The Dreamtime Voyage: Around Australia Kayak Odyssey

By Paul Caffyn

Dreamtime Voyage is Paul Caffyn's tale of 1 of the main awesome trips ever undertaken by way of kayak - the 1st circumnavigation of Australia, a 9,420 mile epic.

it's an inspirational story of 1 man's dogged decision to meet his very unlikely dream opposed to all odds, together with tropical cyclones, raging surf, sharks, crocodiles, sea snakes and lengthy sections of sheer limestone cliffs.

John Dowd, writer of Sea Kayaking defined the voyage as follows:

Amongst sea kayakers Paul Caffyn is nearly in a category of his personal. For the longest time after he complete his remarkable solo circumnavigation of Australia the silence was once deafening: few of his friends knew the importance of what he had performed, and maybe those that understood felt misplaced in his shadows. not just is Paul's Australian experience a top for sea kayaking, it may ultimately be famous as one of many nice small voyages of contemporary heritage in addition to these of Slocum, Shackleton and Franz Romer.

The narrative is a mix of early maritime background, interesting dramatic moments, descriptions of the harshness and wonder of the monstrous Australian panorama, interplay with the coastal dwellers at paintings and play, and funny interludes along with his New Zealand aid crew.

Paul Caffyn's Dreamtime Voyage used to be additionally a trip of self discovery. For 4 months in Northern Australia he paddled solo without probability of rescue within the occasion of a unmarried mistake. rather within the Kimberleys Paul journeyed into the twilight region of his personal dreaming. The grueling in a single day stints alongside the 3 units of cliffs supply compelling reading.

Dreamtime Voyage will encourage all those that dream approximately adventuring to being settling their very own goals in reality.

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Crocs for the breeding colony have been at the start stuck with rope traps. at the present time such a lot are hatched from eggs present in the wild. within the rainy season the feminine croc builds a nest in a low mound of soil and plants sooner than laying a standard of fifty eggs. yet seasonal flooding of the low mendacity gulf state destroys a number of the eggs. The croc breeding farm all started within the Bredl’s yard yet in 1976 a call was once made to construct a fence round one of many within sight lagoons the place over a thousand crocs now resided. Eggs are hatched below disguise and the tiny hatchlings are published right into a maze of concrete covered channels the place they continue to be for yr. among the channels i used to be shocked to discover paw paw bushes, candy potatoes and all types of vegetation turning out to be. The croc’s nutrition includes tiger sharks stuck offshore with set traces and feral pigs which Robbie occasionally hunted with a bow and arrow. Ten to twelve pigs every week are essential to feed the croc inhabitants. eventually Robbie hoped to unlock a few crocs again into the wild to restock the neighborhood rivers, whereas the majority of them will be killed and skinned after attaining a size of six toes, the carcasses being fed to the breeding crocs. Farm-raised crocs have a thicker epidermis and no more scars than wild ones, with a better worth put on the outside. on the fringe of the fenced enclosure round the lagoon, a platform have been erected for vacationing travelers to view the crocs in security. Robbie inspired me over the fence and all the way down to the water’s facet. even supposing he instructed me he may outrun the quickest croc, I stored one eye at the defense of the fence as Robbie threw sods of earth into the water to draw the crocs. the skin of the lagoon used to be nonetheless until eventually i spotted V’s at the floor spearing in the direction of us. Edging backwards progressively, I watched a gaggle of salties emerge onto dry flooring in entrance folks. Jaws gaped extensive, and tooth have been bared in unhappiness at no foodstuff being thrown to them. prior to sunrise on April 29 i used to be again on the Chapman River mouth. With an entire supplement of water, and a week’s foodstuff, I embarked on a foot chop. The cursed wind was once blowing from the south-west. Shallow water off the Coleman River mouth compelled me huge offshore yet I continued into the chop to arrive the mouth of the South Arm of the Mitchell River by means of night. simply 30 miles for the day however it left basically a hundred and sixty miles to Karumba the place the RAKE help staff was once ready. On April 301 had a greater day, knocking up forty four miles earlier than touchdown simply south of the Nassau River mouth. The coast was once a lot greener now even though nonetheless low and flat inland with a perimeter of casuarina timber fronting a dune ridge on the head of the seashore. sooner than sunrise on may perhaps 1,1 downed the ritual bowls of muesli and tea via candlelight and commenced an extended hold throughout uncovered tidal residences to the water’s facet. I needed to make 3 journeys, the 1st with Lalaguli, a moment with the tent and nutrients in a garbage sack and a 3rd with water boxes and the paddle. As I neared the kayak over the past journey, I needed to holiday right into a quick jog.

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