South Stradbroke Weekend

A weekend away camping on South Stradbroke Island.

We will depart from the Paradise Point foreshore opposite the end of Muscovey Avenue (south of the Sovereign Island Bridge).

We will depart around 9 AM, paddling north. There will be tide, but these are neap tides and we will avoid the worst of this. We will follow the western side of South Stradbroke island to TIppler’s campground. We’ll have lunch (and set up camp if time), and then there will be an option to continue to visit the Bedrooms before returning to Tippler’s. There will be an option to walk across the island and see the surf beach and/or do skills practice.

On Sunday we will return south and take the longer route along the Western side of Coomera island to return to Paradise Point (18 km). If needed we can take the Eastern side for a faster / shorter return trip (10km). Another alternative is to paddle along the north western side of Coomera island and then follow Wasp Creek (tides permitting) to the eastern side of Coomera island and then return to Paradise Point along the Eastern side (15 km)

Discipline: Sea kayaking
Grade: 1
Leader: Martin Wynne
Time: Sat 21st September to Sunday 22nd September 2019
Meet: at clubhouse at 6:30 AM Sat to pack the last of the boats and gear (see below). Depart at 7 AM.
Meet at Put in Point: Sat 8 AM
Pre trip meet: If needed, we’ll pack the trailer on Friday evening
Duration: All day.

  • SAT
    • 6:30 AM Meet at the club shed
    • 7.00 AM depart club shed
    • 8:00 AM arrive Paradise Point
    • 9:00 AM on the water / Depart Put in
    • 11:30 AM Tippler’s campground
    • Lunch / set up camp
    • 13:00 PM Optional Paddle to the Bedrooms
    • 14:00 PM Arrive Bedrooms
    • 14:30 PM Depart Bedrooms
    • 15:30 PM Arrive back at Tippler’s
  • SUN
    • 9 AM Break camp / pack boats
    • 10 AM Depart Tipplers
    • 12: Lunch Opposite Wasp Creek
    • 1:00 PM Depart
    • 14:30 Arrive Paradise Point
    • 15:30 Depart Paradise Point
    • 16:30 Arrive shed
    • 17:30 Go home


  • SAT: 10km to Tippler’s. Against (neap) tide. Extra 4-5km to Bedrooms area. So option of up to 10 km extra. Total 10- 20km.
  • SUN:
    • Along Eastern side of Coomera Island (direct) – 10km
    • Via north- western end of Coomera Island, and then through Wasp Creek to eastern side of Coomera Island – 15km.
    • Via western side of Coomera island – 18 km


  • SAT: LOW 7:29 am (0.59 m); HIGH 2:08 pm (1.98 m); LOW 8:31 pm (0.85 m)
  • SUN: LOW 8:28 am (0.65 m); HIGH 3:19 pm (1.99 m); LOW 9:57 pm (0.84 m)
  • Paradise Point: +10min (high) + 18 (low)
  • Sanctuary Cove: +0:34 (high) +1:45 (low)

Moon: Neap tides 22nd Sept
Sunrise/set: 6:02 AM / 5:34 PM
Put in Point: At the park at the Esplanade end of Muscovey Avenue, Paradise Point.
Take-out Point: Same as put in point
Facilities: Water and Toilet available at Tippler’s campground.

Alternate Route Variations:

  • Sat:
    • optional extra 10km via the Bedrooms
  • Sun:
    • Direct return along eastern side of Coomera Island (10km)
    • Return via Wasp Creek (West to East of Coomera Island (15 km)
    • Return via western side of Coomera island / Sanctuary Cove (18km)

Sea kayaking on Moreton Bay can be hazardous. If conditions are unfavourable we will not go. We will register with the VMR (Jacob’s Well) prior to departure and be in telephone contact. If you have medical conditions, consult your doctor, let the leader know if they are relevant (eg asthma, diabetes, heart conditions, allergies, epilepsy, etc), and bring any required medication.

Risks and Management

Sea Kayak Risk Assessment
Detailed Risk Assessments on request
✓ Bad Weather / Weather Change;
✓ Boat Traffic / Shipping;
✓ Capsize;
✓ Carrying Boats;
✓ Cuts, Sprains, and Strains;
✓ Drowning;
✓ Enter / Exit Boat;
✓ Equipment Failure;
✓ Fitness / Fatigue;
✓ Getting Separated from Group;
✓ Hit by Paddle;
✓ Hypothermia;
✓ Ineffective Rudder;
✓ Medical Condition(s);
✓ Missing / Broken Paddle;
✓ Paddle Related Injuries / Tendonitis / Blisters;
✓ 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
Detailed Risk Assessments on request
✓ 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;
General 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 InformationVMR Jacob’s Well (VMR450)
VHF 16, 67, 82
Ph: 07 5546 1100
Emergencies only – 000 
Nearest Medical Help and ContactsVMR Jacob’s Well
* Gold Coast University Hospital
1 Hospital Blvd, Southport, QLD, 4215
Ph: 1300 744 284 (000 emergency)
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; No thongs/flip flops or bare feet – oysters and spiky/venomous animals can get you! )
✓ 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;
Communications✓ Flares;
✓ Mobile Phone;
✓ Signal Mirror;
✓ V-Sheet;
✓ VHF Radio;
✓ Whistle;
Additional or Emphasised EquipmentPlease make sure you bring water (3-4 ltrs), lunch x2, dinner, breakfast, snacks, sun protection and footwear. Water and snacks need to be accessible whilst you paddle. Warm dry clothes. Tent, Sleeping bag and mat. Book club camping gear if needed.
Check of Paddlers’ Equipment✓ Bailing Device;
✓ Footwear (covered);
✓ Medication;
✓ PFD;
✓ Paddle Leash;
✓ Spray Deck;
✓ Suitable Craft;
✓ Sunsmart Gear;
✓ Water;


Boat LoadingFriday Evening 20th Sept. 6:30 PM
Boat Loading DetailsMeet at the shed – check your emails for updates.
Meet LocationClub Shed on Sat
Meeting Time (meet location)6:30 AM
Depart Time (meet location)7 AM
Meet time (put in)8AM
Go Home Time5-6 PM at St. Lucia
Costs$10 wear and tear contribution for club gear per day. Camping costs ($10 to $13). Petrol for your driver. A few extra dollars for a coffee or food from the cafe (if open) or on way home afterwards (if time).
Additional Comments/InstructionsIf you have not demonstrated a sea kayak T-rescue, please let the leader know. Please inform the leader if you have not done a wet exit, or if you aren’t sure or confident.

Limit on numbers: Numbers will be limited by transport, the number of people with sufficient skills, the boats/camp sites available, and the weather. Within these constraints it will be first come first served and number will be limited.

Route Map

Saturday: Paradise Point to Tippler’s Campground (option via the Bedrooms
Tippler’s Campground to Paradise Point. Optional Shorter route to the East of Coomera Island
Paradise Point Put in / Take out Point. The Esplanade, Paradise Point at the end of Muscovey Avenue


Register with: Martin
Register by: 19 Sept 2019 Event ID: 190921S 
Please register early if possible as we need to arrange camping.

Event organisers and leaders: Check registrations here (copy the event ID first). Login required.