28 – 31 October 2019
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Min 10 / Max 20
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If you’re looking for the ultimate outdoor adventure, this is the trip for you!
After learning the skills of sea kayaking we depart on an amazing journey. The Sea Kayak Cultural Adventure is a 4-day / 3-night sea kayak trip starting on the mainland at Raby Bay and paddling across Moreton Bay to North Stradbroke Island, the world’s second largest sand island, and home to the Nunukul, Nughi and Goenpul clans of the Quandamooka people, the traditional custodians of the land whose relationship with the Island dates back thousands of years. Experience sea kayaking, camping, Indigenous culture, wild animals, bush tucker and much, much more on this once in a life time adventure.
- Ecotourism certified coaches and sea kayak guides
- Paddle Australia Certification
- Accompanying guide in language (if required)
- Top quality kayaking and camping equipment
- All meals, accommodation and airport transfers
- Authentic Indigenous experiences and guided walks
- Expert coaching and guidance from experienced sea kayak instructors and expedition leaders
- See dolphins and turtles in the natural habitat
- Experience an Aboriginal smoking ceremony and hear their stories of the islands
- Explore the spectacular waterways of Moreton Bay
- Have a real Australian eco-adventure
Important Note: All participants must be competent swimmers, be confident on open water and have a reasonable level of fitness. The kayak trip involves approximately 10-15km of paddling per day.
COACH: MARK HESSLING
Mark began his involvement in paddle sports at an early age paddling canoes with his parents. He returned to paddling when he joined Queensland Sea Kayak Club ahead of an expedition through the Svalbard Archipelago in Norway in 2012. As a qualified Sea Instructor Mark has held multiple positions at the Club including President and Training Officer. Mark has extensive guiding experience having led multi-day, group expeditions around Moreton Bay, Fraser Island and the Keppel Islands.
COACH: TONY HIRST
Tony spent 22 years running his own company and started paddling in 2011 to help cope with the pressure of work. When he sold his business in 2013 he trained as a Sea Instructor and has since led expeditions to Hinchinbrook Island, the Keppels and Seventeen Seventy. Tony is a former President of the Queensland Sea Kayak Club and has spent several years teaching sea kayaking skills. Tony has a strong passion for sea kayaking and how it can help to de-stress from our sometimes stressful work lives.
Sanctuary by Sirromet
Sirromet is a family owned and run winery situated at picturesque Mount Cotton, just a short drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Nestled around the Laguna paperbark trees and giant scribbly gums, Sanctuary by Sirromet lets you escape the everyday and connect with nature. The tranquil bushland setting, houses the tented pavilions that offer elegant comfort and style.
Feel a million miles away in the premium tented pavilion surrounded by tranquil bushland, on the grounds of Sirromet Winery. Offering elegant comfort and style, each tent has a private balcony which appears to float above the landscape as you gaze across the tree canopy over the lake.
Day 1 – Monday 28 October 2019 - Basic Skills Award
Fly into the Brisbane for a morning arrival and be greeted at the airport by our guide who will travel with us to beautiful Raby Bay. Here we meet our instructors Mark and Tony and learn the basic sea kayak skills required for our adventure to North Stradbroke Island.
We’ll learn correct paddling technique, what to do if we capsize, and how to self-rescue. Once we’ve mastered the basic skills it’s time for a BBQ lunch on the beach during which we’ll be briefed on the plans for the next few days. After lunch it’s time to check-in to our luxurious ‘glamping’ accommodation at Sirromet, a family owned winery in picturesque Mount Cotton. Nestled among the Laguna paperbark trees and giant scribbly gums, enjoy a relaxing afternoon and evening connecting with nature in a premium tented pavilion surrounded by tranquil bushland.
For dinner, experience mouth-watering modern Australian cuisine at the award-winning restaurant, while taking in the breathtaking views out to Moreton Bay and the sand ridges of Stradbroke Island. Enjoy the ultimate food and wine experience with Sirromet’s eight course tasting menu. Featuring the freshest local and seasonal Queensland produce, with local seafood, organically grown fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices, each dish has a recommended Sirromet wine match. Savour the luxury accommodation and fine dining before we head into the great outdoors tomorrow!
Day 2 – Tuesday 29 October 2019 – Sea Kayak Day 1
After a heavenly night at Sirromet we’ll enjoy a hearty buffet breakfast before checking out and heading back to Raby Bay to embark on our adventure. Heading out from Raby Bay we’ll kayak to Peel Island. Peel Island is a small heritage-listed island located in Moreton Bay. During the mid-19th century, Peel Island was used as a quarantine station for the colony of Brisbane. Sailing ships would anchor to the north of the island and the passengers would disembark for a quarantine period before moving on to Dunwich on nearby North Stradbroke Island. In 2007 Peel Island was declared as Teerk Roo Ra (using the Indigenous name) National Park and Conservation Park. We’ll have morning tea on Peel Island then continue our journey onto Bradbury Beach Camp Ground at Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island where we will set up camp. The traditional custodians of Stradbroke Island, the Quandamooka people, will welcome us with a formal welcome to country and smoking ceremony. During the afternoon there will be time for swimming, a guided walk around Dunwich or just relaxing on the beach. At sunset we will enjoy some drinks and nibbles overlooking Moreton Bay as we watch the sun set over the water, which is a rare sight in Australia. Then we’ll experience an authentic Kup Murri (earth oven) dinner before an early night under the stars.
Day 3 – Wednesday 30 October 2019 – Sea Kayak Day 2
Breathe in the fresh air, listen to the sweet sounds of the birds and soak up the nature all around as we wake up and enjoy a hot campfire breakfast. We’ll set off after breakfast and kayak along the coast of Minjerribah to Amity Camp Grounds, stopping in at Myora Springs along the way. Myora Springs is one of beautiful North Stradbroke Island’s lesser-known gems. As well as being a picturesque piece of natural beauty, the freshwater springs, known as Capembah Springs by the local Quandamooka people, play an important role as a source of water for wildlife. The surrounding forest and waters are full of freshwater crayfish, prawns, bungwal fern and other plant foods, a testament to the springs’ vitality. Once we’ve set up camp and have a nice lunch by the beach we will be picked up by a mini bus and taken to Point Lookout, the most north-east point of North Stradbroke Island and the island’s social hub. At Point Lookout we will be guided along the North Gorge Walk by a local Indigenous guide. The North Gorge Walk is one of the best land-based vantage points in Australia to watch dolphins, turtles, manta rays and migrating humpback whales, so be sure to bring your camera! After our walk we’ll indulge in an ice-cream from one of Australia’s best homemade gelato stores. Then its back to camp for another spectacular sunset, delicious camp fire dinner and night under the stars.
Day 4 – Thursday 31 October 2019 – Sea Kayak Day 3
Enjoy that fresh morning feeling with another hot camp fire breakfast by the beach. We’ll set off just after breakfast and kayak along the coast of Minjerribah back to Dunwich, where we’ll have lunch and unpack our kayaks for the journey home. The kayaks will be loaded onto a trailer and we can enjoy a relaxing ferry ride back to the mainland. Back on the mainland we say thank you and goodbye to our amazing instructors as the coach departs directly for a drop-off in Brisbane CBD (if requested), then on to the airport in time for an afternoon or evening departure.