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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Pine Rivers Night Paddle
Date: 25-08-2007
Launch: 17:30 Tinchi Tamba
Tide: 19:40 HT 2.23m
Brisbane Bar
Distance: 20km
Conditions: Wind 25-30kn Southeast
What a bunch of pikers. There were no takers for the Clontarf to Shorncliffe night paddle in the 30knot SE, including us. Plan B, to paddle from Clontarf across to Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve for dinner presented a very wet beam sea. A reasonable swell was coming in under the Hornibrook Bridge, which while do-able, was not necessary, especially at night. Tinchi Tamba Wetlands became the starting point for Plan C, a paddle up to the end of the South Pine River with dinner at Bob Bray Park.

Bleeting Betty took us through the residential area of Bald Hills to the quiet carpark off Wyampa Rd. The area closest to the foreshore was blocked by temporary fencing where work was in progress. I hoped the weather would keep the hoons and opportunists at home. There is something to be said about having an old car in places like these. This far up the river was well protected from the wind and the tide was coming in strongly.

On the left a creek branched off. On Tom's map it looked like it curled around rejoining the Pine River just before the motorway. On a rising tide with a setting sun it was an opportunity to check this one out. While there was plenty of depth, the creek became narrow and the mangroves formed low archways and eventually became impenetrable. This was later confirmed on Google Earth. Thankfully the moon was high in the sky for guidance back out as it was dark by the time we cleared the creek to continue up the Pine River.

A few boats were out and people were surprised to see kayaks on the water. I often wonder if they are looking at all. As the lights of an approaching boat became red and green, I quickly scuttled towards Mark. Mark thought I was doing the correct thing and heading river right. Tom read it right, he knew I was heading for the Marlin for protection.

After Bob Bray Park the river curls back on itself, slows, rubbish becoming frequent, then passes under two substantial rail bridges and widens into a small lagoon. We were right on the top of the tide. Having cleared a star picket and barbed wire fence crossing an arm of this lagoon it was decided not to push on as there was no guarantee of clearing it for much longer.

We pulled up and had dinner under the shelter at Bob Bray Park. While the last disposable BBQ we had was a great success, this particular one seemed to generate more smoke than heat. Dinner took longer to cook and we left having overeaten. Our full bellies appreciated the tidal assistance as casual paddling made 9kph to the pontoon. While the people had left they hadn't done the same with the fish heads and guts, scales, their empty bottles and cans. This is a great pontoon with a fish scaling bench and running water on the next level. People trashing it like this makes it easy to understand why councils would be reluctant to invest in such facilities or making them available to all, free of charge.

So you pikers, in spite of the conditions, there is always a Plan C such as this docile wander up the South Pine River.
Plan C
Porky and Prosperous
Up the river
Passing under rail bridges
End of the line
Barbeque alight
Dinner grill
Smoked out
Pine Rivers Night Paddle Map
GPS Trackfile (OziExplorer .plt)