Stradbroke Island Long Weekend Island Hop

A three day weekend visiting various islands in Moreton Bay, staying two nights on the largest – North Stradbroke island. We will stay two nights at UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station (rooms and sheets provided, but bring a towel).

Event ID: 161001S
Last Modified: 2016-09-22 07:55:38
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On Saturday we will paddle from Victoria Point across to the south side of Coochiemudlo island, and then over to Pott’s Point on the north end of Macleay island. After a brief stop we will cross to Blakesley’s anchorage on North Stradbroke island for an early lunch. We will catch the tide north to Dunwich.

On Sunday we will go around Peel island, paddling around the north side with the high tide, stopping at Horseshoe bay for lunch (and the peek of the outgoing tide). We will return to Dunwich during the last couple of hours of the outgoing tide. There will be an option for some people to paddle direct to Horseshoe bay and wait a few hours or those paddling around the island.

On Monday we will make a relatively early start to catch the tide across to Coochiemudlo island where we will spend much of the day for lunch and skills practice before returning to Victoria Point.

If the weather deteriorates on Saturday we may paddle in the vicinity of Dunwich during the high tide, and spend the rest of the day exploring North Stradbroke island as tourists! If the weather is poor on Monday, and depending on the wind direction or speed, we may take a more sheltered path by returning the way we came, or potentially by paddling further south for more sheltern (strong paddlers only). If the weather forecast is too challenging, we may have some or all participants return via either the car ferry or the passenger ferry (in which case boats will be left in Dunwich for return later in the week).

Paddle Type Sea kayaking
Start Date 1-10-2016
End Date 3-10-2016
Trip days 3
Paddle days 3
Trip Leader Martin Wynne
2IC Caitlin Johns
Grade 1
Distance(s) Sat: 19 km (tidal assistance)
Sun: 19 km (around Peel island)
Option 10 km (Horseshoe bay and back)
Mon: 15 km (direct to Coochiemudlo island)
Option – Bad weather : 20 km (sheltered return the way we came)
Option – very bad weather : 28 km ( strong paddlers only!)
Paddle Outline Sat

  • 6:30 Meet club shed
  • 7:00 Depart St. Lucia
  • 8:00 Arrive Victoria Point & pack boats
  • 9:00 Depart Victoria Point
  • 10: 00 Arrive Macleay
  • 10:15 depart for Blakesley’s anchorage
  • 11:30 Arrive Blakesley’s anchorage & have lunch
  • 12: 30 Depart Blakesley’s anchorage
  • 2:30 – 3:00 PM arrive Dunwich and move gear to MBRS
  • 3:30 PM change/move in
  • 3:45 PM Station induction
  • 4:00 PM Afternoon tea


  • 8:30 Prepare boats
  • 9:00 depart North Stradbroke Island to Horseshoe bay, Peel island (4 km direct or 13 km around north side)
  • 12:00 Lunch at Horseshoe bay, Peel island
  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM Depart Peel island for Dunwich (4km)
  • 3:00 – 4:00 PM Arrive Dunwich and move gear to MBRS


  • 7:00 Breakfast
  • 7:30 Pack up rooms
  • 7:45 Pack boats
  • 8:30 Depart Dunwich (10:26 km)
  • 11:30 Arrive Coochiemudlo island
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 2:00 PM depart Coochiemudlo island (3 km)
  • 3:00 Arrive Victoria Point
  • 4:00 Depart Victoria Point
  • 5:00 Arrive St. Lucia
  • 6:00 Head home.
Paddle Duration(s) Sat – 4-5hr
Sun – 4-5hr
Mon – 3-4 hr
Tide(s) SAT 1 OCT

  • HIGH 9:39 am (2.11 m)
  • LOW 3:52 pm (0.41 m) [4:08 Dunwich]


  • LOW 4:09 am (0.32 m)
  • HIGH 10:11 am (2.14 m) [10:21 Dunwich)
  • LOW 4:25 pm (0.44 m) [4:40 Dunwich]


  • LOW 4:35 am (0.33 m)
  • HIGH 10:44 am (2.15 m) [10:55 Dunwich]
  • LOW 4:59 pm (0.49 m)
Moon New Moon on the 1st October
Sunrise – Sunset times 5:49 PM
Put in Point Victoria Point
Take out Point Victoria Point
Departure time (put in) 9 AM
Alternate Route Variations Sunday – we may choose to have part or all of the group paddle direct to Horseshoe bay rather than paddler around the north side of the island.

