Torrens Island TC New

Torrens Island – The Creeks… 
Torrens Island

As the map notes suggest, a circumnavigation makes a good day trip. You want a reasonably high tide to use The Cutting (once maintained to allow passage of explosives vessels) or high tide to pass around Point Grey. For lunch breaks, there is a stretch of sandy beach north of the Quarantine Station, and two small beaches are on the eastern side, as noted on the reverse of the map.


The Quarantine Station and power station are closed to the public, and you should not land near them except in emergency. If you do have trouble along this stretch of water there is easier access if you land on the Lefevre Peninsula side

(Picture is of the Middle Ground Inner beacon. Fluffy clouds and lack of waves show a good day)

French Tom Creek

Named for a fisherman of long ago, this creek leads to the interior of the island. At its upstream end there is a fork. The left branch almost turns back on itself and the right branch also turns left and disappears into mangroves
The creek on the northern side at 738 478 is navigable for a short distance 

Three creeks off Angas Inlet

The western and middle creeks off Angas Inlet are easily accessible and are often paddled. The entrance to the eastern creek is behind a sandbar directly opposite beacon 30R. The entrance is shallow and narrow, but the creek widens into a pool. Progress from there is blocked
At low tide the remains of a launch are exposed near the westernmost creek entrance

Other creeks


Several other creeks exist on the island, one having an entrance near the Middle Ground Inner beacon. Like many other creeks in Barker Inlet, it is blocked by mangroves and is not navigable

Mutton Cove

This area has been closed off for many years, but there are plans to breach the embankment, making the creek navigable again and allowing water access to the two wrecks within.

Ships' Graveyard

Wrecks are all shown on the map, with an inset for the main area in North Arm. For details of the ships, see the Ships’ Graveyards Web site. The pic is of the remains of the Glaucus, and everybody paddles through where the propeller once was

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