Torrens Island North Arm & Barker Inlet – The Creeks


North Arm & Barker Inlet - The Creeks…

Creek south of Dorothy H Sterling

This short creek is navigable only as far as the embankment: the remains of the ship are more interesting
North Arm Creek


A wide and shallow creek, really navigable only near high tide. Landing at the embankment at the end is possible, if awkward, and there are views of the artificial Barker Inlet Wetlands whose outflow is into this creek, the salt pans, and Wingfield dump.





Unnamed creek

Access to this creek is through the trees south of the pylon at 758 455. At first it follows the pylon embankment and then turns south. Unlike most creeks, this one opens out to a samphire flat, and at high tide itÕs possible to paddle to the boundary embankment, where the picture was taken

Broad Creek

Follow the beacons into Broad Creek to avoid running aground. At the end there are the remains of a wharf and railway line, once used to unload explosives: the magazine is still there to the south across the salt pans. Vessels came to here through The Cutting at the northern end of Torrens Island so as to be well away from other shipping.
There is a steep ramp up to the embankment (with very soft mud at the bottom), from where the remains of an iron hulk can be seen. It was once a floating explosives store.
The remains of the Dorothy S are in the nearby side creek, Bream Creek. All that can be seen are the sternpost and a line of ribs and planking.
Both Bream Creek and the creek to its west are navigable for short distances. The creek running more or less parallel to the power line embankment is navigable, but can be entered only at mid-tide (I went in at neap tide), otherwise the entrance through the mangroves and around the embankment is blocked by branches and rocks. The stump is near the upstream end
The remains of a launch lie on the sandbar to the north of the Broad Creek entrance, and are exposed at
low tide (grid reference is 758 464)
The remains of another vessel lie close to the mangroves to the east at 764 465, and are also visible only at low tide.

Swan Alley Creek

The southern branch is navigable, but its eastern end is blocked. The main channel leads, under a bridge with salt flume, into Dry Creek, a boring manmade channel with suburbia alongside. The straight channel alongside the St Kilda embankment eventually peters out, although the Little Para River flows into it somewhere.
(The swan was, appropriately, in the upper part of the main creek, and I followed it slowly. Eventually it decided the only way out was to take off past me)


Shooting Creek

This creek is navigable for some distance. At low tide there are sandbars near the first real bends, and there is another area at the intersection with Swan Alley Creek that also dries at low tide


St Kilda embankment channel

The St Kilda embankment was built in the late 19th century, and much of it can still be seen on the western side of the channel alongside. The channel is navigable from Swan Alley Creek as far as Garnets Creek. The section between Garnets and Barque Creek can be entered from the Barque Creek end, but the southern end disappears into overgrown trickles. From Barque Creek the channel can be used with difficulty to gain access to the creek to its north. 

Creek between Shooting and Burrows

There is a creek leading off the embankment channel at 767 477. It goes in some 200 metres and branches. The branches eventually peter out, so youÕd need to backtrack

Burrows Creek

A long creek, navigable most of the way to the boundary embankment. The creek meandering westward from Burrows almost to Post Creek is not navigable after a hundred metres or so

Post Creek

Post Creek is similar to, but smaller than, Burrows Creek. In the open area at the intersection with the St Kilda embankment channel lie the remains of a launch, most easily visible at low tide, when there are exposed sandbars neaby

Garnets Creek

The easiest access to Garnets Creek is via the St Kilda embankment channel, and there is a prominent sandbar at the intersection. It is navigable for some distance

Barque Creek

To approach at anything other than high tide, come through the channel. Much of the area surrounding the entrances dries at low tide. The creek can be paddled for much of the way to the boundary embankment

Unnamed creek north of Barque Creek

The only reliable access is through the St Kilda embankment channel, and then only with difficulty. A pleasant enough little creek, it can be paddled for some distance. The picture shows the boat after struggling out of the supposed ÔmainÕ channel: covered in seaweed and other debris. Not recommended

Creeks from this point to St Kilda are all small, and the waters in front of them very shallow. There are more interesting places…

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