Monday – we may return the way we came, or paddle even further south if we need to shelter from winds.

The ferries may be used if conditions are too poor to return by kayak.

Alternate Take Out Points Dunwich (ferry trip return)
Macleay or Karragarra islands (ferry trip return)
Facilities Public toilets at Victoria Point, Coochiemudlo and Peel islands.
Full accommodation, showers, toilets, water, cooking facilities, shops, resturants in Dunwich.
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Route map. Sat – red, Sun – yellow, Mon – purple. Dotted lines are potential alternate bad weather routes (note that Sat is the opposite direction shown)

Put in Point(s)
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Put in / Take out point
Take Out Point(s)
Dunwich Sat, Sun, Mon: Dunwich boat ramp near the VMR and Bradbury’s beach. Unfortunately we will need to put in and take out near low tide when there are extensive mudflats exposed around Polka point (destination). There is a 5 minute walk to the accommodation.


Risks and Management

Sea Kayak Risk Assessment UQ Risk Assessment #45934; ✓ Algae;
✓ Animals and Plants (major injury);
✓ Animals and Plants (minor injury);
✓ Bad Weather / Weather Change;
✓ Boat Traffic / Shipping;
✓ Capsize;
✓ Carrying Boats;
✓ Cuts, Sprains, and Strains;
✓ Dehydration;
✓ Drowning;
✓ Enter / Exit Boat;
✓ Equipment Failure;
✓ Fitness / Fatigue;
✓ Getting Separated from Group;
✓ Heat Exhaustion / Hyperthermia;
✓ Hit by Paddle;
✓ Hypothermia;
✓ Ineffective Rudder;
✓ Medical Condition(s);
✓ Missing / Broken Paddle;
✓ Paddle Related Injuries / Tendonitis / Blisters;
✓ Panic / Fear;
✓ Rocks and Submerged Objects;
✓ Rough Seas;
✓ Sea Sickness;
✓ Separation from Boat;
✓ Sinking Boat;
✓ Strainers (Overhanging Trees / Mangroves / Fishing Lines / Structures);
✓ Sunburn;
✓ 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;
Risk Management
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 VMR Victoria Point 07 3207 8717 VHF 16, 73
VMR Raby Bay 07 3821 2244 VHF 16, 73
Emergency 000

Nearest Medical Help and Contacts Marie Rose Medical Centre
Cnr Petrie St and Oxley Parade
(next door to MBRS)
Nurse available 24/7
Ph: 34099059
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);
✓ Whistle;
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;
Communications ✓ Flares;
✓ Mobile Phone;
✓ Signal Mirror;
✓ V-Sheet;
✓ Whistle;
Additional or Emphasised Equipment
  • We do not need tents as we will not be camping.
  • Beds and linen provided (not towels)
  • The kitchen has stoves, ovens and fridges, microwave, plates, cup, kettle, dishwasher, etc (we may eat out or get takeaway)
  • BRING A LARGE PLASTIC CARRY BAG TO CARRY YOUR GEAR. When we arrive in Dunwich we have a 5 min walk to the station. Boats may need to be carried a moderate distance. We will need to empty the boats completely. Ikea bags or a cheap checked linen bags are great. These fold down small to fit into the boat.
Check of Paddlers’ Equipment ✓ Bailing Device;
✓ Footwear (covered);
✓ Medication;
✓ PFD;
✓ Paddle Leash;
✓ Spray Deck;
✓ Suitable Craft;
✓ Sunsmart Gear;
✓ Water;



Boat Loading 30-9-2016 6:00 PM
Boat Loading Location Club Shed
Boat Loading Details We will pack boats and gear the day before the trip.
Meet Location Club shed
Meeting Time (meet location) 6:30 AM
Depart Time (meet location) 7:00 AM
Meet time (put in) 8 AM
Go Home Time 6 PM Sun
Costs Accommodation: 2 nights @~$25each night (~$50total)
Petrol costs
Wear and tear cost ($10 per day)
Money for coffee, local cafe and/or restaurant food.
Money for return ferry trip if weather turns bad ($30)



Event ID:161001S
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Register with: Martin Leader Email Address Location: Committee Contacts Page
Register by: 28-9-2016 Event ID: 161001S