CALOUNDRA BAR and Inshore Surrounds.

Sue at sea off Noosa National Park on the last Event

Friday 30th April.
Golden Beach Esplanade – Burke Street Intersection.
As usual finer details of paddle depend on conditions. We could head north or south as well as having a surf.


DATE: 24th May 2021 following the scheduled club paddle.
PRESENTERS: Sue Alcock & Jim Blyth.
TOPIC: Responsibilities of a Paddle Coordinator, Leader and Tail End Charlie.
BBQ: Malcolm and his crew.
WHAT TO BRING: A Chair and if possible Willy Weather app on your mobile phone.

Heel Hook Rescue at Point Vernon …. click here

February, 2021, a club member capsizes reaching for a water bottle.
Video by Peter James.


UPDATE – Posted 6th June

 The Sandy Straits trip is getting close, hope everyone is more organised than I am.

 Most of us will be starting from Inskip point, to catch the tide we need to be on the water by 8am.

 The first paddle is only a short distance so that gives us plenty of time to set up camp and have lunch, for those who feel energetic there is a walking track that goes across the Island.

 The second day we again need to be on the water by 8am to catch the tide, morning tea will be at Gary’s Anchorage then on to Ungowa for two nights.

 Day 4, we leave Ungowa for Woody Island, we won’t have to leave until morning tea time because of the tide. We can have lunch on a Fraser Island beach before heading for Woody Island were we will spend two nights.

 On the morning of Wednesday the 16th we will make the short trip across to Urangan, finishing around midday.

 See you adventurous kayakers at Inskip point.

Cheers Dean


UPDATE – Posted 31st May

For those paddlers who intended to commence their paddle to Urangan from Poona. That starting location will now be Maaroom.

The following is the reasoning for this decision.

Our plan was to launch from Poona Caravan Park, as this appears to be a direct line across to the first nights campsite at Beach Camp. However, Garth Petersen has advised that it can be a bit rough in that section of the Straits if the wind gets up.
So with that in mind we are considering starting from Maaroom as per Garth’s suggestion.

Poona and Maaroom caravan parks are both open to the suggestion of leaving our vehicles in or near their compound, and we may book a cabin for the Thursday night.
Maaroom currently has two cabins available for one night, unfortunately Poona has a two night minimum stay.

So at this stage it looks like a Maaroom starting point would be the better option but we would need to work the tide to paddle in southerly direction from there. It’s also a bit closer to Urangan boat harbour for the car shuffle.

Note: High tide at Maaroom is 9:30am on 11/06/21.
Maaroom location on Google Maps

UPDATE – Posted 1st February

This is a 6 day trip with no facilities.
You will need to take everything, including drinking water, in your kayak for the 6 days.
This is a one way trip, you will have to work out transport to get home.
We will be leaving Inskip Point at 8am Friday, some may like to camp the night before at Inskip Point.
DATES: June 2021
Paddle: Friday 11th  to Wednesday 16th 
COORDINATOR: Dean Haspell.
ACCOMODATION: You will need to be totally self sufficient for the entire six days.
Day 1.
Depart Inskip Point at 8:00am.
Distance to Beach Camp Site is 14 klm.
Day 2.
This is 15 kms to Gary’s Anchorage for morning tea then another 15 kms to the Ungowa campsite.
We will stay for two nights.
Day 3.
Lay Day – explore the area.
Day 4.
We will leave around 11am for Jeffries Beach Campsite on Woody Island.
This is 22 kms and we will make use of the tide.
We will stay for two nights.
Day 5.
Lay Day – explore the area. 
Day 6.
We will head to the finish point at Urangan.


Elanda Point – Gateway to the Upper Noosa River.


DATES: March 2021
Wednesday 24th, Thursday 25th and Friday 26th.
COORDINATOR: Bruce Nicholson.
We recommend May’s Grove Sites.



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


FROM : Bruce

A quick update for your information.

We will be leaving on the barge to go across between 6.30 /7.00 am.

This means we will need to be at the loading wharf at about 5am. I will give final details at happy hour at the Capricorn C Van Pk at 5pm on the 9th.

I am advised by the resort that there will be adequate refrigeration and freezer space on the Island. All bedding is provided and you can hire beach towels in need.

In ensuring everything is named, don’t forget to name your paddle as there are many that look the same.

If anyone has any questions that they like answered, contact me and I’ll endeavour to get an answer.

It’s getting close now, let’s hope Covid behaves.


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.







Be advised that the dates have been moved back by 1 day due to conflict with a large group booking. If you have already booked, please contact the park and move the booking back a day.
DATES: May 2021
Arrive: Monday 10th May
Paddle: Tuesday to Saturday
Depart: Sunday 16th May
COORDINATOR: Richard Sharpe.
Please advise that you are with the Kayak Club – you may receive a Group Discount.
Paddles will be dictated to a degree by weather.

Link to Northern GoldCoast Beacon to Beacon


UPDATE – Posted 4th February

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 actual 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.

If conditions are good.

Starting at Point Vernon

Eastward from Gataker’s 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.
Westward from the Western Foreshore at Parrawenna Park to Oregans creek.
Up to 16km, this is some what protected from the South Easterly’s.

Starting from Urangan

Paddle Launch Site to be decided onsite at the Camp.

Urangan to Pialba (with coffee at Scarness) along the foreshore. 14km.
Urangan to Woody Island 14km (If weather right, some may circumnavigate the Is for 24km)

Starting from River Heads

River Heads Ramps

Paddle Launch Site to be decided onsite at the Camp.

There are three boat ramps.
1. The Fraser Ferry Ramp – not for public use.
2. The Outside Ramp – our First Choice.
3. The Inside Ramp – a Risky Ramp as strong tides cause a whirlpool adjacent to the ramp. However, it is the choice if Northerly winds prevail.
River Heads to Fraser Island 18km (white cliffs).

Starting in Maryborough Town

Thursday’s Paddle when the heritage markets are on in town .
Maryborough Town reach 16km (with tide)
Paddle Launch Site to be decided onsite at the Camp.
There are three possible launch sites.
1. The Boat Ramp adjacent to The Lamington Bridge.
2. The Maryborough Sailing Club.
3. The Boat Ramp off Dundas Street, Granville.

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.