Oysterbanks and mangroves at low tide
a flash Stradbroke Island ferry on my colors…
The plan was cutting across to Bribie Island in one run, 60 km “only”…but plans have to change sometimes…headwinds came in stronger than expected and made paddling a real slog again. Not many chances to get out of the way on the open crossing…Mud Island was directly on the way, but this didn’t look on the map like having a landing at all through the mangroves.
St. Helena Island should have some solid land and coastline on the western side…so changing course about 8 km before Mud island, and 4 km to the left to St. Helena.
It was high tide, still I had to do a wide berth around the northern tip with massive oysterbanks. Going south on the westen side then showed first a radio station with some kind of beach, but access for strangers not wanted due to radio emission…didn’t sound too inviting either.
There was a jetty about 2 km down to the south, but some kind of white beach showed through the open mangrove trees. Water was about knee high, so I reckoned it may be tough to get off here on lower tide…
I guess I should have tried the jetty landing, on Google Earth it looked later (on a pic taken at high tide as well) like it would have been easier there to get off again, but the beach wasn’t too bad and thinking ahead in this moment kind of blocked…means I had “enough” from paddling into headwinds again!
Marsh flies, mossies…tent put up quickly and staying in there ever since…but with open outer flies and closed bug net. Still HOT as hell…but at least internet available with all charged batteries…enough water for a mini-freshwater rinse – a luxury for my skin!
I could leave tomorrow about an hour or maybe two hours around high tide, I reckon, high tide is 1.18 am or 1.27 pm.
I decided to go for the daylight tide, as if I might be too late at night time I may damage my boat…and my body and skin could actually use some more hours of rest.
It is 30 km to Bribie Island left, and winds are supposed to be very low to following…so this should be possible even with that late start. A night landing on Bribie should be ok as well, open sandy beaches with no swell. Thank goodness to be on the open ocean again then! I’ll definitively pass Bribie on th ocean side…have seen enough mangroves and mud water to NOT prefer the even a bit longer inside passage.
Btw., my second trip stage is finished with today…go for the third one!
27.22 153.13 St. Helena Island no way to get to Bribie Island today headwinds can only leave at high tide here again oysterbanks and mangroves