INSKIP POINT to HERVEY BAY

DATES: June 2021
Paddle: Friday 11th  to Wednesday 16th 
 
 
COORDINATOR: Dean Haspell.
 
 
ACCOMODATION
 
 
POSSIBLE DESTINATIONS
 
 
BOATING MAP
 

 

Elanda Point – Gateway to the Upper Noosa River.

ELANDA POINT

DATES: March 2021
Arrive: Wednesday 24th March
Paddle: Thursday to Friday
Depart: Saturday 27th March
 
COORDINATOR: Bruce Nicholson.
 
ACCOMODATION
We recommend May’s Grove Sites.
 
POSSIBLE DESTINATIONS
 
 
BOATING MAP

 

 

The Annual General Meeting and General Meeting will be held at the Buderim Tavern on Thursday, 4 February 2021 commencing at 10.00am.

Moreton Island Trip Report .. This is a pdf file

GREAT KEPPEL ISLAND (GKI)

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.
 

 

 

 

 

 

JACOB’S WELL

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

Link to Northern GoldCoast Beacon to Beacon

HERVEY BAY

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.
 
BOATING MAP

 PADDLES:

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.

 UPDATE – Posted 22nd December

Hervey bay has many options for sea kayaking , the biggest concern is going to be the unpredictable weather. February can be the hottest, wettest, windiest month and Hervey Bay is very open and very unprotected!!!!!! Consequently, as well as planning open water events, we have a number of protected paddles available in need.
Given the usual heat and mugginess, paddles will be mostly kept to the 14 – 18Km range. Some of the options being considered.

If conditions are good.

  • Gatakers bay around point Vernon to the pines, this is a picturesque paddle with a rocky fore shore , at low tide and ideal conditions small pockets of live coral can be viewed . 15km if we have coffee at Scarness, otherwise 14km.
  • Gatakers bay to Oregans creek, up to 16km, this is some what protected from the South Easterly’s.
  • Urangan to Pialba (with coffee at Scarness) along the foreshore. 14km.
  • Urangan to Big Woody Is 14km (If weather right, some may circumnavigate the Is for 24km)
  • River Heads to Fraser Is 18km (white cliffs).
  • Maryborough Town reach 16km (with tide) This is Thursdays Paddle when the heritage markets are on in town (see below).

Back up Paddles:

  • Beelbi Ck, Toogum 15km.
  • Gatakers Bay up Eli Creek 14km.
  • Maryborough up Tinana Ck (also know as Jumpo Ck) up to 18km.
  • Maryborough upstream past the original town site 14km (see some of the older Mbro homes).
  • Burrum Heads, up Burrum River, distance as per conditions.
  • Plus a range of Paddles commencing from River Heads. This is marked on most maps as Bingham. It is the mouth of the Susan and Mary Rivers. There are three boat ramps, The boating public are permitted to use only two.The third is used by the barge that takes people and vehicles to Fraser island. The inside ramp is the ramp to use if Northerly winds prevail. Caution has to be used when using this ramp as strong tides cause a whirlpool adjacent to the ramp.
    The inside boat ramp gives ready access to paddles up the Mary or Susan rivers if we decide to go there.
    Other possible paddles from River heads are paddle south into sandy straits toward Ungowa, (I am unsure if there are any exit spots).
    Another option around south head to German and Kangaroo creeks or paddle a short distance up the Mary. Distance from Mary river heads to Maryborough one way 35 km. Paddle up the susan. I am unshure of exit spots on the Susan. As you travel to Hervey bay you pass Susan River home stead on your right. This is the source of the Susan River.
So, a range of options!
Thursday we will travel to Maryborough . This is market day /morning only.
The replica Mary Ann is worthy of a visit.

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
 

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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