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

Breakfast on Karragarra
Date: 20-05-2012
Breakfast (or a variation thereof) on Karragarra draws a crowd and today was no exception. A colourful dozen left the barking dragon boat for a more genteel plod. There was plenty of water in the Garden Island passage marked by a distant communications tower and the absence of the usual birds of prey. Once through there was a curious sight of a muscovy duck being handled by a couple of fishermen. Pelican, maybe, but a duck ? It was such an odd sight, I had to check it out. Turned out this muscovy had swum out of the mangroves of Garden Island and come so close that it had entangled itself in their fishing line. They had been freeing it, not feeding it. Undeterred the muscovy simply hung around the other side of the boat. It even approached my kayak when I went to find out if they had taken their pet duck fishing.

We pulled up on the sandy shore next to the barge landing point on Karragarra. The morning warmed as the air filled with the smell of bacon and coffee and the group was transformed into a bakers dozen with Shane calling in via scooter. I almost had a new kayak when the barge landed. The old girl was rescued by thoughtful hands, although having to say it was crushed by a barge could have made for an interesting claim.

We passed through the Lucas Passage on a full tide and were intersected by familiar faces coming the opposite direction on their way back from Blakesleys. Blakesleys has apparently been commandeered by National Parks and delegated as a day use area only. Like to see how that news goes down with some of the regulars.

The morning remained quiet and still as we started to circumnavigate Lamb, calling into a park neither Mark nor I had visited before. Partly because it would be inaccessible on the low and more likely because we would be further out looking for the wind and had not noticed it. Near the top of the tide it was a charming place with a pebbly shore, picnic shelter and tidy loo.

We enjoyed a slice (mine was bigger than Marks only because I was quicker) of Carol's lumberjack cake - a rich date and sultana cake with a sweet shredded coconut topping. Today was genteel food cruise with the next stop on the southern aspect of Karragarra away from the noisy crowd so often encountered around the Russell Island barge landing point. Dean and Ken were keen to continue so we dropped the chequered flag for the all boy red racing team and retired for lunch with the mossies in the park. Mind you, the sign said you couldn't do much at this grassy conservation area on Karragarra, furthermore, all approved activities had to be completed by 10PM.

Back out on the water there was a useful breeze up until the Ws where the water was starting to wear a bit thin. Thereafter the breeze blew equally thin and it was a plod all the way back to the ramp. Hard to believe the forecast was for a week of wet weather after such a glorious day on the bay.
Early AM colours
Crikey I'm out of here
Smile for the camera
Then split
Friendly muscovy
Winter Queensland style
More hopeful sailing
Intersecting groups
Circumnavigating Lamb
The pebbly beach
Of Pioneer Park
Lumberjack cake ... and it's OK (well delicious)
Park here Dean (rock)
Sprung by Carol
Leaving Karragarra conservation area
10-4 big buddy