About Us

Adventure Kayaking Tours in the Redlands

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Redlands Kayak Tours is an award-winning local business that provides kayak tours, kayak lessons and kayak eco-experiences on the spectacular southern Moreton Bay waterways of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Started in 2011 by husband and wife team of Tony and Katrina Beutel, Redlands Kayak Tours specialises in taking people out of their homes and giving them an experience of the great outdoors. Tony and Katrina have both lived in the Redlands and enjoyed water sports and boating all of their lives. They’ve kayaked together for over 10 years and have turned their passion into a business to share their love of kayaking with others.

Redlands Kayak Tours has a fleet of over 24 kayaks and runs tours for individuals, families and groups from beginners to experienced. They also cater for private lessons and tours/experiences for schools, community groups and corporates.

Tony and Katrina’s vision for Redlands Kayak Tours is to provide all of our customers – from beginners to experienced kayakers – a safe and memorable experience connecting with nature, themselves and the family and friends they bring along.

Redlands Kayak Tours is a multi-award winning
business over many years:

  • Winner Excellence in Tourism
    Redlands Business Awards 2011
  • Winner Excellence in the Arts and Recreation Services
    Redlands Business Awards 2012
  • Winner Tourist Attraction
    Moreton Bay & Island Tourism Awards 2012
  • Winner Tourist Attraction
    Moreton Bay & Island Tourism Awards 2013
  • Winner Adventure Tourism
    Moreton Bay & Island Tourism Awards 2013
  • Winner Redlands Best Micro Business
    Redlands Business Excellence Awards 2015
  • Winner Women in Business
    Redlands Business Excellence Awards 2015

Meet our team

Dedicated and fun-loving adventurers

Tony Beutel

Tony Beutel

Tony is our Chief Guide and has been kayaking for over 10 years. He really enjoys the exercise you get from kayaking and that it is always relaxing. He is an expert on our local waterways and has a calm and genuine manner when leading a tour. He enjoys having a chat with our clients and pointing out the local scenery, flora and fauna. His favourite spots to kayak are Currimundi on the Sunshine Coast, Pottsville in northern NSW and Wivenhoe Dam. Look out for his helpful quotes such as ‘you only get wet once’ (helpful on the rare occasion a tour is caught in the rain). Tony has qualifications in Remote Wilderness First Aid, a Cert IV in Outdoor Recreation and holds Instructor and Guide quals in Kayaking and Instructor quals in Canoeing.

Katrina Beutel

Katrina is our Chief Experience Officer (CEO if you like) and runs our business on a day-to-day basis. She handles all sales and marketing and is our Office Manager ensuring all enquiries and bookings are handled professionally. She also attends most tours to ensure clients are greeted, morning and afternoon teas are provided, photos are taken and everyone is having a good time! Katrina is also the Founder of the Redlands Centre for Women which she has also worked voluntarily in for the past nine years. For more information, see www.redlandscentreforwomen.com

Katrina recently was the winner of the Women in Business category at the Redlands Business Excellence Awards 2015.

Darin Payne

Darin Payne

One of our regular guides is Darin. He is a HPE and Marine and Aquatic Practices teacher by profession. A qualified Canoe/Kayak Lifeguard, he first ventured into canoeing and kayaking over 15 years ago and has taught many students to paddle canoes and kayaks. Darin is also an avid fisherman and loves nothing more than getting out on the bay paddling, fishing and exploring. Darin sees kayaking as a lifelong activity that can’t be beaten for fun, recreation and fitness not to mention a great way to meet new people and experience nature in a relaxing and safe way. He has been assisting Redlands Kayak Tours since 2014 on a casual basis.

Peter Gould

Peter Gould

Peter has been kayaking since the age of 9 when he was a cub scout on the Brisbane River at the Tennyson Water Activities Centre and has not looked back since. Now in his mid-forties he is hoping to have more adventure before dementia sets in. He loves being as one in the craft on the water powering my own journey and being adventurous. He also enjoys helping people have an adventure and making life-long memories. Peter is a Registered Nurse and has a Cert IV in Outdoor Recreation and the following quals: Canoeing (flat and undemanding water) Instructor Australian Canoeing; Kayaking (flat and undemanding water) Instructor Australian Canoeing and Sea Kayaking (easy to moderate conditions) Instructor VET Units.

Daryl Lock

Daryl Lock

For Daryl, with a love of the great outdoors, bushwalking and birding, kayaking seems a natural extension. Having completed an Outward Bound course many years ago in North Queensland, he has paddled rivers, lakes and bays from Fraser Island to Ballina in more recent times. A member of the Wynnum Redlands Canoe Club and Australian Canoeing for the last 10 years, he has participated in Club events, introduction days, National Kayaking Symposiums and overnight trips. He currently paddles in Moreton Bay twice a week, sometimes more and has been helping out as a guide and instructor with Redlands Kayaking Tours from our beginning. He says Katrina and Tony offer people a unique opportunity, to explore and experience our beautiful waterways in a safe, relaxed and exciting way. That’s why I like doing tours with them.

Graham Smith

Graham first developed his love of the water as an eight year old, paddling his grandfather’s canoe on the Gold Coast canals. In his early twenties, Graham progressed to surfing on his wave ski, before moving out to Western Queensland for work. On moving to the Redlands, he was able to resume his paddling, and has been doing so on the local waters for the last 16 years – either in his sea kayak or surf ski. Kayaking is just one way that Graham gets to enjoy the outdoors, with marathon running, trail running, mountain bike riding and swimming all regular activities. He is enjoying the chance to share his love of the Redlands waterways with others.

Michelle Lord

Michelle joined the Redlands team in 2016 after gaining her qualifications as a coastal kayaking guide.

Always one for living life to the full, Michelle has had many adventures from learning to fly planes to taking 2 years to travel around Australia. Never far from water, she enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking, swimming, fishing and of course kayaking.

Michelle first fell in love with kayaking at the tender age of ten. From there she developed a lifelong passion for paddling. While working at a stressful job in the corporate world, the peace and serenity of being out on the water helps her to maintain balance.

Enthusiasm and encouragement come naturally to Michelle and she is always willing to lend a hand or give some helpful advice to new and experienced paddlers alike.

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