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

Moreton Island
Date: 05-08-2012
The following morning many in the group went one better and climbed the sandhill in the dark to watch the sunrise wash the sky with ever changing hues and fire the glazing of Manly and the city towers. I was toasty in the tent and and it was too early for that caper. Looking across the bay from the annex of the tent I watched the glinting golden city towers, and found it piquant that Mud Island throws a similar profile. While the mossies might be a bit too friendly I think we need more of the Mud profile if the bay is to survive.

The marshmallow yellow held and the group split into their varying timetable commitments and interests. After Carol's shark trolling using a half drowned Santa and the known residence of a very large hammerhead shark in these waters, we were surprised to see Peter used his crocs as shark bait. A strike would make the bite of wasabe peas seem friendly.

Dean and Graham accompanied Brian, Mark and I to head south and explore the lagoon concealed in the heart of Crab Island. The last quarter of an incoming tide and visibility gave us an opportunity to view some racks on the oyster leases. In the meantime cormorants and other seabirds played post exchange as they flew out to a mass congregation several Km to the west.

The sanctuary of Crab Island hid thousands of fish the last time we wended our way through the mangroves. While we did not explore the very largest open pool today, what we did find has changed dramatically. It seems unlikely that the proliferation of smothering weed, the absence of fish could be seasonal. We will return in the summer, for if what we see is the same, then the bay is in desperate trouble. It would be difficult to attribute it all to sampling error.

We headed around he southern end of Crab and continued to be struck by the absence of anything. I went ahead for some leafy privacy and radioed my intent. Successfully out of the boat in knee deep water, the mangrove branch which had kindly offered a balance point was rotten, broke and gave me an involuntary swim. Oooohhh it was chilly and certainly not my plan.

Graham had a waypoint for previous dugong sighting off Coonungai Banks. We paddled out for a place some 4Km to the NW into a firming NW/NE breeze which was cooling me down quickly. Too quickly and it was time to go and get dry. Brian was happy to return to shore so we left Dean and Graham to continue their search for, from what we had seen so far, seemed to have very remote odds of being successful.

Back for lunch, a hammock and book or gear maintenance. We were warm and dry when Graham and Dean returned claiming success. Now Dean, yeah sure, sure, but Graham, I should have know better, for he is like Tom. Tom doesn't do porkies, like he doesn't do up. But I remained a doubting Thomas, that was until Graham produced the photographic evidence of what they described as two herds of dugong which were unfazed by their presence and included some mothers and calves. Time to secure the waypoint and check these on the way back tomorrow.

By now we had distant company. A group of paddlers were camping to the south of the Big Sandhill. An annual ritual with variable numbers from one to a small group organised by Neil who we met at the top of the dune just after the sun sank below the horizon.

The night ambience was more subdued after Richard had left with his LED stadium lighting which now has Mark thinking about what he could do with a solar panel, LEDs and a battery. More stuff - Ray would be proud. But it would probably supplant the tiny gas lantern which, after lack of use rewarded us with gear failure.
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Now that's a rudder
Shark lure
Going different ways
Heading south for Crab Island
One bird a post or swim
Weed and slime abounds
As do balloons and weed like that found on Fraser
Gear failure
Southern company
Trudge for the view
And sunset hues

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