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 Great Short Kayak Trips in SE QLD – COASTAL WATERWAYS

 

Hi we are James & Radhika. We have been kayaking for 11 years and our speciality in  inflatable kayaks, and short kayak tours of 1 to 2 hours. Looking for some great places to do short kayak trips around SE QLD & more. With 10 years Inflatable kayaking, we would like to share our experience and the places we have found to be best. With location descriptions, access ease, tips on tides, weather & currents, and lots more. These are all places we have kayaked & experienced – Enjoy!

Kayaking Tips

Kayak Types:

Solid Plastic – sturdy, can be heavy

Sit On – easy to get on but less stable.

Sit In – more stable as lower centre of gravity.

Recreational – for short trips.

Touring – for longer trips & ease of paddling.

Sea Kayak – desoigned for sea conditions – more sleek desing for speed.

Inflatable – great for transport & storage. Can be very light, stable, but tend to be slow.

Drop Stitch types can give better performance.

Having GRASS area make easiest to set up a inflabatle kayak.

Paddle Types:

Plastic/Aluminium – cheap, strong, but can be heavy. Watch salt damage.

Fibre Glass – light weight, stiff, more expensive.

Carbon – light strong but very expensive.

Paddle Folding vs One Piece – folding more easy to transport.

Blade Style – Flat vs Curved – curved give better performance.

Blade Size – larger is more power but also more work.

Seat Types:

Solid – can get hard & uncomfortable

Soft – comfortable, may take on some water

Inflatable – comfortable, water resistant,m but need to pumped up.

Pumps for Inflatable Kayaks:

Foot – saves arms but not durable. Easy to carry on kayak as smaller.

Double Action Hand – very efficient, but larger. Works the arms.

Electric – saves manual work, but needs power supply, and can create heat, so need to top up kayak as cools.

 

Kayak Equipment:

Water Proof Bag – to store every thing. Clip onto kayak with cleat.

Compass – helpful if foggy or lose direction.

Torch – if you paddle later in the day.

Rope – for rescue, tying up or towing in rescue situation.

Safety Knife

Sun Tan Lotion – skin burn is high on the water

Insect Repellant – if area is at risk of mozzies or midges.

Phone

First Aid Kit

Water Bottle is essential

Kayak Wear:

Gloves – to protect hands

Quick Dry Clothes

Sun Glasses – esential to protect eyes

Hat – protect head

Shoes/Sandals/Thongs – be helpful if need to get out & carry or pucsh kayak.

Bouyancy Vests:

Essential safety  item – make sure it fits & is comfortable for paddling.

Kayak Safety:

Always prepare before kayaking…

It can be very difficult to kayak when tidal current & wind are strong & in the same direction.

Unless experienced waves above 0.5 m can also be difficult.

Weather:

Check the forecast for wind level & direction, waves, and weather changes & storms.

Seek protection if out when a strom arrives unexpected.

Tides:

Check for tide times when high & low. Big difference between can indicate higher tidal currents. Some places access at low tide can be restricted. When shallow the water can also be more choppy.

We find it best to tackle hard currents when fresh, so go out against tide or current when starting, and come back with tide to assist you when tired.

Kayak Preparation:

Comfort Position – set up seat & leg position for comfort

Fitness Level – be aware of your fitness level. Start with short trips if fitness is low.

Water Rescue Technique – practice how to get back in kayak, if you fall out in deep water. A rescue rope to hold can be helpful.

Paddling Technique – Keep arms stable, and use core & waist turn to aid with kayak stroke.

Tension Management – keep your shoulder, neck & grip free of tension. Relax & shake out.  Breath long slow deep breaths to let go of tension.

 

Kayaking Locations

Kayak places around SE Qld include: Creeks: Currumbin Creek, Tallebudgera Creek, Cudgen Creek, Combabah Creek, McKoys Creek, Tingalpa Creek, Bulimba Creek, Oxley Creek, Epapah Creek, Lota Creek,  Breakfast Creek, Norman Creek, Hillard’s Creek, Moggil Creek, Currimundi Creek, Coolum Creek, Yabba Creek.

Rivers: Brisbane River, Bremar River, Tweed River, Nerang River, Coomera River, Albert River, Logan River, Pine River, Maroochy River, Noosa River, Noosa Sound.

