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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Circumnavigate Russell Island
Date: 01-09-2007
Launch: 09:00 Cabbage Tree Point
Tide: 12:15 HT
Brisbane Bar
Distance: 31km
Conditions: Wind light Northeasterly
Carol had baked a banana cake so the deal was that the weather had to behave itself. It excelled beautifully with clear skies and light NE which eventually had a bit more puff to fill the sails homeward.

Ten boats slipped away from Cabbage Tree Point boat ramp including Jeff who always has a good story about his fishing exploits. His latest fun moment was pulling up a four foot shark which leapt onto the ski with the bitey end landing next to his leg. Slight technical hitch as had hooked himself in same leg with the next of the three gang hooks. A bit of a tight spot of bother on the confines of a ski. Rapid rambo tactics required to free himself before dealing with what I imagine was a shark with attitude.

A pull against the incoming tide to cross Canaipa Passage for morning tea at the sandy beach on North Stradbroke marked 'Anchorage' on the map. It was a leisurely hour with Anzac biscuits and some of Carol's scrummy banana cake doing the rounds. Heading north alongside Straddie with the incoming tide voting preferences were right at the fork for Liberals, left for Labour and straight ahead into the mangrove for stateless kiwis. A few runs were taken from the wash of the monsters cruising up the channel. Just coming up to RQYS a doozey gave Mark a ride and saw Jeff careering towards a meeting with the rock wall.

Rounding the jetty at RQYS a person in a boat promptly told Dave where to go to which he retorted 'so where is a shotgun when you need one'. Nice mates. Heading towards the mangroves on the tip of Russell, a divergence of opinion as to whether there was a short cut was settled once and for all when a tinny roared out and disappeared into them again. A couple of loggerhead turtles were seen as we crossed the shallow bay heading for the ferry terminal. There were a lot of car and passenger ferries shuttling around and it is little wonder the dugongs have a hard time.

Lunch was had under the shelter overlooking the boat ramp. Locals provided the focus of attention as they backed their holden ute with its VB sticker down the ramp, submerging the exhaust to retrieve their powerboat which also sounded like it had a red motor. Mt Isa by the sea was Mark's comment.

Patrick coasted in, squeezed into a spot on the beach amongst the jam of boats to retrieve the beach meter money which had jumped out of Mark's wallet. Having left from Weinam Creek Patrick made good time circumnavigating Russell. Lunch was not as casual and it was back on the water pronto. Some were now on a mission to take priority seating in vantage points high in or on key city buildings for the Riverfire.

As we rounded the top end, a pair of enormous (well put it this way they made a Brahminy kite look puny) white breasted, white headed birds with dark wings were sitting side by side high in a tree. For their sheer stature they had to be white bellied sea eagles. The real estate on the western side more casual compared to the new homes on the other side of the island. The closer we got to the high tension pylons the more the tidal assistance we were given. Watching the wires as we passed under created a strange illusion of three dimensional space and motion. As the NE puffed a little harder the sails filled and the ramp drew closer.

By the time we had pulled in there was a clutter of powerboats testament to another gorgeous day out on the bay on par with Carol's banana cake. Thank you linesmen and thank you ballboys.
Mexican foot wave over pretty boat
Setting out
Runout tide Caniapa Passage
Vote for morning tea
The anchorage
Brian back on the water
Chris and Carol heading North
Jeff and Crikey
Throng of kayaks
Pied Oyster Catcher convention
Now there were 11
Surf's up
Homeward bound
Circumnavigate Russell Island Map
GPS Trackfile (OziExplorer .plt)