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

Brisbane River night paddle
Date: 02-02-2008
Launch: 17.30 Colmslie
Tide: 18:36 HT
New Farm
Distance: 20km
Conditions: Wind light
Twelve. It's a good number when it comes to divvying up a cake for supper. It's also a good turnout for a night paddle when the forecast was for showers increasing throughout the day to rain.

The sandy beach at Colmslie was the start for tonight's paddle up to the park under the Story Bridge. The idea was to have a BBQ dinner, although no one could be definitive as to whether any BBQs were still there. A handy wind blew those with sails from Quarries to Hamilton Reach. The incoming tide made for an easy cruise up the Bulimba Reach as the sun set over the city skyline.

A ferry avoidant crossing of Humbug Reach took us around Kinellan Point. Hugging the bank to stay out of ferry mischief some went along the inside of the riverwalk. A couple of attempts at rabbit ears in front of the spotlights illuminating the cliffs resulted in night blindness instead of attitudinal Donny Darko rabbits.

Arriving near the top of the tide the boats were pulled well up onto the shore where a surprising amount of coarse sand persisted in spite of the constant wash. We crossed what was like a grassy meadow to find electric BBQ in good working order on the far side of the park. Chris had plans for a DIY portable BBQ but moved in on the hot plate after it failed to impress. In the interim we took up residence at a couple of tables nearby. Hope the couple didn't think they were in for a secluded romantic night on account of the weather.

For those who had not paddled this section of the river at night, the lights did not fail to impress. As the last vestiges of the cake disappeared the rain moved in as a soft mist gently smudging the city glow and drifting through the pergola over the table. As a cue to leave we packed up and headed back along in front of Dockside. Each year the boats seem to get a little bigger including a diesel consumer called 'Bullish' - there were suggestions for an alternative title with a 't'.

Parties a plenty in the apartments and along the foreshore towards Mowbray Park saw a stubby flung in the direction of the kayaks. The rain then came as promised. Maybe a dampener for, and a degree of cover from the yobs, but hopefully not too much to obscure the lights from the party cruisers waiting to pick up their charming payload.

Moving with the outgoing tide it was an easy return paddle. Most people had dried out as they approached Colmslie Beach, but a rain squall moving up the river from the Gateway ensured that everyone had a final rinse before heading off after an enjoyable night on the river.

Tip: Try the singing loo at Colmslie Beach - it is just something else.
Colmslie Beach
Bulimba Reach
Bulimba Reach
City lights (with river wobbles)
Yes, it's dinner time
Fine city dining
Final rinse
Brisbane River night paddle Map
GPS Trackfile (OziExplorer .plt)