Suncoast Seniors Recreational Kayaking Club Inc.

SSRKC is a Seniors Kayaking Club based on the Sunshine Coast, Australia.

We are a group of over 50’s who share a common interest in kayaking. We operate around the diverse waterways of the Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia. Our aim is to stay physically fit, enjoy the company of other like minded kayakers and create a safe paddling environment..



“The Sandy Straits Paddle”

June 11th – June 16th 2021

Camp Report & Images: Margaret Heap

Day 1. Commenced with 16 camping paddlers meeting at Inskip Point to pack kayaks with camping gear, food and water, sufficient for 6 days and 5 nights. Under Dean’s leadership, there was some nervous excitement as we prepared for an 8.00 am launch to take benefit from the tide.

The first day’s paddle was a steady 14.2 km in perfect conditions, to the 1st camp site at Snout Point on Fraser Island.  On arrival everyone was keen to unpack and set up their individual camps.  Our paddle was rewarded with the “best sunset ever”.  During the evening dingoes could be heard and there were a couple of sightings not far from the camp.  Fortunately, we were wise enough to have stowed our food and garbage in the kayaks overnight.

  Snout Point

Day 2. We broke camp and headed north, keeping Fraser Island on our right! Morning tea was at Garry’s Anchorage, and then onto our next camp site at Deep Creek just south of Ungowa. Here we were joined by Garth and Rudy who had paddled across from Maaroom.  Again, perfect paddling conditions for the 28 kms.

The camping sites at Deep Creek were spread into 3 areas; one closest to the landing spot and the other 2 up along a short slope to higher ground.  The ‘millionaire sites’ were on a clearing close to the ‘cliff’ edge. These positions were quickly snapped up by those who were the first to land.  However, everything comes at a ‘price’. The first night was bitterly cold and the exposed sites were even colder with the icy windy providing a chill factor to at least 0°.  Bruce claims that the wind had icicles that were stabbing his skin!   For the second night a number of said campers moved away from the cliff edge, most blaming the cold but perhaps they had also read the ‘safety sign’.

Day 3. The morning was interrupted by calls of distress from Terri as she could not find her baby wipes or her egg flip.  The dingoes were accused of stealing both items.  Bob was missing one shoe.  Again blamed on the dingoes.

This day was designated as a rest day, but seems no one is able to rest.  A small group of paddlers set off in their kayaks to explore nearby creeks and also to visit the old jetty and forestry camp at Ungowa.  Another group walked the 7 km return, sandy track, to the jetty and camp. The walkers greeted the paddlers there with a ‘happy dance’ by Terri.  A short walk from the jetty we located an abandoned forestry settlement.  An interesting wander about revealed some old houses, workshops and other abandoned buildings.

Brian had been carrying a large black bag on the back of his kayak and as it looked rather suspicious, no one asked any questions, although there were a few digs about where and when he was planning to dump his ‘cargo’.  All was revealed on night 3 when he produced a guitar from the ‘body bag’ and entertained an appreciative group.

Day 4.  A leisurely start to the day as we waited for the benefit of the tide.  Leaving about 10.30 am we set off for Big Woody Island, 23kms.  Richard led the way, but as a result was ‘sand barred’ a couple of times! Terri was overjoyed when her baby wipes were ‘returned’, apparently not meeting the expectations of the dingo! (No, Terri we will not mention where they were found).

The camp sites at Jeffries Beach, Woody Island, were quite open.  The perfect weather conditions continued, but with no wind assistance, much to Richard’s frustration. We were joined here by Louise who bravely paddled by herself from Urangan.  Well done Louise.

Day 5, Most of the group set out across to, and circumnavigated Little Woody Island with morning tea on a sandy beach on its western side. Returning, some ventured north of the camp on Big Woody to land and walk up to a lighthouse, the remainder returning to camp for a quiet afternoon.

The quiet afternoon was interrupted by the loud sound of a tree cracking and crashing to the ground. A quick observation noted that it had not fallen on the nearby tent, however suddenly there was movement next to the fallen tree. Brian was found crawling out of his collapsed hammock in which he had tethered to the now collapsed tree.  The tree missed him by a few centimeters.

