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 Dunwich
Date: 22-10-2011
Launch: Weinam Ck
Distance: 34Km
Conditions: Light Easterly
With Mark reckoning his choices were either a paddle around an Old Woman, or with an Old Woman he was on a collision course for a day on his pat malone. Favouring the with rather than around, his tact received the attention it deserved when he spouted his options to Dave and Peter who were already at Weinam Creek. A freshening E - NE breeze was no hassle - the easy consensus that comes with a group of six or less, was suck it and see, so long as Peter had access to a bought lunch. Anyway we had Dave, so no matter what we did we could make it look like we had been to Dunwich and back. With a relaxed outcome we wondered what might become of the Old Woman group

Setting out on a chattering course with an ebb tide that had us within six inches of a muddy indignity, the UHF radio on my deck played silly buggers and switched itself off. When turned back on it was back to Channel 1. It takes a totally obscure set of buttons sequences to restore it to the usual Channel 21. My ire was peaked as Mark and Pete paddled off into the distance and my frustrated expletives mere elevator music for Dave's ears. We pulled into Potts to assess our options and found ourselves treated to some beautiful double chocolate chip muffins courtesy of Dave. Yes, you read it, courtesy of Dave and they were fantastic. No burnt offerings this time around - Carol you would have been impressed.

Chocolate powered we made directly for Goat Island whilst keeping a watch for ferries. Peter's hybrid kayak showed itself as a twitchy little blighter while flying a Flat Earth sail. It had a tendency to monster the Raider at the slightest increment of breeze. Wow, you have to be keen to paddle that kayak - it made the Artic Raider look well mannered, dull and unresponsive. But then again I am an unambitious paddler, the Artic Raider is incredibly stable and all is well so long as my boat is sunny side up.

By now the tide had made an unattractive rubble skirt around Goat, but revealed the beauty of well formed coral which was worth paying attention too. Bommies were looming up within a blade's depth. I certainly paid good heed given I had loan of a fancy pants Werner paddle. At 215cm this Cypress model was light and rigid. Was it $600 worth of rigid ? Not sure. I had another, a Kaliste to try out on the return leg.

Close to the bottom of the tide we cruised into the deep hole dredged next to the sand loading terminal at the northern end of the beach at Dunwich. A small solitary dolphin with a mangled dorsal fin surfaced a couple of times. Lunch was shared on the grass in the shade of a casuarina while the local community gathering provided the sound stage. A melon from the markets was ripe, too ripe and auto-opened with the touch of a knife. Red slabs were shared before we headed back under the persistent E breeze. By the time we were getting close to Coochie the group kindly agreed to a convenience stop.

After a leg stretch it was an easy 9Kph return on a slight breeze and incoming tide which had Brian onshore 34Km later within 15 minutes of his preferred time. The Kaliste was weightless, hardly noticeable in the water and in this regards a bit spooky. Maybe this what you pay a hefty price tag for - nothing. There is a weariness that comes with a 30+ Km day and today's paddle was no exception. With the fresh E breeze we doubted whether the Old Woman received any visitors, and it turned out she had been left on her pat malone.
Familiar start
Potts for AM tea
Flash new head gear
And peculiar feet
Dave's muffins go down a treat
Come on Brian
Watch out Mark he's on your tail
Peter in his twitchy boat
He's still after you Mark
Something to avoid
Arrival at Dunwich
About time
Lift, not likely, it's time for lunch
Regular feature off Coochie
Are we there yet ?
Final sailing leg
Mark and Brian approaching Weinam Creek
34Km later and still smiling
Look up - they're back
Weinam Ck to Dunwich Map
GPS Trackfile (OziExplorer .plt)