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:
Kayaking is an environmentally friendly activity and we encourage all our customers to be environmentally aware. Please only use re-fillable water bottles, do not take any plastic bags out on the water (these are particularly dangerous for our turtles and other sea-life), and bring back any rubbish with you. If we are fortunate enough to encounter any animals on the tour – dolphins, turtles and dugongs are occasionally seen – please follow the instructions of our guides and do not paddle towards the animals. We are committed to our environment and the reduction of carbon emissions. We encourage you to look at ways to offset your carbon footprint, including whilst travelling, to be carbon neutral. You can use a carbon calculator (e.g. on the Carbon Neutral website) for further information.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
Mark began his involvement in paddle sports at an early age paddling canoes with his parents. After a break of many years Mark returned to paddling when he joined Queensland Sea Kayak Club (QSKC) to obtain some skills prior to paddling through the Svalbard Archipelago in 2012. Through his involvement with QSKC, Mark has qualified as a Sea Instructor and has held multiple committee positions including Secretary, President, and Training Officer. Mark has extensive guiding experience having lead multi-day, group expeditions around Moreton Bay, Fraser Island and the Keppel Islands. When he isn’t paddling, Mark develops mobile apps and volunteers in his local Rural Fire Brigade.
Tony spent 22 years running his own large Office Equipment Company and started paddling in 2011 to help cope with the pressure of work and loose weight. When he sold his business in 2013 and retired he used his love of kayaking to fill the void. Since then he has become A Sea Instructor and lead expedition to places such as Hinchinbrook Island, the Keppels and Seventeen Seventy. He has also trained kayakers up to Sea Skills level. Tony has held the positions of Events Coordinator and President of QSKC.
But most of all Tony has a passion for Sea kayaking and how it can help you distress from our sometimes stressful work lives.
“Tony and Katrina are fantastic and wonderful guides. They set you up well and keep a watchful eye on the beginners. This trip we did Tingalpa Creek, very scenic and peaceful. Can’t wait to do this again. We were a group of 8 from ages 12 to 71 and e erroneous had a fantastic afternoon.”
“Great to take a break and have some fun! Scenic views of local waterways that I didn’t even know existed and enjoyable commentary from Tony (the expert guide). Katrina made us all feel welcome and a yummy morning tea. Great value for money.”
“Some things fit so well that one wonders why it has taken so long for them to be done before? Kayaking in the Redlands area is an example of this. Most of us city-slickers these days dont get a chance to experience something as natural and serene yet exciting at the same time. Just loved it.”
“It was just beautiful this morning paddling along the creek absorbing the peace & beauty of the mangroves, watching the bird life and spending time with my daughter & grandchildren. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. This was my birthday treat & what a lovely one it was! I want to go again & soon!”
“My husband and teenage son did the 1.5hr tour from Victoria Point and had a fantastic day. I bought a gift voucher from Katrina and Tony and the whole process from ordering the voucher to the actual excursion was excellent. We would definitely recommend this tour as a great way to see the waterways around the Redlands.”
“This was the third (or was it the fourth?!) time that we embarked on a 1.5 hour kayak trip with Redlands Kayak Tours. As usual, we thoroughouly enjoyed the experience, exploring places that ywe would not have otherwise. The trip up Thompson creek in the mangroves is garanteed to make you feel miles away from Brisbane”
“My daughter had kayaking in Tompson Beach. That was a fantastic experience. The beach is just beautiful, my little son enjoyed himself a lot in water. And the 1.5 hours’ kayaking tour was awesome. Katrina and Tony are nice and friendly. My daughter likes the pictures they sent to her.”
“This is an extremely well run business by very knowledgeable local people. There is so much to see around the Redlands and they seem to know so much not matter what the weather. Can thoroughly recommend!”
“Katrina and Tony provide really well run kayaking tours/students lessons.My teenager and friend have enjoyed 2 lessons and a group tour and we were sent great feedback and photos of the boys, emailed to provide great memories. Safety was paramount,with the weather changing the kayaking site from the sea to the river when the wind increased.”