Coochin Creek

A trip along Coochin Creek, half way along the Pumicestone passage.

Event ID: 171008S
Last Modified: 2017-10-06
Version: 1

Coochin Creek is a secluded creek that runs between the Bruce Highway and Pumicestone Passage. We will launch into the Pumicestone passage at the boat ramp on Roys Road. This is just over 2 km north of the mouth of Coochin Creek. Visit the secret lake.

See this secluded region before the area gets developed to hell…

Paddle Type Sea kayaking
Start Date 8-10-2017
End Date 8-10-2017
Trip days 1
Trip Leader Martin Wynne
Grade 1
Distance(s) 17-20 km, depending on stop point/group progress. Tidal assistance. Sheltered creek.
Paddle Outline
  • 6:30 AM meet at shed
  • 7:00 AM depart
  • 8:30 AM arrive Coochin Creek
  • 9:00 AM depart
  • 12:00 Lunch at camp site (8.2 km) or where the creek divides (9.6km) depending on progress
  • 1 PM return
  • 4 PM Arrive Boat ramp
  • 4:30 PM depart Boat ramp
  • 6 PM arrive St. Lucia
  • 7 PM finish.
Paddle Duration(s) 6 hrs paddling with breaks
Tide(s) Near the mouth of Coochin Creek
Low 7:08 am (0.21m)
High 12:59 pm (2.35m)
Low 7:38 pm (0.38m)
Moon Full moon on Wed 6th Oct
Sunrise – Sunset times Sunrise 5:18 AM
Sunset 5:51 PM
Put in Point Boat ramp on Roys Road.
Take out Point Boat ramp on Roys Road.
Departure time (put in) 9 AM
Alternate Route Variations
  • Either turn round at the camp site or where the creek forks (upstream of campsite).
  • Stop at any alternate take out point and return.
Alternate Take Out Points
  • Coochin Creek camping area (we pass the turn off on the way along Roys road)
  • Track south east from the camping area (both ends of track join Roys road)
  • Esplanade road at settlement near mouth of Coochin Creek (off Roys road)
Facilities None (basic toilet may be available at camping area).
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Coochin Creek Route Map
Put in Point(s)
358-Roys Road Ramp Put in point.jpg
Roys Road Boat Ramp
Extra Files and Links National Parks campsite info
Map of campsite
Review of campsite
Extra review of campsite


Risks and Management

Sea Kayak Risk Assessment UQ Risk Assessment #45934; ✓ 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;
✓ Hit by Paddle;
✓ Ineffective Rudder;
✓ Medical Condition(s);
✓ Missing / Broken Paddle;
✓ Paddle Related Injuries / Tendonitis / Blisters;
✓ Panic / Fear;
✓ Rocks and Submerged Objects;
✓ 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 must self-assess their, and their equipment’s ability to cope with this grade of club event. The club grading scale is located on the club website. This should be consulted prior to registration, and any concerns or anything needing clarification should be raised with the trip leader beforehand.
✓ Participants need the skills for the grade for the trip, unless modified below (Additional Comments).
✓ Participants should have an appropriate level of fitness. This is a trip that requires a moderate fitness level and a minimum sustained cruising speed as required by the {paddle grade
Emergency Contact Information Emergency 000

Nearest Medical Help and Contacts Sunshine Coast University Hospital
6 Doherty Street
Birtinya QLD 4575
Tel: (07) 5202 0000
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;
✓ VHF Radio;
✓ Whistle;
Additional or Emphasised Equipment Water and food.
Check of Paddlers’ Equipment ✓ Bailing Device;
✓ Footwear (covered);
✓ Medication;
✓ PFD;
✓ Paddle Leash;
✓ Spray Deck;
✓ Suitable Craft;
✓ Sunsmart Gear;
✓ Water;



Boat Loading Location Club shed
Boat Loading Details Load boats in morning. May have to meet earlier on Sunday to pack trailer if required.
Meet Location Club shed
Meeting Time (meet location) 6:30 AM
Depart Time (meet location) 7 AM
Meet time (put in) 8:30 AM
Go Home Time 7 PM
  • wear and tear contribution
  • Petrol money for driver
  • $ for a coffee (assuming we get time)
Additional Comments/Instructions Watch of the Roys Road exit on the Bruce Highway. Now a major exit. Follow it to the passage, and then the ramp. The ramp has a car parking area next to it.



Register with: Martin Leader Email Address Location: Committee Contacts Page
Register by: 7-10-2017 Event ID: 171008S