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

Bulwer to Tangalooma
Date: 10-10-2003
Launch: Scarborough
It was my birthday weekend and as a surprise Mark scored some 'Wotif' space at Tangalooma Resort on Moreton Island. Bit of a step up from our usual tent on the sand. On this occasion we caught the Combie Trader across to Bulwer. Getting off the barge was easier than getting back on the water as a 15-20 knot W-NW had freshened up. It didn't look too bad, even the small dumping surf belied the size of the swell. I skirted up and Mark pushed me off before coming out for a session with a bailer.

It was one of those 'now I see you now I don't' swells coming in from the side or rear quarter. Some of it had a very steep pitch and was curling over into froth at the top. I was not happy and started to sing. Singing to my boat means I am outside my comfort zone and I was not a happy chappy. There were welcome some distractions visible on the peak like the humpback whale thumping around about 2Km off shore.

When the tide began to flood life settled down and become positively dull as we approached Tangalooma. This location was well chosen. With the headland protecting Tangalooma from the prevailing SE, it is also relatively sheltered from the W-NW. We glided in. Two people walked over from the resort and we were greeted by Betty and Bill Rose. They were here for the weekend to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. They had chosen the resort as a place to get away from kayaking and have time for themselves. I know they were safe from Ks and TKs, but they had forgotten to account for sea kayaks. They just couldn't believe it when we rocked up and laughed at their oversight.

The boats were carried up and placed on the lawn next to the garden within view of the balcony off our room. The bar fridge was stocked with supplies and then it was time to check this place out. The resort is a bit of a time capsule from the 1970s as well as it's earlier function as a whaling station until the 1950s. The room was large, looked tired, but was clean and tidy. The bathroom could have done with some grout. I think the resort is a hideous blot on the landscape. If you view it from a kitch perspective I guess you could start to warm to it. Such infrastructure does have its good side though like good coffee and delicious icecream.

That night was dolphin feeding was a part of my birthday surprise. We took our place in the obligatory queue to be handed our sample of pilchards. The dolphins are quite large up close and they do have a remarkable number of small sharp looking teeth like a saw. They were very gentle in how they took the proffered morsel. It was a calm night. Nothing could have been more different to the last time we watched the rather amusing spectacle of tiny tourists being skittled by a buck broaching in a small wave waiting around for his bit.

The next morning we discovered a free unadvertised service for kayaks had taken place overnight. They had been washed down by the garden sprinklers. The bay only looked rippled from the shoreline and the wind had turned into a SW so we headed south. It was a slog down to Shark Spit Point. With the surface of the water disturbed by the incessant wind we did not get to see any of the star fish which had set themselves equidistance from each other like spacers on the sandy bottom the last time we were here. It was just hard going and not much fun so it was about face to be blown back in no time.

The next day was calm and we headed north. Paddling about 200m off the beach I glanced over at Mark, the water was so clear you could see the shadow of his boat on the sea floor 20 feet down. Well, I thought it was the shadow as it was the same size as the boat, but shadows don't wag their tail. It was big, was huge, make that enormous. By the boat length it was 4.8m long, around 1m across and wagging ever so slowly just keeping pace with the boat. At this stage we headed closer to shore and I did not hanker for another swim in the sea.

We caught the barge back after what had been a weekend with a difference. While it was a real treat to have had the luxury and creature comforts of staying at the resort, any place, no matter how ritzy cannot measure up with the solitude of bush camping.
Garden kayaks
Shark Spit
Mark dolphin feeding
Tangalooma Wrecks
Morning tea
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