Mini Camp – Upper Noosa River

Following many requests, it has been decided to hold a camp to the upper reaches of the Noosa River.

The challenge with this is the limitation on camping numbers past Camp site 3, so we have to be a little bit creative in our approach.

It also means we’ll need a fairly accurate idea of numbers to make the best plans.

Below are two camp options. Camp ‘A’ is for 3 nights and camp ‘B’ is 4 nights.

After perusing the details, Paul and I would like an idea of those interested and which option you’d prefer.

Both camps will do the same activities with the 5 day camp being more relaxed and less strenuous. There are toilets at all camp sites except for the night at the top of the river.  All camping gear and water will need to be taken on the kayak.


Camp A                                                              Camp B

Day 1 Mon 4th October                                   Day 1 Mon 4th

Depart Boreen Pt to Camp site 3                      As per Camp A

stops at 

Fig Tree…….. 13.5Km

Harrys Hut…. 5km

Camp site 3…7.7km 

Total 26.2km


Day 2  Tue 5th                                                 Day 2 Tue 5th

AM….. Walk to sand blow                                   AM….Casual Walk to sand Blow

      Pack up and have lunch                               PM….Walk, swim, Kayak or relax

PM…..Paddle to Camp 15


Erect camp, play in Teewah Ck


Day 3  Wed 6th                                               Day 3 Wed 6th

Paddle to Fig Tree 25.7km                                Paddle to Camp 15 (13km)

  Stops at Camp site 4…12km                           Explore Teewah Ck

                  Harry’s Hut …8.7km

                  Fig Tree….5km


Day 4   Thu 7th                                               Day 4   Thu 7th

Paddle Kin Kin Ck  11.5km                                Paddle to Fig Tree 25.7km

Morning tea at Kinaba                                       Stops at Camp site 4….12km

Paddle to Boreen Pt….7km                                 Harry’s Hut…..8.7km

        (Home about lunch)                                  Fig Tree……5km     


 Day 5  Fri 8th

Paddle Kin Kin Ck…11.5km

Morning Tea at Kinaba

Paddle to Boreen Pt….7km    (home about lunch)


Due to the limitation on numbers, acceptances will be in the order they are received.

In responding, PLEASE advise whether you wish to be on camp ‘A’ or ‘B’

If you aren’t worried whether you do the 3 or 4 night camp, please advise as it will give us further flexibility.


Please send your response to Paul Watt email: paulwatt@bigpond.com

We reserve the right to make changes in need, depending on numbers.



Paul & Bruce

February/March 2022 – Evans Head Camp

When: 27th February – 6th March 2022

Organizer: Sue Alcock


Fellow Paddlers,

At our recent committee meeting, the Evans Head Camp was confirmed as going ahead as scheduled saving any Government interference beforehand. If this should occur, an alternative camp will be organised if appropriate.

The organisation for the Evans Head camp is progressing to plan.

We now need to finalise our accommodation booking with ‘The Bowlo’ (the bowls club accommodation)

If you intend to go to this camp and require accommodation at ‘The Bowlo’ (see details below) you must advise Sue Alcock PH: 0439 623 209 and pay a $50 deposit per person to the club account (put your name on the deposit!)

Details: A/C Name SSRKC 

               BSB 484 799

               Account No 033 787 320.

NOTE: We require this to be done by 10th December ( just over 2 weeks away!)

NOTE: Deposits will only be refundable up to 31st Dec unless the camp is cancelled due to Covid issues, in which case they will be refunded up to Camp start date.

Those who wish to stay elsewhere are responsible for arranging their own accommodation. We suggest ‘Reflections Holiday Park’ which is next door to ‘The Bowlo’ cabins. Be aware the Caravan Park is very busy and bookings are advised.

Details for the Bowlo Cabins:

Motel style Room:             $89.00 per night     takes 2

1 bedroom cabin:              $119.00 per night   takes 2

2 bedroom cabin:             $159.00 per night    takes 4

3 bedroom cabin:              $219.00 per night   takes 5

Any questions, contact Sue on above no or email sue.alcock@bigpond.com

Just to confirm the current Bowlo Bookings,

1 B/R Motel:  Fay & Albert

1 B/R Cabin: Malcolm & Jenni

2B/R Cabin: Tonia & Henriette

3B/R Cabin: Richard & Bob (One extra available)

                      Margaret & Derek, Jenny, Chris & Sue

Now’s the time to lock in your plans!

good paddling



EVANS HEAD CAMP –    27 FEB – 6 March  2022 (7 nights)

The NSW’s Evans Head trip will be our first camp for 2022, and the first interstate club camp, for some time, due to the Covid restrictions. The area has an abundance of waterways, of which we can paddle, with the added attraction of the surf beach, where avid kayak surfers can play to their hearts content. Although the camp is next February, we do need to mull over and book our accommodation asap.

