The club is proposing a camp in Tasmania.

Tuesday Feb 12th – Wed Feb 27th, 2019.

Trip duration will be 16 days and run along similar lines to our 2012 trip.

Jim Blyth is again busily obtaining Quotes etc for the trip.
We are asking for an expression of interest from members and partners who choose to attend.
A deposit will be required when/if airline tickets and other items are booked by the club.
Members may choose to travel and stay separately from the main group, costs will be adjusted accordingly.

    Hobart – Paddle from Sandy Bay to Constitution Dock and return.
    Bruny Island – 3 days paddling.
    Port Arthur – 3 days paddling.
    Coles Bay -3 days paddling around Freycinet Peninsula.
As we will be travelling as a group, all costs, except for personal items, are included.
Estimated Cost is approx $2000 pp.
    Return Air fares.
    Shared accommodation in caravan park cabins.
    Meals and snacks ( prepared by trip members ).
    Kayak hire ( mainly doubles).
    Bus hire in Tasmania.
    National Park fees.

Sue and Chris - Touring in Tassie. Image by Brian Martin.

Wed 21st Nov – Tues 27th November 2018.

Camp Coordinator – Richard Sharpe

Location here …


Phone (02) 6685 1329

Clarrie Hall Dam - Brian Martin Image

Tents and Caravan Sites.
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  • Cabins from $182 per night for 2.
  • De Luxe Cabins from $204.
  • Waterfront sites from $61.
  • Powered sites from $47.


Make your own bookings and mention you are with the Club.


  • Marshalls Creek.
  • Clarrie Hall Dam.
  • Brunswick River.
  • Simpsons Creek.


Possible Itinerary.

Wednesday 21st
Arrive and set up camp with possible afternoon paddle to explore in the near vicinity.
Thursday 22nd
Marshalls Creek to Billinudgel.
Friday 23rd
Clarrie Hall Dam.
Saturday 24th
Brunswick River to Mullumbimby.
Sunday 25th
Lay Day .. some may wish to climb Mt Warning.
Monday 26th
Simpsons Creek.
Tuesday 27th
Return home.


Wednesday July 25th to Wednesday August 1st 2018

Co ordinator

Garth and Margaret Petersen

Phone 0418870757


Big 4 Cane Village

94 Twyford St Bundaberg

The Park manager is Dawn Taylor. Mention SSRKC to keep the group together.
Phone 0741551022

This is a fairly small park however, it’s well located for our paddles and also for non-paddlers.
The Brothers Sports Club is also a short walk for those looking for a club meal.
For non-paddlers: The Big 4 park is a short walk away from Sugarland Shopping Centre, Cinemas, Sports Clubs and Bowling Club.
There is a bus stop close by with hourly services to the city centre, which is well worth spending some time.


The caravan park will be busy with Grey Nomads moving north with the sun, so book early.

More details on specific paddle locations to follow later.

A paddle leash is currently only a vessel prerequisite for Grade 2 Waters.
However, the committee members recommend that it be fitted to all vessels.
A paddle leash is a means of securing your paddle and freeing you hands.
They need not be expensive.
Check out the equipment used by other members before you part with your cash.
Here is a simple unit. It is made from bungee cord and a cord stop, sourced from Whitworths … only cost a few dollars.

Paddle Leash


Distress Signals, Flares and EPIRBS.

Sea Kayaks are grouped by QLD Maritime Safety as Personal Water Craft – PWC.


If you attend a Club Event, you will not have to carry an Emergency Beacon! - Our events are held within Smooth or Partially Smooth Waters.
However, for those who venture further afield, then read on.


What is an Emergency Beacon?
This is a small electronic device that, when activated in an emergency, can help search and rescue authorities pinpoint your position.
There are two types – EPIRBS and PLBs.
What is the difference between the two?
An EPIRB is registered to a vessel – in our case our Club.
A PLB is carried by an individual.
What should a Kayaker carry?
When should they be carried?
If you are operating beyond the limits of Smooth or Partially Smooth Water or more than 2 Nautical Miles from land.
Where should you carry it?
On your PFD where it is accessible – Do not carry it inside the hatches on your vessel.


