Paradise Point to Coomera Island

A day trip from Paradise point on the northern Gold Coast to Coomera Island at the mouth of the Coomera river. We will leave from Paradise Point (northern Gold Coast), returning to the same place via Wasp Creek.

Event ID: 170514
Last Modified: 2017-05-01 20:29:12
Version: 1

The trip leaves from Paradise point and follows the South Branch of the Coomera River up as far as Sanctuary Cove (approx 8 km), with the tide. We will then follow the north branch of the river for 3-4 km and stop for a break (against the tide). Later we will return by cutting across the mangroves through Wasp creek to reach the Broadwater (2 km), then return along the Broadwater to Paradise point.

Paddle Type Sea kayaking
Start Date 14-05-2017
End Date 14-05-17
Trip days 1
Trip Leader Martn Wynne
Grade 1
Distance(s) 18 km (11km to lunch and 7 km return)
Paddle Outline
  • 6:30 AM Meet at UQ shed for boat loading.
  • 7:30AM Depart Shed
  • 8:30AM Arrive Paradise Point
  • 9:15 Pretrip briefing
  • 9:30 AM Depart
  • 11:00 Coomera River Mouth (7.7km)
  • 11:30 Lunch (3.3km)
  • 12:30 Return via Wasp Creek
  • 13:00 Exit Wasp Creek (2.4km)
  • 14:30 Arrive Paradise Point (4.2km)
  • 14:45 Skills training
  • 15:30 Pack up
  • 16:15 Depart Paradise Point
  • 17:15 Arrive Shed
  • 18:00 Depart Shed
Paddle Duration(s) About 4 hours of paddling plus time taken for lunch
Tide(s) Paradise Pt
5:51 AM 0.31m Low
11:10 AM 1:02 High
5:11 PM Low

Coomera River Mouth
High – 11:43 pm (0.98 m)

Moon Full moon – 11th May
Sunrise – Sunset times Sunrise 6:19 am
Sunset 5:05 pm
Put in Point From the beach off the Esplanade at Paradise Point, opposite the end of Muscovey Av – just south of the bridge to Sovereign Islands. QBD Map 8. R-13
Take out Point Same as put in
Departure time (put in) 9:30 AM
Alternate Take Out Points Emergency exits along the built up parts of Paradise Point and Sanctuary Cove.
Facilities Toilets and water are available at Paradise Point
Put in Point(s)
Put in and 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;
✓ Capsize;
✓ Carrying Boats;
✓ Cuts, Sprains, and Strains;
✓ Dehydration;
✓ Drowning;
✓ Enter / Exit Boat;
✓ Equipment Failure;
✓ Fitness / Fatigue;
✓ Getting Separated from Group;
✓ Group Getting Lost;
✓ Hit by Paddle;
✓ Hypothermia;
✓ Ineffective Rudder;
✓ Medical Condition(s);
✓ Missing / Broken Paddle;
✓ Paddle Related Injuries / Tendonitis / Blisters;
✓ Panic / Fear;
✓ 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;
✓ 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 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 Southport VMR (07) 5532 3417
Nearest Medical Help and Contacts Gold Coast University Hospital
1 Hospital Boulevard, off Parklands Drive, Southport, adjacent to Olsen Ave (emergency on Hollow’s way)
1300 74 4284
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 Bring wind/rain proof gear!
Check of Paddlers’ Equipment ✓ Bailing Device;
✓ Footwear (covered);
✓ Medication;
✓ PFD;
✓ Paddle Leash;
✓ Spray Deck;
✓ Suitable Craft;
✓ Sunsmart Gear;
✓ Water;



Boat Loading 13-5-2017 4:00 PM
Boat Loading Location Club Shed
Boat Loading Details We will load on the morning before we leave.
Meet Location Club shed
Meeting Time (meet location) 6:30 AM
Depart Time (meet location) 7:30 AM
Meet time (put in) 9 AM
Go Home Time 6 PM (probably earlier)
Costs Wear and tear costs (~$10)
Petrol costs (with your driver)
$ for tea/coffee afterwards (if time)
Additional Comments/Instructions We need to be particularly alert for Jet skis coming around narrow corners at irresponsible speeds while in Wasp creek.



Register with: Martin Leader Email Address Location: Committee Contacts Page
Register by: 12-05-2016 Event ID: 170514

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