Overnight at Blakesley’s Stradbroke Island

A weekend trip to Blakesley’s anchorage on North Stradbroke island. Paddling from Redland Bay to Blakesley’s Anchorage via Russell Island. Camping overnight and returning via Macleay Island (Sunday).

This trip was rescheduled from 10-11 December due to bad weather forecasts

Event ID: 91216
Last Modified: 2016-12-09 08:34:26
Version: 1

This trip was changed to a week later due to bad weather forecasts.

Approximately 16km there and 14km return. Launch at 8:30am stopping off for morning tea at Russell Island cafe. Return the next morning through Lucas Passage and stop off at Macleay Island cafe. 4-5 hrs paddle each day. Camping is free on Blakesley’s. You need to be self sufficient. There is no water or facilities at camp so you must bring all cooking and drinking water.

Paddle Type Sea kayaking
Start Date 17-12-2016
End Date 18-12-2016
Trip days 2
Trip Leader Jane Baker
2IC Martin Wynne
Grade 1
Distance(s) 16 km there 14km back
Paddle Outline Saturday

  • 6:15 Meet club shed and load boats
  • 6:45 Depart shed
  • 7:45 Arrive boat ramp and pack boats
  • 8.45 Pre trip Briefing
  • 9.15 Depart
  • 11:00 Arrive Russell island for morning tea / early lunch and a swim
  • 12:00 Depart Russell
  • 14:00 Arrive Blakesley’s and set up camp
  • 18:30 Sunset


  • 6:30 Breakfast
  • 7:30 Pack up
  • 8.00 Leave
  • 10:00 Arrive Macleay Island for morning tea lunch and a swim
  • 12:00 Depart Macleay
  • 15:00 Arrive Redland Bay and pack up
  • 16:00 Depart Redland Bay
  • 17:00 Arrive shed
  • 17:45 Depart St. Lucia
Paddle Duration(s) 4 hour paddling per day
Tide(s) SAT

  • low 5:29 – 0.31m
  • high 12:00 – 2.57m
  • low 18:47 – 0.47m


  • high 6:13 – 0.43m
  • low 12:44 – 2.44m
  • high 19:32 – 0.53m
Moon Waning
Full moon (supermoon) 14th
Half moon 17th
Sunrise – Sunset times Sat

  • sunrise 4.19
  • sunset 18.35


  • sunrise 4.45
  • sunset 18.36
Put in Point Boat ramp on the Esplanade, Redland Bay (~250m south of Weinam creek mouth/ferry terminal)
Take out Point Same as put in point
Departure time (put in) 9:15 AM
Alternate Route Variations
  • Return via the “”secret garden”” (the high tide gap through the middle of Garden island
  • Return via the north end of Macleay island and along the western side of Macleay island.
  • Paddle to Blakesley’s via Macleay/Lamb islands instead of via Russell island
  • Paddle to Dunwich and take a ferry to the mainland.
Alternate Take Out Points Ferry terminals on Karragarra, Macleay, and Russell islands.
Facilities Toilets on the islands on the way
There are NO Facilities at Blakesleys. No water, toilets, or shops.
322-Blakesleys Route.JPG
Planned Routes
Put in Point(s)
How to get to the New put in point at Redland Bay
Drive towards Cleveland (Old Cleveland road). Take the turnoff south along the Cleveland-Redland Bay Road. Then take Gordon road (left), and follow it through two roundabouts and a curve to the left. Then follow it straight until it almost becomes Moores road. Take Moores road and turn left onto the Esplanade when you get to the water. Follow this a short distance until you reach the small bit of park and a boat ramp on your right just before the road curves to the left.
The Put in Point Boat Ramp
Take Out Point(s)
Same as put in point.


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;
✓ Paddling in the dark / Night Paddling;
✓ 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
Emergency 000
VMR 477 / Redland Bay Coast Guard (07) 3206 7777
Nearest Medical Help and Contacts Macleay Island
Bay Islands Medical Service (07)3409 5434
27 Russell Terrace, Macleay Island QLD 4184

Marie Rose Medical Centre
Cnr Petrie St and Oxley Parade
(next door to MBRS (UQ’s Research Facility)
Nurse available 24/7
Ph: 34099059

Safety and Personal Equipment
Personal Equipment (check link) ✓ Camping Gear (e.g. tent, sleeping mat, sleeping bag);
✓ Clothing you can get wet (on the water);
✓ Cooking gear;
✓ 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;
✓ VHF Radio;
✓ Whistle;
Additional or Emphasised Equipment Camping Gear (the cub has any of this if you don’t – please email the organiser to book it)
Cooking Gear
Food and water both for while you are on the water, and for when you are camping.
At least 4L of water per day!
Bring warm dry clothes for after paddling
Bring windproof and warm gear that you can get wet (if it gets cold while paddling).
Paddle shoes and footwear while on the island.
Check of Paddlers’ Equipment ✓ Bailing Device;
✓ Footwear (covered);
✓ Medication;
✓ PFD;
✓ Paddle Leash;
✓ Spray Deck;
✓ Suitable Craft;
✓ Sunsmart Gear;
✓ Water;



Boat Loading We will load early Sat morning (6:15 AM)
Boat Loading Location Club shed
Boat Loading Details load trailer or cars
Meet Location shed
Meeting Time (meet location) 6:15AM (sharp)
Depart Time (meet location) 6.45 AM
Meet time (put in) 7:45 AM
Go Home Time 5:45PM Sunday
  • Wear and tear contributions (for club gear used)
  • Petrol money for your driver
  • Incidental coffee/snacks (if we stop on one of the islands with shops or after the paddle)
  • Emergency money if we need to catch a ferry back from one of the islands (about $30).
Additional Comments/Instructions There are no toilets or water at the camping site. Come prepared!



Event ID: 161210S
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Register with: Jane Leader Email Address Location: Member Contacts Page
Register by: 14-12-2016 Event ID: 91216

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