Lake Macquarie, Crangan Bay - 11 March 2014
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Tuesday 18 March 2014 - Cams Wharf - Cams Wharf Road, cnr Crangan Bay Drive. Newcastle UBD map ref. 186 Q14. Paddle over to Pulbar Island, weather permitting.
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|Welcome to our Website.
We are an informal group of friends who like the outdoors and a healthy lifestyle. This page provides a Notice Board where we can display our kayaking program, and any other information we might want to share, and some photographs of our activities.
We meet on Tuesdays. Launch time is 0900, so if you want to join us arrive by 0845 please. We have morning tea/lunch afterwards. Bring something nice to eat if you can, and a couple of dollars to cover the tea, coffee, milk etc.
We paddle in all lakes, lagoons, creeks and rivers from Berowra to Clarence Town, and everywhere in between.
We generally paddle for 2 - 3 hours and travel between 6 and 12 km, at a gentle pace.
|Disclaimer - As we are not a club, just a group of individuals who go kayaking together now and then, we have no responsibilities as an organisation, and no organisational status. Anyone who decides to join us on our outings does so on the understanding that they are responsible for their own welfare and safety. People will provide all assistance and advice to visitors, but take no responsibility. Joining our group is on that understanding, and you will be asked to sign confirmation of that fact. We have no insurance - you should provide your own.|
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|Tuesday 11 March 2014 - Gwandalan, Crangan Bay.|
This morning at 8.30 Mark arrived at the Lions Park Gwandalan and had his breakfast after an hour and a half paddle getting there. His breakfast consisted of a cup of coffee as you see from the pics. He had an elaborate set up just for a cup of coffee. No weetbix or iron man food for him!
Twenty four of us set out in 17 kayaks (at my imperfect count) and oh! also Allan's K1 which we left there for rides upon our return.
Turning to starboard we paddled down Crangan Bay and then down Mangrove Gully Creek. Finding logs sealing off the end prematurely, we headed back up the east side of the bay and crossed near Wolstoncroft Point and then down by Gwandalan Bowling Club and home to a well earned cuppa. We travelled on average 8.5 km - some more, some less.
Allan had his K1 with him so he dashed off after the paddle to show us how it is done. Mark had a go twice but found it so tippy he fell out. Please refer to Bob and Harry's pics for a graphic blow-by-blow account of Mark's embarrassing disaster!
Jill made up for it with sandwiches and someone brought the hot water. Kerrie made some ham and avocado wraps which were yummy and healthy and Clare brought her famous orange and blueberry cake. It must have been healthy too as it made you feel good all over. Brian provided healthy chocolate and coffee nut slice recommended by Dr Feel Good! Others brought an assortment so we had our usual feast - but we did miss Sue and Doug's touch.
Photos are here.
|See Sue's report on the Tucker Tours trip to Myall Lakes. Click here.|
|Tuesday 4 March 2014 - Lake Macquarie at Croudace Bay|
A strong contender for the most beautiful day award - temperature up to 25°C, breeze 2-4 knots SE, sunny with a few clouds, say no more!
Thomas Halton Park is a nice green stretch between the road and the lake, with all facilities, even if you have to walk a few hundred metres to the dunny. Concrete boat ramp with pebble surrounds and plenty of parking. There were 27 of us today, a barely noticeable shortfall with some members away somewhere else.
We set off turning left and soon found ourselves in civilisation, with many nice boats moored, and an interesting creek, Sheppards Creek, leading us away east and south into Croudace Bay the suburb, again with many boats moored, and interesting nautical back yards. On our way out we met Boston Bill and Kerrie who were late arriving, from East Gosford no wonder! They made the mistake of continuing to the end of the creek before turning around to follow us into the lake. Meanwhile we had continued south easterly and were lost among all the fine vessels parked in the bay, where we stopped and watched a salvage team try and raise a sunken speedboat. That kept our interest for about 10 minutes while we sat very still, meaning that Bill and Kez could not see us there and they headed back towards Warners Bay, and we didn't see them till we all got back.
The rest of us continued along the coast towards Belmont till we got sick of it, then turned around and paddled straight back to base, like tired little teddy bears. Morning tea was different this morning, but what happens at morning tea stays in morning tea, although I will say some kayakers have disgusting personal habits, involving crinkle-cut chips. Anyway, we all had a thoroughly good time in perfect conditions, and are looking forward to doing it again at Gwandalan next Tuesday, hopefully with some coffee. Harry's and Bob's photos are here.
|We have a small album of Chris's home-made timber kayak project.|
|There is a wonderful art show coming soon. Click here to see the flyer.|
|Tuesday 25 February 2014 - Wyong River|
I got to Wyong River a bit late, so I didn't have time to take the roll, but I think there were at least 36 kayakers today. The weather was sublime - sunny, mild, a southerly breeze of 10 knots which we couldn't even feel...