Our last night of camping was an enjoyable evening, again being entertained by Brian, reminiscing about some of the highlights of the trip including, wildlife encounters (turtles, stingrays, dugongs, osprey, oyster catchers), Bob’s fishing attempts being rewarded on the last day and Bruce’s collapsing chair.

Day 6. On the last morning we awoke to a very heavy fog descending upon us. Packed up, damp foggy conditions and low visibility, we set off for the Urangan boat harbour ( 12 Kms) ,with slightly choppy conditions.

All arrived at Urangan Harbour at  about 11.30 am to waiting family members and support club members.

The total trip was about 100kms. Well done.

This was certainly a memorable trip with a special thank you to Dean for his relaxed leadership as well as all participants whose individual contributions made for a cohesive group.

PS: The egg flip is still missing and Bob’s shoe was returned!



DAY 1. Inskip to Snout Point

DAY 2. Snout Point to Ungowa

DAY 3. Ungowa Camp to Timber Settlement

DAY 4. Ungowa to Big Woody 

DAY 5. Big Woody to Little Woody & Lighthouse

DAY 6. Big Woody to Urangan

Sandy Straits Send-off by Shoreline Supporter/Shuttler

June 2021

Report by Paul Watt. Photos by Paul + Dean

Thursday 10th June
The adventurous kayakers assembled at Inskip Pt in preparation for tomorrow’s launch.


I arrived about 4:30 pm to camp the night and assist in the morning . I found all had set up camp and had either already eaten their evening meal or were preparing it . Thanks to Clancy’s for their “spag bol”surplus, I avoided cooking.
Some had been dropped off by partners or had hitched a ride with Dean and Deb, whilst others had done the long drive to Urangan to drop off a car and return to coast to pick up the other car.Some made arrangements for pick ups at Urangan .
Also a few spent the night back in Rainbow or Carlo Pt in cabins .
The atmosphere was one of excitement , mixed with some apprehension , with seasoned campaigners mixing with “newbies”.

Before long it was dark , and the wait was on for 7pm to go to bed . No-one wanted to go to bed “ too early “. It was a very cool evening , dropping to about 7 degrees overnight.

There was some concern a nearby “wizz-bang” campervan with troublesome sliding door , would be keeping us up all night .
However it never happened.
By 8:30 all was quiet.
A few lads in a camp nearby were having a few drinks , but also shut down soon after , and broke the silence during the night with a few “ barfs” (… oh the memories! ).
The sound of waves breaking all night on the beach nearby proved to be a good tonic for sleep.
There was movement in the camp from around 5:00 , around an hour before first light , with campers rummaging around in their kayaks for cooking gear and coffee/tea/food for brekkie.
From the relative luxury of the back of my ute , and with no need to get up yet , I confirmed to myself that , no , I was not yet ready to undertake a trip like this.
A big “Bravo” to the newbies on this trip , good on you !
Friday 11th June
We awoke to overcast sky and a stiff breeze , but this abated somewhat by launch time. The tide was running in until about an hour after launch time of 8am.

By about 7am , all paddlers not camping there , had arrived and taken their kayaks down to the launch site , and began loading their 6 days of provisions etc.
Everyone joined in the portage job of transferring fully laden kayaks down to the waterline .

The spectacle attracted the attention of some other senior campers , amazed at what was happening , and where the paddlers were going .

Dean called all together for a briefing around 7:55 , and then it was all go to assist the kayakers in fully laden boats out through the shore break .
Jim C , Bob and Dean were the last out , after ensuring all others were on their way. 15 club members were on their way to Urangan .

I bade them “farewell “, and a “bon voyage” ,” safe travels “and “see you Wednesday” , by radio , with many replies ,and walked back up to the now deserted camp with Derek .

Dean’s sunset shot from the first night’s camp site .

Skills Day Shots – Images by Sue

Lake Kawana Skills Training

Jim’s Roll practice – Slide Show


Rob supporting Ken to Balance

Ken balancing on his back deck

Don demonstrating a turn


Autumn Day – Light Conditions – Mudjimba Beach Landing