Please think through carefully, as some places do not give refunds, that is if you need to cancel, for any reason, they will not give cash refunds however they will give credit and transfers to another date, where possible. If it is a government directive, relating to Covid lockdowns then a credit refund on your card will be given.

Types of available accommodation in Evans Head.

  1. A) Bookings can be made through our kayak club for ………….

EVANS HEAD ‘BOWLO’ CABINS.                                          Website – evansheadbowls.com.au

Information can be seen on the above website but all bookings, deposits etc need to be made to our club, as we have already made tentative bookings for six (6) cabins (with a group discount.) Approximate cost per person for the four & six person cabins will be between $275 – $300 each, for the week.

Details as follows ………….

*   3-bedroom cabin for 5 or 6 people                                        1533.00  per week

*   2 bedroom cabin for 4 singles                                                1113.00  per week 

*    1 bedroom cabin for 2 people                                                  833.00  pw

*       Motel style room for 2 people                                               623.00  pw 

If you are interested in sharing (or making a booking for a 1 x bedroom cabin or motel room) please let Sue Alcock know by Wed 14th July. We will ask for a deposit soon after, which will confirm your place.  Email Sue at sue.alcock@bigpond.com  or text 0439 623 209

  1. B) Independent bookings can be made through the following ……….

REFLECTIONS CARAVAN PARK.                                   Website – reflectionsholidaypark.com.au

The caravan park is next to the ‘Bowlo’ and has a walking path linking the two places, the park also has cabins. Dogs are also permitted at the time we will be there.

*   Cabins – there are five different types of cabins, varying in price from approximately 869.00 p w to nearly    2000.00                                                               

*   Ensuite powered sites $65 per night                                                          455.00  pw

*   Powered sites       $43.00 per night                                                           301.00  pw 

Please make your own booking arrangements for this park.


For private rental property arrangements you can contact …………..

*     Elders (was L J Hookers)                    02 6682 6000

*     First National                                    02 6682 6226

For more accommodation information you can refer to Paul’s email, that will follow.

Reminder –

If you are interested in this camp please email Sue at sue.alcock@bigpond.com or text 0439 623 209 and indicate the type of accommodation you would like to book.

Looking forward to your replies.


Sue & Paul





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


This camp is to be held at the picturesque Somerset Dam arriving on Sunday 7th Nov and departing on the afternoon of Friday 12th Nov.

We will be staying at NRMA Lake Somerset Holiday Park which is right on the water and has 3 bedroom Villas that sleep up to 8, 2 bedroom villas that sleep up to 4, a log cabin that sleeps up to 8 and safari tents that sleep up to 4. ADDITIONALLY, powered and unpowered van and tent sites are available.

Check in time for villas etc is 2pm and 8am for camp and van sites.

Check out times for villas etc is 10am but all can stay on site until 6pm on checkout day. Those who have to vacate rooms can join the peasants in the slums and still use the camping amenities.

This means we will have a paddle on the Friday before heading home.

There will be a minimum of four paddles to various parts of Lake Somerset. The fifth paddle will be decided on closer to the camp and will be dependent on water flows and lake heights.

When booking, if you are a member of RACQ or NRMA, advise them as you will get a discount. (ie make sure you get a member to book for you.)

This is a quantum change from our August Camp but a great venue in a great location. With no tides to contend with and plenty of places to stop, there will be something for everyone. I recommend it!

Good paddling



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.

DATES: September 2020
Please allow ample travel time.
Depart from Shute Harbour: Tuesday 1st September
Return to Shute Harbour: Tuesday 8th September
COORDINATORS: Bruce Nicholson & Albert Jensen.


For those interested in attending this camp, have just been notified, that National Parks office is now opened for bookings.
Phone number  137468 or book online

Cheers Albert ( Co Co-ordinator)