February/March 2022 – Evans Head Camp

When: 27th February – 6th March 2022

Organizer: Sue Alcock

Details to follow. Watch this space !!

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



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)


Travelling Mini Camp – July 2020

Posted 2nd June.

Hi to all who have indicated interest in joining we four on the road trip north .

    All 36 of you so far !!
Fortunately your various interest is spread over the 5 venues.
We realise that some will come for one or two venues and some might join us somewhere on the way.
You don’t need to stay at the van parks nominated. We will stay in touch by email.
To be able to communicate with you all , we will establish a group email.  That way you can be easily and accurately advised of launch site, launch time, no paddling today and where the best fish & chip shop is located etc.
To get on that communication list, you MUST email Umi ( umi.mckenzie@yahoo.com.au ) and Umi will raise the group email. Please do this even though you have told us or emailed your interest previously.
Book your sites early as many southeners have their sites booked and will flood north when the border is opened.
Posted March 15th
The Cape Hillsborough ( Smalleys Beach ) Nat Pk site is now showing that it is fully booked. Sites might still become available and a ‘ phone booking ‘ will sometimes find a site when the web says no sites available.
The alternative is to book into ” Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park ” which is only 4 k away and on the same bay. This is a good alternative for those wanting CABIN accommodation.
You could also check out the council camp ground at ” Ball Bay Camp Ground” , also close but further by road.
If you are thinking of coming, it might be wise to book now before all those ‘ retirees’ head north for the winter.
Umi, Anita, Chris and Dave.


Just for something different, a “Travelling Mini Camp ” is planned for July this year.
We plan to camp our way north to Airlie Beach.
The proposed agenda is attached below.
If you would like to join us for maybe one camp or maybe for all of the camps, you are very welcome.
If you are interested, have a chat with Umi and Anita, Chris and Dave.

Hervey Bay.

Arrive .. Thu 9th
Paddle .. Fri 10th – Sat 11th.


Arrive .. Sun 12th
Paddle .. Mon13th – Tues 14th

Emu Park.

Arrive .. Wed 15th
Paddle Thur 16th – Sat 18th

Cape Hillsborough.

Arrive .. Sun 19th
Paddle .. Mon 20th – Tues 21st

Airlie Beach.

Arrive .. Wed 22nd
Paddle .. Thur 23rd – Sat 25th


Travel .. Sun 26th

Sunshine Coast.

Travel .. Mon 27th

Update from Bruce – 18th March.

Fellow Paddlers,
After much soul searching today, I have made the decision to cancel the MAY camp for this year and defer it to next year.
As you are aware, if someone comes in contact with a carrier or indeed develops symptoms they have to self isolate for a period.
This is very onerous away from home, and coupled with the challenge of using public conveniences would be faced with an intolerable situation. Add to that, the fact we all fall into that risk category means we should err on the side of caution.
Whilst I am sure many of us are disappointed, life goes on and at least we can look forward to doing it next year.
In the meantime, stay safe and well.