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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Mud Island
Date: 10-04-2011
Blah blah blah blah. Oops. Wasn't that the Boondall Exit ? Chatting we had sailed past the turnoff to Nudgee Beach. Just as well we were out and about early. Not as early as some though as most of the day's crew were already at the Kedron Brook Floodway boat ramp.

The invitation of a glorious morning with a quiet forecast was well received. A steady procession of boats were launched as while the mud lay in wait and nicked people's shoes. We were pushed out into the bay by a gentle SW where the water remains turbid. There was no guessing where Wally was today. Aside Wally there were no other container ships plying their trade as we crossed east of the coffee pots. Terns and cormorants was about all there was on show aside the glimpse of the back of large loggerhead before it disappeared into a swirling watery imprint.

A sharp slimy coral skirt had us congregate off the western lagoon while Mark checked out the creek to the north for a place to park up for AM tea. AM tea as it had only taken two hours. With 15cm being more than enough clearance we snuck in and either anchored or were lifted onto the bank for our place in the sun with a glorious view of the bay. Carol is now a Mud buff while George the initiate. The initiate didn't take to the ritual of paddling up to Ron's campsite, stripping off, running the perimeter and then re-presenting to the group of a tally of strikes. Fortunately for Chris the SW persisted and kept the M and M's away. Carol shared slabs of delicious pumpkin and orange loaf topped with toasted almond slithers. Good stuff, especially with a coffee and as it turned out, a most welcome store of energy.

Graham was interested to find his northern beach a couple of Km around to the north as it could make for a place to park up for lunch. As it turned out the tide had stolen it but gave us a chance to paddle a short distance into the mangroves in a charming place sheltered by coral rubble and home to shovel nosed rays. Back at the lagoon entrance we drifted into a bay that had a swarm of boats, tinnies, yachts and a line up of container ships. It was hardly a hive of activity - no one was moving. Everything was still. Even the breeze had slipped away. The most action was put in by mullet.

Then it was turn tail for 240 degrees back to the floodway. The predicted NE breeze was in no hurry to lend a hand. By the time we passed by the coffee pots it was becoming a grind. With no sails in sight Too Impetuous anchored to the north of the coffee pots, wearing official flags with a temporary buoy nearby was clearly in for a long wait. Can't say this is a fascinating part of the bay when it turns into a gym workout. Even Dean thought a 5Kn headwind would have at least created something to work against. No thank you. The lack of lunch was starting to grumble and the distance rapidly becoming a drudge. The bush walkers showed their resilience and were first to pull up on the muddy shore at Kedron Brook. By now there was little chatting and certainly no chance of an over run at the end point.

A couple of filled rolls later life took on a happier hue and the aching forearms became, well it's just got to be good for you, and who can complain about another day in paradise ?
The gathering
Heading out the floodway
Here's Wally
Sparkles at the Coffee Pots
Pulling up in the creek
Or weighing anchor with Yip
Mud buffs
Mud initiate
Classic Mud
Relaxed chatter
Checking out the Cooper Nylon Anchor (Yip)
Cruising the Mud coast
Postman Goerge
Exploring the lagoon
Ships of all sizes