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

Date: 27-02-2011
From the BOM computer modelling the forecast was made to order with a still morning rising to a 15 - 20Kn NE for our return from Bongaree to Scarborough.

The new launching place was in demand from a different direction. Tandem sky divers were dropping in for what was sometimes an apologetic bummer of a landing. You would hope the sand had been raked for less than friendly objects although, to be fair, most of the landings were right on a tiny target.

Today's group were on the water and pacing by 0900. A radio call to Carol saw them head off while we dug around for the camera shy case. It was already hot but the turbid brown water was not particularly inviting so we doddled off at a quiet pace. This part of the Bay can be relatively barren, especially for the distance you can see at any one time. Today was no exception. More marvelling at butterflies whose fragility belies their endurance across open expanses. The wind dropped as the tide slowed and the water took on that graceful fluidity that makes mountains out of molehills. The dearth of turtles and dolphins was made up for by the unexpected launch and belly slap of a manta ray. A second radio call confirmed Bongaree as the destination, not Woorim, although from our view point it could have been either given where the lead paddlers had ended up.

As we came into the mouth of the Bribie Passage, a silhouette broke the surface several times in the manner suggestive of a dugong. Poor creatures, all the sea grass floating on the surface was dead.

The group pulled in south of the jetty and made for a picnic on the grass in the shade of a gum tree. The shoreline was busy with families with small children. Brian and Leonie shared pictures of their recent trip to Antarctica. Their day paddles were amongst magnificent icebergs which looked like they were lit by a deep blue fire. Shane headed off with his lean mean racing machine having already paddled to Scarborough and return to get ready to head for Moreton and beyond. Everytime we paddle with Carol it is like having a private chef - today she had baked a moist almond and apple loaf. Our contribution was less subtle - more like a bomb. Another couple of days and it may have exploded too as it was ripe and surprisingly sweet and tasty for a seedless melon.

As we headed back the breeze was starting to lift but we did not get much of a shove until well past half way. By then the swell was starting to rise to a good skipping height but it was not until close to shore that I caught and ran with what I would consider a particularly excellent set shoved up by a commercial dive boat. I have yet to paddle another boat that picks up and runs with swell as easily as the Artic Raider does, mind you I have yet to see another auto-launching boat like a Raider too.

As we came ashore there were more incursions from above so we put the boats next to the rocks figuring that this is where they wouldn't want to be. From here it was off to inspect a whacker packer for landscaping. It is such a joy to be out on the water. We hope to divide our time more equally between the yard and paddling. If nothing else, one keeps you in shape for the other and it was yet another day where the BOM called the weather with remarkable accuracy.
Fishing off Scarborough
Distant lead
Tail end Charlie
Getting ready to leave after lunch
The chef
Colourful sea fleas
Bumming in