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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Bike Ride Bay Islands
Date: 11-11-2007
Launch: 08:40 Redland Bay Passenger Ferry
Distance: 40km
Conditions: Wind 20kn Southerly - Rain Periods
It seems whenever paddlers get together to go peddling it piddles. It did just that today, repeatedly. The impeccable timing ensured we had a fresh dousing at the outset of each leg of today's bay bike ride.

A crew of 13 caught the passenger ferry direct to Russell Island. This turned out to be a good decision as the service was fast, friendly and efficient with no stick or hassles with the bikes. As soon as we disembarked it was 200m beeline to the cafe for a delicious coffee and hatch a plan while the rain fell lightly. The decision was to meet back at the shelter overlooking the beach at 1pm for lunch then catch the 1:25pm ferry onto Macleay Island.

On Google Earth it is only 10km to Lion's Park at the southern end of Russell Island. However what was not as apparent is that is one hill after another with no alternative waterline route. By the time we pulled up under the shelters at the park it must have been close to the top of a full tide as the permanent survey marker was marooned in concrete a foot off shore. A sad looking Gallipoli Pine languished in a protective cage. The shelters were in good condition, barbeques very clean and there was a kayak size beach making this a place to visit again, by water.

The flat dirt track heading away from the park held more interest than the reverse pull up the final promontory. Turns out this is a great short cut which Brian missed out on in his hurry to get a head start up the hill. At 11am we paused for Remembrance Day then whizzed off to get a downhill run up for the next lug. An attempt to follow the waterline around the western side of the island was kyboshed by the lack of a road. They have advance planned this island with years of dozing and tree clearing to get anyway near the 'street map'. After slewing down a sandy gravel track we ended up back on the main road. Now the heavens really dumped their load. It was raining enough to turn the bike lights on for upcoming cars. There was no signage to RQYS but we followed best guess and after a (slightly) more gentle undulating ride came across the entrance to the grounds. This is a beautiful location and with its manicured lawns, entertainment marquees, nothing could be further from the more dominant feral aspects of the island.

We arrived at the park next to the ferry terminal thoroughly drenched and squelching. The only shelter was taken by beer cans and people with kids with no intention of moving on. So Plan B, lunch at the cafe. This little cafe does a great casual meal and is well worth a visit.

The ferry across to Macleay was an impressive, fast and well laid out twin hull cat which had been added to their fleet in 2007. As soon as we were in the saddle guess what - yes down it came. Here we split with our six heading up the hill, then up and down some more to get to Pat's Park at Potts Point. The newly completed flagstaff was surrounded by instant lawn and there were fresh floral wreaths at the foot of the cenotaph. Moving on we followed the bus route around the western side of the island. This took us past some impressive homes with a magnificent outlook. Macleay Island is much prettier than Russell and looked more developed with regards to infrastructure. The ride down to and across the causeway to Perulpa Island will have to be another day as we were running low on time and leg power.

Back at the passenger ferry shelter Dave bought across a box of chips from the takeaway cart. The claim that it sold the greatest hotdogs in the world has been supplanted by the vote that it sells the greatest hot chips in the world - they are yum and hot hot hot. Our numbers had diminished by two and while a few of us were still keen to explore Lamb Island (having been told that it had no hills) a decent downpour soon hosed those ideas away. Lamb and Karragarra together with Perulpa Island are for another time.

The passenger ferry ride back to Redland Bay was surprisingly quick, smooth and deliciously dry. The odometers clocked 40km for the day which was rounded off by coffee and icecream at the shop. Thank you Dave for suggesting this one for the calendar. Maybe we need to head out to Wivenhoe.
Passenger ferry to Russell Island
Photo by Tom
Strategic planning
Photo by Tom
Caniapa Passage
Photo by Tom
Leaving Lions Park - southern Russell Island
Photo by Tom
Short cut
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Short cut
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Observing Remembrance
Photo by Tom
Delicious lunch
Photo by Tom
Waiting for Russell Island passenger ferry
Photo by Tom
Heading to Macleay Island
Photo by Tom
Perulpa Island
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Macleay Island ferry shelter
Photo by Tom
Back on the mainland
Photo by Tom
Bike Ride Bay Islands Map