Category Archives: Kayaking

BARNARD ISLANDS – PARADISE PADDLE


A group of 5 kayakers enjoyed on an early season recce to the Barnard Islands over the weekend of 20 – 21 April.

We set off from Cowley Beach and were lucky to have had light SE winds as we paddled the 7km to Stephens Island in the South Barnard group for a quick lunch.

We are always impressed with the huge turtles on the south eastern side of Sisters Island and the rays and fish in the shallow coral flats between Stephens and Sisters Islands. After a quick break we headed north east to Kent Island and
this was a pleasant 7.5km paddle in light following winds. We appreciatedWe appreciated  having this quiet coral fringed camp-site to ourselves as we set up camp. having this quiet coral fringed camp-site to ourselves as we set up camp and had a brew before heading out to explore the adjoining islands as the sun coloured the western sky.

Sunday morning had the group packed and away by 8.30 am and we traced a gentle path, island hopping between the 4 other islands that make up the superb chain of the North Barnards.

After about 7 km of paddling we landed at the crescent shaped Browns Beach for lunch under a shady Beach Calophyllum before threading our way south along the deserted coastline over 8km back to Cowley Beach.

If you would like to experience this pristine island group in a kayak call Peter on 0448517979 and we will happily take you there! Go here for details.

Curri Curri Dreaming

Misty Sunday morning waters viewed from an open tent fly, an Azure Kingfisher catches our attention low on the water as an Osprey pair tend a nest in a dead dry tree against a hazy blue sky  – this is Curri Curri Dreaming…

This little known gem is situated on the eastern bank of Lake Tinaroo within an hour and a half’s paddling north of Tinaburra Peninsula and a half an hour east from Tinaroo Village. The 5 discreetly positioned bush camps are only accessible by water craft and offer no facilities apart from seclusion, tranquillity, a superb ambiance, birdlife…..  and a fire ring for open wood fires! Visited by only those who seek out the simple pleasures of bush camping and occasional school groups, the sites are easily accessed by kayak, canoe and non powered watercraft but remember to take a hammock, good book and victuals – you will not be disappointed!!

More information including location maps, bookings etc. can be obtained off the DERM site.

Tinaroo reflectionsMisty morning watersseclusion, tranquillity, a superb ambiancediscreetly positioned bush camps a fire ring for open wood firesCurri Curri Dreaming