1/9/2015 Great Keppel Dinghy Adventures
What a treat we have had in staying at Great Keppel Island for the past week and a bit.
The weather has been so calm, the air warm but not hot, ocean has been peaceful.
These conditions have meant that the water is crystal clear. This morning I actually spent some time counting the fish that were hovering near the back step hopefully.
We have met some other catamaraners, in Neil and Chris on Surfari and Paul and Jenny on their cat "My Ruby". They have all been regular visitors to Great Keppel, so were a wealth of information.
We were invited to share a fire on the beach with them one night which was a real treat. While standing around the campfire swapping stories, we organised a dinghy ride up Leekes Creek at high tide the next day.
That was a marvellous adventure. We drove the dinghy through the mangroves and came out at the original Great Keppel Island Homestead. Apparently this is where Lizzie Leeke worked her sheep farm. Now all that remains is the small shearing shed, the original house ( with outback dunny) and a couple of hundred or so goats.
Last night we had another fire around at what is commonly known as the bar and grill. Some passing yachts and the owners of a small resort up the hill, have left a shade shelter, old deck chairs, BBQ equipment and a stone circled fireplace for anyone to pull up and use. There is even a small weber type BBQ.
For further adventure the three ladies suited up the next day a took kayaks into the mangrove creeks.
It is quite amazing to see that at low tide there is literally no water in Leekes Creek, yet at high tide you can boat up through the creek in the clearest beautiful water.
Apparently it is quite rare for these beautiful conditions to last so long. Son thanks to the weather gods, we'll accept the gift.
|The Great Keppel Dinghy Adventure|
|Into the Mangroves we go|
|not exactly a highway!|
|Chris and Neil off Surfari, plus Albert the dog.|
|Jenny off "My Ruby".|
|Follow the leader... just hope they know where they are going!|
|Paul and Jenny off My Ruby|
|At the end of the creek, we tied up at the old Shearing shed.|
|The old outside dunny... memories for some.|
|No sheep left, but plenty of big ornery goats.|
|At the "Bar and Grill" Great Keppel Island|
|The ladies Kayak adventure|