G1 G2: North Stradbroke Island Weekend

A weekend trip over the Blakesley’s Anchorage on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah), to Dunwich, and then returning to Victoria Point via Peel and Coochiemudlo islands.

This trip has unfortunately been cancelled due to bad weather. An alternate day trip has been organised here.

Description: We will be leaving from Victoria Point heading to Pott’s Point (NE point of Macleay Island). We will stop at Pott’s point and then cross to Blakesley’s for lunch. We will then head north to Dunwich where we will stay the night.

On Sunday we will paddle from Dunwich across to Coochiemudlo island, and then across to Victoria Point.

Date: Sept 19th & 20th, 2015

Discipline: Sea kayaking
Grade: 1 (first half of trip) and 2 (return). Conditions could turn into grade 2 conditions between Dunwich and Coochiemudlo islands. Grade 1 paddlers to come prepared to take a return ferry from Dunwich to Cleveland. The grade 2 paddlers will return to Victoria Point and collect cars to pick up grade 1 paddlers from Cleveland.

Water: Bay – smooth waters

Distance: Sat 20 km (tide assist), Sun 15km . Note that we will have neap tides

Load kayaks: Sat Morning 7 AM sharp (to be confirmed by email)
Meet time: 7:00 AM at the shed (sharp). Depart St. Lucia 8:00 AM.
Depart point: Victoria Point boat ramp (on the northern point of the reserve). Access via the end of Colburn Street, Victoria Point. Arrive 9:00AM. Depart 10:00 – 10:30 AM
Paddle duration:Sat: 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM; Sun: 9AM to 2 PM
Return to shed : ~4-5PM

Tides: Sat – Low 6:34 AM (0.49m), High 12:59 (1.98 m) Low 7:16 PM (0.75m)
Sun – Low 7:14 AM (0.56m), High 1:49 PM (1.94m)
(For Macleay Island add 30 min to these times)
Moon phase: Approaching first quarter (Sat 32%, Sun 41%). Rise/Set Sat – 9:11 AM/10:45PM, Sun – 9:55 AM / 11:38 PM
Sunrise/set: 5:40AM/5:42 PM



  • 7:00 Meet UQ shed and load gear
  • 8:00 Depart UQ
  • 9:00 Arrive Victoria Point unload and pack boats.
  • 10:15 Briefing
  • 10:30 Depart Victoria Point
  • 11:30 Arrive Pott’s Pt, Macleay Island
  • 12:00 Depart Pott’s Pt
  • 13:00 Arrive Blakesley’s Anchorage for lunch
  • 14:00 Dept Blakesley’s Anchorage
  • 16:00 Arrive Dunwich.
  • 17:15 Sundowners at Polka Point


  • 7 AM Breakfast.
  • 8 AM Carry / pack boats.
  • 9 AM Depart Dunwich
  • 12 noon Arrive Coochiemudlo island
  • Lunch
  • 1 PM Dpt Coochie take western or eastern path depending on wind strength and direction
  • 2PM Arrive Victoria Point.
  • 3PM Depart Victoria Point
  • 4PM Arrive St. Lucia
  • 5 PM Head home

Accommodation: Onsite at UQ MBRS Dunwich (made possible via the club’s UQ affiliation). If UQ then there will be showers, beds & sheets, eating utensils, comfort!

Food: Lunches – on beaches during paddle: Dinner – eat out in Dunwich. Breakfast – eat out or a simple onsite breakfast. Snacks when paddling and morning tea. Water!

Costs: Wear and tear contribution for club gear ~$10/day. Petrol money to your driver (~$10), Accommodation $10 – $20 (TBC), Dinner $15-$20, and a few extra dollars for coffee etc and perhaps extra if other purchases (e.g. breakfast). Bring an extra $30 for ferry costs if we choose to catch the ferry back [this is very possible given the current forecast].

Ability: Paddlers should have an appropriate level of fitness. Individuals must self assess their, and their equipment’s, ability to participate in this level club event and should consult the trip leader if any aspect of their suitability requires clarification. All participants must have demonstrated a wet exit and a sea kayak T-rescue, contact the leader ASAP if you have not done this so it can be arranged.

Risks: Boat traffic; fatigue; sunburn, hypothermia; dehydration; paddle related injuries; cuts,sprains and strains; getting separated from group; sea sickness; enter/exit boat; separation from boat; sinking boat; broken paddle; rough seas; drowning; dehydration; Major/minor injury from animal/plant; capsize; carrying boats; ineffective rudder; tripping while walking; medical conditions; bad weather/weather change; equipment failure
Risk minimisation: Keep group together during channel crossings. Periodic rest stops. Dress for the outdoors, Bring food/water/wind/ spray proof cag/ jacket and fleece to change into for lunch. Advise trip leader of any medical conditions beforehand. Safety equipment and paddler equipment. Check weather forecasts. See UQ risk assessments #45934 and #57960 for more detail.
Alternate course & take out points: The trip passes or stops on several islands so there are rest places on route. The largest leg (Sat or Sun is 10 km). There are also passenger ferries and a vehicular ferry to the southern end of Macleay Island and Karragarra Island in case of emergency. A ferry is available from Dunwich to Cleveland (mainland).
Emergency contact: VMR Victoria Point (32078717). Dunwich Medical centre ph 3409 9058, cnr Oxley Parade and Petrie St.

Safety Equipment: mobile, VHF radio, signal mirror, flares, spare paddle, tow line, repair kit, first aid kit.
Paddler equipment: Safe craft, spray deck, PFD, paddle leash, bailing device, medication, whistle, sunscreen, hat, long sleeved shirt/jacket/cag, minimum three litres water per day. Footwear suitable for paddling, swimming and bush walking. Food / nourishment for the duration of the trip, including lunch. Warm gear in case the wind gets up (eg thermal and spray jacket are good). Warm gear while having lunch.

Leader: Martin Wynne

Facilities: Toilets are available at Victoria Point, Macleay island, Dunwich, and Coochiemudlo island.

Register by: Fri 17th Sept
If you membership needs completing, please get it in order beforehand (paperwork can be brought in on Sat or Sun morning).

282-Blakesleys Dunwich NSI route.jpg

Map to Put in point

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Leader: Martin Wynne
Participants must register their interest prior to the event (by 17th Sept). There is a participant limit on this trip so please reserve your place early.

Event ID: 1509019S

Event organisers and leaders: Check registrations here (copy the event ID first)