Bay/Coastal:Moreton Bay North, Moreton Bay South, The Broad Water, Bribie Island, Coloundra

Lakes: Lake Wivenhoe, Lake Marroon, Lake Baroon, Lake McDonald, Lake Samsonvale, Lake Borumba, Lake Cootharaba, Lake Moogerah, and more…

Out of SEQ: coming soon

1 to 2 hrs

Nudgee Beach Reserve

Can only kayak when tide is high. Great place to access the Moreton Bay near the Brisbane Airport. Head south past Kedron Brook toward the Brisbane Airport, going under the new runway. Quiet, fun but shallow area.

Location: Nudgee Beach Reserve via Nudgee Rd - off M1 freeway.

Kayak Type: Tidal Bay - incoming tide is southernly, and out going tide is northernly.

Kayak Access: ramp

Kayak Recommendations: go against tide first.

Facilities: Grass, Picnic, Toilets, Car Parking

Hazards/Issues: Is open to wind, and can be choppy if windy.

60 to 90 Mins

Brighton Beach

Can only kayak when tide is high. Kayak south to Sandgate Pier. Pretty foreshore kayak. May see dolphins.

Location: Brighton - Flinders Parade

Kayak Type: Bay

Kayak Access: Beach access or ramp

Kayak Recommendations: go against tide first

Facilities: Great, Grass, Picnic, Toilets, Car Parking

Hazards/Issues: Shallow so can be choppy if windy

 (10 km) 2. 5 hrs

Decker Park Brighton to Woody Point

A great challenge kayak crossing the open water from Brighten across to Woody Point. 

Location: Decker Park Brighton 25th Avenue

Kayak Type: Open Bay

Kayak Access: beach

Kayak Recommendations: pick a calm day, check weather for storms.

Facilities: parking, picnic, toilets, grass

Hazards/Issues: can be choppy if windy. Open water - know your kayaking ability. Be safe, life jackets, phone, water, rescue rope.

1 to 2 hrs

Scotts Point Beach – Margate

Nice area to access the Bay off Redcliff. A great beach, lots of places to explore. Head south to Woody Point Jetty passing the Gayundah wreck. Head north to Redcliffe pier or even beyond towards Scarborough. Scenic area looking back on theRedcliffe Peninisula.

Location: Scotts Point Beach - Margate - Gayundah Esplanade

Kayak Type: bay

Kayak Access: good beach access

Kayak Recommendations: go against tide first. Tide runs north to south incoming, south to north out going.

Facilities: Grass, Picnic, Toilets, Car Parking

Hazards/Issues: choppy if windy. Can be busy on week ends in holiday times.

1 to 2 hrs

2 hrs (9 kms)

Scarborough Beach or Jameison Park

Access the northern Redcliffe peninsula toward Deception Bay – head west to track towards the suburb of Deception bay, head north towards Bribie Island toward the channel markers or south toward Redcliffe. A prtty area woith nice beaches, but best at higher tides.

Location: Scarborough Beach via Landsborough Ave or Jamieson Park via Reef Point Esplanade

Kayak Type: Bay

Kayak Access: Beach access

Kayak Recommendations: go against tide first

Facilities: Great, Grass, Picnic, Toilets, Car Parking

Hazards/Issues: choppy if windy. Can be busy on week ends in holiday times.

1 to 2 hrs

Point Talburpin Boat Ramp Redland Bay

Various kayak options according to the tide. Head east & south toward Pannikin Island & St Clair Island if tide is runnigout, or head north toward Redland Bay Ferry Terminal or towards the channel leading to Karragarra & Russell Islands. A quiet area to explore on the Southern Moreton Bay.

Location: POitn Talburpin Boat Ramp off Torquay Rd Redland Bay

Kayak Type: Bay

Kayak Access: rocky boat ramp, which becomes muddy at low tide

Kayak Recommendations: best at high or medium tide, the bay is full of sand bars at low tide. Deeper water is toward Pannikin Island.

Facilities: parking, grass, few facilities.

Hazards/Issues: choppy with wind & low tide. Not as good to kayak at very low tide.

1 to 2 hrs

Deception Bay – Northern end

A great kayak area when tide is moid to high. Head north towards the Caboolture River mouth (this can be choppy at low tide). A nice paddle up the Caboolture River, and nice beach area on north side of river towards Beechmere. Quiet, pretty with Mangroves. This best on incoming tide.

