Victoria Point to Blakesley’s Anchorage Weekend Trip

Paddle from Victoria point to Blakesley Anchorage on North Stradbroke Island, via Macleay island. Camp overnight and then return via Lucas Passage and the “secret garden”.

Event ID: 020618
Last Modified: 2018-05-28 23:42:10
Version: 1

Approximately 11km there and 17km return. Launch at 8:30am stopping off for morning tea at Macleay Island beach either head straignt across to Blakesleys or if conditions allow spend some time wildlife spotting near Pelican Banks. Return the following day around the bottom of Lamb Island stopping for a coffee on Macleay Island and back via the secret garden. Camping is free on Blakesley’s however you will need to be self sufficient, there is no water or facilities at the camp so you must bring all water and food required.

Paddle Type Sea kayaking
Start Date 2-6-2018
End Date 3-6-2018
Trip days 2
Trip Leader Jane Baker
2IC Martin Wynne
Grade 1
Distance(s) 11 km there 17km back with the option to explore further if group is keen.
Paddle Outline Saturday
• 6:30 Meet club shed
• 6:45 Depart shed
• 8.15 Pre trip Briefing
• 8.30 Depart
• 9.30 Arrive Macleay island for morning tea
• 10:00 Depart
• 13.30 Arrive Blakesley’s or explore nearby
• 08:30 pack boats
• 10:30 Arrive Macleay Island for coffee
• 11:30 derart
• 13:30 Arrive Victoria Point
• 14:30 Return to shed
Paddle Duration(s) 6 hour paddling
Tide(s) Saturday

  • low 06.20 – 0.68m
  • high 11.47 – 1.77m
  • low 17.42 – 0.56m


  • high 00.15 – 2.31m
  • low 06.56 – 0.72m
  • high 12.27 – 1.72m
  • low 18.19 – 0.65m
Moon Waning moon
Sunrise – Sunset times Saturday:

  • sunrise 6.29
  • sunset 16.59


  • sunrise 6.30
  • sunset 16.59
Put in Point VMR boat ramp carpark on left at end of Colburn Avenue, Victoria Point.
Take out Point Blakesley’s Passage (on North Stradbroke Island), and take out back at the put in point at Victoria Point.
Departure time (put in) 8.30 AM
Alternate Route Variations Journey can be done in reverse if wind from SW
Alternate Take Out Points Redland Bay
Dunwich and ferry back
Facilities No Toilets available
No fresh water available
Only rubbish bins
Chart Information MB8
Southern Moreton May maps 5,6,7,8
391-Blakesleys Route 2.6_1024.jpg
Blakesley’s route
Put in Point(s)
206-VMR boat ramp Victoria Point.jpg
Put in point in park outside the VMR and next to the VMR boat ramp.
Take Out Point(s)
Same as put in


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;
✓ Darkness falls / Stranded Overnight;
✓ Dehydration;
✓ Drowning;
✓ Enter / Exit Boat;
✓ Equipment Failure;
✓ Fitness / Fatigue;
✓ Getting Separated from Group;
✓ Group Getting Lost;
✓ Heat Exhaustion / Hyperthermia;
✓ Hit by Paddle;
✓ Hypothermia;
✓ Ineffective Rudder;
✓ Listed Risks Not Applicable;
✓ Medical Condition(s);
✓ Missing / Broken Paddle;
✓ Paddle Related Injuries / Tendonitis / Blisters;
✓ 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;
✓ Chemical: Unleaded Petrol;
✓ Incident or Accident while Driving;
✓ Injury from Loading / Unloading Equipment from vehicle;
✓ Listed Risks Not Applicable;
✓ 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
  • VMR Victoria Point 07 3207 8717 VHF 16, 73 a/h 0407 029 704
  • VMR 447 / Redland Bay Coast Guard (07) 3206 7777; VHF 13, 16, 63, 67, 73, 81, 82
  • Emergency 000
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;
✓ Spare Paddle;
✓ Torch / Glow stick;
Communications ✓ Flares;
✓ Mobile Phone;
✓ Signal Mirror;
✓ V-Sheet;
✓ VHF Radio;
✓ Whistle;
Additional or Emphasised Equipment
  • Bring your own water (4L per day)
  • Bring your own food
  • Bring your tent and sleeping gear
  • Bring dry warm clothes for off water – winter is coming!
  • Bring a torch
  • Footwear for on water, and other for off water
  • Bring something that will keep you warm on the water (it can get cold if you get wet).
Check of Paddlers’ Equipment ✓ Bailing Device;
✓ Footwear (covered);
✓ Medication;
✓ PFD;
✓ Paddle Leash;
✓ Spray Deck;
✓ Suitable Craft;
✓ Sunsmart Gear;
✓ Water;



Pre-trip Meeting 0:0
Boat Loading 1-6-2018 5:00 PM
Boat Loading Location at shed
Boat Loading Details load trailer or cars
Meet Location shed
Meeting Time (meet location) 6am
Depart Time (meet location) 6.15 AM
Meet time (put in) 7.30 AM
Go Home Time 3- 4pm Sunday
Costs $20 Wear and tear
Some $ for if we stop for coffee
Additional Comments/Instructions
  • There are no toilets or water (closest water and toilet is on Macleay island)
  • Rubbish bins are available at Blakesleys



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Register by: 30-5-2018 Event ID: 020618

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