Moreton Island Trip Report .. This is a pdf file


Dates: August 2021

Arrive Yeppoon: Monday 9th
Depart Rosslyn Boat Harbour: Tuesday 10th
Paddle GKI: Wednesday to Sunday 11th – 15th
Depart GKI: Monday 16th
Coordinator: Bruce Nicholson.

Please register your intention to attend .. ASAP

Latest Information – 17th October 2020

What a great response for this camp . We have over 40 indicate that they are going so we now have to move forward with bookings. Due to the numbers, accommodation is starting to tighten so it is essential that the following action is taken as soon as possible to ensure your place.
For efficiency, there is a slight change to plan, in that your deposit is now to be paid directly to the resort. I think at this stage all who want to upgrade their rooms have done so. This means that everyone who hasn’t paid a deposit will be staying in the family rooms.


1. Please phone Great Keppel Is Hideaway. PH: 07 4939 2050
2. Advise that you are with the Suncoast Seniors Kayaking Club coming in August
3. Pay a deposit for a Family Room ($100.00)
4. Advise me that you have booked so we can monitor numbers.

If you have any questions, contact me. Bruce.
Ph 0455655554

Contact Bruce Here – President.


Link to GKI RESORT … Click here


GKI: The island is in the middle of the Keppel group, has some outstanding beaches and bays plus excellent coral for snorkelling and tracks for walking. There is a big camp kitchen which will accommodate all of us so you take your own rations and drinks and self cater. Importantly, there is a large area for happy hour which leads to the Sunset over the water which can be magnificent. There is a hotel (with a great outlook) at which meals can be purchased. We normally have a club dinner here on one night, but you can eat there nightly if you wish.
Below – Communal Kitchen and Dining.

Dining & Kitchen – GKI

KAYAKING: There is excellent kayaking in crystal clear water. If it is windy the paddles will be shorter in protected water, but under normal conditions there is no problem exploring nearby islands and coastline. If more experienced paddlers wish to go for longer or more challenging paddles, so long as there are sufficient numbers for safety, that can be catered for given the numbers attending. I personally will be taking the shorter paddles to casually enjoy the beauty of this part of the world and am sure many others will do the same.
ACCOMMODATION: The basic accommodation is in the family rooms. This makes it a cheap stay for an island paradise at $50 per night per person (if 2 in the room). The rooms have a double bed and a double bunk. The shower and toilet are between two rooms so is shared with only those in the other room. From my experience last time, it seems to work well. Food can be stored in the camp kitchen which has fridges etc. We have had no trouble with this in the past. As mentioned earlier, you can upgrade to separate accommodation of either a garden room or Island cabin at normal list rates. Neither of these have kitchens, but do have an ensuite and fridge/freezer and air conditioner. So, either way, bring your OWN FOOD and DRINKS on the barge.
If you wish to upgrade to an Island Cabin or Garden Room I RECOMMEND you BOOK ASAP. Already some of the rooms have been booked for the weekend we are there so are unavailable for our week.
For those UPGRADING, please contact the resort directly (PH 07 4939 2050), tell them you are with the Kayaking club and book your selected accommodation and pay a deposit. We will handle the family rooms only.
Essential supplies such as coffee, beer, bread, milk and ice cream can be bought from the hotel.
Below – Camp Cabins.

Accomodation – GKI

GETTING THERE: Normally, the evening before, we stay at the Big 4 Capricornia Palms Village at Yepoon a few minutes from Rosslyn Bay. This is approx a seven hour drive from the Sunny Coast. Given most are tired after the drive, we previously have had pizza delivered, although now they have a van and you can have fish and chips done on site which I can recommend (plus some other fast food I think). Of course, you can self-provision if you wish, or eat out if you like. Remember, it is an early start next morning. The caravan park has cabins and also a bunk house with common sleeping. If there are 10 or more who are happy to stay in this it becomes very cheap at approx $28 for the night. PLEASE ADVISE ME if you would like to stay in the bunk house and we’ll see if we have enough takers. Otherwise, please book your stay directly with the park. Their phone numbers are 07 4933 6144 or 1800 068 703. Of course, camping or sleeping in the car are other options there.
FERRY DETAILS: We gather at Rosslyn Harbour early (time will be finalised later) and move our gear and kayaks onto the ferry. Loading and unloading is a team effort.
Below – Loading Laydown Area at Rosslyn Boat Harbour.

Loading Laydown – Mainland

Below – Kayaks on the Cat.

Kayaks on Cat – GKI

Below – Beach Unloading

Beach Unloading – GKI

Below – Island Luggage Transport

Luggage Cart – GKI

Below – Beach Loading for return trip at GKI.







DATES: May 2021
Arrive: Sunday 9th May
Paddle: Monday to Friday
Depart: Saturday 15th May
COORDINATORS: Richard Sharpe.
Paddles will be dictated to a degree by weather.

Link to Northern GoldCoast Beacon to Beacon


DATES: February 2021
Arrive: Tuesday 9th Feb.
Paddle: Wednesday to Monday
Depart: Tuesday 16th Feb.
COORDINATOR: Garth Petersen.
ACCOMODATION – Please mention that you are with The Kayak Club.
Discovery Parks
295 Boat Harbour Drive. Scarness. Hervey Bay
They have 20 cabins that hold up to 4 or 6 people, van and camp sites.


A significant number of paddles have been identified. The selection will be made at the time given the prevailing tide and weather conditions.
However, the Thursday paddle will be the Maryborough city reach of the Mary River, thus giving the non-paddlers the morning at the renowned Maryborough Markets.

