G1: Circumnavigation of Green island

This is a great day trip for those interested in sea kayaking in the bay.

We will depart from Manly Harbour on the bay.

This is tide dependent, and the high tide is about 10:00 AM. We will aim to leave Manly about 9 AM and go anticlockwise crossing to the south end of the island, then go around the eastern side through the mangroves, to stop on the sandy spit on the north west corner of the island. We will spend up to 1-2 hours there having lunch. We may practice some skills. Beginners will have an opportunity to learn some skills. We will then return directly to Manly from the north end. If the group is strong enough and time allows, we may elect to cross to the south west tip of St Helena island (extra 6 km).

Discipline: Sea kayaking
Grade: 1
Time: Sunday 2 Aug 2015
Meet: at clubhouse at 6:30 AM to pack the last boats and gear
Pre trip meet: If needed we’ll pack the trailer (if needed) on Sat afternoon at midday (after the come and try day)
Duration: All Day.

  • 6:00 AM (no trailer) (or 6:30 AM if trailer already packed) Meet at the club shed
  • 7.00 AM depart club shed
  • 8:00 AM arrive Manly
  • 9:00 AM on the water and departing Manly
  • 11:00 AM Stop on Green island
  • 11:30 Lunch
  • 1:00 PM Depart Green island
  • 2:30 PM Arrive Manly
  • 3:00 PM depart Manly
  • 4:00 PM Arrive UQ shed
  • 4:30 PM Depart UQ

Distance: about 15km (20km if the group is stronger at we go via St. Helena).
Tides: High tide High 10:48 AM (2:08m); Low 16:55 (0.21m
Moon: One day after the full moon (so high high tides, and low low tides, and a big tidal difference = stronger currents)
Sunrise/set: 6:30 AM & 5:19 PM
Paddle type: Sea kayaking
Put in Point: Boat ramp between Moreton Bay Trailer club building and Coast Guard building and next to car park accessed by Fairlead Crescent, Manly (see map below)
Take-out Point: Same as put in point


  • Basic fitness – Although this trip will cater for relative beginners, basic skills and fitness are required. If you can kayak comfortably up river from the club to the radio mast and back at a 4.5km/hr rate then you should manage. This means kayaking, in a sea kayak, from our pontoon up to the green buoy on six mile rocks and back to the pontoon in a minimum of 70 min. There is some open water and you should be able to handle light chop.
  • Basic skills – Only people who have demonstrated that they can use a skirt, do a wet exit and an assisted rescue in a sea kayak will be taken on to Moreton Bay. Contact the leaders if this is an issue.
  • Equipment –
    Paddle gear: Sea kayaks, skirts, paddle leashes, bailers, dry bag, and PFDs.
    Group gear: paddle floats, hand pumps, first aid kit, V sheet, phone, PLB, whistles, VHF radio, flares, spare paddle, tow ropes, Buoyancy bags
    Personal gear: Bring a picnic lunch, snacks, at least 2L WATER, also water you can get to while paddling, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, decent SHOES (no thongs/flip flops or bare feet – oysters and spiky/venomous animals can get you – I’ve seen it! ), insect repellant, money, hat, towel, warm gear, wind and rain proof top and dry change of clothing as you can get wet. Have a look on the big list for other ideas that you think might be useful.

Safety: Sea kayaking on Moreton Bay can be hazardous. If conditions are unfavourable we will not go. We will register with the coast guard prior to departure and be in telephone contact. If you have medical conditions, consult your doctor, let the leader know if they are relevant (eg asthma, diabetes, heart conditions, allergies, epilepsy, etc), and bring any required medication!

Risks and Hazards: Sunburn, fatigue, dehydration, cuts and bruises, Boat capsize, Boat traffic, Tendonitis, Paddle induced injuries, wind and current (weather), drowning, rocks, land and marine fauna, medical conditions, equipment failure
Risk minimisation: Dress for the outdoors, Bring wind/ rain proof cag. Advise trip leader of any medical conditions beforehand. Make participants aware of boat traffic. Safety, communication, and emergency gear. Ensure all safety equipment is accessible and basic knowledge is imparted on its use. Group to stay in close configuration. Trip to be run in accordance with UQCC trip guidelines. Safety and communication gear to meet club trip requirements for grade of trip, and includes the equipment listed for the grade. Risk assessment to be completed beforehand. Weather and weather forecast to be reviewed beforehand.

Emergency Contact: Coast Guard Manly Ph 33965911

Limit on numbers: Numbers will be limited by transport, the number of people with sufficient skills, and the weather. Within these constraints it will be first come first served and number will be limited.

Basic Costs:$8-10 towards gear maintenance and petrol money for your driver.

Registration: Please register your interest with the leader by email (first come first served). Please indicate whether you have –

  • a car and how many people you might be able to take
  • if you have roof racks for kayaks (if so how many you can take)
  • a car that can tow a trailer
  • your own boat
  • include mobile phone contact number

If you have not kayaked with the leader before please give some indication of your skills level to assist planning.

Leader & registration: Martin Wynne
Please register by Thursday 30 July 2015

Route Map


Put in Point

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Registration and contact: Martin