Before kayaking anywhere we always recommend that you ensure all of your equipment you are using is in good working condition. We highly recommend wearing a PFD jacket at all times when kayaking. We also strongly encourage you to check the weather conditions before heading out, check the tide times, wind direction, wind strength. We also always recommend you tell someone not kayaking with you, what time you leaving, where you kayaking to and estimated arrival time home.
Tingalpa Creek and Lota Creeks, Thorneside.
This trip has several spots to launch but we like to use the boat ramp near the Wynnum Redlands Canoe Club at the corner of Esplanade and Railway Parade, Thorneside. We like this ramp as you can launch even at low tides, however the creek does get rather shallow. We always plan our trips around the High Tide so you can have access to either Lota Creek or Tingalpa Creek.
Lota Creek is a narrower creek with many twists and bends to meander along. This creek has much wildlife, being home to sea egrets, barmy kites, green finches, the occasional turtle and some ducks.
Tingalpa Creek is much wider and longer stretches of creek before it twists and bends. The full length of Tingalpa Creek to the Leslie Harrison Dam is approx. 12kms.
Tingalpa Creek is a creek that flows along Brisbane’s south east boundary with Redland City Council. The waterway serves as important wildlife corridor on the city’s fringe. There is spectacular diversity of different habitat types in this catchment which leads to an amazing array of wildlife living in the Tingalpa Creek catchments.
Tingalpa Creek has its headwaters in Venman Bushland National Park at Mount Cotton and the Brisbane Koala Park in Burbank. It then flows a short distance through Sheldon to the waters of the Leslie Harrison Dam.
The creek below the dam, now tidal, continues along its winding course through Capalaba West, Birkdale and Ransome. In this area the creek which is popular with recreational anglers, is bordered by the Capalaba Regional Park, John Fredericks Park, Sciacca Sportsfield to the east and Tingalpa Creek Reserve on its western side.
The Cleveland railway line crosses the creek before it flows to Moreton Bay at Thorneside, Queensland.
There are toilet facilities and outdoor shower at this location.
Thompson Beach, Victoria Point.
Thompson Beach is a shallow coastal beach in the suburb of Victoria Point, Redland City. You can launch from either end of Yeo Park as there is a sandy beach that goes for a few 100mtrs.
Leaving from Thompson Beach you could head either way, left or right.
If you go to the right and head along the foreshore you will come to the mouth of Moogurrapum Creek. Moogurrapum Creek meanders in and around the Redland Bay Golf Club. If you are doing this kayak trip then it should take you about 45min one way before the creek narrows and you need to turn around. A Return trip would be approx.
If you were to go to the left you would paddle in a little bay area just before the Ferry terminal to Coochiemudlo Island. A paddle over the to the ferry terminal would be approx. 20min, but if you kept going to Coochie it would be approx. 40min.
There are toilets, hot showers and bbq areas at this location.
A kayak around Cleveland Point would see you launching at GJ Walter Park located at the end of Short Street East, below the Grandview Hotel. This park has panoramic views looking over nearby Cassim Island toward North Stradbroke Island. You can have a BBQ picnic at the gazebos and sit and watch the Stradbroke Ferries come and go.
This part is surrounded by Norfolk Pines and Moreton Bay Fig Trees.
This is a sandy gravel beach dotted with red volcanic rock under the water’s surface. You could follow the shoreline passing the Courthouse Restaurant which was built in 1853. Kayak around Cleveland Point and past the historic Cleveland Lighthouse originally built in 1864