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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Amity Point weekend
Date: 15-03-2008
Launch: 09:00 Raby Bay
Tide: 10:45 LT
Brisbane Bar
Distance: 52km total
Conditions: Wind 15-20kn Southeast

The more things change the more they stay the same. This weekend's paddle to Amity Point was in a constant state of flux on account of unfavourable tides and a forecast of a 20 - 25Kn SE. At first the mumurings were to turn tail and head south to Blakesleys. When Phil and Patrick glided into the beach at Raby Bay Harbour it looked relatively calm so we ended up heading for Platypus Bay for morning tea and a decision as whereto from there.

Out of the protection of Cleveland Point it was head on. The seven kayaks soon strung out with the five in front disappearing on a speed mission. Pushing a laden boat out of the starting blocks can be an invitation for sore wrists, further more, I hadn't seen Phil for a while so it was a great chance for a chin wag while we plodded the long way around on a falling tide. Horseshoe Bay was deserted - seemed like all boaties had taken fright at the forecast.

From here Phil and Patrick split and we made Dunwich our next stop for a polling booth, bakery and bottle store. After munching on lunch the SE wind didn't look too bad, so it was onto One Mile to suss out whether tonight's camp would be here, a return to check out the other council campsite south of Dunwich, onto Peel for an historic last free camp, or maybe continue with the remains of a falling tide to Amity.

By One Mile those with sails were making good progress. The same could not be said for the kite. This pretty 3D box kite with baffles was just that, pretty. Pretty useless. It needed a steady 15Kn to get off the deck, and only then could it be a following wind. Once up it came complete with long lines which were a tangle in waiting.

Continuing north on the remains of an ebb of the tide we turned in to look for Myora Creek. While there was a suggestion of a creek mouth amongst the mangroves, it was dry. Continuing in the shallows to avoid the now incoming tide we were able to collect some wind advantage and once and for all ruin Dean's paddling purity.

There were a few launches anchored at Myora, but that was about all the boat traffic until we came across the trawlers off Amity. Upon arrival a pod of Indopacific Humpback dolphins with a tiny calf came in close then collected a fish from a person standing waist deep in water. Very few people were staying at Amity allowing us the luxury to spread ourselves around. Four hot and one cold shower later, sundowners were taken with a classic sunset. After dinner and dark it was time to go clubbing Amity style. After wandering down a dark road, stumbling across a field accompanied by Tom's salutory lesson on how to outrun security dogs, we arrived at the back end of the club. With two cars in the car park it was hardly a hive of activity. Furthermore it was about to close - 8:30pm on a Saturday night ! The publican was most obliging so it was first and last round while he continued to shut up ship.

Down to the pier to see how the night fishing was progressing. The water was very clear and there were plenty of fish mulling around, just not many were ending up on a hook. A woman said she had hand fed a dolphin about 20 minutes earlier and was waiting for them to come back for more.

Some comments had been passed about the wisdom of selecting tent sites in hollows however the overnight showers were only enough to wet the tent. The curlews on the other hand started mournful calls at some ungodly hour. Okay, a curlew or two yes, but this was a dam symphony which went on for hours.
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Phil and Patrick leaving Raby Bay
Morning tea at Platypus Bay
Trial for Bramble Bay Classic
This girl was flying
Down to business
Beacon to beacon to nest
Looking for Myora Creek
Maldives inspired accommodation
Crabbing it to Bribie
Edge of Wallum Pool
Plenty of real estate
Good tucker in there
Settled into sundowners
A man at ease
Forget the tea
No photoshop necessary
Amity Point weekend Map

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