Sea Kayak Trips 2006
Coochiemudlo Island Paddle - Sat 25 Feb 2006Time: Sat 25 Feb
Duration: 7am ñ 6pm
Paddle type: Sea kayaking
Meet: At UQ Canoe club boat shed (building 30) at 7 AM sharp!
Destination: Victoria Point / Coochiemudlo island
Contact: Dani Fox (secretary) and Eric Peterson (sea kayaking rep)
A beautiful mangrove lined bay was discovered to the north-west of Coochie. A small shark, plenty of jumping fish, a ray, and sea eagles were encountered before morning tea on the far corner of the island (half way around). From there the paddlers set out for Maclay island, against a small breeze, where they found a nice beach for lunch - and were prompty joined by hordes of uninvited mosquitoes. A variety of corals were noticed in shallow water off Maclay on the way back to Coochie.
The afternoon was spent back at Coochie, next to the jetty, learning how to roll the kayaks, cooling down in the water, and eating ice-cream. The trip concluded at 3:45 PM after a paddle back to the VMR at Victoria point.
The forecast rain and storms failed to appear, and instead the sun was out for the day. Weather forecasters did not issue apologies, and yes they were still paid.
North Stradbroke Island Weekend Adventure - 1 & 2 Apr 2006Ideal for beginners and those wishing to try out the surf!
Camp at Cylinder Beach Camp Ground on North Stradbroke Island.
Grade day one: 1
Moreton island - Sat 29 April 2006The trip is tailored to paddlers who have children & babies not old enough to paddle. We will take turns walking along shore with "Bubs in Macpacs" while mums paddle, and then dads can have their go after morning and afternoon breaks. We welcome other paddling families.
This is a joint event of University of Queensland Canoe Club, Griffith University Bushwalking Society, and Queensland Sea Kayak Club.
Time: Sat 29 Apr 2006 to Mon 1 May
Beginners Surf/White-water weekend 26 Aug 06Simon is organising a semi-social trip to Byron Bay for white-water folks to train/play in the waves. This trip is sea-kayaking friendly, and confident sea kayakers are welcome to come along. This is a chance for white-water and seakayak folks to meet up, compare skills, and share the odd beer.
Fri 25th: Drive down in the evening (or the next day if you can't make it Friday)
Noosa - Sat/Sun 9-10 Sept 2006Leaving Lake Cootharaba, we will paddle the river past Harry's Hut to Campsite 3 where we will spend the night. That afternoon people can explore futher up the river and walk up to the sand patch. Before returning to Cootharaba the next afternoon.
While not really sea Kayaing as such, it is a very beautiful paddle on an unspoilt river. Take a look at pictures from a previous trip to the Noosa River, a few years ago.
Info: Local map of the area, Satellite map, Cooloolah National Park (pdf map)
The Sand Patch is a massive sandblow on top of the dunes that separates the Noosa river from the sea. It gives some spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. After some sight seeing and some great photos we walked back to camp. The walk back was lovely and we were treated to a beautiful sunset.
We quickly packed up camp and headed down the river, with the weather slowly worsening as we went. At the lake we were greated by some big chop, a nasty headwind, rain, and eventually a thunderstorm. After putting the wet weather gear on, we paddled out into the storm. After being tense at the start, we found it wasn't as bad as we thought, and we relaxed and enjoyed the paddle.
The campsite was basic, but sheltered, clean, and comfortable, with convenient solid tables and benches (also toilets). We had the site all to ourselves (it is booked per group), except for an overly friendly large goanna.
The night was a little bit cold (not too bad), which gave us the wonderfully misty early morning to paddle through. This was a huge contrast to the later rain and stiff wind encountered on the last leg of the return trip, although this was a welcome kayaking challenge to balance such a peaceful trip. The rain was refreshing rather than miserable, and made the hot drinks in Tewantin on the way back that much more delicious.
Thanks Dave for organising a trip that we'll remember for a long while - a particularly special experience for those on their first campling trip!