Linsay Gadsby


This will be held on:

 Monday 28th  November …Crummunda Park, Currimundi Lake 

Wednesday 30th November …. Ewen Maddock Dam….followed be a BAR-B-Q

Thursday 1st December … Mooloolaba Spit

As usual, we expect everyone to participate in these fun days to hone your safety skills.

TATHRA CAMP: Paddle coordinators: Bruce & Trevor Gregson


TATHRA on the south coast of NSW


Arrive Friday 5th May

Depart Saturday 13th May

However, for those who wish, some paddles have been organised on the way down.

Arrive Shoalhaven Heads 27th April

3 paddles

Arrive Nelligen 1st May

3 paddles

Depart 5th May

Details of the full itinerary including accommodation will be posted shortly.

There is some great paddling and new experiences ahead!

CAMP: BRIBIE ISLAND  … Paddle coordinators: Pauline, Donna & Diana


Bongaree Caravan Park, Bribie Is

When? February 2023

Arrive Sunday 19/2/23.  Depart: Saturday 25/2/23

Accommodation: Bongaree Caravan Park

At the moment there are 9 cabins available @ $114 per night (Only 2 for 4 adults, rest are a double + single bed)

27 Van sites @ $37 per night

MINI CAMP: Paddle coordinator: Garth


Gayndah Riverside Caravan Park, Gayndah


Arrive Monday 3rd October

The final selection of Paddles will depend on water levels at the time, but I suspect most will be new paddles to club members.  

Depart Saturday 8th

Accommodation: Riverside Caravan Park, Barrow St, GAYNDAH

Ensuite Cabin $85 night

House: starts at $120 night (has 3 bedrooms 2 doubles 3 king singles

2 houses

single cabins $65 night

Powered sites $28 night but because we’re staying 4 nights it will be $25 night


It is suggested that while en route you might like to walk up Mt Walsh near Biggenden!


Due to clash with the Gayndah camp, the next Skills Development Session will be at Mooloolaba on Tuesday 11th October when we expect to resume weekly sessions.

Going forward, Skills Development will consist of themed skills classes (e.g. three successive Tuesdays working on one subject area).  If you have a skills area you would like us to start with, please contact Rob Plenderleith (email below) or via Facebook Messenger.

Pending feedback on the request above, we are starting the season on 11 Oct with a wee paddle for the intermediate students and experienced club members.  Details will follow as we see the weather conditions, but the target is something between serious fun and “not too scary”.  It’s a chance to use your skills in water a wee bit bouncier that most club trips (assuming the weather provides that opportunity).

See you on the water !

There will be no Skills Development session on 29th November due to Rescues Week.

Best regards,

Rob Plenderleith 

Good morning to everyone,

Please read this information from Rob regarding our Pimp Your Kayak Day.  Thanks to Rob and his team for organising this day for us. Please RSVP to Rob, for work you would like to do and to be included in the catering.  Lynn


Pimp Your Kayak Day will be held on 21 June.  It is a new event with four objectives: 

  1. To help people to replace perimeter deck lines, bungees, end toggles, etc on their kayaks.
  2. To advise people on more complex repair issues such as rudders, so they can buy the needed parts
  3. To enable people to buy / sell / swap anything to do with kayaks
  4. And we can all enjoy morning tea together

If you are coming, please RSVP to Rob Plenderleith at May 30 and identify if you need decklines and/or bungees and/or will be at morning tea.  This will help us to buy enough repair materials and food.   If you don’t RSVP, we might run out of deck lines, bungees, or food.


Pimp Your Kayak Day is being held on Tuesday 21 June, at Rotary Park, Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba, starting at 8am.  This will replace the Skills Development session normally held in the same place on Tuesday mornings.  We will finish when we’re done.


The club will buy reels of deck line and bungee, and the main activity of the day will be to help you replace deck lines, bungees, end toggles, etc, on your kayak or kayaks.  Materials will be sold at cost price.   PLEASE BRING CASH.  Prices will be communicated closer to the date, but we will be selling at cost price.


The club’s resident experts can advise re rudder and skeg issues, cracks, and all the other things that happen to kayaks.  We will help you identify what needs to be done to your kayak, if anything, and tell you what parts you need to buy.  We have plans for a kayak repair day during the winter, before the Keppel Camp.  That is when your replacement parts can be fitted.


This might be the opportunity to get rid of kayaks, kayaking gear, camping gear etc that you no longer use, or to acquire something you never knew you wanted.  Bring a tarp to put your items on, and deploy your best haggling skills.  


Morning tea will be provided courtesy of the wonderful SSRKC catering team.

If you have any questions re PYKD or the later kayak repair clinic, please contact Rob Plenderleith at

Best regards,

Rob Plenderleith

UPDATE: 26th August 2022

Due to the effects of recent flooding in the Evans Head region, our daily paddles will be reduced. This means that departure can be from Saturday 12th or Sunday 13th. onwards. We still arrive on Sunday 6th Nov.

There is much to see and do in the area so many people may like to take the opportunity to have a look around.


Sue Alcock

Hi Everyone,

The committee have now confirmed the dates for the Evans Head kayak camp for the 6th to the 13th November 2022

We have some great paddles organised along the two rivers, along an absolutely beautiful creek taking us all the way down to the ocean and return and the possibility of paddling alongside koalas, so if you would like to join us, please refer to the booking details below –


  1. The Bowlo & Holiday Cabins. Contact Narelle
  1. Reflections Caravan Holiday Park. (The Bowlo & Reflections are linked by a short walkway)

Please make your own booking arrangements for this camp as soon as possible, as Evans Head is a very popular little village, in the warmer months.

