AUSTRALIA DAY KAYAK ADVENTURE: BRIBIE ISLAND TO MORETON ISLAND

AUSTRALIA DAY KAYAK ADVENTURE: BRIBIE ISLAND TO MORETON ISLAND

This was our third trip across the bay to the beautiful Moreton Island and it just seems to get more idyllic with every trip. As you would expect for Australia Day, it was a little busier than usual but nowhere like the mainland beaches would have been.

Pre Paddle Briefing

On this trip we had seven paddlers on five Kayaks, David and Christine on the boat and Lis and Carol in the vehicle with the creature comforts. We certainly would not be as comfortable without the support so a massive thank you to our incredible crew!

Setting off in perfect conditions

For those of you who would like to see our route here are our route points. (actual times). These times are roughly accurate as I drowned my GPS  and could not retrieve the trip data.

Trip Plan

Day 1

Start Point
05:30 (05:52)

Bongaree

27º5’10’’S153º09’30’’E

Finish Point
ETA 11:30 (11:20)

Tangalooma

27º10’20’’S153º22’30’’E

Route Points

1

M3 Beacon

27º5’40’’S 153º18’28’’E

ETA: 09:00 (8:47)

2

Curtin Artificial Reef

27º06’35’’S 153º21’55’’E

ETA: 10:00 (no time available)

Conditions on day one were ideal for this trip. The tide was in our favour with a high tide at around 4:30 which would  give us a good push across the bay until we changed heading at the M3 beacon. At that point the tidal flow would slow us down a bit and the paddling would be a little tougher, always difficult after hours in the saddle! We started a little behind schedule and had a stop along the beach for a boat change but this had no effect on the overall across leg. In fact we made excellent time (6km/hr) even into a 5-10kn wind. At the M3 beacon we rafted up and timed our drift to calculate the tidal flow to work out our actual forward speed the old fashioned way.  We worked out that we had drifted 50m in 2min which is 3km/hr or 1.6kt. Effectively this meant that our current forward speed would be reduced in half (improving as the tide grew closer to the low). For this reason I decided to alter our initial planned route and head straight for Tangalooma and not paddle via Curtin Artificial Reef. As it turned out we averaged around 4.3km/hr for that leg and arrived at our destination 10 minutes before our planned arrival time.

Carol and Lis had in the meantime brought the vehicle across on the ferry and found us a fantastic campsite under the tress. So after a cool off swim, cold beer and rest we put the camp together, had lunch and a siesta. Perfect Australia Day! The afternoon was spent either driving around sightseeing, knee boarding behind the boat, swimming or just relaxing. That is the great thing about this trip, it alows us to escape for a while. We all enjoyed sundowners in the water as the sun was setting, we truly do live in a spectacular part of the world. As always, it’s an early night after a long day in the sun and we were all sound asleep soon after a good feed.

Day two dawned and it was absolutely perfect, the water was a mirror and it was dead still. Not at all what we were expecting. We decided to delay our departure time to enjoy a leisurely breakfast and camp pack up and to once again make use of the changing tides. After a new heading calculation taking us directly across to Bribie we set off just before 9am as the wind was picking up on it’s way to the expected 10-15kt. An hour or so into the return leg the seas started  to get a little messy, we were being pushed  along nicely with the tide and wind at our back, but with the seas a little angry it was hard paddling. We still managed a very respectable 5.8Km/hr for the trip back

Day 2

Start Point
09:00 (8:55)

Tangalooma

27º10’20’’S153º22’30’’E

Finish Point
ETA 14:00 (13:15)

Bongaree

27º5’10’’S153º09’30’’E