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

Shorncliffe to Nudgee
Date: 13-01-2008
Launch: 09.00 Shorncliffe
Tide: 12:37 HT
Brisbane Bar
Distance: 19km
Conditions: Wind SE 20-25kn

The SE wind was already up around 15Kn and predicted to freshen to 25Kn after midday, so we canned the paddle from Shorncliffe to Mud Island and headed for the shelter of the creeks on an incoming tide. The plan changed enroute as we creek hopped our way around Nudgee for a brisk return under sail with a following sea.

The lack of chatter on Google Groups suggested a boutique turn out so Helena was chosen on account of her delicate features. Unfortunately her symmetry was marred by road trauma when she rolled out the back and developed a gaping smile. Some of us just don't learn from past experience, although we did know to wait for Brian who rocked up at 8:30 for the 8:00am launch.

Having never been up Cabbage Tree Creek, this was an opportune moment to discover the plethora of fishing and recreation boats which line the banks. The creek shrank abruptly after passing through the dark culvert under the Gateway Motorway. It was time to get out. To escape the aggressive squadron of mossies and avoid a chicken run across the Gateway Motorway courtesy of the rising tide. Morning tea was had in the sun on the southern bank next to the bike way that crosses the creek adjacent to Sandgate Road.

Paddling back against the tide was easy going as there was no wind in this neck of the woods. It was however, ready waiting for us as we turned into Nundah Creek. Lots of kayaks, sit on tops and tinnies in this neck of the woods, almost as many as cyclists whirring along Allpass Parade. Up to six deep in the peleton, these branded buggers give domestic cyclists a bad name, but I guess they make a great impression on the front fender or bonnet of those poor sods experiencing water front living.

A shady tree at the other end of the port into Nudgee Creek was the lunch spot. The water crept up another inch or two for a convenient launch and a sticky beak up the creek. The back yards of the houses were not far from the waterline and would probably be awash in a king tide. A local on his sit on top with his gorgeous staffie were also heading up the creek. He pulled in at Nudgee Road to port across to the Kedron Brook Floodway. Sounded like a plan. Being plastic he had a no fuss re-entry over the rocks while we recruited an extra pair of hands to ginger the boats away from the stairs on the eastern side of the jetty. The stairs do not drop away and made it possible to handle the boats in the chop and wind without mishap.

It was now blowing around 20Kn and a beam to following sea was ready and waiting. While some of us thought we were destined for an unplanned dunking, everyone kept it together. Sailing and surfing was a burn. We managed to outpace a small yacht under full sail in the channel. Helena was retrieved from the car, and subject to debauchery before being demolished at the conclusion of a great day both in and out of the wind.
Setting out
Cabbage Tree Creek Residents
Heading under the Gateway Motorway
And out again
Leaving the mossies
They're at it again
Arrival at Nundah Creek port
Ramp at the portage
Destination lunch
Nudgee local and crew
Into the floodway
Defaced then demolished
Shorncliffe to Nudgee Map
GPS Trackfile (OziExplorer .plt)