Can also head east towards Redcliffe Peninsula.

Location: Boat Ramp on Bancroft Park off Bayview Terrace Deception Bay

Kayak Type: bay

Kayak Access: good boat ramp

Kayak Recommendations: go against tide first.

Facilities: Grass, Picnic, Toilets, Car Parking

Hazards/Issues: Choppy, shallow at low tide, care when windy

2 hrs

Golden Beach Caloundra – Southern end 

A great access point to paddle acroos to the northern tip of Bribie Island. Easy walk acroos to the ocean beach. Pretty area.

Location: Esplanade Park, Golden Beach

Kayak Type: Tidal inlet

Kayak Access: Beach access

Kayak Recommendations: care with a fast running tide

Facilities: Great, Grass, Picnic, Toilets, Car Parking

Hazards/Issues: tide & wind - can be exposed

2 hrs

Gold Coast Broadwater Labrador

Great access area for padling across to South Stradbroke Island, especially the National Park area. Head north east toward the island. The tide can be very strong in this area. Incoming tide goes north. Pretty paddle but can be very busy with boating traffic.

Location: Marine Parade Labrador

Kayak Type: Tidal inlet

Kayak Access: beach access.

Kayak Recommendations: very tough tide - go against tide first. Try to angle paddle so not going directly against tide.

Facilities: parking, grass, no facilities.

Hazards/Issues: choppy with wind & boat traffic, can be very busy & care with a strong tide.

1 to 2 hrs

Cleveland – G J Walker Park

A  nice beach area to access bay near Cleveland. Not so good on a low tide. Head north towards Cleveland Point, head south toward Victoria Point, or on a good day & if youn nhave the skill head east toward Peel Island. This is exposed & can be rough and is over 5 km each way.

Location: G J Walker Park Shore St East Cleveland

Kayak Type: bay

Kayak Access: beach

Kayak Recommendations: go against tide first.

Facilities: Grass, Picnic, Toilets, Car Parking

Hazards/Issues: Can be shallow & choppy with wind. Care on a windy day.

1 to 2 hrs

Cleveland – Raby Bay

A nice beach area on west side of Raby Bay, toward the marina entrance. Can acess well even when tide is low. Many padding options according to tide & wind. Head east toward Clevealand Point, head north toward Wellington Point. Head into the Marina & explore the many waterways – espceially good if the bay is windy & rough, as it is well protected.

Location: Raby Bay Foreshore Park West - via Masthead Drive, then Portsmouth Plane.

Kayak Type: Bay

Kayak Access: beach access - short walk across park from car parking area.

Kayak Recommendations: go against tide first

Facilities: Great, Grass, Picnic, Toilets, Car Parking

Hazards/Issues: can be choppy & rough when windy & at low tide it becomes worse. Dumping waves on the beach, if rough.

1 to 2 hrs

Wellington Point 

A great beach access point for exploring Waterlood bay (west), King Island North (can circuit if tide is high), or making the 10 km paddle across to Green Island (The beacj access is at Nick’s POint on the orth side of the isalnd. The island is directly north of Wellington Point. The water is clear, with coral and it is a great day paddle. This is great paddle across open water when the bay is calm, and tide is coming inward. You can use the tide to cruise home! Only do this when you know the forecast (no storms or high winds), have the endurance of the paddle, and prepared proper safety equipment & procedures.

Location: Wellington Point - Main Road - best access is west side near the beach.

Kayak Type: Bay

Kayak Access: beach

Kayak Recommendations: can be very shallow when tide is low.

Facilities: parking, toilets, beach, grass, picnic - BUT can be very busy on weekends & hard to get a park. Go early.

Hazards/Issues: choppy & rough when windy, and worse on a low tide. Busy on weekends.

1 to 2 hrs

Wellington Point – Three Paddocks Park

Another access point for Waterloo Bay & Wellington Point – can even head over to King  island for 6 to 7 km paddle. Quiet & pretty area. Less busy than Wellington Point itself. 

Location: Three Paddocks Park - Cnr Thomas St & Bath St - park to the right.

Kayak Type: Bay

Kayak Access: beach access, parking very close to beach

Kayak Recommendations: go against tide first.