Off we all went upstream towards the weir, with some paddlers taking the Porters Creek option, and the rest turning around at the weir or climbing over it and paddling right to the very limits, in all the fallen trees and narrow creek.
There is plenty of wildlife in this river, we saw a diamond-backed python, water dragons, and a few azure kingfishers in Porters Creek - beautiful! Unfortunately Harry didn't have his camera ready for the birds or reptiles, but there are plenty of kayakers.
Those who went over the weir and kept going were quite late back, but seeing I didn't have their names I didn't bother to look for them. I'm pretty sure everyone turned up for coffee. Knut's wife Carmel was there, with her equally appealing cousin Anne, from across the Irish Sea. Sylvest came back for another go in Doug's spare kayak, forcing visitor Margit to go home dry and sad. I see from the photos now that Karen and Greg were there, but I never saw them at all! Otherwise it was a top day for us, finishing with morning tea to die from, with all our best cooks bringing their finest wares.
Here are Harry's photos.
|Tuesday 18 February 2014 - Waterfall Bay|
Still a good turn-up despite the cloudy damp conditions. Thirty-three kayakers came to the Brick Wharf Road in Woy Woy and only two failed to go in the water.
A lesson to be remembered from today is that you reach the railway bridge via the wharf, don't go around the islands, because there are oyster leases and shallow water there. We managed to meet a ferry going out and a Starship Cruiser on the way back. Conditions were, as I said, damp, with occasional rain and lots of falling mist, but it was never cold or windy, and lots of fun for outdoorsy people.
We paddled right up to the waterfall after going under the railway bridge, and some of us called in to the lovely beach on the way back, but no-one was tempted to go for a swim except you-know-who (me). Welcome to newby John Le S, and welcome back Alan M and Sylvest. A lovely morning tea followed, thanks to everyone who brought offerings.
No photos today due to the absence of our photographers.
|Tuesday 11 February 2014 - Patonga|
What a top morning for kayaking! Thirty kayakers split between the ocean beach and Meroo Avenue at the creek.
Mark, Barry and Gloria, Keith, Jay, Chris and Gary paddled from the beach around Lion Island and over to West Head, then up to the sandy beach before coming straight back across Broken Bay. The rest of us headed upstream in Patonga Creek, enjoying the tranquil waters and peaceful bush on the way. We saw a few sea eagles, and I think Harry got a photo of them.
We paddled back through the oyster leases to the start, but four of us decided to try our luck at the bar. Bob, Rolf, Danny and Trevor paddled out into Broken Bay, with little waves around us (Trevor got flooded by one), then back into the creek with fun for all! Lori came to see what was happening and had a go in the waves too.
We all met for m/t at the rotunda by the beach where people had brought beautiful food, and Sue and Doug had organised coffee for us all - thanks guys! A super day on the water.
PS Harry's and Bob's photos are here.
|Tuesday 4 February 2014 - Blackalls Park|
Warm, cloudy, windy, just the formula for sticking to the creek at Blackalls Park, to avoid the breeze. Thirty-five paddlers arrived at the very well-appointed park with all facilities.
Rolf and Fred went out under Fennell Bay Bridge into Kooroora Bay and down to Toronto. Having a look at the map I see it's no further than going the whole way up Stony Creek, which is what the rest of us did. Probably shorter! They had a good surf back on the waves ahead of the southerly breeze of 10-15 knots. We paddled up to the end of the Stony Creek and back to Blackalls Park, taking about an hour and a half, just enough for most of us.
A new guy today was Ian, and we made him welcome. Cheers!
Bob's and Harry's photos are here.
|Tuesday 28 January 2014 - Davistown|
A warm day (28°C), 10-15 knot NE breeze and sunny! Many people flocked to Davistown for the kayaks, 49 in all, some not paddling, two in a speedboat, but a record turnout for the non-club.
Doug had said we'll paddle up the coast from Davistown, so I told Keith we were going to Saratoga, so that's where he went, all on his own! Other people went different ways but most of us turned left and paddled down to Kincumber Broadwater, and eventually into Kinky Creek. Others of us cut the voyage short and got back early, like half past ten, but still a good paddle. Rolf arrived last, and by the time he got his vessel in the water, everyone had disappeared! I know what that's like. He paddled towards Saratoga, then around St Huberts Island, then under the Rip bridge and out towards Ocean Beach! Naturally he was last back by miles.
A very interesting kayak day, followed by the usual feast plus a sausage sizzle and salads - arranged by Sue, thanks so much! A few new people, so welcome to you, you know who you are, and so do I - Marilyn, Tom, Jan, John, Alan...
