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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Tingalpa Creek
Date: 04-11-2007
Launch: 09:30 Capalaba
Tide: 11:25 LT
Brisbane Bar
Distance: 25km
Conditions: Wind 20-25kn Northwesterly
The mackerel scales scattered across the sky were morphing into mares tails by the time we pulled up at Raby Bay Boulevard on Sunday morning. Two cars, both catering for kayaks were already parked with no paddlers in sight. The water was turbid and choppy. Whoever the paddlers were, it looked like they may be in for a rough ride, or an extended stay if camping on Peel Island.

By the time Tom pulled up there were three alternatives on the agenda. In the end we opted for Tingalpa Creek. Mark took a 4WD route behind the shops to the park where the Tingalpa Trot finishes. Getting down to the creek under the road bridge was muddy and slippery. About 100m downstream the outgoing tide had exposed an old road crossing. This slimy rock shelf ate some of the gel coat from Dean's Mirage 580. Hearing the damage prompted the rest of us to take a walk.

The creek remained shallow and peppered with hazards from shopping trolleys to tree branches. The muddy banks were crowded by mangrove aerial roots. Azure kingfishers darted amongst the branches while bearded dragons remained motionless on wooden promontories. The surface was littered with leaves, thistle down and the mandatory rubbish. Cans filled with expanding foam were used as floats for one series of crab pots. The creek never holds much appeal for a swim with similar sentiments expressed about eating any muddies from here.

Morning tea was at the rejuvenated concrete ramp by the cycle way. This area has been tidied up - even the motor only visible at the bottom of the tide at the entrance to the ramp had gone. Lined by concrete studded with boulders the ramp looked like a great place to launch a boat. However no one is ever likely to as the yellow bars at the top limit access to less than the width of a car.

Downstream to the mouth was into the wind which continued to blow from the NW. A few jumping mackerels but not much other wildlife aside birdlife including a variety of wading birds poking around the exposed seagrass beds at the mouth of the creek. Sails went up to dawdle back to the first boat ramp on the left for lunch on the grass in the shade of a gum tree. Today's melon, Charlotte was a bright red tasty number but the crew just weren't up to consuming their 1.5K share. Need more paddlers as the melons don't come any smaller.

Two jet skis and several tinnies were the water traffic on the way back upstream. We missed crossing paths with the five kayakers again - one plastic, two in Naturelines with sails in the mast step, a wooden boat like a Chesapeake and a fine looking strip plank timber boat. The water level was insufficient to float over the rocks so we got out just downstream where a narrow track wound back up to the park.

By the time we had the boats on the cars the clouds had thickened and the wind changed to the SW and continued to blow and blow. We will be keeping an ear out for what happened to the other two paddlers who we think may have been Robyn and her brother.
Crossing the road
Drifting with thistle down
Lightweight melon eaters
Kayak ramp
All good homes need an escape plan
Hitching a lift
Photo by Tom
Pulling in before the rock ledge
Tingalpa Creek Map
GPS Trackfile (OziExplorer .plt)