Brisbane River Expedition, From Source to Sea
344km, by foot, bike, and kayak. That's how long the Brisbane River is from source to sea, and from the 26/06 to 01/07 Jaxson and I traveled that whole distance.
We had originally planned to walk the first 50km in 2 days, but that seemed very unrealistic at the pace which we were traveling at, and the terrain we were walking on, boulders, steep cliffs and... waterfalls.
It was at that waterfall that we decided to turn back, not only would we not be able to make the 50kms in 2 days, we only had 3 days of food with us and we had travelled 5km in half a day, you don't need to be a mathmetician to see the flaw in that. But also, how do we traverse the waterfall? We don't have ropes, even if we did, I have only abseiled once in my life, the rocks were too slippery to climb down, and we couldn't go around because of how steep the canyon walls were. As much as I love the high of adrenaline, sometimes one must consider things thoughtfully and carefully and analyse the risks involved in an act, and make sensible descisions. We turned back and tried to walk back to where we started, we didn't make it so we camped and met my Dad in the morining with some bikes, for we had alot of distance to cover.
That day we cycled to Coominya, which is a lovely township in the Brisbane River valley. We cycled on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, whuch is a converted railway track to a combined horse-riding, mountain biking and walking trail, the trail took us through lots of the agricultural areas in the Brisbane River Valley, it was lovely. We treated ourselves to a fish'n'chips at the pub there, needless to say it was amazing! We snugged into our tents and sleeping bags and slept through a bitterly cold night.
Early morning, we woke up at 6am for our inteview with ABC Radio 612, had some wraps for breakfast and back on the bikes, this time we cycled to Colleges Crossing, which is where the River is deep and calm enough for 2 novice kayakers.
Pasta for dinner, and another cold night, it got down to 2 degrees.
Another interview with the ABC, Jaxson slept through this one. We entered the
water at about 7am, we couldn't enter any later, this was when high tide
reached colleges crossing and that is the only suitable time to kayak the
The kayaking was incredible for me on this trip, maybe because it was different,
maybe because it was new, or maybe because of how peaceful it is to simply
glide through the water.
If only I could use peaceful for the last day. The mouth of the river is the
industrial centre of Queensland, also the wash of the CityCats, which are the
public transport boats. Knowing that we had almost completed the
trip meant that it didn't matter.
Arriving at the end, like usual is great. Both our parents were there to
congratulate us, which is always nice.
A huge thankyou to the Jeremy Wilson Charitable Trust for funding this expedition, we were very lucky to receive a $400 grant from them.