Tuesday, July 26, 2011

COOLOOLA PACKRAFT/HIKE



This is a great local trip I've had in mind for a while but only recently acquired the awesome little boats that make it possible, Alpacka packrafts!

We started by getting a lift from Rainbow Beach to a track off Cooloola Way which runs down to a pumping station on Teewah creek. The gauge at the put-in read .85, a bit higher would be better but there was still a decent amount of run in the creek. Teewah is a beautiful little tannin stained creek with white sandy beaches which ranges between two and ten metres wide. On the 6k paddle down to the junction with the Noosa river there are quite a few fallen trees which need to be portaged, no problem with a 2kg packraft! We also repeatedly ran into partially submerged trees and branches but never punctured the boats. 

 This is a good shot of the tea coloured water in Teewah creek.

From the Junction we paddled 3k down the Noosa river and stayed the night at campsite 13. Paddling packrafts on non-moving water is a fairly slow exercise, top speed is around 5km/hr! The next morning another 5k or so took us down to Dutgee campsite on the Cooloola Great Walk where we packed up the boats and spent the rest of the day hiking 35k north to Kauri walkers camp. 

My new cuben fibre Mountain Laurel Designs Grace Duo tarp at campsite 13. 210gm with guys and linelocs!! Not bad for a full size 2 person tarp!

We hiked 15k to the end of the Great Walk at Carlo Sandblow near Rainbow Beach through some really nice coastal rainforest past an overflowing Poona Lake. This section could easily be mistaken for parts of Fraser Island.

 Giant Strangler Fig.

On the sandblow at the end of the adventure.

1 comment:

  1. Keen to do something similar. What were the sandflies like?

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