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

Noosa River Camping Weekend
Date: 04-06-2004
Launch: Elanda Point
There were a few late minute cancellations but a good size group assembled at the canoe launching area just south of Elanda Point. Mark and Sue had driven to Harry's Hut, paddled to campsite 3 set up camp and returned for the evening paddle. Most had simply been grateful to get away from work in time to make the launch. The rush was too much for some, who admitted to arriving without essential wine supplies, so Steve obliged with a wine run into Boreen Point.

The moon was full but had difficulty breaking through the cloud cover. While there were some gaps, the cloud was building and rain threatened for most of the evening paddle. The crossing to Kinaba information centre was uneventful with the assistance of a freshening SE breeze. After a brief stop, we continued into the Everglades and onto the Noosa River. Everyone was able to safely negotiate Malloch's Folly (colloquially known as Anthony's Log) and arrived at campsite 3 (16.3 Km from the canoe launching area). There we caught up with Malcolm and friend who had also set up camp earlier. We made camp, and the rain eventually hit as we were having supper (fruit cake) and a few wines - ports at about 1:30 AM.

On Saturday morning some folks elected to walk to the Cooloola Sandpatch in the freshening breeze. A party of seven paddlers elected to head for campsite 15 and Mark and Sue reconnoitered the campsites on the way back. While the wind was following on several sections of the river, sailing was not effective because it was too fluky. The head wind on the return journey was easily avoided by hugging the banks. The impact from recent fires was obvious but the vegetation was reestablishing itself.

A couple more paddlers joined the trip on Saturday and sundowners were taken on the deck. Malcolm and friend were late getting backfrom their walk and Nev led the debate about an appropriate search strategy. When they arrived back exhausted, they had enough energy to light the lantern to make dinner preparation easier for the rest of us, then retired. The two Daves presented their 'mood' and 'practical' candle holder designs while Anthony provided cooking classes on gourmet kayak camping recipes.

After dinner we settled in for a few wines, but Dave retired early. He was soon snoring with such gusto that a few tent relocations followed. Patrick held a class on his sleeping hammock that was extremely popular, particularly the 'how to get into it' practical session.

At Sunday breakfast Dave's cooker sounded like a motor boat and we all thought the park rangers were coming up the river. Patrick was most relived when the source of the sound was identified. A ten minute shower of rain during breakfast meant we packed up wet gear but we were on the way home by 9:00 AM. Mitch's straps made moving the loaded kayaks easy work.

There were a number of groups in kayaks and canoes heading upstream as we returned. A small party of bush bashers diverted from the main channel at the entrance to Lake Como and took the intimate route to the east. Some of the turns through the reeds were a little challenging for sea kayaks, but it was an enjoyable diversion never the less. We met some of Anthony's friends at the Kinaba information centre and returned to the canoe landing area with them. There were brief periods of light rain on the river on the way back but the lake presented no challenge and the sun was out when we landed.

Another great weekend and yet another wet Noosa River moonlight paddle. Wonder who will organize one when it does not rain?
Loading Friday evening
Photo by Tom
Lauching Saturday morning
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Heading up river to campsite 15
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Campsite 15
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Lunch stop at campsite 15
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Mitch at campsite 15
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Sundowners on the deck at campsite 3
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Patrick's hammock entering class
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Heading for home
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Heading for home
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Heading for home
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The bush bashers in the everglades
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Back at the canoe launching area
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Noosa River Camping Weekend Map