern side of the passage. The fish jumped, turtles bobbed and manta rays swept by. With a gentle easterly filling our sails we made for the southern end of Green.

The northern spit was marked by a colourful flotilla studded with beach umbrella accents. A V8 dragging a biscuit around in short circuits confirmed our destination. Poking through the quiet of the mangroves we came through to a deserted eastern side. The NE had started to kick up a wide scatter of white caps. The queen had taken most of the beach so morning tea was shared in dappled shade as the sea tickled our touche and washed sand in our shoes.

We headed out for St Helena in a freshening NE boding a zinging return under sail. The three kayaks in the distance were not taking up the offer. We came inshore to find the southern coastline of St Helena looking like it had had significant erosion with geotextile fabric exposed and some of the casuarinas clinging to short cliffs. After a quick dip (less dunking the head) we enjoyed lunch in view of the pavilion and in reach of the cooling NE. By the time we left the NE was just enough to make the casuarinas sigh. Out of the lee of the island it was an easy sail on a rear quarter giving us enough speed to take a gamble on cutting a direct line to the Boat Passage. This time we did not see any shovel handles and at worst were sweeping in a foot of water. We made it - much better than a visit to the Darcy Light and a slug back up into the NE which was starting to stiffen as predicted.

As we pulled inshore we were surprised to find an army of soldier crabs - little fellas who would rather run than dig in. Maybe there is something in the sand that they know about. As we unpacked a bloke pulled up in a ute to ask about the kayaks. He said he was interested in paddling to Moreton Island, but being a "purist" he would not consider a sail. When we said it takes around 5 hours from the passage via Mud, he recanted saying that maybe not, he just wanted to do day paddles and that he would rather stick with his jet ski for Moreton.

Thank you cicadas, thank puss and thank you BOM. You were all right - this had been a day for the water with the bonus of a queen tide and a NE to skip back in on.

Cruising to Green
Poking amongst the mangroves
Beautiful eastern beach of Green Island
Leaving for St Helena
Cutting it fine into the Boat Passage
Run fellas run