Pumicestone Passage Weekend
Saturday, 16 May 2009
Paddling up the Bribie passage from Bribie bridge to Caloundra.
Full DetailsThe passage runs for 35 km between Bribie island and the mainland. At its narrowest it is only a few metres wide and at its widest up to 3 km. There are good views of the Glasshouse mountains.
We will depart from Bribie Bridge at the southern end, camp for the night at Mission Point and then proceed to Golden Beach at Caloundra early on the Sunday morning. Because tides are strong it is essential that we kayak with them. The tide at the centre is about 3 hours later than at the ends so that we have that much less time on the outgoing tide on the second day. We will therefore adhere strictly to times and maintain a reasonable speed.
Grade: 1 (note the longer than normal distance on Sunday)
Departure Saturday 16th May 2009: Meet at club shed at 6am. A car shuttle
will be necessary to Caloundra. We will aim to leave Bribie Bridge at 11 am and
arrive at Mission Point during the afternoon to set up camp and have an early night.
High tide at Bribie bridge is around 2pm. Mission point about 3 hours later.
Tides: Low tide at Bribie Bridge (Saturday 16th) is 8.30 am and high tide at
Mission point about 4pm. High tide at Mission Point (Sunday 17th) is approximately
5 am. Low tide at Caloundra is approx 10am.
Costs: Camping fee $4.85 per person. Cancelled places without suitable replacement are to still pay this. Petrol contribution , a donation towards kayak upkeep is encouraged if you can afford it.
Contact & registration : Please register your interest with the leader by email (first come first served). Please indicate whether you have transport and if you have roof racks for kayaks. If you have not kayaked with the leader before please give some indication of your skills level to assist planning. Email: Michael (seakayaking rep)
Trip report (Michael Wynne)
We had a close encounter with a school of Dolphins including one baby. We saw plenty of mullet, water birds and raptors. Scott spent time fishing for mullet out of his kayak, whereas Sarah and Sonia had an affinity for water cockroaches.
After a late lunch at Donnybrook, we arrived at Mission point in plenty of time to set up camp. Ernst had brought a large load of wood, so we had a camp fire. He did a “braai” (South African for BBQ) so we ate well.
We made an early start on Sunday, crossing Tripcony bight with its spectacular views of the glass house mountains, before the tide was too low to do so. From there through the narrows for a pit stop near Coochin Creek, and a good run to Caloundra - arriving at low tide. We landed on Bribie, walked across to the sea and watched some other kayakers coming in through the surf.
After an early lunch at Bell’s Creek, we packed up and arrived back at the shed by 4 PM. The biggest regret was the absence of any wind for those who had brought sails.