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.

Lissa and Sue cruise by Mt Ninderry – Image by Scott, Global Paddler Books


Rainbow Beach Launch – Image by Dean



Remember .. Paddles will start at 8:00 am. from September

North Brisbane Camp

Story Bridge – Brisbane River

Pumicestone Passage Magic

A Monday Paddle Group making a transit of the turquoise shallows enroute to the northern entrance to Pumicestone Passage.
The fragile, narrow finger of Bribie Island, is visible in the background.
The open sea threatens to breakthrough in this section. 

Wave Play at South West Rock – Peter James

A short video of Peter cavorting in the waves at South West Rocks.

Peel Island Camp Report – George Reeman

Images by Dean.


Peel Island has an interesting history. From 1907 to 1959 the island was a leper colony and the remains of the Lazaret are still there. It was also a Quarantine Station, where ships had to anchor and be inspected and fumigated before entering Brisbane. The island is now a National Park. The Lazaret is still off limits.



Dean Haspell, Barrie Jensen, Ross Thompson, Ray Young, George Reeman, Graham and Louise Rose (Bundaberg), Bob Whiting, Dave Pass, Bruce Nicholson, Sue Alcock.
DAY 1.
We all gathered at Masthead Drive, Raby Bay, to pack our kayaks for a 10am departure to our camp site at Horseshoe Bay on Peel Island, a distance of 10.6klms. Light SW wind blowing. Set up camp, have lunch, and relaxed for the remainder of the day. Happy hour 4pm.
DAY 2.
Camp site to Myora Springs on North Stradbroke Island. Myora Springs is a delightful picnic area, where a fresh water creek runs out of the sand hills into the bay. Great place for morning tea. We returned to camp via the northern side of Peel, thus circumnavigating Peel Island – a distance of 24klms.
DAY 3.
Camp site to Blakesleys camping area 9.5klms south. This is a very nice campsite, which was created back in the 1960s, when the wall of the sand-mining dam collapsed over the coastal mangroves, creating a delightful level sandy campsite. The trees have regrown, providing shade. Distance for the day 19.6klms. No wind for the day.
DAY 4.
Pack up camp and return to Masthead Drive. Distance 10.6klms. Wind SW 8-10knts. Richard Sharpe had recovered from his illness and was able to paddle over to the camp site in time to have a hot cup of tea and return with us to Masthead Drive.


I thank all of those who participated in a very enjoyable camp.

Rainbow Beach Camp Report – Mike Gilsenan

Day 1 Sunday.
Arrive on Sunday for settling in to commence paddle on the Monday.
To facilitate the first launch, happy hour was planned for 5 PM to 7 PM at Rainbow Beach Holiday Village, where the BBQ area was available for our use.
This was a great venue as it was large enough to accomodate us all, plus it was covered.
This which was much appreciated as there was several light showers around in the evenings.
As well as BBQ facilities, there were three large tables with bench seats plus a smaller round table for snacks.
Vivian called us to order around 6PM, this in its self was no easy task, as by then the group had taken on the character and noise level of a country pub, public bar, around closing time.
She was assisted by one of our members who assisted with a piercing whistle.
Vivian then explained our paddle plan from Carlo Point boat ramp up to Poverty Point or some point short of there after the first two hours of paddling was completed.
Vivian, being a person steeped in public service, made the point that as a group we should stay together where possible to assist each other if someone got into difficulties.
Being an ex councillor she obviously thought that she had experience in herding cats. This skill coloured her view to the point of, how could she not be able to achieve this amongst a group of over the hill retirees, some of whom were so far over the hill to almost be in the valley of diminishing day light.
Day 2 Monday. Carlo Point to Poverty Point.

Carlo Point to Poverty Point

After two hours, the group stopped for morning tea. Then a smaller group completed the paddle to Poverty Point, while the majority returned direct to Carlo Point.



Rainbow Sails – Image by Deb