North Stradbroke Island Weekend

A three day weekend visiting various islands in Moreton Bay, staying two nights on the largest – North Stradbroke island. We will stay two nights at UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station (rooms and sheets provided, but bring a towel).

Note this trip was cancelled due to bad (windy) weather forecasts
An alternative two day trip to Clarrie Hall Dam and the Tweed and Rous rivers is here.

This is an alternative to the Noosa Trip as the intended Upper Noosa river areas are affected by bushfires (including Harry’s Hut camp site and the Sand patch walk).

Note there are minor fires on the land between Dunwich and Amity. We will paddle past these, but not close. However, if you have respiratory issues potentially affected by smoke, please reconsider participating.

Event ID: 191005S
Last Modified: 2019-09-30
Version: 2

On Saturday we will leave from Victoria Point paddling south of Coochiemudlo island, stopping at Pott’s Point on the north end of Macleay island. After a brief stop we will cross to Blakesley’s anchorage on North Stradbroke island for lunch. We will then paddle north to Dunwich where we will spend the night.

On Sunday we will have an early paddle around the bottom of the tide to Amity. After looking around Amity we will catch the tide back to Dunwich. In the afternoon we will have time to drive/bus to Point Lookout and look at the beaches and dunes there (not paddling). Potentially swimming at a patrolled beach.

On Monday we will catch the tide over to Coochiemudlo island for lunch, potentially stopping at Peel island, before returning to Victoria Point.

If the weather deteriorates on Saturday we may paddle in the vicinity of Dunwich during the high tide, and spend the rest of the day exploring North Stradbroke island as tourists! If the weather is poor on Monday, and depending on the wind direction or speed, we may take a more sheltered path by returning the way we came. If the weather forecast is too challenging, we may have some or all participants return via either the car ferry or the passenger ferry (in which case boats will be left in Dunwich for return later in the week), or we will return earlier (eg Sunday instead of Monday)

Paddle TypeSea kayaking
Start Date5-10-2016
End Date7-10-2016
Trip days3
Paddle days3
Trip LeaderMartin Wynne
Grade1 (note that the distances are a little longer than grade 1, but there will be some tide assistance. If you are note sure of these distances (or you do not know), then this trip may not be for you).
Distance(s)Sat: 19 km (some tide assistance in second half)
Sun: 22 km (Amity Point and back (tide assisted on return)
Mon: 15 km (via Coochiemudlo island). Tide assisted.
Option – Poor weather : ~20 km (sheltered returning the way we came)
Paddle OutlineSATURDAY
* 7:00 AM Meet club shed
* 8:00 Depart St. Lucia
* 9:00 Arrive Victoria Point & pack boats
* 10:00 Depart Victoria Point
* 11: 00 Arrive Macleay
* 11:20 depart for Blakesley’s anchorage
* 12:30 Arrive Blakesley’s anchorage & have lunch
* 1:30PM Depart Blakesley’s anchorage
* 3:30 – 4:00 PM arrive Dunwich and move gear to MBRS
* 4: 30 afternoon tea.
* 4:45 PM Station induction
* 5:00 PM Sundowners
* 5:30 prepare boats for Sunday.
* 6 – 7 PM dinner & early bed!

* 6 AM Breakfast
* 6:30 AM move boats
* 7:00 AM Depart Dunwch
* 9:15 AM Arrive Amity campground
* 9:30 AM Explore Amity by foot / morning tea
* 11:00 AM Depart Amity (tide assisted)
* 1 PM Arrive Dunwich
* 1:30 PM Lunch
* 2:30 PM Explore Point Lookout (possibly Brown Lake) via bus or car.
* 6 PM Dinner in Dunwich