A nice open water paddle with some creek exploration thrown in, plus a good breeze to toughen you up. Well done everyone! Harry's photos are here.
|Tuesday 21 January 2014 - Belmont|
Such a nice day - Cloudy, misty, 22°C, SE breeze of 10-15 knots. Gloomy enough to keep the attendance down to 25, but very nice for the kayakers.
We pushed off from the South Belmont boat ramp towards Belmont, weaving between all the moored yachts and other interesting vessels, past the 16' Yacht Club and into the mild blue yonder. It was quite easy paddling as we had the wind behind us, though we didn't know that yet, till we got to turn around, at Black Jacks Point, or Cardiff Point, couldn't tell which, where most of us turned around into a stiffish breeze and a 30cm chop. Some paddlers followed the shoreline back to the boat ramp, and some of us took the shortcut across the open lake, bracing the choppy conditions. Quite invigorating!
Rolf, for one, went to Valentines and arrived back somewhat later, along with other keener kayakers. Then we all enjoyed a delicious morning tea/lunch that was greatly appreciated by all. Thanks to all those who brought stuff, especially if you made it with your own little mitts. Very pleasant morning's outing!
PS Bob's and Harry's photos are here.
|Tuesday 14 January 2014 - Vales Point, Mannering Park, twilight paddle|
With a full moon due tonight, we scheduled our annual twilight cruise from Vales Point down to Rutleys Road and under the pipes to Wyee Creek.
Unfortunately a fresh northerly breeze sprang up about 6 pm and freshened throughout the evening (see Seabreeze graph © below), so as we got out of our cars we suddenly discovered the weather wasn't as good as we hoped. Nevertheless the top end of Wyee Bay being sheltered by Vales Point looked quite calm. Most of the forty odd people who had arrived decided to give it a go and pushed off into the fresh warm tailwind towards Rutleys Road. We stuck to the shoreline, but coming across the bottom of the bay it got quite rough, with waves breaking into our kayak, soaking our legs with warm water, coming as it does from the cooling system of the Vales Point power station.
As we had come via the eastern shoreline, we got a bit lost and many kayakers, led by Doug, went through the pipes at Mannering Inlet into Mannering Bay (trust me, I'm looking at the map!). The rest of us perservered towards Wyee Creek and used the pipes there, nearly getting swamped in the process by the waves coming down the bay. We all met up again at the junction of the creek and the bay, just short of the coal conveyer, and decided to call it quits and head back to the pipes at the bottom of the creek again.
This is where the hard work began, as we struggled against the 15 knot breeze and the oncoming chop. But it was all warm and fuzzy as we finally reached the boat ramp, in the dying moments of the day, so we all were kitted out with our navigation and assorted lights, but not much darkness. Everybody stayed for supper, which was magnificent, and enjoyed the good friendship on offer. Thanks to Doug and Sue for providing all the comforts of home, like hot water, and cups and beverages. A fabulous evening!
See older twilight paddles, click here for January 2012 and here for January 2010. Just close pages after viewing.
Harry's photos are here.
|Tuesday 7 January 2014 - Dora Creek|
Slightly dodgy-looking weather with 10-20 knot easterly breeze, some rain about, and cloudy. Never-the-less 45 paddlers massed at Doree Place to kayak in the beautiful Dora Creek.
With that many kayakers it's hard to see where they all went, but mostly downstream I think. At the mouth of the creek one had the choice of going left into Eraring Lake, or along the coast north-easterly, or across Bonnells Bay to Shingle Splitters Point (SSP), a beautiful headland with nice trees and stuff. Seven of us paddled across to SSP into a stiff breeze and choppy waves designed to test one's resolve, but not too hard once you got started. For me, a slow-poke, it took only 50 minutes to paddle from Doree Place to SSP, and less to return.
Others went into Eraring Lake, which is quite big, but there's nothing much to see. Others who were new at kayaking didn't even leave the creek.
There were quite a few newbies today, viz. Norm and June from Richmond way, who have been following our adventures on this website for 12 months and now have the opportunity to join us, Peter H from the bike club came for the first time and brought his daughter from England for a new experience for both of them. Some old mates have come back, but quite a few of our regulars were absent. I can see us easily getting to 50 kayakers on a good day!
Morning tea was fabulous, thanks everyone, especially Sue who made heaps of nice sandwiches. So many delicious titbits to eat!
Next week is a twilight paddle, so bring your lights to Manno for something really special. A brilliant paddle today, thanks to all who came! Harry's and Bob's photos are here.
The previous 5 years of kayaking have been redacted due to size constraints, and effort of maintaining it. Mention to Danny if you're not happy.