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Karragarra island and the Secret Garden

Saturday, 22 September 2012
Part of a Queensland Government Training Grant. Club members will lead a trip to Karragarra island and the Secret Passage under the supervision of a qualified instructor.

Full Details
Paddle from Victoria Point pontoon south between Garden and Macleay islands and stop for lunch on Karragarra island. The return route is from Karragarra through the "secret garden" channel of Garden island from east to west, and then north to Coochiemudlo island for a stop. After this we will return to the pontoon at Victoria point.

Date: 22 September 2012
Duration: one day
Grade: 1
Type: Sea kayaking
Distance: ~20 km (there is tidal assist)
Paddle duration: 7 hours (including ~2 hr break on Karragarra for lunch and rest periods during kayaking (~30 min))

Tides: Low 7:56 AM (7:36 AM@Bar) 0.44 m; High 14:44 (14:24@Bar) 2.14m; 21:34 (21:14@Bar) 0.68m
Moon: First Quarter (neap tides)
Sunset: 5:44 PM

Put in point: VMR pontoon and ramp, Victoria Point at 10 AM
Take out point: VMR pontoon and ramp, Victoria Point at 5 PM
Alt. Take out points

  • Ferry return from Karragarra or Macleay island to Redland bay
  • Redland bay, crossing west from the secret garden.
Alt. Route variations
  • Stop on boat ramp on north-west side of Macleay island
  • Return to Victoria Pt from the red marker and avoid stopping at Coochiemudlo island (total distance 18 km)
Personal Gear: See participant gear list - note the essentials

Meet: UQ Club shed
Meet time: 7:15 AM, Depart for Victoria Point 8 AM
Meet time Victoria Point: 9 AM to unload boats with trip briefing at ~9:30 AM. Depart 10 AM.
Return: Load kayaks onto trailer and depart Victoria Point by 6 PM. Return to Brisbane 7 PM.

Risks and Hazards: Sunburn, fatigue, hypothermia, dehydration, Sea sickness, cuts and bruises, Boat capsize, Boat traffic, Tendonitis, Paddle induced injuries, wind and current (weather), group separation
Emergency Contact: VMR Victoria Point Ph: 3207 8717 VHF: ch 73, 16 - Trip to be logged on at the start of the trip and off at end
Medical Conditions: Please advise leaders if you have health issues or injuries that may affect participation
Medical Centre: Bay Islands Medical Service (07)3409 5434
27 Russell Terrace, Macleay Island QLD 4184


Map to the put in point (VMR pontoon, Cleveland Point).


Paddle route.

Costs: Wear and tear contribution for club gear. Petrol money to your driver, and a few extra dollars in case of coffee stop or unplanned ferry trip.
Leaders: Martin Wynne and Luke Chapman

Registration: Email Martin. Please include whether you have a car, and if you have roof racks and/or can tow a trailer.

This training trip is made possible due to a 2012 Queensland Government Grant (Department of Communities) to improve club leadership depth. The grant was part of the department's Sport and Recreation Inclusion Program (Club support category).