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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Return to Gilligans Island
Date: 21-10-2007
Launch: 09:15
Tide: 10:40 LT
Brisbane Bar
Distance: 17.4km
Conditions: Wind 10-15kn SE to NE
Today's paddle was very much a relaxed affair by majority rule. Brian was a bit off colour and certainly wasn't charging out of the starting blocks, Mark had been unwell earlier in the week and my forearms were complaining about yesterday's unaccustomed effort around the section (ie yard for you culturally unaware Ockers).

We were all able to score a car park at the end of the road after driving past hundreds of runners pounding a circuit along the Bribie Island foreshore. Looking at the grimaces on their faces and polystyrene cups strewn around the water stations there was a better way to spend a great day with less mess. Five kayaks left the sandy beach and a decision was made to head for Gilligan's Island. The SE was blowing around 15Kn. Heading straight into it on an outgoing tide made the chop stand up. With Bertha melon wedged in the back hatch and the front empty, I was pleased to have replaced the front hatch cover. Slamming off the back of the chop I reckon the original hatch cover would have stood a good chance of being blown off. Something to be said for those inflatable dry bags when paddling empty.

Gilligan's was marked by cormorants and terns surrounded by sloppy chop. We came in from the SW for a leg stretch before heading across north of Skirmish Point. With sails up it wasn't long before we were looking at the beach. It was a typical dumping Bribie surf, one wave and you are there. With no need for an involuntary wash we landed amongst quieter surf on the southern end of the island for morning tea with Bertha. While she looked great, Bertha didn't come up trumps with flavour. Most were about to conquer their kilo share with Bertha's remains destined for the worm farm.

We made an easy 10Kph with wind and tide in our favour back across the southern end of Bribie. A pod of dolphins was seen in close. The one I saw looked more like a shark as it hurtled in a straight line with it's dorsal fin in a continuous breech rather than bobbing.

It was a beautiful day and water felt warm. Tom was keen to honour his family tradition of Fish & Chips on Bribie so we continued on up the passage to the jetty. Kicking back on the grass for lunch in the shade of a Moreton Bay Fig we watched the passage sparkle and people enjoying the foreshore. A kayaker with a Sequel came up for a chat, sounded like the group he paddled with would not be capable of such a relaxed aptitude.

After commenting about having to break out through the rampaging surf along the passage Tom took his swim sooner than anticipated. Maybe he was distracted and thinking about the fishing companion he had seen on the way up the passage, a sight you would have appreciated Dave. By the time the boats were on the cars the sea had reclaimed the childrens' sand castle and brought to a close a classic lazy Sunday paddle.

No problems with parking
Setting out
Gilligan's Island
Welcome back Brian
Sailing for Skirmish Point
A date with Bertha
Bland Bertha
Heading back
Destination Fish & Chips
Tough rough landing
Washed away
Return to Gilligans Island Map
GPS Trackfile (OziExplorer .plt)