A day trip paddling along the Brunswick river from Brunswick Heads to Mullumbimby and back.
We will paddle with the tide along the Brunswick river from Memorial Park in Brunswick Heads to the park on the south side of Federation Bridge at Mullumbimby. After lunch we will return to Brunswick Heads, initially against the last hour of the high tide, changing as we paddle down stream to Brunswick heads.
|Event ID: 161008S
|Last Modified: 2016-10-06 00:26:21
Note that this is a little longer than the 15km for a grade 1 paddle so if you are a beginner paddler please test yourself via your regular paddling on the Brisbane river first. There is some tidal assistance, but it is close to a neap tide (ie the weakest for the month).
|Paddle Type||Sea kayaking|
|Trip Leader||Martin Wynne|
|Distance(s)||22 km (mostly tidal assistance)|
|Paddle Outline||6:30 AM - Meet at the Club Shed|
7:00 AM - Depart St. Lucia
9:00 Arrive Brunswick Heads
10:00 AM - Depart Brunswick Heads
12 PM - Lunch
1 PM - Depart Mullumbimby
3:30 PM - Arrive Brunswick Heads
4:30 PM - Depart for Brisbane
6:30 PM - Arrive Brisbane
7-7:30 PM - Leave shed.
|Paddle Duration(s)||4-5 hrs|
(Queensland times - NSW time is 1 hr later)
|Moon||Neap tides on 9 th October|
|Sunrise - Sunset times||5:50 PM (Qld time)|
|Put in Point||Memorial Park, Mona Lane (on the bend), Brunswick Heads|
|Take out Point||Same as put in|
|Departure time (put in)||10 AM|
|Alternate Take Out Points||South side of Federation Bridge, Brunswick Tce, Mullumbimby.|
|Facilities||None close at Mullumbimby - walk down Tincogan St until service station ( Dalley St) or Public toilet (McCougan's Lane)|
Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick heads
Brunswick River Route
|Put in Point(s)|
Brunswick River Put in / Take out Point
Risks and Management
|Sea Kayak Risk Assessment||UQ Risk Assessment #45934; ✓ Animals and Plants (major injury);
✓ Animals and Plants (minor injury);
✓ Bad Weather / Weather Change;
✓ Boat Traffic / Shipping;
✓ Carrying Boats;
✓ Cuts, Sprains, and Strains;
✓ Enter / Exit Boat;
✓ Equipment Failure;
✓ Fitness / Fatigue;
✓ Getting Separated from Group;
✓ Heat Exhaustion / Hyperthermia;
✓ Ineffective Rudder;
✓ Medical Condition(s);
✓ Missing / Broken Paddle;
✓ Paddle Related Injuries / Tendonitis / Blisters;
✓ Paddling in the dark / Night Paddling;
✓ Panic / Fear;
✓ Rocks and Submerged Objects;
✓ Strainers (Overhanging Trees / Mangroves / Fishing Lines / Structures);
✓ Tripping while walking;
|Travel Risk Assessment||UQ Assessment #57960; ✓ Becoming Lost;
✓ Breakdown or Breakdown in Remote Area;
✓ Chemical: Unleaded Petrol;
✓ Drowsiness while Driving;
✓ Incident or Accident while Driving;
✓ Injury from Loading / Unloading Equipment from vehicle;
✓ Loads Falling from Vehicle or Trailer, or hitting occupants in accident;
✓ Towing Trailer;
|Paddler Requirements||✓ Conditions can be calm, but can change dramatically with winds and tides contributing significantly to this.|
✓ Paddlers must advise leaders if they have health issues or injuries that may affect participation. Ensure medication is carried and is accessible. If unsure, they should check with their doctor beforehand.
✓ Participants must be familiar with, and have demonstrated, a wet exit and T-rescue (in a sea kayak) while a member of the club.
✓ Participants need the skills for the grade for the trip, unless modified below (Additional Comments).
|Emergency Contact Information||Marine Rescue Brunswick Heads|
(02) 6685 0148
|Safety and Personal Equipment|
|Personal Equipment (check link)||✓ Clothing you can get wet (on the water);
✓ Dry clothing (to keep warm);
✓ Equipment Requirements for Grade;
✓ Food adequate for trip duration;
✓ Footwear suitable for paddling, swimming and extra for on land;
✓ Paddle clothes to protect from cold/wind (e.g. thermal/spray jacked or cag);
✓ Review potential equipment;
✓ Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, long sleeved paddle clothes, sunscreen, etc);
✓ Water - 3L per day (4L if camping);
✓ Water and snacks accessible while paddling;
|Kayak Equipment||✓ Dry bag;
✓ PFD and paddle;
✓ Paddle tie;
✓ Pump, sponge, bailer, and paddle float;
✓ Sea Kayaking Required Equipment List;
✓ Spray Deck (if you have never used one tell the leader before you register!);
✓ Suitable paddle craft (sea kayak if seakayaking);
|Safety Equipment||✓ First Aid Kit;
✓ Hand Pump (at least 1 per 2 boats);
✓ Paddle Floats (at least 1 per 2 boats);
✓ Repair Kit;
✓ Rescue Stirrup;
✓ Spare Paddle;
✓ Torch / Glow stick;
✓ Mobile Phone;
✓ Signal Mirror;
|Additional or Emphasised Equipment||You will need to bring snacks and water that you can access while paddling.|
Bring a packed lunch you can eat at the park.
|Check of Paddlers' Equipment||✓ Bailing Device;
✓ Footwear (covered);
✓ Paddle Leash;
✓ Spray Deck;
✓ Suitable Craft;
✓ Sunsmart Gear;
|Boat Loading||7-10-2016 6:30 PM|
|Boat Loading Location||Club Shed|
|Boat Loading Details||We will load boats / trailer in the evening. Please come and help!|
|Meet Location||Club Shed|
|Meeting Time (meet location)||6:30 AM|
|Depart Time (meet location)||7 AM|
|Meet time (put in)||9 AM|
|Costs||Wear and tear contribution ~$10|
Money for coffee somewhere?
Event organisers and leaders: Check registrations here (copy the event ID first). Login required.
|Register by: 6-10-2016
|Event ID: 161008S|
- Basic fitness (if water based activity)
- You must be a current financial member to participate (except for come and try events). Polo is open to members of Australian canoeing (i.e. members of most AC affiliated canoe clubs).
- You must be able to swim (if event takes place on water)
- You must have signed the club waiver and agreed to abide by the club's rules
About UQCC trips
- Minimum and maximum numbers exist for club trips. Don't miss out, please book your place early.
- Details are subject to change. Please check this web site regularly.
- All trips may be changed due to circumstances or conditions, and trip leaders have the final decision on whether it goes ahead or not, and who goes (they will contact you if this happens).
- Where there is an option to paddle double kayaks, then the first in get singles, and the last ones paddle doubles, unless people specifically want to take double kayaks or the trip leader decides differently.