Brisbane River Story Bridge Paddle (lawn bowls and food after?)

This trip is your chance to see the city and the Story Bridge from a different perspective. We will paddle from the UQCC boat shed to the Story Bridge, have some lunch and paddle back to the boat shed. The trip is great for beginners, because we will have tidal assistance during the whole paddle.

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Event ID: 181006F
Last Modified: 2018-09-13 08:03:24
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We will start our paddle at 10am the UQ boat shed and will paddle 9 km with tidal support via West End, Southbank and Kangaroo Point to the Story Bridge. Below the Story Bridge is a small patch of sand where we will land (at about 12pm), eat our lunch and wait for the tide to turn (at about 2 pm). Please bring your own snacks, lunch and water.
After the tide has turned, we paddle back the 9 km to the shed. We should arrive there before 4pm.
We can wash the boats and if people are interested, we can go for some drinks or some barefoot bowls afterwards.

Please wear clothes that can get wet and bring at least one change of clothes for the lunch break or the optional drinks afterwards. Please be sun safe and wear sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses.

Lunch Stop

Paddle Type Flatwater
Start Date 06-10-2018
End Date 06-10-2018
Trip days 1
Trip Leader Steff
2IC not known yet
Grade 1
Distance(s) 18 km with tidal support
Paddle Outline
  • 9:30 AM – meet at shed to prepare boats
  • 10:00 AM – start paddling
  • 11:00 AM – raft up to have a snack
  • 12:00 PM – have a 1,5 h lunch break below the Story Bridge
  • 14:00 PM – start paddling back
  • 15:00 PM – raft up to have a snack
  • 16:00 PM – arrive at boat house, clean boats


  • 16:15 PM – walk/drive to bowls club or Red Room
Paddle Duration(s) ~ 4 h (6h incl 2h break)
18 km total
Tide(s) BOM at Brisbane Bar:
High tide at 7:11 AM, Low tide at 1:13 PM
WillyWeather Brisbane River Port Office:
High tide at 7:46 AM Low tide at 1:49 PM
Moon Third quarter moon – not so strong tides
Sunrise – Sunset times Sunrise at 5:22 am
Sunset at 5:50 pm
Put in Point UQCC boat ramp
Take out Point UQCC boat ramp
Alternate Take Out Points There are several take out points at the route (e.g. West End markets, Southbank, Kangaroo Point).
Facilities Toilets and shower at UQCC boat shed and toilets and drinking water at Captain John Burke Park below the Story Bridge.
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Paddle Route


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;
✓ Entire Group Capsizing;
✓ 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;
✓ Sea Sickness;
✓ Separation from Boat;
✓ Sinking Boat;
✓ Strainers (Overhanging Trees / Mangroves / Fishing Lines / Structures);
✓ Sunburn;
✓ Tripping while walking;
Travel Risk Assessment UQ Assessment #57960; ✓ Incident or Accident while Driving;
✓ Listed Risks Not Applicable;
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 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 Contact: 000
Nearest Medical Help and Contacts The Wesley Hospital – 451 Coronation Dr, Auchenflower, (07) 3232 7000

Mater Hospital Brisbane – Raymond Terrace, South Brisbane QLD 4101,
(07) 3163 8111

Safety and Personal Equipment
Personal Equipment (check link) ✓ Clothing you can get wet (on the water);
✓ Dry clothing (to keep warm);
✓ 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);
✓ 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;
✓ Suitable paddle craft (sea kayak if seakayaking);
✓ Whistle;
Safety Equipment ✓ First Aid Kit;
✓ Repair Kit;
✓ Spare Paddle;
✓ Torch / Glow stick;
Communications ✓ Mobile Phone;
✓ V-Sheet;
✓ Whistle;
Check of Paddlers’ Equipment ✓ Footwear (covered);
✓ Medication;
✓ PFD;
✓ Suitable Craft;
✓ Sunsmart Gear;
✓ Water;



Meet Location UQ Canoe Club Boat Shed
Meeting Time (meet location) 9:30 am
Depart Time (meet location) 10:00 am
Go Home Time 16:30 pm (or later)
Costs There are no cost associated with this paddle. Only if we go for drinks or a bare foot bowling after the paddle, there might be some costs ($10 for bowling, additional money for food or drinks).



Register with: Steff Leader Email Address Location: Inductors Contacts Page
Register by: 04-10-2018 Event ID: 181006F