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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Eatonsville to Harwood Island
Date: 03-05-2003
Launch: Eatonsville
Glenis insisted that we do this paddle. Now Glenis is someone you take notice of, and if she says do it, just do it. In fact it was Glenis who introduced us to paddling in the first place. So, really it's thanks to her that we had seven boats, no garage for the car, stalling of house renovations ... you know how it goes.

It has been some years since we did this four day paddle down the Clarence River. It was our first long trip and first time camping. As you would expect we had some salient lessons.

Lesson One: Be on time.
The getaway for the long car shuttle was delayed by Brian who turned up late, very late in his Holden HR sedan. (Brian has since become a reformed man with only the odd lapse.) By the time the drivers returned to the start the sun was getting low and we were under pressure for time.

Lesson Two: Do a test pack.
No matter how hard we tried, those extra tins would just not fit. The yoghurt was put next to the dry ice and the hatch jammed down on the Osprey.

Lesson Three: Be flexible in decisions.
On account of the failing light Plan A became Plan B and we pulled up well short of the intended destination.

The consequences of Lesson Two became apparent. Lifting the lid of the rear hatch I found frozen yoghurt splattered everywhere. The containers had exploded when the hatch cover was jammed on, and while the dry ice had had the decency to freeze it in its tracks, it was still a messy disaster. A grumpy domestic dispute ensued, slightly modified in its intensity on account of people we did not know being within earshot.

Lesson Four: Paddle with your torso
Today we needed to do the extra distance to get to the original planned destination. This is the day I learned to paddle. The weekend before I had torn my right bicep. A nasty way to find out why you keep your elbows in tight whilst trying to brace on a wave and set the scene for my ongoing surf paranoia. My arm was a painful motivator to use my torso and twist to pull the paddle through the water. It was a long, very long day and I remember being totally stuffed by the time we pulled up on the island to camp.

Lesson Five: The place of sundowners
Mitch and Peter were zipped up in their tents by the time the West Enders bought out the appetisers and casks of wine. Yes, I know good Club Membership, the priorities of the West End Canoe Club (AM tea and sundowners) suited us just fine.

Lesson Six: Appearances are deceptive
On this trip I paddled Mark's new Osprey while he took the Platypus, otherwise called the green barge on account of it's rubbish carrying ability and the way it moves through the water. On this paddle was Peter. Now Peter is a spirited paddler and Mark is strong. On the way back from the pub to the island a testosterone driven paddle flat blatt back to the island whipped up. That 4.5m green barge can move surprisingly quickly when powered by strong and determined arms. Before reaching the island Peter had dropped off. Nothing was said. With both Mitch and Peter on the trip there was a lot of potential here and Anthony obligingly stirred the pot.

On Day 3 I was concerned that the older chap (Brian) decided to take his time and get his boat down to the water after everyone else had gone. Lifting a heavy weight like a laden boat can be the way to find out about the previously silent coronary disease. Fretting (with my hand on an aspirin) I left with others. I almost had a crick in my neck from constantly looking around for him. Well I now know that people like Brian and Mitch are a bit like older bushwalkers - tough as weeds.

Lesson Seven: People have their own style
Peter's was to stay out in front. Mitch's was to wander and paddle like a windmill. Brian goes helter skelter until pooped. Anthony will make it look easy and power along at 10kph no matter what, while Bill will amble along at whatever pace is required. David's is to port the gear for Glenis and Glenis's (thank goodness) was for frequent breaks and pit stops. Malcom's was to make it to the next campsite.

Lesson Eight: Plan pit stops
There is nothing quite like squelching up the main street of town in wet paddling shoes wearing lycra. Also creates opportunities to check out the local pub or bakeries.

Lesson Nine: Know the tide
Wow, does this river move. As we left Grafton the tidal flow was almost scary and the river had huge swirling eddies. Dipping the paddle in we were making up to 11kph. There is no place to hide from the power of a giant river.

Lesson Ten: Malcolm will give anything a go (once)
This trip was his first ever paddle. While his paddling garb (jeans and leather jacket) might have been more suitable for other occasions you have got to hand it to Malcolm for giving it a go.
Pit stop
Misty morning start