Fernbank Creek

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Hi everyone,
A bit of a lull in the wild, windy weather we have been experiencing lately saw a “fearless five” hit the water yesterday, keen for a paddle.
Due to the forecast we relocated from McMillan Dve. to the ramp at Fernbank & had a beautiful, calm & sheltered paddle up the creek, making the most of the high tide. It was lovely in here & the high water saw us ducking under branches & gliding through narrow areas. The mangroves looked magnificent with plenty of water through them & some lovely reflections & shadows.
When we re-emerged we paddled up towards the Dennis Bridge. The westerly was buffeting but not unmanageable & we decided to explore the little inlet just before Birdons. This turned out to be a hidden gem. We have not been in here before, either striking it at low tide or being en route somewhere else. Once through the open area you enter a beautiful mangrove forest which is quite easy to paddle through & not quite as dense as other mangrove areas. Very photogenic. After this we mooched around Birdons where they were starting to load up the Island Trader for its trip back to Lord Howe Isl.
As the water ahead was quite choppy, & we had had an enjoyable outing, we decided to head back with the wind behind us & a few runners to catch. Bill & I had a ‘challenging’ trip back across the junction of the two rivers as the southerly hit just as we reached it!!! The others were safely on land at Fernbank! I was very glad to set foot on Riverside. Thanks Greg for leading the paddle.
Hopefully we have seen the last of those winds for awhile & can look forward to some calmer waters.
Happy Christmas everyone.

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