The Pontoon is back with Canoe Launching Platforms

The new pontoon is in operation. There are lower kayak launching platforms on the inside of the pontoon.

When you take boats up or down the ramp, please rest and slide them over the end of the pontoon at the bottom the ramp. Sit the end in the water as you manoeuvre the boat around and onto the pontoon.

There is no need to lift boats over the ramp railing (it is awkward). If you are doing this, you are doing it wrong 🙂 . If unsure, please ask experienced members to show you.

Warning
The bottom end of the ramp moves backwards and forwards when waves pass under the pontoon (eg when boats go past).
Never stand near the end of the pontoon!

2024 Trips – Dates to be confirmed

A number of trips are being organised for 2024. Dates need to be scheduled so they are listed here until this is worked out. Links to similar previous trips are provided so you can get an idea.

All trips and dates are subject to scheduling limitations and availability of volunteers to lead them.

Sea Kayaking

  • Brunswick Heads weekend (Martin)
    A three day trip to Brunswick Heads (north of Byron Bay in NSW. We will explore the rivers to the south, north (Brunswick Heads to Billynudgel), and West (Brunswick Heads to Mullimbimby).
  • Pumicestone Passage Weekend (Leader TBC)
    Paddle the full length of Pumicestone Passage along Bribie Island (Caloundra – Bongaree). Similar trip here.
  • G2: Redcliffe to Bribie Island Return (Martin)
    A day trip paddling the longer more exposed northern Moreton Bay. Similar to this trip.
  • Intro to Navigation (Martin)
    An evening learning about marine navigation for sea kayaking
  • Intro to tides and weather (Martin)
    Learn the basics of tides and weather – essential for trip planning and paddling safe in the bay and sea.
  • Bongaree to Red Beach (Martin)
    Paddle around the bottom of Bribie island. Learn / Practice small surf entry/landings. Similar to this trip.
  • Fraser Expedition (5- 9 day trip to Fraser Island) (Martin/ Wendy)
    A multi-day trip from Urangan (Hervey Bay) along the side of Fraser Island to Awinya (or Wathumba) depending on the duration. Similar to this trip. Aiming for September.
  • Southern Fraser Island Trip (Steff/Jane/Martin)
    A three day trip camping at Coolooloi on the south of Fraser Island. This will be similar to this Poona/Fraser/Tin Can Bay trip, or this trip.

Flatwater

  • Explore the Entire Brisbane River (Leandro)
    Over the year we plan to paddle the full length of the Brisbane River from Wivenhoe Dam to the mouth with a combination of day and weekend trips
    • Norman Creek and Brisbane River to the club shed (Martin)
      Paddle the available length of Norman Creek, visit the Powerhouse at New Farm Park, and return to the shed along the river

Other Trips

  • Coochin Creek (Martin / TBC)
    A day trip paddling the beautiful Coochin Creek off the Pumicestone Passage. Similar to this trip.

No Access to the River from the Club Shed (Jun-Aug 2023)

Work is commencing on the new rowing club pontoon from that start of June. The current pontoon is in bad need of repair and this is part of a much broader improvement plan. It is envisaged that this will take up to three months to complete the new pontoon (?mid / end of Aug). We are also hoping that after this work may commence on our club’s pontoon and get it back into action.

We will look to organise other paddling events over this period, so keep an eye out. Also come along to the UQ Pool on Monday nights to keep up some paddle skills (eg polo).

No Access to UQ Pontoons

The club pontoon has been out of action since the floods and we have been using the adjacent Rowing Club pontoon. UQ Sport has now informed us that the rowing club pontoon is currently unavailable for use as it has developed a structural issue.

This means there is currently no access to the river from the shed, and this affects all clubs that use them. We are hoping to hear more from UQ Sport soon as to how long we will not have direct river access and what alternatives may become available.