An overnight camping trip in a section of the Noosa everglades accessible only by boat or hiking. We plan to take a combination of sea kayaks, roscos and canoes.
The trip is on a long weekend, so we’ll make use of the Monday off, departing early Saturday morning, camping Saturday and Sunday evening and returning Monday afternoon.
Note, we will be staying at remote campsites that do not have toilets. However, we will be going past campsite 3 each day which has a compost toilet.
- 5pm Friday: Meet at the shed to load the trailer and organise car-pooling.
- 7am Saturday: Depart Brisbane to arrive at Harry’s Hut by 10am. Then unpack trailer, load boats and be on the water between 11am and midday. Three to 4 hours of easy paddling will have us at campsites 8 and 9 for Saturday night.
- Sunday morning: Pack up camp and reload boats, to be back on water by 9am. Paddle back to campsites 4 and 5 to set up camp for Sunday night (1-2 hour paddle). Then take lunch and paddle back to campsite 3 (10-20min) and walk up to “the sandpatch”, which is a large exposed sand dune perched high on a ridge that separates the Upper Noosa River from the ocean. Offering spectacular views of the ocean, sweeping across to Lake Cootharaba and then west over the Cooloola section of the Great Sandy National Park. We will return to campsite in the afternoon.
- Monday morning: Pack up camp and reload boats to be on water by 9am. Paddle back to Harry’s hut (1.5-2hours), arriving back before 11am. Reload the trailer and departing Harry’s Hut by 1pm, for a 4pm return time to the shed.
|Paddle Type||Flatwater; Sea kayaking|
|Trip Leader||Sam Duniam|
|Distance(s)||Sat: 15 – 16 km
Sun: 8.5 – 11 km (also 12km walk)
Mon: 8.5 – 10 km
|Paddle Outline||FRIDAY EVENING
* 3-4 hrs
|Moon||80% visible (9:38PM rise)
71% visible (10:38PM rise)
60% visible (11:39 PM rise)
|Sunrise – Sunset times||Sunrise: 5:29 AM
Sunset: 5:47 PM
|Put in Point||Harry’s Hut|
|Take out Point||Harry’s Hut|
|Departure time (put in)||11 AM|
|Facilities||Composting toilet at Harry’s Hut and at Campsite 3
No toilets at other sites.
No water at any site.
Sandpatch walk route
|Extra Files and Links||Overall Map of Area
Harry’s Hut Put in / Take out point
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;
✓ Carrying Boats;
✓ Cuts, Sprains, and Strains;
✓ Enter / Exit Boat;
✓ Equipment Failure;
✓ Fitness / Fatigue;
✓ Getting Separated from Group;
✓ Group Getting Lost;
✓ Heat Exhaustion / Hyperthermia;
✓ Hit by Paddle;
✓ 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;
✓ Separation from Boat;
✓ Sinking Boat;
✓ Strainers (Overhanging Trees / Mangroves / Fishing Lines / Structures);
✓ 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;
|Paddler Requirements||✓ 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
Pomona Police Station (07) 5485 2586
Non urgent incidents – Policelink 131 444
|Nearest Medical Help and Contacts||Gympie Public Hospital
12 Henry St, Gympie, Q
Noosa Public Hospital
|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;
✓ 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);
|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;
✓ Mobile Phone;
✓ Signal Mirror;
✓ VHF Radio;
|Additional or Emphasised Equipment||On water gear:
The club has limited camping gear so if you are short of some of these items let us know in advance and we’ll see if we have it available for your use.
|Check of Paddlers’ Equipment||✓ Bailing Device;
✓ Footwear (covered);
✓ Paddle Leash;
✓ Suitable Craft;
✓ Sunsmart Gear;
|Boat Loading||28-09-2018 5:00 PM|
|Boat Loading Location||Club shed|
|Meet Location||Club Shed|
|Meeting Time (meet location)||6:30 AM|
|Depart Time (meet location)||7 AM|
|Meet time (put in)||10 AM|
|Additional Comments/Instructions||The drive in to Harry’s Hut includes about 10km of rough sand track. It can be flooded or damaged with potholes and washouts 4WD preferred. Normal cars can make it, but if you have a very low car please ask about this. If the road is in bad condition we may need to do a shuttle (we’ve not had to do this before though!).
Limited places. Register soon!