Facilities: Grass, Picnic, Car Parking

Hazards/Issues: rough if windy, but protected from southern winds.

1 to 2 hrs

Victoria Point 1 – Wilson Esplanade

Beach access at high tide for paddling toward the north across the bay to the northern section of Victoria Point, or heading east and out to Coochimudlo Island. Great access point if you want to circumnavigate Coochimudloo Island.

Location: Wilson Parade Victoria Point (north side)

Kayak Type: Bay

Kayak Access: Beach access - park in side of road with grass for set up. Need high tide for good access.

Kayak Recommendations: protected from southerly winds

Facilities: Grass, Car Parking

Hazards/Issues: access at higher tide. Can be choppy when windy.

2 hrs

Victoria Point 2 – Wilson Street Waterside Reserve

Beach access at higher tide for southern areas. Head east to Coochimudloo Island, head south toward toward Mcleay Island, or head south west toward Redland Bay. Pretty beach area.

Location: Wilson Street, Victoria Point.

Kayak Type: Bay

Kayak Access: beach access (higher tide)

Kayak Recommendations: be mindful of tide, and wind

Facilities: parking, grass, picnic

Hazards/Issues: choppy when windy. Strong currents in passage between Victoria Point & Coochimudloo Island

90 mins

Victoria Point 3 – W H Yeo Park

Beach access for paddle toward South & Redland Bay. Can be busy on public holidays.

Location: Eagle Street Victoria Point

Kayak Type: bay

Kayak Access: beach

Kayak Recommendations: go against tide first.

Facilities: Grass, Picnic, Toilets, Car Parking

Hazards/Issues: choppy when windy

2 hrs (9 kms)

Victoria Point 4 – Orana Esplanade Park

Small beach access at side of road on east side. Good access point for heading north or to access Epapah Creek.

Location: Orana Esplanade Victoria Point

Kayak Type: Bay

Kayak Access: Beach

Kayak Recommendations: go against tide first

Facilities: grass, car parking

Hazards/Issues: choppy when windy. Can be strong tidal flow

2 hrs (9km)

Coochiemudlo Island from Victoria Point

Paddle to Coochimudloo Island. There are many beach access points on the island or you can paddle around the island. It takes about 1 hour depending on the tide.The tide can flow strongly at the east end of the isdland & west end in the channel between Vistoria Point & the island. It is a great Island to paddle around with many pretty beaches and usually not too busy with crowds. 

Location: Wilson Esplanade or Wilson Street Waterfront Reserve

Kayak Type: Bay & Island

Kayak Access: beach

Kayak Recommendations: circle island aware of tides. Incoming flows south. Out going flows north.

Facilities: parking, picnic.

Hazards/Issues: choppy when windy, strong tidal flows

90 mins

Wynnum Kayak Ramp

Ramp access point when tide is higher to head north toward the wetland mangrove area and Brisbane port. Head south toward the Manly boat harbour, or head East toward Green Island. A pretty area to explore at higher tides. 

Location: Wynnum North Esplanade, Wynnum

Kayak Type: bay

Kayak Access: Ramp

Kayak Recommendations: go against tide first.

Facilities: Grass, Picnic, Toilets, Car Parking

Hazards/Issues: choppy when windy, not good at low tide.

2 hrs (9 kms)

 Manly – Davenport Drive

Small beach access at end of Davenport Drive. A good place as can access bay even at low tide. Head north around the Manly Boat Harbour toward Wynnum. Head east across the open water toward Wellington Point. Can often see dolphins. Head south toward Tingalpa Creek entrance. 

Location: Davenport Drive, Manly (south off the boat harbour) Park toward the end of the drive, just back from the turn around point.

Kayak Type: Bay

Kayak Access: Beach

Kayak Recommendations: go against tide first

Facilities: grass, car parking

Hazards/Issues: choppy when windy and tide is low. Can be strong tidal flow.

2 hrs

Bribie Island

Paddle in the channel south or north according to the tide. Many access points off the beaches of Bribie west side. The tidal current can be very strong, and paddling can be difficult if the wind is also blowing strongly.

Location: Welsby Parade or Sylvan Beach Esplanade

Kayak Type: Channel

Kayak Access: beach

Kayak Recommendations: go against tide first

Facilities: parking, picnic.

Hazards/Issues: choppy when windy, strong tidal flows

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