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South Stradbroke Weekend

Saturday, 04 May 2013
A relatively short paddle on Saturday to a beautiful campsite at Tipplers Passage on South Stradbroke Island (northern end of the Gold Coast). We will return via the same way or the long way depending on the weather and paddlers abilities/ fitness. Environment is paddling within estuary waters.

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DescriptionWe will leave Jacobs Well (9.30AM) and paddle east towards South Stradbroke Island (Tipplers Passage) for about 10ks. This should take about 3 hours. We intend to practise towing and we will work on our stoke correction hence the longer estimated paddle time. We will stop at the old Bedrooms campsite before heading south to Tipplers. We should arrive at out campsite at about 12.30pm and set up camp. The campsite is within a private camping area (grassed open ground) and a camping fee is payable to the operators. This is about $10 depending on the final number of participants. Please bring money for this fee. There is also a shop and food outlet/ cafe (coffee ☺) at the camp ground, so bring extra money for whatever you wish to buy here. At the camp ground there are hot showers, flushing toilets and a formal BBQ facility/ camp kitchen! In the late afternoon there are many kangaroos around the camp ground (well - there were when l was last there many years ago). Water is available at this camp ground.

After we set up camp we may practice further skills in the protected waterway and or walk (about 15minutes) to the beach side of the Island for a swim in the surf. On Sunday morning we will pack our kayaks and either paddle back to Jacobs Well the same way as we paddled there or alternatively via Couran Cove Resort (which is about a further 2.5ks to the south of Tipplers) and thence back to Jacobs Well on the inside of a group of mangrove/ sand Islands. On the way back to Jacobs Well we will paddle about 12ks, so we should arrive back at the 'put in' at Jacobs Well at about 3pm.

This is a overnight camp so will help prepare those who wish to come on the multiday Fraser Trip for packing the kayak and camping generally.

Date4/5 May 2013 (Saturday early morning to Sunday early evening)
Duration2 days
Paddle typeSea kayaking
Distance12 km each day (note- there will be some paddling against the tidal current)
Paddle duration4-5 hr max over 2 days (including hydration and rest periods during kayaking)
Paddle outline
  • 9:30 AM Depart from Jacobs Well
  • 12.30 PM Arrive Tipplers Resort (Camp ground)
  • Lunch, time on 1.30 - 2.30pm. Practice rolling/rescues, etc
  • Walk to ocean side of Island 3.30PM - 5PM
  • Dinner 5.30 PM
  • 10AM - leave Tipplers Resort/ camp ground.
  • 11PM - Depart Currigee for Jacobs Well
  • 3PM - Arrive Jacobs Well
  • 4.30PM - Depart Jacobs Well for arrival at the UQ Shed at 5.30PM then wash kayaks and put gear away. This should take no more than an hour with everyone helping.
TidesSATURDAY low 11.15 AM (estimate Jacobs Well) High 5 PM (South Stradbroke/ Tipplers) SUNDAY low 11.45 AM (South Stradbroke/ Tipplers) High 6.15PM (Jacobs Well). Please note that the tides may vary up to an hour to that given due to time delay in water movement from the Jumpinpin Bar (northern end of South Stradbroke) so the above are estimates.
MoonLast Quarter (neap tides)
Sunrise/set6.11AM/ 5.18PM
Put in pointJacobs Well public boat ramp 9.30AM
Take out pointSaturday -Tipplers Resort 12.30PM/ Sunday - Jacobs Well 3PM
Alt. Take out pointsNumerous as we are close to the bank at all locations
Alt. Route variationsReturn via Couran Cove
FacilitiesThere are water and toilets available at Tipplers Resort (Saturday night camp location). Bring enough water for the paddle components of the trip only - say 2L)
Personal GearCamping gear for the one night (to include tent, sleeping matt, sleeping bag, food for all meals, personal kayaking and camp clothes, towel/s). Bring sandshoes for the walk across the Island to the ocean side (Swimmers). An extensive potential gear list is also available, but use common sense (separate page), including
Meet UQ Club shed
Meet timeSATURDAY 4th May - 7:15 AM at the UQ Club Shed for departure at 8.15AM
Risks and HazardsSunburn, fatigue, hypothermia, dehydration, Sea sickness, cuts and bruises, Boat capsize, Boat traffic, Tendonitis, Paddle induced injuries, wind and current (weather). As the trip also involves camping further hazards would be burns from cooking and falling branches.
Risk ReductionSplit paddle, tow ropes, paddle float, whistles, compass, PFD, bailer, Sea kayak with deck lines and sealed compartments, hand pumps, PLB, V sheet, flares, signal mirror, rescue stirrup, mobile phone(s), First aid kit, chart., torch, light stick.
Safety Gear
Emergency Contact(s)VMR Jacob's well 07 5546 1100, VHF 16, 73
Tipplers Resort Phone - 55772849
Medical ConditionsPlease advise leaders if you have health issues or injuries that may affect participation
Map Launch Point
Map of Paddle Route
Bad weather alternativeNone
CostsWear and tear contribution for club gear ($20 for the trip) Petrol money to your driver, and a few extra dollars in case of coffee stop/ meal at cafe etc at Tipplers. Don't forget also to bring money as mentioned above for the camp fee.
Trip LeaderPlease register your interest with John 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 organisers before, please give some indication of your skills level to assist planning. It will not be fun if you are not up to it
Register by28th April