* 8:00 Breakfast & Pack up rooms
* 9:00AM move boats to ramp/pack boats.
* 10:00 AM Depart Dunwich
* 10:45 Arrive Peel island.
* Morning tea
* 11:30 Depart Peel island
* 1:00 PM Arrive Coochiemudlo island & Lunch
* 2:00 Depart Coochie
* 3:00 Arrive Victoria Point
* 4:00 Depart Victoria Point
* 5:00 Arrive St. Lucia
* 6:00 Head home.
Paddle Duration(s)Sat – 4-5hr
Sun – 4-5hr
Mon – 3-4 hr
Tide(s)Brisbane Bar Times
* Victoria Pt: + 20 min
* Dunwich +10H/+17/L
* Amity -36 H/-44L
* LOW 7:47 am (0.62 m)
* HIGH 2:43 pm (2.05 m)
* LOW 9:41 pm (0.82 m)
* LOW 8:49 am (0.73 m) [8:05 AM Amity]
* HIGH 3:54 pm (2.00 m) [3:18 PM Amity]
* LOW 10:12 am (0.78 m)
* HIGH 5:07 pm (2.01 m)
MoonHalf moon on the 6th October (neap tides)
Sunrise – Sunset timesSunrise: 5:22 AM
Sunset: 5:49 PM
Put in PointVictoria Point
Take out PointVictoria Point
Departure time (put in)9 AM
Alternate Route VariationsSunday
* if weather unfavourable we may choose paddle locally around Dunwich if sheltered. Spend more time on Stradbroke land (Amity/Point Lookout etc by car).
* Could return a day early if forecast unsuitable.
* For a shorter alternative we could paddle to Peel island, to Peel and Goat/Bird islands, or potentially around Peel island.

* We may return the way we came
* Car or passenger ferries may be used if conditions are too poor to return by kayak.
Alternate Take Out PointsDunwich/Cleveland (ferry trip to return if forecast sufficiently poor for the group)
FacilitiesPublic toilets at Victoria Point, Coochiemudlo, Macleay, and Peel islands.
Full accommodation, showers, toilets, water, cooking facilities, shops, pub food/cafes in Dunwich.
Put in Point(s)Trip Put in / Take out point (see Victoria Point Put in/Take out map).

DailyPut in points
* Sat: Victoria Point boat ramp. Near the VMR
* Sun: Dunwich boat ramp near the VMR (morning).
* Mon: Dunwich boat ramp near the VMR.
Take Out Point(s)Sat: Dunwich – Bradbury’s beach (outside station)
Sun: Bradbury’s beach (afternoon).
Mon: Victoria Point boat ramp near VMR
Route Map Route map
Sat – yellow, Sun – red, Mon – purple.
Victoria Point Put In
Routes to Medical assistance on North Stradbroke Island
MBRS Location and emergency information

Risks and Management

Sea Kayak Risk Assessment
Club risk assessment on request.
✓ 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;
✓ 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;
✓ Panic / Fear;
✓ 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
Club risk assessment on request.
✓ 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 need the skills for the grade for the trip, unless modified below (Additional Comments).
Emergency Contact Information* Emergency 000
* VMR Victoria Point 07 3207 8717 VHF 16, 73 (at Trip Put in / Take out Point). Trip logged with this VMR.
* VMR Raby Bay 07 3821 2244 VHF 16, 73
* VMR Stradbroke Island 07 3409 9338 (a/h 07 3409 9338) Yabby Street, Dunwich (next to Dunwch boat ramp put in /take out point)
Nearest Medical Help and ContactsMarie Rose Medical Centre
Cnr Petrie St and Oxley Parade
(next door to MBRS)
Nurse available 24/7
Ph: 34099059
Also see maps (above)
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;
✓ Whistle;
Additional or Emphasised Equipment We do not need tents as we will not be camping. Beds and linen provided (not towels). The kitchen has stoves, ovens and fridges, microwave, plates, cup, kettle, dishwasher, etc (BUT we may eat out or get takeaway). BRING A LARGE PLASTIC CARRY BAG TO CARRY YOUR GEAR. When we depart Dunwich we have a 5 min walk from the station. Boats may need to be carried a moderate distance. We will need to empty the boats completely. Ikea bags or a cheap checked linen bags are great. These fold down small to fit into the boat.
Check of Paddlers’ Equipment✓ Bailing Device;
✓ Footwear (covered);
✓ Medication;
✓ PFD;
✓ Paddle Leash;
✓ Spray Deck;
✓ Suitable Craft;
✓ Sunsmart Gear;
✓ Water;


Boat Loading
5-10-2019 7:00 AM
Boat Loading LocationClub Shed
Boat Loading DetailsWe will pack boats and gear the morning of the trip.
Meet LocationClub shed
Meeting Time (meet location)7:00 AM
Depart Time (meet location)8:00 AM
Meet time (put in)9 AM (Sat)
Go Home Time6 PM (Mon)
CostsAccommodation: 2 nights @~$25each night (~$50 total)
Petrol costs
Wear and tear cost ($10 per day)
Money for coffee, local cafe and/or restaurant food.
Money for return ferry trip if weather turns bad ($30)


Register with: Martin
Register by: 1 Oct 2019 Event ID: 191005F
Please register early if possible, as we need to arrange camping and logistics.

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