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: 11-05-2012
It mightn't have been a box of chocolates, but we thought Huey helped go one better by pulling a simply magnificent day out of the hat for a Mother's Day paddle to St Helena. Ever since Mark's Mum (Ann) decided to put the Platypus in Theodolite Creek at Woodgate, she has been afflicted by the kayaking bug and we have wanted to take her to St Helena. With a promising forecast, a tour arranged of the St Helena ruins and a dog of a double booked, the stars were lining up for a paddle as a way for Mark to celebrate with Ann a Mother's Day with a difference.

The trailer was needed to haul the green plastic Beaste to Whyte's Island where we found Graham waiting with his exquisite strip timber kayak. You couldn't have got two more different craft, but once in the water they both moved quickly. Most of the photos were of everyone's backs. On the way over Graham spotted a small loggerhead turtle, which I also saw only because the creature was clearly unwell and moving very sluggishly.

We pulled up on Green for AM tea and to make the seating in the kayak more comfortable for Ann. In the end it meant removing her life jacket, something which didn't worry us as there was no wind, very little boat traffic and the Bay was fast becoming one giant millpond.

On St Helena we were delighted to be greeted by Ted who had arrived some 30 minutes before. He had been approached by Mark, the National Park Ranger earlier asking if he too was a Mark, to which Ted said, "no, but I know who he is". Talk about having your reputation precede you. The ute came back down the track and we were given a lift to the ruins where we were privileged to a small group tour of the site. There has been a lot of work done since we last went on a tour and it was with interest that I learned the second hand bricks I have with a "W" in the frog were made by prisoners on St Helena before they sourced bricks from the mainland. Ann satiated her fascination with old graveyard head stones and was surprised to find that the prisoners only had their number engraved on the headstone.

The conditions remained calm but the tide was on the way out. When we were down to a paddle blade depth Ann was given her paddling orders as this was not the time to take a break. However we all made it to the channel without getting our feet muddy or having to take a look at the Darcy light. It had been a magic day filled with things Ann enjoys - her golden haired boy, paddling, a picnic, historic ruins and tombstones.
They're off
The Beauty
And the Beast
One sick little critter
Try doing that with the Beast
Adjusting the foot pegs
Leaving Green
Photo by Graham
To find a mill pond
Not often it is this still
Photo by Graham
Arriving on St Helena
Trip up to the ruins
Magnificent day
Photographic record
New roof and doors for the store
This cannon fired a retained cannon ball - bit of an oops
Red chested wallaby - hundreds in this genetically isolated group
Photo by Graham
That way to the cemetry
Prisoners' graves
The mottly crew
Photo by Graham's camera
About to leave - clear still water