If you have any questions please contact Sue 0439 623 209


Sue Alcock 

Greetings to everyone,

The Club is planning to run a Full Moon Paddle on Tuesday 14th June from Outrigger Park, departing at 5pm.

We will paddle and land at the boatramp at the downstream end of the public carpark adjacent to the Coast Guard. From there we will walk to “Fisheries on the Spit”, enjoy a fish and chips meal (at your cost) and then leisurely return to Outrigger Park. I will be taking f & c orders before we set off on our paddle so they will be ready for us on our arrival.

To meet legal requirements your kayak whilst on the water must show an all-round white light. (Use your imagination.)

If you have any queries about this paddle please contact me on 0417 007 828.



Co-ordinator: Ken Jeffreys



6th March 2022

Just a bit of a heads up on a couple of things.

  1. Kidman’s Camp has us booked in for camping prior to the paddle.
  2. The paddle will now start at Kidmans’ rather than below the Bourke Weir. It adds 8km to the trip but our vehicles will be more secure.
  3. We have organised a bus to bring all paddlers back to Bourke (barring the car drivers) from Louth. Cost will be $20 p/h. Paul has negotiated well!
  4. We will fit all kayaks on the trailers and cars at Louth and most of the gear will go in the cars.
  5. Medical History: We ask that your medical history, medications, allergies (form available at SSRKC Medical Form_2018) be taped to the underside of your day or back hatch. If you have medications, make sure you have ample and they are easy to find. That way, in need, we’ll know where to look which will save time and stress. Rob Plenderleith, our first aid coordinator for the trip will outline safety arrangements  when we get to Bourke. 
  6. For those who wish, Shindy’s Inn at Louth will have a Pizza night on arrival. Not sure of the charge.
  7. It will be worth having some cash as electronic payments can be problematic.
  8. If anyone has any questions or concerns regarding anything, let us know and we’ll respond with a general advice email to all.

Bruce, Ken & Paul

Darling River Paddle Plan

March 30 – April 12

  1. Paddlers will need to make their own way to Bourke, about 980 km from the Sunshine Coast, arriving on March 30. Trailers are being sourced to transport kayaks to and from Bourke, and to facilitate the shuttling of kayaks from Louth back to Bourke at the conclusion of the trip. Final arrangements will depend on the number of participants. (Bruce is organizing trailers)

           Nights 30th / 31st March & 11th April if having a nights sleep before heading off.

  1. March 31 – Louth is about 100km by road from Bourke.  The 31st will be dedicated to moving sufficient vehicles and trailers to Louth to move paddlers from Louth back to Bourke following the completion of the paddle.
  2. Paddlers will need to be able to carry sufficient food for a minimum of ten days and water for a minimum of five days. Paul Watt will be providing a support vehicle. Arrangements have been made with the Jandra Station for Paul to access tracks to the river for the first four days. However, access cannot be guaranteed until Day 5 at Toorale Camp – or half way. The support vehicle cannot be relied upon to transport provisions on a daily basis.  
  3. Rose Isle Station offers camping, caravan sites and a variety of accommodation options. We will be spending a lay day at Rose Isle which is just over half way. For those travelling with a caravan, there are caravan sites available, along with unpowered camping on the river for $10 per night or $17 for a grassed site. For those wanting a comfy bed, there are Shearers Quarters for $40pp per night, cottages for $130 per night for a couple with $15 per additional person and Dongas for $50pp per night. Make bookings by ringing Sam on (02) 6874 7371, 0499 747 37 or by Email: Check out the website Rose Isle Station – HOME .  There’ll be a three course meal for $50 a head for the camp dinner on the second night. Morning tea is available for $10 if members require it. Alcohol is BYO, so we might need Paul to transport supplies from the liquor store in Bourke.

Draft Itinerary:

(Final campgrounds will be decided in consultation with the Stations Owners a week before the start of the paddle. We have planned on 20km paddles each day – with flexibility built into the program to travel to identified camp sites.)

March 30: Arrive at Kidman’s Camp Bourke
March 31: Shuttle cars to Louth. Arrangements will depend on participants
April 1 and 2: Leave Bourke, paddle 20km per day camping at Jandra Station (Phillip and Di Ridge (02) 68723163). Potential campsites  include 21a Weir (Jandra) and the 19 mile weir. Campsites will depend on advice from the station owners.
April 3: Toorale Campsite. 30km paddle. We have already secured the campground for our group.
April 4: Easy paddle to Yanda campsite  (Support car available)
April 5: 20km (approx.). Campsite to be identified en route
April 6: 20km paddle to Rose Isle  
April 7: Lay day (two nights) Rose Isle
April 8:  23km paddle to about 160km mark (self sufficient)
April 9:  Overnight Shearers Quarters at El Dorado(toilets available) 62km Rose Isle to Louth
April 10: Louth (Shindy’s Inn) Free camping available, a pub and a Pizza Past Night
April 11: Shuttle back to Bourke (Overnight Bourke)

More details will be issued later, but you deposit will secure your spot and allow us to secure sites so is to be paid ASAP.

thanks to all

Ken & Paul

A club camp at Tannum Sands is planned for May – June 2022 in lieu of Tathra camp which has been cancelled due to current problems associated with the Covid 19 pandemic.

Watch this space for exact dates and itinerary.