Some time last year, I organised a paddle from Woorim on Bribie Island to the Caloundra Bar.  Eight of us met at the picnic area south of Woorim for a 7am departure.  It was a mixture of Sunny Coast paddlers and Claytons (Brisbane) paddlers.  Woorim Beach is quite steep, with dumping waves.  After helping several paddlers off the beach, through the surf, it was my turn to go.  I thought ‘this is no problem, I’ve done it all before’. I pulled my boat to the edge of the surf, hopped in, but before I could put my skirt on, I was sucked out by a receding wave into the pounding surf. Hence, a cockpit full of water and a roll-over.  Back to the beach!  Empty the water out & try again.  On the next attempt, I got side-on to a dumping wave – another roll-over. Back to the beach – again. Drain the water out, and finally made it out on the third attempt!
All this, of course, was to the great amusement of my wife Carol and some beach walkers, who thought it was the best entertainment they had had for a long time.  Carol’s part in this adventure was to take the car and trailer to Golden Beach, pick up several of us, and return to the car park at Woorim.  We had a great trip up the coast, with an outgoing tide and a SE breeze, we made very good time.  This presented a problem at the other end.  As we arrived early, and the tide was still running out, the swell had increased to about 2 metres, and the surf was crashing onto the bar.  This did not look good for crossing.  Bob Whiting and Trevor Zaretsky were a little ahead of the main group and radioed that they would attempt to cross the bar. The rest of us waited outside the breakers.  Both paddlers were barrelled on the bar. Bob hit the sand bar once, was sucked out by the current and slammed back onto the bar.  Between the waves, we could see Bob standing on the bar, with 2 pieces of kayak!  He then disappeared into the waves and next we saw him standing on the tip of Bribie Island, with no kayak.
Fortunately, the life saver from Kings Beach came out on his jet-ski. He had observed what had happened on the bar. He crossed the bar, picked up Trevor, brought him to the beach, then retrieved Bob from Bribie Is and the 2 halves of his kayak.  Unfortunately, Bob’s car keys were lost in the break-up of the boat.  The rest of us decided we were not going anywhere near that bar, so paddled around the headland to land at Moffat Beach.  Bob rang home to request a second set of car keys.
Because we landed at Moffat Beach, several phone calls needed to be made to pick-up drivers as to our location.  When we finally all got together again, we enjoyed a well earned lunch. We all agreed that plastic boats are not good on bar crossings.  At the end of such an exciting day, we were happy that it had ended safely.
George Reeman


Last August, a few of us travelled by car,  to the Western side of Fraser Island, with our kayaks on top. Camping at Awinya Creek. On the second day out, some of us paddled about a km  out..dead flat water, without any whales around. Oh well, maybe one may turn up!!  Sitting out there for a little while, with nothing happening, when out of the corner of my eye, under my kayak, the water went suddenly dark. An almighty bang occurred!!! Next…I apparently was knocked out..came to..boat upside down, blood coming out of my leg..all I could think of was “sharks”!! Luckily, Di, Lou & Jim  were fairly close by!! I yelled out to Jim, to help me turn the kayak the right way up. He then told me, the whale had smashed the deck 3 times, while I was out to it, unaware as to what had happened!!! Damaged the deck in a couple of places. Thankful I had a decent life jacket on, which kept me floating with my head up!!  Anyway..a happy ending, even though,  I never saw  the whale.

Cheers Albert

My first paddle ever was on the upper Brisbane river, at the ripe old age of 50. Thanks to a cycling friend, and the loan of a touring tk,  (which supposedly fell off the back of a truck), I started my paddling adventures.

My first kayak was a small seakayak. I knew nothing about seakayaking or the bay. Just wanted a boat with hatches so I could go camping. I still have this little boat and paddle it from time to time.I must stress, at this point, I knew alsolutely nothing about paddling. My friend kept pressuring me to join her on her paddles with the ‘Rosco Group’. They were quite an adventurous group. Some of whom paddled the Qld. coastline and other exotic places. 
Ross Cook put on training days as well. 
I was finally talked into joining the group.
One paddle on the bay and I fell in LOVE with seakayaking.

This incident happened just recently on the 12th March on a club paddle. There were only eight brave souls paddling due to the early rain and heavy clouds. We had launched at Caloundra, heading for Roys Rd.Some further showers fell… then as I paddled on quietly, lost in my thoughts, I was suddenly hit by something from beneath which lifted my kayak completely from the water! I struggled to remain upright and can’t recall what I yelled out. I had no time to react before I crashed back into the water thankfully still upright. Jim Lewis was closest to me and witnessed the incident but told me he could not see any creature as there was such a huge splash of water. We came to the conclusion that it must have been a dugong feeding on the sea grass and suddenly realised I was directly over him and objected to the threat above by reacting in the only way he knew. I can’t believe that I stayed upright…I think it was more by good luck than any skill on my part. Hmmmm…could it have been a bull shark?

JAN – “Hey ol’fella, I need a new Sun Deck for my Mirage Kayak, please?”
DON – “No worries .. I’ll grab one off Amazon, they’ve got everything there.”
DON – “Look here it is .. same size as the old unit .. Large.”
DON – “Hmmm .. Minor problem .. it’s in the USA.”
JAN – “USA, are you OK with that? .. Run a tape measure over it to be sure.”
DON – “Look, Large is universal .. how can we get it wrong?”