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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Brisbane River - Barneys Rocks to O'Sheas Crossing
Date: 06-01-2008
Launch: Barneys Rocks Bridge
Distance: 19km
Conditions: Minor Flooding

Tom said 'we picked it like a dirty nose'.

High winds and rampant seas had wiped out the best laid paddling plans for two weeks. Christmas pud was stuck fast and walking the neighbourhood streets just didn't cut the mustard. The Calendar's Plan A was shelved as Moreton Bay was a white water haven and we went for the hills. Unfortunately that's where Plan B ended up too at Deep Water Creek. With Tom's recce we moved to Plan C - Barney's Rocks Bridge to O'Shea's Crossing. The BOM site reported this section of the Brisbane River running at 1.8m at Gregor Creek and was said to be in 'minor flood'.

It was scorching hot as we flattened the eye high grass to get to the waters edge at Barney's Rocks Bridge. The river was cool and turbid and flowing relatively quickly. Having read Sal's local knowledge about barbed and electric fences crossing the river, the possibility of a hasty garrotting perturbed me. Watching the river swallow or swirl around many small callestimons, the idea was to send the TK1 as scouts and have the canadian canoes trail behind and collect any remnants.

As it turned out, Ted and Ray kept out in front with Ted jumping around up front of their canoe to suss the run of the water and find any hazards, narrowly avoiding entanglement with one barbed wire fence. Along the way gravel races declared themselves on the bottom on the boats and you had to keep an eye out for submerged trees. The Brisbane Valley was looking lush and the bird life was prolific with a variety of ducks, shags, black swans, pelicans, bee eaters, kingfishers, swamp hens, and several birds of prey including a pair of massive wedge tail eagles. A boat on the river somehow morphed into a cow crossing. Unlike the cattle further down the river, these beasts were unsettled by the kayaks and bellowed belligerently.

What was remarkable about this section of the river were the lung fish. They frequently came to the surface and together with the occasional turtle were easily spotted from the canoes. For a long time they remained illusive to me, but part way down a small race, one kindly raised it's large olive green lizard like head out of the water showing its rubbery lips and large scales while taking a look with those widespaced grey green eyes.

There are few trees close to the water's edge and morning tea was taken in the sun on a warm gravel bank. A search for shade for lunch had us scramble up a hillside for slim pickings afforded by some young gum trees on ant infested terrain. Geneieve, who on this trip had been travelling in the open comfort in the Canadian had sweet and tasty blood pink flesh. If Brian and Carol had made it they could have polished her off amongst these tame melon eaters. We thought we had our lunch place to ourselves but a 4WD soon made its way along the opposite bank then straight up the hill with a black working dog giving chase. Soon after a quad bike made deliberate tracks down to the waters' edge this time with a tan cattle dog in tow. The bloke got off and called out asking where we were from and where were we camping. The reply was slow and generic thinking this signalled a hasty departure. Funny, as nothing could have been further from the truth. Turns out he was genuinely interested. He owned the land and used to have people from the Ipswich and Indooroopilly Canoe Clubs paddle down, camp there for several days, go bush walking and generally have a great time. We would be welcome to do likewise - put that offer in the 'things to do' Brian. Turns out 15 years ago when Wivenhoe was full our lunch area would have been submerged and this flow was the first in the past four years.

The skies started to become overcast and thunderheads loomed. Small planes and flying coffins (ultralites) buzzed and spluttered overhead. The flow continued at a quick pace through boulder strewn countryside and before long the concrete pylons of O'Shea's Bridge came into view as we rounded yet another patch of bullrush.

By the time the cars returned from Barney's Rock Bridge a fierce storm was edging closer with a severe storm warning broadcast on ABC radio. With the last boat was secured the wind arrived. Tom's idea was to skirt the storm by heading for Esk for coffee. Instead the boats were washed as the roadside gutters became torrents spilling over the road. Driveways in Esk were floodways, teenagers were out with inflatable tyres catching a ride between the trees in the home paddock, and the locals were all out watching the spectacle of a town drowning. Channel Seven last seen heading out to capture this aquatic adventure created by 60mm in 30 minutes.

With Esk soaked and closed we continued on past some torrential runoff and pulled into a cafe at Fernvale which looked like it had only had a few spats. A good coffee and friendly service was had before the noise of the local jam and biscuit session concluded the day. This was a magic paddle which turned out a bit like the timing of the finish before the storm - pure arse. Who knows how many years it will be before the next opportunity to paddle this section of the river, but if you get the chance take it.
Plan B - Deep Water Creek
Photo by Tom
Grassy overrun - Barneys Rocks Bridge
Starting place
Through the callistemons
Casual paddling
AM tea on hot rocks
Typical countryside
Road Closed on map
Lunch stop with 4WD approaching
O'Shea's Bridge
Storm cover
Brisbane River - Barneys Rocks to O'Sheas Crossing Map
GPS Trackfile (OziExplorer .plt)