Teen's 200km row boat adventure to Bundaberg
TOM Robinson's row boat is called Adventure Bound and together the pair are living up to the name.
The 17-year-old Brisbane Year 12 student has just rowed the 18ft dory from Tin Can Bay to Bundaberg Port Marina at Burnett Heads, arriving a week after he embarked on the solo journey.
Rough seas extended the trip and forced Tom to spend two days at Elliott Heads, but time wasn't an issue - Tom did it all for fun.
"The first few days were really nice - it was beautiful, glassy, calm, plenty of fish and things," he said.
"Then the last four days it got pretty rough so I spent two days in Elliott Heads because it was too rough to go rowing.
"Even (Wednesday) coming from Elliott Heads to here it was pretty rough, I snapped an oar and got a bit of water in the boat but it was all good fun. I made it here in one piece."
It's not the first adventure of its kind Tom has tackled. The toughest part was planning the trips, working out where to anchor so he could sleep on his boat and ensuring he had enough water and food.
"I did my first adventure when I was 14. I spent five days rowing from Brisbane to the Gold Coast," he said.
"And then my next adventure when I was 15, I spent eight days rowing from Brisbane to Caloundra and back.
"I suppose it's the challenge. Sailing and motoring that's kind of easy, you just sit there and steer the boat, but with rowing you've got to use your muscles, use a bit of effort to get to where you want to go."
Sticking about 1km from the coast, Tom said he was impressed by the amount of marine life he saw as he rowed.
"The fish and sharks and rays and all that type of stuff was amazing up the Sandy Strait," he said.
"I saw a few sharks. I was walking the boat across some sand flats. It was just shallow water and there were about three sharks swimming around.
"One came over to investigate so I had to jump in the boat pretty quickly."
Tom planned to spend two days rowing up the Burnett River before travelling back to Brisbane via road in order to make it back for school on Monday.
Bundaberg Port Marina manager Geoff Beyer said he was a bit surprised to see Tom row his way into the marina unannounced but hoped it would motivate others.
"I really admire his ability to get out and do things like this. I hope it inspires young people to get out and try something different," he said.