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Hi Everyone,

Wanted to ask for your approach, I am hoping to do a multi day paddle between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Hoping for some advice from those who have experience with this route.

Is it better to go GC to Brisy or Brisy to GC?
What route would you suggest? ideally along the best fishing spots.
Where to camp along the way?
Any idea of the number of days it will take?
Is it possible to go along the east coast or Strady and Morton islands?
Any cool sights to see during the way?
Best time of the year to go?

Any other advice would be great, appreciate your time and guidance.

Cheers
Frewy
 

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Frewy said:
Hi Everyone,

Wanted to ask for your approach, I am hoping to do a multi day paddle between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Hoping for some advice from those who have experience with this route.

Is it better to go GC to Brisy or Brisy to GC? - GC to Brisy because of predominant winds
What route would you suggest? ideally along the best fishing spots. - West side of South Stradbroke; then around Crusoe Is to Canaipa Passage; to Russell Is (West side)[tides are critical....south end of Russell is the dividing point. North of there, it floods south and ebbs north]; West side of Karragarra and Macleay Islands; East side of Coochiemudlo Is; via Cleveland Pt and Wellington Pt; between King and Green Islands. If you want to go into the Brisbane River you can use Boat Passage, but you need to arrive there an hour or so after the low tide, as it is very shallow.
Where to camp along the way? - Bedrooms to the N tip of South Straddie, or Crusoe Is N side); Slipping Sands in Canaipa Passage; No more camping places, so maybe ignore above and go East side of Russell, as this gives you Blakesly's on Straddie, and Horsehoe Bay on Peel.
Any idea of the number of days it will take? - Largely dependant on your kayak, your knowledge of the tides, and your fitness and experience levels, and the weather at the time (you don't want head winds). It is all tidal, and tricky, and if you got it wrong you would struggle, especially around full and new moons with the larger tidal exchanges. I would allow at least four days.
Is it possible to go along the east coast or Straddie and Moreton islands? - Now you're talking, talking sea kayaks and major surf (Jumpinpin bar), so surf skills are a prerequisite; also a high level of fitness and good weather. If you went along the East Coast of Moreton you will end up rounding Cape Moreton then Comboyuro Pt, where there is 18 kms of dangerous water and currents to reach Bribie (the closest land). You would then be way N of Brissy.
Any cool sights to see during the way? - Lots
Best time of the year to go? - Now till mid September

Any other advice would be great, appreciate your time and guidance.

Cheers
Frewy
Frewy
Unless you have a lot of sea kayaking experience, excellent surf skills, and have bombproof Eskimo rolls, the East coasts of those islands is not for you.
 
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