Preparation Guidelines for an Extended Trip – George Reeman.

George heading for Sandy Cape, Fraser Island.

After you have decided where you are going and where you will be camping, check if camping permits are required and if there is water available.
Tide times are very important. This may determine when you go. The further north you go the bigger the tides, and the harder it is to paddle against it.


Make sure the seat and back rest are comfortable.
All hatch covers should fit well, be water tight, and are tied on.
Deck lines must be in good condition.
A painter, attached to the bow, is excellent if required for mooring.
The most common problem on extended trips are rudders. Make sure the rudder is securely attached and the foot pedals operate freely; rudder cables are not worn or frayed. If so, replace them.
Check your paddle and leash.
Make sure your spray skirt fits the cockpit, it does not leak and can be removed easily in the case of a roll-over.


Personal Flotation Devices (PFD)
Make sure it is comfortable. Pockets are important to carry other safety items. A large pocket in the back of the PFD to carry a hydration pack is a good idea.
Personal Locating Beacon (PLB)
This should be carried in a PFD pocket and secured to the PFD. Check if your PLB floats upright when activated. Some do not. The aerial must be upright to send the signal to the satellite.
VHF Radio
Good for communicating with each other. Select a channel that is not common with local stations to contact each other, switch to dual watch so you can listen to Channel 16, the Emergency channel. On dual watch, Channel 16 will tell you which channel to change to for the weather report. You should also have a direct button to Channel 16 on your radio for emergencies. Notify the local VMR that you are in the area, and for how long, and what channel they use. Also, if you return to that area, don’t forget to cancel the watch with VMR. Hand held VHF radios are only good for about 3kms or line of sight, depending on the power of the set.

Remember to make it as easy as possible for a rescue boat or helicopter to find you.

Other safety devices that can be carried in the pockets of your PFD are:
A whistle, mirror, flare, day or night space blanket, and sea dye. Any of these are good for attracting attention.
A short tether line to secure yourself to the kayak is also a good idea, if you are offshore.
Plus, a survival knife.

The above items should be carried on you, not stored in a hatch. Many very experienced paddlers have lost or almost lost their lives because their safety equipment was stored in a hatch or cockpit.

Other equipment to be carried should include:- spare paddle, stored on the deck; emergency tow rope in the throw bag; electric bilge pump, backed up by a hand pump; sponge or bailing bucket. In case of minor damage, it is a good idea to carry a small dry bag containing bits & pieces, such as – small fibreglass repair kit, Dynasteel bog for plugging holes, duct tape, electrical ties, spare cord and a multi-tool.
You should always carry a map of the area. GPS is the common means of navigating these days, but a deck mounted compass is always an easy way of checking your heading. There is another device for informing people where you are, called SPOT. This small device acts like a satellite phone. It can be programmed into one or more home computers. If you press the transmit button it will show on the home computer exactly where you are. It also has a help button, if when pressed it will indicate on the home computer that you require help, and they can notify the authorities. There are many small power cells on the market these days that can be charged at home, and used to recharge radios, GPS, mobile phones, and other devices while on a trip. Also small Solar panels.


Most items i.e. food, clothing, camping gear, should be carried in dry bags. Always carry 2 days extra food in case you are held up by weather.
Other protective items are a hat or cap with back of the neck protection, sunscreen, insect repellant.


For carrying water I find a bag with carry strap, containing a 4lt wine bladder, can be hung in a tree for use. Depending on the length of the trip, additional 4lt wine bladders are ideal. They pack in better than 10l water bags. Always pack your water in the bottom of the kayak. A good place to carry water is in front of the rudder pedals. Don’t end up with your kayak bow -heavy when it is packed.
Carry straps:- For a loaded kayak, you require 2 carry straps. These can be made from seat belt webbing, with a loop sewn on each end approx 130cm. The straps should be threaded under the deck lines at each end, to prevent slipping off. If you have 6 people, you can use a third strap under the cockpit. This doesn’t need loops. This is useful if you need to carry any distance.

The above information is a guide only.

Cheers, George.

End of the Day - Fraser Island.


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